Full results of poll in fast-growing Kansas City suburb - No, voters don't want "more taxes" and "more services" from government

PART 4 OF 4 about poll in Gardner, Kansas.  You can read part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.

In August 2011, I polled Kansas’ second-largest city of Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, MO.  We learned, in part:

  • 67% of voters wanted to balance the city budget through cuts in spending, and only 23% wanted higher taxes.
  • Asked a different way:  39% of voters wanted cuts of 1-5% in city spending.  29% of voters wanted cuts of 6-10%.  Another 11% wanted cuts greater than 10%.  Only 14% said not to cut spending, and 7% were undecided.
  • 55% of voters were OK with cuts to city services.  34% were not OK with it.  11% were undecided.
  • Taking one of Rasmussen Reports’ questions:  “Generally speaking, would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes, or a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes?”
    • 65%  wanted a government with fewer services and lower taxes.

In December 2012, I polled likely April 2013 voters in Gardner, Kansas, which is a young, fast-growing city with a population of about 20,000.  Afterward, we were fortunate to get a front-page article in The Gardner News and a radio interview with KRMR 105.7 FM host Paul Ibbetson.

In short, a bi-partisan super-majority of voters think that taxes are too high in the city of Gardner — while Governor Sam Brownback has a 50% approval rating among likely April 2013 voters, 70% of voters think property taxes are too high.

As I wrote at RedState on December 29:

The city of Gardner, Kansas, is a suburb of Greater Kansas City and one of the fastest growing cities in the state.  In 2010 to 2011, the entire state grew at a 0.6% rate, while Gardner experienced almost three times the growth rate, at 1.6%.  The city grew by 104% between 2000 and 2010.

Gardner appears slightly more conservative than entire state of Kansas:  Gardner voted 62% for Mitt Romney, while state-wide voters supported Romney by a margin of 60%.

Here are the full results of our poll.  The margin of error is larger than I’d like, but I still find the results meaningful.  My PAC is a non-profit and a hobby, and we had a good response rate for an automated poll (it’s just that so few voters participate in April elections, to begin with).  I had a few big-government “Republicans” try to criticize the poll, and my response is simple:  do your own poll and prove me wrong.

For full text and methodology, click here.

About the poll:

  • Party affiliation (by registration in public voter file):
    • 62% Republican
    • 19% Democrat
    • 18% Independent
  • Gender (asked during the poll): 56% female and 44% male
  • Age (asked during the poll): 58% being over the age of 50 and 42% being under age 50
  • An 8.9% margin of error (125 respondents).

For comparison purposes:


Mayor’s election with 2 candidates – Dave Drovetta vs. Chris Morrow:

Drovetta:  28.8%

Morrow:  25.6%

Undecided:  45.6%

Total: 100.0%

Mayor with 3 candidates – Dave Drovetta vs. Kristi Harrison vs. Chris Morrow

Drovetta:  24.0%

Harrison:  14.4%

Morrow:  15.2%

Undecided:  46.4%

Total: 100.0%

President – Who did you vote for in 2012

Romney: 63.2%

Obama:  28.0%

Other:  8.8%

Total: 100.0%

Governor approval, Sam Brownback

Approve:  50.4%

Disapprove:  34.4%

Undecided:  15.2%

Total: 100.0%

Gardner Mayor approval, Dave Drovetta

Approve:  42.4%

Disapprove:  34.4%

Undecided:  23.2%

Total:  100.0%

Property taxes in Gardner

Too high:  70.4%

About right:  28.8%

Too low:  0.8%

Total: 100.0%

Tax increases – Do you agree with the 25% tax increrases in the last 4 years

Agree:  21.6%

Disagree:  62.4%

Undecided:  16.0%

Total: 100.0%

US Senator Pat Roberts – Should Roberts run for re-election or retire

Run for re-election:  25.6%

Retire:  48.0%

Undecided:  26.4%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Kris Kobach

Very favorable:  31.2%

Somewhat favorable:  24.8%

Somewhat unfavorable:  14.4%

Very unfavorable:  8.0%

No opinion:  12.8%

Have never heard of:  8.8%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, John Toplikar:

Very favorable:  11.2%

Somewhat favorable:  25.6%

Somewhat unfavorable:  16.0%

Very unfavorable:  12.0%

No opinion:  28.8%

Have never heard of:  6.4%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Kevin Yoder:

Very favorable:  32.0%

Somewhat favorable:  31.2%

Somewhat unfavorable:  11.2%

Very unfavorable:  12.0%

No opinion:  13.6%

Have never heard of:  0.0%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Chris Morrow:

Very favorable:  15.2%

Somewhat favorable:  27.2%

Somewhat unfavorable:  4.0%

Very unfavorable:  4.0%

No opinion:  28.0%

Have never heard of:  21.6%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Ed Eilert

Very favorable:  6.4%

Somewhat favorable:  20.8%

Somewhat unfavorable:  9.6%

Very unfavorable:  4.0%

No opinion:  32.0%

Have never heard of:  27.2%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Kristi Harrison

Very favorable:  10.4%

Somewhat favorable:  19.2%

Somewhat unfavorable:  8.8%

Very unfavorable:  4.8%

No opinion:  33.6%

Have never heard of:  23.2%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Annabeth Surbaugh

Very favorable:  8.0%

Somewhat favorable:  20.8%

Somewhat unfavorable:  12.0%

Very unfavorable:  6.4%

No opinion:  33.6%

Have never heard of:  19.2%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Dave Drovetta

Very favorable:  16.0%

Somewhat favorable:  26.4%

Somewhat unfavorable:  16.0%

Very unfavorable:  20.8%

No opinion:  15.2%

Have never heard of:  5.6%

Total: 100.0%

Favorability, Carol Lehman

Very favorable:  22.4%

Somewhat favorable:  23.2%

Somewhat unfavorable:  12.0%

Very unfavorable:  9.6%

No opinion:  16.0%

Have never heard of:  16.8%

Total: 100.0%

Political Views

Very conservative:  23.2%

Somewhat conservative:  31.2%

Moderate:  31.2%

Somewhat liberal:  10.4%

Very liberal:  4.0%

Total: 100.0%


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