Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #19342
 
Tight Fights in Sedgwick County KS GOP Primaries for DA, Sheriff:

In a Republican primary election for Sedgwick County Kansas District Attorney today, 07/02/12, 5 weeks until votes are counted, Deputy DA Marc Bennett and former Deputy DA Kevin O'Connor finish effectively even. Today it's Bennett 37%, O'Connor 36%, with 27% of likely voters undecided. Any outcome is possible. Bennett has strength among older, traditionally more reliable voters; O'Connor leads among younger voters. Bennett draws support from wealthier voters, moderates, women, and those who attend religious services infrequently; O'Connor has an advantage among middle-income voters and those who did not attend college.

Incumbent District Attorney Democrat Nola Foulston, first elected in 1988, is not seeking re-election. There is no Democrat running for the seat; the winner of the August 7 primary will be the next District Attorney.

In a Republican primary election for Sedgwick County Sheriff today, 07/02/12, incumbent Bob Hinshaw and Wichita Police Department Captain Jeff Easter also finish even, Hinshaw 43%, Easter 42%. 15% of likely voters are undecided. Among men, Hinshaw leads by 15 points; among women, Easter leads by 12 -- a 27-point gender gap. Easter draws strong support from women, voters age 50-64, those who have attended some college, moderates, and those who attend religious services infrequently. Hinshaw draws strong support from men, the youngest voters, conservatives, and those who attend religious services occasionally. The winner of the August 7 Republican primary will face retired Wichita Police Department officer Democrat Jefrey Weinman in the November general election.

 
Cell phone respondents and home phone respondents included in this survey: SurveyUSA interviewed 1,625 Sedgwick County adults 06/28/12 through 07/01/12. Of the adults, 1,395 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 810 were identified by SurveyUSA as registered Republicans and 90 were identified as unaffiliated voters, who may vote in the Republican primary if they choose to affiliate with the Republican Party on election day. Of the Republicans and unaffiliated voters, 403 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 08/07/12 Republican primary. This survey was conducted using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (89% of adults, 93% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (11% of adults, 7% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone or other electronic device.
 
If the Republican primary for Sedgwick County District Attorney were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Marc Bennett? Or Kevin O'Connor?
403 Likely Republican Primary VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliatioTea Party MemberIdeologyEducationAttend Religious ServiceAbortionOwn a Gun?Income
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicUnaffiliYesNoConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year CRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Marc Bennett37%38%37%30%32%47%37%31%42%0%40%36%48%41%38%34%45%**25%43%38%34%36%52%35%42%37%40%32%33%43%
Kevin O'Connor36%40%31%39%39%32%35%39%33%36%36%36%34%36%36%37%35%**32%37%36%38%35%29%34%41%38%33%27%41%36%
Undecided27%22%32%30%29%21%29%30%25%64%24%28%18%23%26%30%20%**44%19%26%28%28%19%31%17%25%27%41%27%20%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Republican Primary Voters100%49%51%20%23%30%27%43%57%7%93%92%8%12%83%65%29%4%15%30%55%62%22%16%60%37%59%37%18%45%37%
 
 
If the Republican primary for Sedgwick County Sheriff were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Bob Hinshaw ? Or Jeff Easter?
403 Likely Republican Primary VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliatioTea Party MemberIdeologyEducationAttend Religious ServiceAbortionOwn a Gun?Income
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicUnaffiliYesNoConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year CRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Bob Hinshaw43%51%35%52%40%38%45%46%41%29%44%44%28%45%43%46%36%**43%40%46%43%49%37%44%46%46%40%35%46%44%
Jeff Easter42%36%47%34%39%50%42%37%46%46%42%41%50%35%44%38%49%**37%52%37%41%35%54%41%44%42%43%46%41%43%
Undecided15%12%17%14%22%12%13%18%13%25%14%14%22%20%13%16%14%**21%8%17%16%16%9%15%10%11%16%19%13%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Republican Primary Voters100%49%51%20%23%30%27%43%57%7%93%92%8%12%83%65%29%4%15%30%55%62%22%16%60%37%59%37%18%45%37%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.