RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
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STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES STATE FAIR
OPINION POLL RESULTS

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced the state fair opinion poll was well received by fair goers. Approximately 2000 people participated in the opinion poll at the fair this year.

“I am pleased with the number of fair goers that participated in the state fair opinion poll,” stated Thornburgh. “The poll is a great tool in promoting voting; measuring opinions on important issues and some of the questions are meant to be fun.”

The 2004 State Fair Opinion results follow:

1. If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?
481
  John F. Kerry, Democratic Party
1173
  George W. Bush, Republican Party
26
  Ralph Nader, Reform Party
20
  Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Party
15
  Michael A. Peroutka, Independent

2. What is the most important issue in Kansas elections this year?
496
  Tax rates
141
  Funding for higher education
556
  Public school funding
209
  Spending
313
  Constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage

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3. What is the most important issue in the presidential election this year?
758
  The war on terrorism
118
  Balanced budget
330
  Health care costs
309
  The economy
61
  Foreign policy
63
  Social issues

4. What is the best "world's largest" attraction in Kansas?
238
  Ball of twine in Cawker City
479
  Hand dug well in Greensburg
110
  Prairie dog in Oakley
622
  Steam shovel – Big Brutus in West Mineral
144
  Free outdoor swimming pool in Garden City

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