(WIBW) - Gov. Sam Brownback's supporters are disputing a Survey USA poll reported over the weekend that showed Brownback's approval rating below that of the President.
Brownback's former chief of staff David Kensinger, who now heads a Brownback think tank called Road Map Solutions, says Brownback supporters paid for a survey conducted over two nights, Sunday and Monday, that show Brownback in a much more favorable light than the Survey USA results.
The poll was done by Public Opinion Strategies, which Kensinger tells 13 News is the pollster for Mitt Romney and both Senators Roberts and Moran.
The Survey USA poll showed the President's approval rating at 43 percent. It's slightly lower, at 40 percent, in the Public Opinion Strategy survey.
But while Survey USA had Brownback's approval at just 3 percent, the number jumps to 51 percent with Public Opinion Strategy's poll.
Public Opinion Strategy's poll also gives Brownback a favorable image with 53 percent of those responding.
Kensinger faults the methodology of the Survey USA poll. He says it had too many Democrats, too few Republicans, too few conservatives and only 6 percent who identified as Tea Party members.