Kansas voters divided on state of nation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Voters casting midterm election ballots in Kansas are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 46 percent of Kansas voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 52 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here's a snapshot of who voted and why in Kansas, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 138,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 3,913 voters and 771 nonvoters in the state of Kansas _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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RACE FOR GOVERNOR

Democrat Laura Kelly had a sizable advantage over Republican Kris Kobach among voters under 45 in the race for governor. Voters ages 45 and older were split.

Voters without a college degree were split over Kobach and Kelly. By comparison, college graduates were more likely to favor Kelly.

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TOP ISSUES

Voters considered several issues to be important to their vote in this midterm election, including health care (27 percent), immigration (25 percent), the economy (19 percent), foreign policy (6 percent) and gun policy (6 percent).

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STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Voters have a positive view of the nation's current economic outlook _ 66 percent said the nation's economy is good, compared with 34 percent who said it's not good.

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TRUMP FACTOR

For 46 percent of Kansas voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 25 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 28 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.

Voters in Kansas had mixed views of Trump: 51 percent said they approve of how he is handling his job as president, while 48 percent said they disapprove of Trump.

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STAYING AT HOME

In Kansas, 78 percent of registered voters who chose not to vote in the midterm election were younger than 45. A wide share of those who did not vote _ 79 percent _ did not have a college degree. More nonvoters were Republicans (41 percent) than Democrats (23 percent).

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AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 3,913 voters and 771 nonvoters in Kansas was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English or Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files and self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels. Participants in the probability-based portion of the survey were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.0 percentage points. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.

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AP created this story automatically using data from NORC.