Huelskamp polls well

By The Mercury

Tim Huelskamp, who represents Manhattan and the rest of Kansas’ 1st Congressional District, is a popular guy. He’s got the poll results to prove it.

Seventy-seven percent of his constituents think he’s doing an “excellent” or “good” job, according to a poll his office conducted the last week of February.

The results, which were gleaned from interviews associated with his “telephone town hall” meeting, also show that 63 percent support keeping the sequester cuts and that 95 percent would rather have a government with lower taxes and fewer programs than one with higher taxes and more programs.

For good measure, Rep. Huelskamp’s office issued the following statement about the poll:

“These strong approval ratings indicate that Kansans strongly support my efforts in Congress. They don’t trust Washington insiders and bureaucrats to solve things… they know — and I stand with them — that the future of our nation lies with the creativity and resourcefulness of the American people, not the government.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to talk directly to constituents of the Big First during these telephone town halls…”

He’s probably less thrilled by the results of another poll, this one by Public Policy Polling, a North-Carolina-based firm. It found that 25 percent of Kansans have a “favorable view of Rep. Huelskamp, slightly more than the 22 percent with an “unfavorable” view. Perhaps more, 53 percent said they “weren’t sure” what their view was.

Then again, if he’s liked at home, maybe what others think doesn’t matter.

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