71% of Residents Consider Themselves Kansas City Chiefs Fans 

A new Emerson College Polling survey in Kansas finds President Joe Biden with a 27% job approval in the Sunflower State, while 58% disapprove of the job he is doing in the Oval Office. Fifteen percent are neutral. Governor Laura Kelly holds a 39% approval rating, while 30% disapprove of the job she is doing as Governor, and 31% are neutral. 

“Governor Kelly’s approval is the highest among those with postgraduate degrees, at 60%,” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, noted. “A majority of Democrats, 67%, and a plurality of independents, 45%, approve of Kelly, while a plurality of Republicans, 47%, disapprove of the job she is doing.”

“Among residents ages 18 to 24, Kelly has a 31% approval and 19% disapproval, while President Biden has a 47% disapproval and a 24% approval among the same group.”

In a potential 2024 Presidential Election between former President Donald Trump and President Biden, Trump holds a 16-point lead over Biden, 47% to 31%. Sixteen percent plan to vote for someone else and 6% are undecided. 

“In Kansas, Trump leads across all educational levels, except among voters who have a postgraduate degree. These voters break for Biden, 51% to 33%,” Kimball noted. “Trump leads Biden by 12 points among women, 44% to 32%, whereas his lead nearly doubles to 21 points among men, where he leads 50% to 29%.”

A plurality of both Biden and Trump voters cannot think of anything their candidate could do or say in the next several months that would make them choose not to support them for president in 2024. Forty-five percent of Trump supporters cannot think of anything to make their support waver, while 26% could; 29% are unsure. Forty-six percent of Biden voters say they cannot think of something to make them change their minds, while 11% can; 44% are unsure. 

A majority of respondents (61%) think Trump won the 2016 fair and square, while 14% think it was stolen. A plurality of residents (48%) think the 2020 election was won by Biden fair and square, while 37% think it was stolen.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of respondents consider themselves to be Kansas City Chiefs fans, while 29% do not. Missouri residents were asked the same — 68% of whom say they identify as a Chiefs fan, while 32% do not. The neighboring states are separated by a field goal, the difference within the poll’s margin of error.

“Regardless of their political ideology Voters in Kansas agree on one thing in this survey: majorities are fans of the Kansas City Chiefs: including 77% of Republicans, 73% of Democrats and 73% of independents” Kimball said. “A majority, 65%, of those not registered to vote do not consider themselves to be fans of the Chiefs,” Kimball noted.

Midwest Study: The Kansas general election survey is part of a 22-state study on the Midwest region and surrounding states. States that have been released as of October 12 include Kentucky, Oklahoma, Idaho, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Additional states will be released over the next couple of weeks, along with the study results by the Middle West Review that is researching perceptions of the Midwest region.


The Emerson College Polling Kansas poll was conducted October 1-4, 2023. The sample consisted of 487 Kansas voters with a credibility interval, similar to a poll’s margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points; the sample of Kansas residents is n=538 with a credibility interval of n=4.2 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, race, party, and education based on the general population using a sample of n=538 participants and allowing the natural fallout to create the sample of n=487 voters. Turnout modeling is based on US Census parameters, and Kansas voter registration and voter turnout data by regions (KS SOS). Data was collected by contacting a list of landlines via Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and emails provided by Aristotle, along with an online panel of voters provided by Alchemer. 

It is important to remember that subsets based on demographics, such as gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity, carry with them higher credibility intervals, as the sample size is reduced. Survey results should be understood within the poll’s range of scores, and know with a confidence interval of 95% a poll will fall outside the range of scores 1 in 20 times.

This survey was conducted by Emerson College Polling, and questions included in this release are all sponsored by Emerson College. All questions asked in this survey with exact wording, along with full results and cross tabulations can be found here.