A recent Rasmussan poll shows U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback with a hefty lead in the Kansas governor's race. Brownback, a Republican, leads Democrat Tom Holland by 59-31 margin in survey of likely voters.
Without a doubt, Brownback is the favorite. But can a poll be trusted if it indicates that people in their 20s gaze upon Brownback as they might a god-king who provides free cable TV and gynecological exams?
The blog Dome on the Range says it's seen a more detailed version of the Rasmussan poll. And when the results break down according to demographic group, they get screwy.
According to Rasmussan, Kansans between the ages of 18 and 29 make the Tea Party look like a bunch of social workers. One hundred percent of those surveyed plan to vote for Brownback, want the health-care reform repealed and disapprove of Barack Obama.
The weirdness does not end with poll respondents in their late teens and 20s. Dome on the Range finds other dubious claims in the Rasmussan poll, including the assertion that 43 percent of black voters in Kansas are part of the Tea Party, a movement NAACP President Ben Jealous branded as divisive during a speech delivered in Kansas City on Monday.
Dome on the Range says the Rasmussan poll is "100% full of holes." Except the part about Brownback beating Holland when voters of all ages go the the polls in November. That's going to happen.