The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 1
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'Hawks hang Kansas gets back on winning track edging Iowa State/D1 SPORTS the 1871-1996 S^^Wffl^SwW HMMHH^^^ ' " WW O K B O O K Low:4S SPECIAL SECTION Breezy and warmer today with increasing afternoon clouds. South winds / B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified / C4 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/61 Money/C1 Sports / 01 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX SUNDAY NOVEMBERS, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 While poll finds majority in central Kansas are conservative, they also show signs of being Independent Thinkers By SCOTT SEIRER The Salina Journal Those in Salina and north- central Kansas who would ban abortions are in a decided minority, according to a Salina Journal/MarketAide Poll. The randomly selected telephone poll was conducted in October to measure the political views held by those in Saline and 10 neighboring counties prior to the Tuesday election. The abortion issue provided one of the poll's surprises. Although 56 percent of respondents labeled themselves as conservative, 62 percent said they were opposed to a government ban on abortion. Of those polled, 25 percent said they "completely agreed" that abortion should be banned, but nearly twice that number, 46 percent, said they "completely disagreed" with a ban. Women, the poll found, are much more likely than men to oppose an abortion ban. Fifty- two percent of women surveyed said they "completely disagree" with an abortion ban; that compares with 38 percent of the men. The poll indicates that many north-central Kansans don't see abortion as a government issue, said John Claman, Market- Aide's senior research director, who supervised the poll. "As much press as that gets ... it's really a relatively small group (that would ban abortion)," Claman said. Opposition to an abortion ban was strongest among those with post-graduate educations — 74 percent of them said they either "completely" or "somewhat" disagreed with a ban. Older residents are especially likely to oppose an abortion ban, the poll found. Forty-five percent of those aged 45 to 54 "completely disagreed" with an abortion ban, and that opposition rose to 59 percent for those aged 55 to 64. Those who said they "completely agree" with the need for an abortion ban totaled about 27 percent in the younger age categories, but fell to 21 percent for those aged 45 to 54. Support of an abortion ban fell as income levels rose, the poll found. Thirty-two percent of those with income of less than $20,000 said they "completely agreed" with a ban, but support fell to 22 percent for those with incomes of $35,000 to $49,999 and 25 percent for those with incomes of more than $50,000. A conservative region The poll found that Salina and north-central Kansas are See POLL, Page A8 The Salina Journal MarketAide A SURVEY OF NORTH•CENTRAL KANSAS RESIDENTS • Completely agree EH Somewhat agree D Somewhat disagree m Completely disagree More law enforcement and longer prison terms are needed to fight drug trafficking and usage. The federal government is too intrusive in people's lives and needs to cut back. Prayer should be allowed in public schools. "ri 33 The state government should set educational standards for local school districts to meet. 14 Consumers need more protection than what Is currently available through the federal government from abusive business practices. The Bible's explanation of how the world was created (creatlonlsm) should be taught in public schools. The environment needs more protections from pollutants and safety hazards by regulating what property owners may do with their land. The government should do more to regulate the ownership of guns! The government should issue school vouchers that could be used by families to help pay for private school tuition. The government should enact legislation to ban abortions. Same sex marriages should receive legal recognition. 1 1 1 L_ PRESIDENTIAL RACE OVERALL No Answer 8% Other 5% Ross Perot 7% 80 60 40 20 20 40 60 80 100 Bill Clinton 32% Bob Dole 50% SALINE COUNTY No Answer 5% Other 5% Ross Perot 11% L \\IHBMi Bill Clinton 35% Bob Dole 44% OUTSIDE SALINE COUNTY No Answer 10% Other 4% Ross Perot V1%1 ,^__, 3% ^N,i». Bill Clinton 30% Bob Dole 54% This Is DOLE Country By The Journal Staff In Salina and north-central Kansas, Bob Dole is the choice for president, according to a Salina Journal/Mar- ketAide Poll. The poll, conducted in October, found that 50 percent of those responding would vote for Dole if the election were held "today." President Clinton trailed with 32 percent. Reform Party candidate Ross Perot drew 7 percent. John Claman, senior research director of MarketAide, said he was surprised the numbers weren't higher for Dole, the Republican DOLE CLINTON nominee whose hometown is Russell. Dole's strength was slightly higher outside Saline County, where 54 percent said they would vote for him.His support PEROT m Saline County fell to 44 percent. Conversely, Clinton did slightly better in Saline County than in the other counties (35 percent vs. 30 percent). In Saline County, the poll found Perot's support at 11 percent, and that hurt Dole. But just 3 percent of those surveyed outside Saline County said Perot was their choice. V CAMPAIGN '96: KANSAS T CAMPAIGN '96 Millions remain undecided With election two days off, many Americans unsure of president By MIKE FEINSILBER Tile Associated Press WASHINGTON — Here it is, the weekend before the election, and, doggone it, they still can't make up their mind. "One day I think I'm going to vote for this one, and the next day I think I'll vote for that one," says Arlene Wormell, Petoskey, Mich. "I'll go into the voting booth and then I'll decide." Says another undecided voter: "I'll make up my mind this weekend. I have to." All told, voters who haven't made a choice in the presidential election may number between 10 million and 12 million, maybe more, pollsters say. The undecided voters tend to be women, middle-aged, living on a tight budget. They lead busy lives and don't have much time to focus on politics. Their political views are moderate. If they do vote, they are most likely not to vote for Bill Clinton. In disproportionate numbers, the undecided are "Clinton Republicans" — voters who left the GOP in 1992 to support Clinton but aren't all that pleased with what they got. A lot of them simply won't vote at all, the experts say, and a larger percentage than in the public at large may be willing to give Ross Perot a tumble. "Between 70 and 100 percent of them are going to end up voting for the challenger," said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. In this case, the challenger is either Bob Dole or Perot. He explains: Usually when people say they really can't chose, "they're pretty sure they don't want to vote for the incumbent, but they're not sure they want to vote for the challenger." "In the end, though, that's what they usually do." If people are undecided this close to the election, Mellman said, little things can tip them toward one candidate or another. "They don't have time to do the work of sifting through all the information out there in the political environment," he said. Wormell ran 'through her thought process: She can't forgive Clinton for his veto of the bill outlawing late-term abortions. And, "I don't like his personal life." But as for Dole, "He said cigarettes don't hurt your health and that set me against him." She's open-minded about Perot, though she doesn't know where he stands on abortion. "He seems to have good morals," she says. But she figures Perot can't win; "I feel that if I vote for him then Clinton will get in." Historic campaign winds down in Kansas For first time, Kansans will vote for president and both U.S. Senate seats By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — The first election in Kansas' 135-year history in which voters are being asked to choose a president and two United States senators at the same time comes to an end Tuesday. The campaigns of native son Bob Dole and Bill Clinton for the presidency, along with Sam Brownback and Jill Docking for one Senate seat and Pat Roberts and Sally Thompson for the other, will fall silent by Tuesday evening. Never before have Kansans voted on candidates for all three statewide federal offices in the same year. It came about because Dole resigned his Senate seat in June, leaving the final two years for a successor to claim through a special election. Kansas' other Senate seat, held for 18 years by Nancy Kassebaum, was up for re-election this year. Kassebaum is retiring. The combination of Dole heading the Republican ticket and two GOP congressmen, Brownback and Roberts, running for the Senate has led Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh to predict a record 1.2 million Kansans may vote. Besides the presidential and senatorial races, voters will choose four members of the U.S. House, all 165 seats in the Legislature and five members of the state Board of Education — along with county offices. Democrats entered the final weekend of the campaign hopeful they might claim as many as four of the state's six congressional seats. Republicans expressed confidence they would retain all six — which they have held since 1994, when they took two House seats away from the Democrats. "We are in extremely tight races almost across the board," state Democratic Chairman Dennis Langley said. Polling and conventional wisdom suggest the two Democrats who lag are State Treasurer Thompson in her race with Roberts for Kassebaum's Senate seat, and John Divine of Salina in his battle against Republican state Sen. Jerry Moran for the 1st District seat in western Kansas. Polls suggest Docking, the Democratic contender for Dole's seat, is locked in a too-close-to-call race with Brownback. They also suggest Democrats have decent shots at beating Republicans in the other three congressional districts: Topeka attorney John Frieden against one-time track star Jim Ryun in the 2nd District; international trade lawyer Judy Hancock against state Rep. Vince Snowbarger in the 3rd District; and former U.S. Attorney Randy Rathbun against incumbent Todd Tiahrt in the 4th District. Russell awaits word on Dole's plan to cast his ballot in his hometown By The Journal Staff RUSSELL — Residents from Russell are anxiously waiting the call, but so far it hasn't come. Bob Dole is expected in his hometown at noon on Election Day to vote, a campaign spokeswoman from Washington, D.C., said Saturday. But the plans aren't official. "That's what we believe will happen," the spokeswoman said. Susan NeuPoth Cadoret, director of the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce, said they hadn't received confirmation from Dole's Washington office. "We're all kind of sitting here going 'I think there's going to be something,' " Cadoret said. "But so far, we've had nothing." Out of the bottle DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Jim Sawyer, McPherson, portrays the Isis genie and shakes his bell tree during Saturday's Shrine parade on Santa Fe In Salina.

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