Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Poll: Challenger Rauner leads Gov. Quinn in Illinois

St. Louis Dispatch reports:
Republican businessman Bruce Rauner is leading incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn at the start of Illinois' general election campaign season, according to a new automated poll.

But with almost one-quarter of poll respondents still undecided, a lot could happen between now and the fall election for governor. And both men face seriously low approval ratings from an angry electorate, a situation that's likely to only get worse as negative campaigning gets underway.

The automated telephone poll, by Gravis Marketing, questioned 806 registered Illinois voters on a range of issues between March 21 and March 22. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

It found that if the election were held today, Rauner would beat Quinn by 43 to 35 percent.

But other numbers in the poll cry out for caution from the frontrunner. A whopping 22 percent of the electorate remains undecided, it found. And Rauner's approval rating of 29 percent is even lower than Quinn's 31-percent rating.
Barack Obama's Illinois.