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Illinois Senate: Durbin Safe in Re-Election Bid

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is currently cruising towards re-election in his home state. The Democrat leads Republican challenger Steve Sauerberg 61% to 27% in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in the Prairie State.

When “leaners” are included Durbin leads 63% to 28%.

The incumbent leads by over thirty points among both men and women in Illinois. Durbin is backed by 93% of Democrats and 19% of Republicans. Sauerberg’s support comes from just 68% of Republicans and 4% of Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, Durbin leads 52% to 24%.

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Durbin is viewed favorably by 63% of Illinois voters and unfavorably by 30%. Sauerberg’s numbers are 32% favorable, 32% unfavorable, while 36% are not sure.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich continues to earn poor ratings from voters. This month, just 13% of Illinois voters give him good or excellent ratings, while 60% give him a poor rating. Blagojevich ranks as “Least Popular Governor” according to Rasmussen Reports By the Numbers.

In the Presidential race, Senator Barack Obama has a comfortable lead in his home state.

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Illinois Safe Democrat

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

Ras Mkts

In Trade

2002 Results

Sauerberg (R)

31%

32%

38%

Durbin (D)

62%

60%

60%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on July 8, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Illinois Trends: Durbin (D) vs. Sauerberg (R)

Date

Durbin

Sauerberg

10/13/2008

62%

31%

09/17/2008

59%

35%

08/12/2008

60%

31%

07/08/2008

61%

27%


Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Illinois

 

Durbin

Sauerberg

Very Favorable

36%

10%

Somewhat Favorable

25%

20%

Somewhat Unfavorable

11%

22%

Very Unfavorable

21%

20%

Not Sure

7%

28%


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.