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Toplines - Illinois Senate Election - August 12, 2008

Illinois Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted August 12, 2008
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How do you rate the way that Rod Blagojevich is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

3% Excellent

13% Good

26% Fair

57% Poor

0% Not Sure

2* 2008 Senate Election

Without Leaners

With
Leaners

Sauerberg

31%

33%

Durbin

60%

61%

Other

2%

1%

Not sure

8%

5%

3* Favorables for Senate Candidates

Durbin

Sauerberg

Very Favorable

32%

12%

Somewhat Favorable

27%

25%

Somewhat Unfavorable

12%

21%

Very Unfavorable

17%

9%

Not sure

12%

33%

4* Governor Blagojevich has called lawmakers back to Springfield for another special session to pass a construction plan. How confident are you lawmakers will come to an agreement this time?

3% Very confident
14% Somewhat confident
54% Not very confident
20% Not at all confident
8% Not sure

5* Whom do you blame for the stalemate in the construction plan debate? … Governor Blagojevich, House Speaker Mike Madigan, other legislative leaders, or Mayor Daley?

42% Governor Blagojevich
19% House Speaker Mike Madigan

12% Other legislative leaders

3% Mayor Daley

23% Not sure

6* African-American lawmakers have recently complained that the state inadequately distributes public school funding because funding is based upon property taxes. Should Illinois change its property-tax dependent system for funding public schools and come up with a new plan that distributes funding more equally?

58% Yes

31% No

12% Not sure

7* State Senator James Meeks is calling on Chicago Public School students to boycott the first day of class, and attempt to enroll in wealthier suburban schools instead. Will this protest help or hurt chances for changing the way public school funding is distributed in Illinois?

13% Help
50% Hurt

27% It will have no impact

10% Not sure

8* Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is in Beijing observing the Olympics ... Does his trip help or hurt Chicago's chances of securing the 2016 games?

56% Help

7% Hurt

28% It will have no impact

9% Not sure

9* Does Chicago's increase in crime this summer help or hurt the city's chances of securing the 2016 games?

6% Help

63% Hurt

22% It will have no impact

9% Not sure

10* Does the state of Chicago's mass transit system help or hurt the city's chances of securing the 2016 games?

33% Help

37% Hurt

18% It will have no impact

12% Not sure

11* Do you think Chicago will win the bid for the 2016 games over Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo?

25% Yes

46% No

29% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence