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Toplines - 2010 Illinois Senate - December 9, 2009

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Illinois Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted December 9, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

40% Strongly approve
18% Somewhat approve
9% Somewhat disapprove
33% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Pat Quinn has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

8% Strongly approve
43% Somewhat approve
25% Somewhat disapprove
22% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

3* 2010 Illinois Senate Race

Kirk

39%

Giannoulias

42%

Some Other Candidate

3%

Not sure

15%

Kirk

42%

Jackson

39%

Some Other Candidate

4%

Not sure

15%

Kirk

42%

Hoffman

38%

Some Other Candidate

3%

Not sure

17%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the IL Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Kirk

13%

37%

24%

8%

17%

Giannoulias

14%

34%

22%

14%

16%

Jackson

8%

30%

18%

16%

27%

Hoffman

6%

34%

16%

11%

32%

5* A proposal has been made to house some Guantanamo prison inmates in Illinois at the Thomson correctional facility. Do you favor or oppose housing Guantanamo prisoners at the Thomson correctional facility in Illinois?

39% Favor
51% Oppose
10% Not sure

6* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

27% Strongly favor
23% Somewhat favor

8% Somewhat oppose

38% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

7* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

57% Increase the deficit

10% Reduce the deficit
22% No impact on the deficit

11% Not sure

8*To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

53% Very likely
18% Somewhat likely
19% Not very likely
4% Not at all likely
6% Not sure

9* Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option that people could choose instead of a private health insurance plan?

43% Favor
39% Oppose
17% Not sure

10* Suppose that the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers. Workers would then be covered by the government option. Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option if it encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers?

26% Favor
56% Oppose
18% Not sure

11* Overall, how would you rate President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan…Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

16% Excellent
30% Good
30% Fair
23% Poor
1% Not sure

12* Do you favor or oppose the President’s proposal to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

55% Favor
33% Oppose
12% Not sure

13* Do you favor or oppose the President’s commitment to a timetable that would begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 18 months?

49% Favor
38% Oppose
13% Not sure

14* Overall, do you favor or oppose President Obama’s new plan for the war in Afghanistan?

45% Favor
33% Oppose
22% Not sure

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