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Toplines - 2010 Illinois Senate - February 3, 2010

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Illinois Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted February 3, 2010
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?

33% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
35% Strongly disapprove
0% 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
37% Somewhat approve
31% Somewhat disapprove
22% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

3* 2010 Illinois Senate Race

Kirk (R)

46%

Giannoulias (D)

40%

Some Other Candidate

4%

Not sure

10%

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

17%

38%

25%

8%

12%

Giannoulias

12%

34%

21%

18%

15%

5* How would you rate your own personal finances these days?

10% Excellent

35% Good

37% Fair

13% Poor

5% Not sure

6* Are your personal finances getting better these days, or worse?

20% Better

42% Worse

33% About the same

5% Not sure

7* Is it possible to balance the federal budget without raising taxes?

47% Yes
34% No
19% Not sure

8* Do you favor or oppose an income tax cut for all Americans?

44% Favor
38% Oppose
18% Not sure

9* Which is a better way to create new jobs – cutting taxes or increasing government spending?

53% Cutting taxes

20% Increasing government spending

21% Neither

6% Not sure

10* Who is winning the War on Terrorism…the United States and its allies or the terrorists?

44% United States and its allies

25% Terrorists

24% Neither

7% Not Sure

11* Is the United States today safer than it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

38% Yes
39% No
23% Not sure

12* Generally speaking, when it comes to important national issues, whose judgment do you trust more—the American people or America’s political leaders?

68% The American people

14% America’s political leaders

17% Not sure

13* Some people believe that the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. What do you think? Has the federal government become a special interest group?

71% Yes

17% No

12% Not sure

14* Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors?

67% Yes

14% No

19% Not sure

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