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Toplines - Illinois Senate - August 12, 2009

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Illinois

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted August 11, 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?

37% Strongly approve

19% Somewhat approve

8% Somewhat disapprove

34% Strongly disapprove

2% 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?

9% Strongly approve

38% Somewhat approve

32% Somewhat disapprove

17% Strongly disapprove

3% Not sure

3* In thinking about the 2010 Election for the United States Senate, suppose you had a choice between Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Mark Kirk or Democrat Alexi Giannoulias?

41% Kirk

38% Giannoulias

4% Some other candidate

17% Not sure

4* Okay, what if the Democrats nominate Cheryle Jackson. If the 2010 election for United States Senate were held today would you vote for Republican Mark Kirk or Democrat Cheryle Jackson?

47% Kirk

30% Jackson

6% Some other candidate

17% Not sure

5* 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.

First, Mark Kirk

10% Very favorable

45% Somewhat favorable

24% Somewhat unfavorable

4% Very unfavorable

17% Not sure

6* Next, Alexi Giannoulias

13% Very favorable

38% Somewhat favorable

22% Somewhat unfavorable

11% Very unfavorable

17% Not sure

7* Okay, Cheryle Jackson

13% Very favorable

23% Somewhat favorable

23% Somewhat unfavorable

14% Very unfavorable

26% Not sure

8* Okay, Pat Quinn

11% Very favorable

42% Somewhat favorable

23% Somewhat unfavorable

20% Very unfavorable

4% Not sure

9* Next, Dan Hynes

6% Very favorable

40% Somewhat favorable

22% Somewhat unfavorable

4% Very unfavorable

28% Not sure

10* Okay, Kirk Dillard

4% Very favorable

18% Somewhat favorable

23% Somewhat unfavorable

4% Very unfavorable

51% Not sure

11* Fine, Matt Murphy

2% Very favorable

15% Somewhat favorable

20% Somewhat unfavorable

4% Very unfavorable

59% Not sure

12* Next, Bill Brady

4% Very favorable

25% Somewhat favorable

16% Somewhat unfavorable

5% Very unfavorable

50% Not sure

13* Okay, Dan Proft

4% Very favorable

13% Somewhat favorable

16% Somewhat unfavorable

4% Very unfavorable

62% Not sure

14* Robert Shillerstrom

4% Very favorable

14% Somewhat favorable

13% Somewhat unfavorable

8% Very unfavorable

62% Not sure

15* When it comes to voting in the 2010 Elections has the state budget crisis and the Blagojevich scandal made you more likely to vote for a Democrat, less likely to vote for a Democrat or will it have no impact on your vote?

7% More likely

29% Less likely

60% No impact

3% Not sure

16* To help solve the state budget problems would you prefer a tax increase or additional budget cuts?

30% Tax increase

57% Additional budget cuts

14% Not sure

17* Which is a bigger problem in Illinois —that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes or that the politicians are unwilling to control government spending?

11% Voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes
81% Politicians are unwilling to control government spending
8% Not sure

18* 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?

29% Strongly favor
19% Somewhat favor
9% Somewhat oppose
39% Strongly oppose
3% Not sure

19* When it comes to health care decisions, who do you fear the most: the federal government or private insurance companies?

49% The federal government

44% Private insurance companies

7% Not sure

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