While more than half of voters don't know enough about GOP state Sen. Bill Brady
to have an opinion of him, he still manages to edge out Illinois' unpopular Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn
in the race for the governor's seat, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted June 12-13.
Brady leads Quinn 34 percent to 30 percent with 9 percent for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney
and 27 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.2 points.
Fifty-six percent of voters do not know much or anything about Brady. But they do know Quinn, and 50 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as governor while 27 percent approve and 23 percent are not sure. Quinn doesn't do very well even among fellow Democrats of whom 38 percent approve of his performance and 37 percent disapprove with 25 percent not sure.
Quinn, at this point, is only notching 51 percent support in the election compared to the 70 percent of Republicans who back Brady. Whitney, an attorney, takes 8 percent of the Democratic vote and 16 percent of the independent vote (29 percent of the sample).
"Illinois Democrats seem to be disenchanted by both of the party's leading candidates this year, which could end up aiding Republicans across the ticket," said PPP's Dean Debnam. "For Quinn to win this race he needs to reinstate voters' confidence in his ability to be a state administrator but ultimately, and more importantly, reunite Illinois Democrats."
The other statewide candidate to whom Debnam referred is state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
who is running against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk for Senate. A PPP poll released yesterday had Giannoulias and Kirk in a statistical ties.
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