Republican state Sen. Bill Brady
has opened up a 7 point lead over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn
in Illinois' gubernatorial race, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll
conducted July 26.
Quinn leads Brady 44 percent to 37 percent with 11 percent preferring some other candidate and 9 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points.
Quinn had closed to 3 points in Rasmussen's July 7 poll after trailing by 11 in early June.
Quinn is regarded unfavorably by 55 percent of voters and favorably by 41 percent, with 4 percent not sure. But perhaps most important in the figure is that 32 percent regard him "very" unfavorably. Brady is seen favorably by 47 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent, with 17 percent of voters still not knowing enough about him to be sure of their opinion. The number of voters who see Brady "very" favorably is double that of Quinn -- 15 percent to 7 percent.
Quinn took the placed of disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich but has struggled to command the loyalty of even fellow Democrats. Only 61 percent of them back him compared to the 88 percent of Republicans solidly lined up behind Brady.
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