Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn
, who was suffering from high disapproval numbers and trailing in the Illinois governor race for much of the campaign, has opened up a 6 point lead over his Republican opponent, while the Senate race between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias
and Republican Mark Kirk
remains knotted up as it has been in other surveys, according to a Suffolk University poll
conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 3.
While 54 percent of voters feel it is time to give someone else a chance in the governor's seat, Quinn is leading Republican state Sen. Bill Brady
by 43 percent to 37 percent with 7 percent for Democrat-turned-independent Scott Lee Cohen
, 3 percent for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney
, 1 percent for Libertarian Lex Green
and 8 percent undecided.
"Pat Quinn's TV ads have put Bill Brady under a microscope and are shifting voters' focus away from Quinn's slow progress in dealing with the mess he inherited from Governor Rod Blagojevich," said Suffolk's David Paleologos. "Quinn's efforts to focus voters on Brady's negatives are designed to make Quinn look better in comparison, while solidifying his base of support."
In the Senate race, Kirk leads Giannoulias by 42 percent to 41 percent with 4 percent for Green Part candidate LeAlan Jones
, 3 percent for Libertarian Mike Labno
and 10 percent undecided.
The margin of error for both races is 4.4 points.
A Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll
conducted Sept. 23-28 had Quinn just one point ahead of Brady. The same poll
had Giannoulias two points ahead of Kirk. The poll had a higher number of undecideds than the Suffolk survey.
The campaigns are being waved against a backdrop in which 65 percent of voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction and a majority is pessimistic about improvement on the job front in the next six months.
The major party candidates in both races are viewed negatively by voters.
Quinn is viewed unfavorably by 41 percent and favorably by 38 percent with 19 percent undecided. Voters disapprove of the job he is doing as governor by 46 percent to 40 percent with 14 percent undecided. Brady is viewed unfavorably by 32 percent and favorably by 28 percent, with 34 percent undecided.
Giannoulias is viewed unfavorably by 35 percent and favorably by 28 percent with 27 percent undecided and 10 percent saying they never heard of him. Kirk is viewed unfavorably by 31 percent and favorably by 27 percent, with 32 percent undecided and 10 percent saying they never heard of him.
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One twist in the poll: voters regard President Obama favorably by a 52 percent to 41 percent margin with 6 percent undecided, but they have an even higher opinion of Hillary Clinton, seeing her favorably by 61 percent to 32 percent, with 7 percent undecided.
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