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Illinois Governor: One Percentage Point Separates Rauner and Quinn

Rasmussen Reports, 10/20 – 10/22

Illinois Governor

  • Bruce Rauner – Republican – 48%
  • Pat Quinn – Democrat – 47%
  • Other – 2%
  • Undecided – 4%

Splitting hairs is the best way to describe the Illinois Governor election. Rasmussen Reports issued a new political poll showing how close this race is. The poll asked 1,000 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate, secured 48 percent of the votes, while his Democrat challenger, Pat Quinn, had 47 percent. 2 percent of voters liked a different candidate, and 4 percent were undecided.

In July, Rauner had 44 percent of the vote to Quinn’s 39 percent, while in late September, 42 percent liked Rauner, and 44 percent Quinn. Rauner has blown the lead down the stretch and this election is now a toss-up.

Rauner’s favorability rating was respectable. He scored 54 percent of the vote, while his opponent only had a favorability rating of 47 percent. Both candidates are recognizable in the eyes of the voters.

In terms of trust and other related questions. 46 percent of voters trust Rauner to deal with government spending, while only 40 percent say the same about Quinn.

On the issue of taxes, 45 percent trust Rauner and only 40 percent Quinn.

For social issues, Quinn came out ahead with 45 percent of the vote to Rauner’s 39 percent.

Lastly, when it comes to government ethics and corruption, 44 percent believe that Rauner is the better candidate to Quinn’s 36 percent.

The party split for this poll was 31 percent Republican, 42 percent Democrat, and 26 percent other. Still, the Republican candidate secured more votes in a poll that should have been dominated by the Democrats.

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune.