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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.

Illinois Governor: Votes Favor Quinn, but Voters Prefer Rauner’s Business Background

Sun Times, 10/8

Illinois Governor

  • Pat Quinn – Democrat – 44.5%
  • Bruce Rauner – Republican – 41%

The Sun Times newest poll has added to the drama that has become the Illinois Governor race. The election is dead-even despite the Democrat Pat Quinn’s lead over his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. Quinn netted 44.5 percent of the vote, to Rauner’s 41 percent. However, these numbers were well within the polls 3 percent margin of error.

In the previous month, Quinn was up by 3 points in a CBS News poll, and 2 points in a Rasmussen Reports poll. He has been consistent in the polls, but voters have revealed that they trust Rauner more.

When asked who they would trust more to deal with reform, 37.38 percent chose Rauner and only 26.12 percent Quinn. This is odd considering the Republicans are not usually known as reformers.

41.65 percent of voters also preferred Rauner’s business background to the 24.11 percent that chose Quinn’s political background. 25.7 percent believed that both backgrounds are in important, and 8.53 percent believed that neither background is important.

Voters are interested in both candidates, so much so, that 63.85 percent of them claimed that they will watch the debate.

The two candidates have resulted to dirty tactics throughout the election. Quinn has attacked Rauner’s business background which has included bankruptcies, lawsuits, and criminal investigations, while Rauner has called Quinn a career politician who is too-cozy, has ties to heavy power brokers, and who is corrupt.

“This is about what kind of values and leadership will be in the Governor’s Office for the next four years — will the people of Illinois have a champion who makes the tough decisions and fights for the middle class like Gov. Quinn does? Or will they have someone like billionaire Bruce Rauner who fights for himself and his wealthy friends at the expense of everyone else? People have a very clear choice to make,” said Brooke Anderson a spokeswoman for Quinn.

“We’ve always expected the polls to bounce back and forth, but it’s clear voters are ready for a clean break from twelve years of failure under Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn,” said Mike Schrimpf, a Rauner spokesman.

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Shock Poll: Bruce Rauner Takes 13-Point Lead Over Democratic Incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois

Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America, 8/6
Illinois Governor

  • Rauner (R): 51
  • Quinn (D): 38

It’s not a shock that Republican Bruce Rauner leads Illinois’ Democratic incumbent Governor Pat Quinn but up until now he has led by just 3-5 percent. A new Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America poll, however, has found Rauner trouncing Quinn by 13 percent in the latest survey.

The poll, conducted on August 6, sampling 1,085 likely voters with a 3.1 margin of error, finds businessman Bruce Rauner leading Governor Pat Quinn by a margin of 51-38.

In July, a Rasmussen poll had Rauner up by 5 percent and a CBS News/New York Times poll had Rauner up by 3 percent.

Among the poll’s respondents, 11 percent of likely voters say they remain undecided.

“While Mr. Rauner continues to enjoy a 13-point lead, this race will certainly tighten dramatically barring any unforeseen events,” We Ask America COO Gregg Durham told The Sun-Times. “An incumbent governor in a state with the sizable problems Illinois has often suffers in early polls with those who would have a tendency to back his party but may be disappointed with his performance. However, those same voters usually ‘come home’ on election day. Keep that in mind.”

“I think Rauner’s claim to ‘shake up Springfield’ may be resonating with voters,” Durham added. “It’s been in his TV ads and a big part of his speeches. Plus, it’s hard for a public official who has been around as long as Gov. Quinn to wear the reform hat when he’s been part of the system for so long.”