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Poll: Majority of southern IL voters unhappy with government

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

A majority of southern Illinois voters are upset with lawmakers and the direction they're taking the government, according to a new poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The poll found that nearly 80 percent of registered voters in the 18 most southern counties of Illinois feel the state and nation are headed in the wrong direction. Less than 15 percent of those polled think Illinois and the country are on the right track.

“These results probably reflect some of Illinois’ current conflicts," John Jackson said, a visiting professor at the institute. "Most polls show that more people feel their state is doing better than the nation. Not here."

According to the poll, 37.4 percent approve of Governor Bruce Rauner's performance and 50.7 percent disapprove. One in eight had no opinion about the Republican.

According to the poll, 30.4 percent approve of Senator Mark Kirk's performance and 22.9 percent disapprove. The poll showed that 46.6 percent of voters don't know how they feel about the Senator

Also according to the poll, 50.6 percent approve of Senator Richard Durbin's performance and 33.5 percent disapprove. Sixteen percent of voters don't know how they feel about the Senator.

“Voters here have been in a bad mood and they continue to be,” David Yepsen said, director of the institute.

“The only surprise is how many people don’t have an opinion about Sen. Kirk. For a statewide Republican incumbent to have such ambivalent ratings down here isn’t a good sign for him as he heads into a tough re-election campaign. He needs to be running well in this area to offset Democratic strengths elsewhere in the state,” he said. 

Visiting institute professor Charlie Leonard said southern Illinois is a conservative area and is surprised the governor is lacking in the polls.

Between September 22 and October 2, 401 registered voters were interviewed by telephone in the state's 18 most southern counties, including Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, Washington, White and Williamson. 

To view the crosstabs and questions asked in the poll click here.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

The survey was paid for with non-tax dollars from the institute’s endowment fund. 

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