Republican Bruce Rauner holds a 12 point lead over Democrat Pat Squeezy Quinn in the polls.
Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan has always been thought of as unbeatable.
Daughter of State Democratic Party Chairman and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, Lisa was considered a possible challenger to Quinn or a lock on a future Senate seat.
But Democrat’s assault on public employee pensions is proving toxic. As is any relationship to the one who insisted on Senate Bill 1, Michael Madigan.
The same polls now show the once popular Attorney General below a 50% approval rating.
Always a dangerous place to be 3 months before an election.
The same poll shows support for honoring pension promises is overwhelming.
One question asked whether the person surveyed would be more or less likely to vote for someone whose “Father is Illinois Speaker of the House and as Attorney General has rarely pursued political corruption cases.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, 60 percent said that would make them less likely or not likely at all to vote for the candidate, and only 13 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote for her.
As for pensions?
Illinois is deeply in debt which of the following do you believe is most responsible for the hugh debt: Public employee Pensions; state tax and fee increases; Political corruption or failed political leadership?
23% Public employee Pensions
11% State Tax/Fee increases
29% Political corruption
29% Failed political leadership
8% Don’t Know
Only one quarter of the voters that were asked blamed pensions. Nearly 70% blamed unfair taxes, corruption and a failure of leadership.
Do you support pension reform that would include a reduction in benefits to public employees?
6% Don’t Know