Paul linked to this yesterday, but I thought it deserved more play….
RASMUSSEN REPORTS, Fox Chicago Illinois poll [Edited slightly for more clarity]
Survey of 500 Likely Illinois Voters, taken August 22, 2007…
1 - How do you rate the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as President? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
1% Not Sure
* BUSH TOTALS: 32% good or excellent… 67% fair or poor…
2 - How do you rate the way that Rod Blagojevich is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
1% Not Sure
* BLAGOJEVICH TOTALS: 22% good or excellent… 78% fair or poor…
So, in a pretty heavily Democratic state, Gov. Blagojevich is polling much worse than an enormously unpopular, lame duck Republican president. Truly horrendous.
By comparison, a July 12th poll by Ask Illinois found Blagojevich’s job approval as follows…
The new Rasmussen poll also shows that Illinoisans are very pessimistic about the present and the future…
8 - Looking out over the next couple of years, will the quality of life in Illinois get better, worse, or stay about the same?
39% The Same
5% Not Sure
9 - How do you rate the economy in Illinois today—Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
0% Not Sure
10 - Over the next couple of years will the economy in Illinois get better or worse?
26% The Same
10% Not Sure
And here’s the big kicker…
11 - Who is most to blame for the government’s budget stalemate—Governor Rod Blagojevich, the state legislature, special interest groups, or voters?
19% State Legislature
20% Special Interest Groups
7% Not Sure
The voters seem to grasp the problem pretty well.