* AFSCME commissioned a Public Policy Polling poll in appointed GOP Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s Springfield-area district…
The poll found that 37 percent approved of the job Rauner is doing, while 54 percent disapproved and 9 percent were not sure. Rauner’s approval slipped since a similar survey in August 2015, the firm said, when approval was 45 percent and disapproval was 47 percent.
The new poll also found that job approval for Jimenez was 35 percent, with 30 percent disapproving and 35 percent unsure.
This was an automated poll of 552 voters April 14-17 with an MOE of +/-4.2 percent.
* One question asked about AFSCME’s bill that would “avoid a strike or lockout of state workers.” It was backed 60-22…
Another poll question states that Rauner says the bill “takes power from the governor and gives it to unelected arbitrators who are biased toward unions and would make state government too costly. State workers say lawmakers should override the governor’s (expected) veto because the arbitrator is chosen by both sides to be independent and fair, and that the process would help make certain that important public services are not disrupted by a strike or lockout.” Asked which side they agreed with, 58 percent said the state workers, and 32 percent said the governor.
Yet another question asks if people would be more likely to vote for Jimenez or the Democratic challenger if she “sides with Governor Rauner’s (expected) veto of the arbitration bill, forcing state employees to accept the governor’s terms or go on strike and shut down state government. …” In response, 32 percent said they would be more likely to vote for Jimenez, while 47 percent said the push would be toward the Democrat. Another 17 percent said the issue would have no impact, and 4 percent didn’t know.
47 percent means the issue probably isn’t “moving” voters enough to change the election’s outcome.
But, man, the governor sure is one unpopular dude in that GOP district.
…Adding… The full polling memo is here. Respondents said they voted for Romney over Obama 48-38.