Rasmussen will be polling the governor’s race every month. Here are some of the latest numbers (guess I should subscribe to get more details).
State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) leads Governor Rod Blagojevich in an early look at the 2006 campaign for Governor of Illinois.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows Topinka with 48% of the vote while the incumbent Governor attracts 37%.
Blagojevich does better against two other potential challengers. Blagojevich is tied with Ron Gidwitz at 40%. The Governor holds a very slight lead over Jim Oberweis, 43% to 39%.
None of the candidates are viewed favorably by 50% or more of Illinois voters. Blagojevich and Topinka have far higher name recognition than the other candidates.
Topinka is viewed favorably by 46% of voters and unfavorably by 30%. For Blagojevich, it’s 40% favorable and 49% unfavorable. For Gidwitz and Oberweis, a plurality don’t know enough about them to have an opinion.
Illinois voters are evenly divided as to whether the nation’s top priority in Iraq should be getting U.S. soldiers home as soon as possible or insuring a free and stable Iraq.
Notice that Bill Brady isn’t mentioned. This is the second time in recent weeks that a pollster has neglected to include Brady (the Post-Dispatch’s pollster was the first).
Thanks to a commenter for the tip.
UPDATE: I just called Rasmussen and they said Brady will be included in the next survey. Unfortunately for Brady, that won’t be until just before the March primary.