* I told subscribers about a new Rasmussen Reports poll earlier this week, but I figured it was time to clue in the blog as well.
Rasmussen asked: How do you rate the way that Rod Blagojevich is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
Zero percent rated Gov. Blagojevich performance as “excellent.”
As we used to say in Germany: “Nix, Nein, Frankenstein.”
Last month, 3 percent rated Blagojevich’s performance as “excellent,” which ain’t much, but it was at least something.
* Here are this month’s Blagojevich job approval results with last month’s in parentheses…
Excellent 0 (3)
Good 4 (9)
Fair 29 (28)
Poor 65 (60)
Not sure 1 (0)
Notice that his “poor” rating has risen from 60 to 65 percent.
* The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s David Morrison comments over at Illinoize…
A 2000 General Election exit survey I found on-line suggests that 32% Illinois voters held a favorable view of then-Gov. George Ryan, which was after the first two dozen Operation Safe Roads convictions but still nearly three years before he was indicted and four years before his conviction. It would seem that George Ryan was 8 times as popular as Gov. Blagojevich.
* Blagojevich’s rating is even below President Bush’s, according to Rasmussen: How do you rate the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as President? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?
0% Not sure
* Another question from Rasmussen: Have things in Illinois gotten better, worse or stayed the same since Rod Blagojevich became governor?
25% Stayed the same
4% Not sure
* These sorts of stories aren’t helping…
The Blagojevich administration still isn’t saying how many people might be affected by an ill-fated health insurance program the governor launched last year.
A day after a Cook County judge ordered the administration to dismantle the FamilyCare expansion program, the administration wouldn’t say how many people might be left in the lurch from the decision.
‘’We are currently reviewing the decision and are determining how many people would be affected, but the governor is committed to making sure that these families continue to get the insurance they need,'’ said Annie Thompson, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
It is not clear why the administration hasn’t said how many people are enrolled in the program, which offered state-backed health insurance to people earning 400 percent of the poverty level, or up to $83,000 annually for a family of four.
What a disaster.
* Speaking of disasters, an overwhelming majority of respondents said they were cutting back on their holiday spending, which generally drives the nation’s economy…
* This holiday season, will you spend more or less on gifts than you did last year?
23% About the same
2% Not sure
* More poll results…
* Should the Illinois State Constitution be amended to give voters the opportunity to recall statewide elected officials?
20% Not sure
* Do you favor or oppose Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic games?
10% Not sure
* Senate Election
Not sure 7%
* 2008 Presidential General Election Match-Ups
Not sure 5%
* In terms of how you will vote for President, are you primarily interested in National Security issues such as the War with Iraq and the War on Terror, Economic issues such as jobs and economic growth, Domestic Issues like Social Security and Health Care, Cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, or Fiscal issues such as taxes and government spending?
50% Economic Issues
19% National Security Issues
9% Domestic Issues
8% Cultural Issues
8% Fiscal Issues
6% Not sure
The economy is everything.
[Illinois Survey of 500 Likely Voters Conducted October 13, 2008. Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5%.]