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Poll: 60 percent give Rauner a negative job rating

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016

* A new Anzalone Liszt Grove Research poll taken June 9-14 of 601 likely voters found that 60 percent rated Gov. Rauner’s job performance as negative, with “Not so good” at 21 percent and “Poor” at 39 percent. Just 33 percent said he was either doing a “Good” (26 percent) or “Excellent” (7 percent) job.

…Adding… It should be noted that this is not a “traditional” way of asking about approval ratings. But there are different ways of asking the question.

50 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Rauner, including 35 percent who had a very unfavorable opinion. Just 35 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Rauner, with a mere 11 percent saying they had a very favorable opinion of him.

By contrast, President Obama’s fave/unfave numbers were 63/34.

* The poll also had some bad news for ComEd and Exelon’s energy proposal and for legislators who vote for it as-is. The wording of the polls seems more professional than the one released earlier this month by Exelon, but they are quite negative. Still, as an issue test, they’re interesting. But the sample size for the competitive legislative district over-sample is probably too small to rely on here.

Click here for the full results. Click here for the summary. Click here for the press release.

* After all the push questions, they found that 81 percent oppose the Exelon bill’s “demand charge.” No surprise, considering the loaded questions, but that’s actually the same result as before the final question was asked. But check this out

Which of the following reasons do you think a legislator in Springfield is most likely to support this law?

    They think it will benefit average utility customers 13%
    They think it will be good for the environment 8%
    Total Positive Reason 21%

    They think it will be good for big corporations 21%
    They took campaign cash from a big utility company 41%
    Total Negative Reason 63%

    [vol] Don’t know/Refused 17%

Which of the following reasons do you think Bruce Rauner is most likely to support this law?

    He thinks it will benefit average utility customers 14%
    He thinks it will be good for the environment 6%
    Total Positive Reason 19%

    He thinks it will be good for big corporations 31%
    He took campaign cash from big utility companies 28%
    Total Negative Reason 59%

    [vol] Don’t know/Refused 21%

The people have a low impression of everybody.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Delimma - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:40 pm:

    It may be low, but is it wrong?

  2. - Jerry - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:43 pm:

    —>The people have a low impression of everybody.

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:43 pm:

    The poll showed Obama with 63% favorable and 34% unfavorable???

  4. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:44 pm:

    That is why I would like to draft the President to run for Governor of The Great State of Illinois!

  5. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:44 pm:

    “Excellent” (7 percent) job.”

    1.4% - These people are the ones with money and they are the ones who matter the most. I don’the care about everyone else.

  6. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:50 pm:

    I don’t think there is any way possible Obama is at 63/34 unless all democrats were polled.

  7. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:51 pm:

    I really must be out to lunch. I think Rauner is horrible. I think Obama is horrible. By the way , I think Trump is horrible. And I think Hillary is horrible. Must be something I ate. But I have been on edge since they took away my Oreos…

  8. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:54 pm:

    60 percent rated Gov. Rauner’s job performance as negative, with “Not so good” at 21 percent and “Poor” at 39 percent. *** 50 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Rauner, including 35 percent who had a very unfavorable opinion.

    Sure makes that Tribune Editorial claiming that “Democrats support him, privately” look like a load of tronc.

    – MrJM

  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:56 pm:

    ===I don’t think there is any way possible Obama is at 63/34===

    Favorable is different than job approval, but…

    ===Obama’s net job-approval rating has risen nearly 20 points since Trump became the G.O.P. front-runner and the party’s inescapable face last summer.===

  10. - The Velour Nail - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:56 pm:

    A Saturday Evening Republican recently told the group I was with rather angrily (three generous cocktails into the evening) that Rauner is a failure because he has not done enough to shut down the government and cut off spending. The guy that made the statement was fired up about Trump and would probably give Rauner a negative rating if polled because in his view Rauner had gone soft and not pushed things over the brink . . . . crazy days. Makes you wonder how much of that 60% could be turned if Rauner truly went over the edge.

  11. - Angry Bird - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:58 pm:


  12. - Reality Check - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:59 pm:

    I don’t think it’s accurate to say “the people have a low impression of everybody”.

    The results you cite suggest that if Rauner and legislators support a bill that benefits big business, most voters would think their motivation would be to benefit big business, or harvest campaign cash.

    President Obama’s 2-1 approval certainly shows that people have a favorable impression of him. His strong approval is the mirror image of Rauner’s strong disapproval, in fact.

  13. - AnonymousOne - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:00 pm:

    Puzzling how anyone other than the untouchable uber wealthy could possibly think Rauner is doing an excellent or even good job. What are his accomplishments to date? Other than ruining a whole lot of peoples’ lives, I can’t think of anything constructive that he’s achieved. If I’m wrong, I’d like to see a list of his improvements in our state.

  14. - Stones - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:04 pm:

    The people are angry - no doubt about it. I’m just not sure how we get past it given events on the state and national level. I truly do worry about the future of our country.

  15. - kimocat - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:07 pm:

    Maybe Ilinoisans are coming slowly around to the sick joke played on them by Rauner and co. As far as Pres. Obama’s ratings responding so well to the phenomenon called Trump — Obama looks like the embodiment of the ultimate statesmen compared to a GOP operatives description of Donald Trump — “Cheeto Jesus.”

  16. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:08 pm:

    Blue dog, you’re not necessarily out of touch unless you foolishly believe that somehow you’re a representative sample of all Illinoisans.

    You’re not.

    Nobody is.

    That’s the inherent beauty of politics.

  17. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:09 pm:

    I am having an Office Space moment. It is like everyday that the Governor gets out of bed is the worst day of his life. So literally, every single day is worse than the one before it. (Wow, that’s messed up-)

  18. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:14 pm:


  19. - ok - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:16 pm:

    Who is “Solar City?” And why are they polling on the Governor’s race? Something doesn’t connect here.

  20. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:20 pm:

    ===Who is “Solar City?” And why are they polling on the Governor’s race?===

    First, use the Google.

    Second, pollsters often throw in political questions on stuff like this. They don’t always release them, however, because, well, they will need a certain governor’s signature. Kudos to them, but, wow.

  21. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:20 pm:

    Hey Capt Fax missed the real good news…BigBrain doesn’t S* as bad as a utility…happy days are here again’

  22. - aunt_petunia - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:21 pm:

    The poll didn’t offer a lower ranking than “Poor”?

  23. - forwhatitsworth - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:36 pm:

    Who are the 7% that would rate Rauner as excellent?

  24. - BEST Dave - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:54 pm:

    To answer your question ok, Solar City is a national rooftop solar developer that opposes the demand charge because of its negative impact on rooftop solar.

    What is most interesting to me about this poll is that before any arguments are presented, right off the bat 81% of Illinois folks oppose demand charges and 78% support net metering. Those results are just stunning.

  25. - Commonsense in Illinois - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 3:19 pm:

    Am I on the banned list? I posted a comment over an hour ago and it hasn’t appeared. If I am banned, let me know so I can pay my fine…serve my time…whatever.

  26. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 3:41 pm:

    Commonsense, sometimes comments are placed in an auto-moderated holding place. I know it’s happened to me and it’s not usually personal (unless we are on the banned list).

  27. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:13 pm:

    ===Obama’s net job-approval rating has risen nearly 20 points since Trump became the G.O.P. front-runner and the party’s inescapable face last summer.===


    Clinton’s negatives are high — until you compare them to Trump’s. His are shockingly high.

    I never thought that Trump actually wanted the gig.I figured he was brand-building, on the cable and radio yakkers’ dime, and was just as surprised as anyone else when he won.

    Now he’s riding the tiger, and he can’t figure out how to stay on or get off.

    When I have my tinfoil hat on, I can see him withdrawing, because the process is “unfair.”

    He’s 70 years old. What, in his history, suggests that he actually wants that brutal job?

  28. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:41 pm:

    I will continue to say this, the numbers do not look good for the Gov right now, but 2 years is forever in politics. If PQ is the the Dems nominee, Rauner will win reelection. If Durbin, Dart, or possibly Kennedy get in the race, the Gov’s office has a good chance of going back to the D’s.

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