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PPP poll: Kaegi leads Berrios 44-27

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

* Press release…

Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago released a new poll by Public Policy Polling on the Democratic race for Cook County Assessor in the March 20th primary election. The poll is the first to be publicly released in the race for Assessor. Since June 2017, Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago has made fixing the assessment process a key priority.

The polling memo shows that Our Revolution-endorsed candidate Fritz Kaegi with a large 44-27 lead over incumbent and Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios. After voters are informed about both candidates, Kaegi’s lead jumps to 51% while Berrios’ support shrinks to 20%.

Berrios has overseen a property tax assessment system that unfairly overassesses homeowners in working and middle-class neighborhoods—especially in Black and Latino communities—while giving tax breaks to billionaires and owners of downtown skyscrapers.

“Voters are tired of pay-to-play and corruption by Joe Berrios and are ready for new leadership,” said Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago co-chair, Clem Balanoff. “Fritz will fix the broken system that punishes working and middle-class families, Blacks and Latinos, and will bring fairness and transparency to the Assessor’s office.”

“It is long past time for the Democratic Party to keep attempting to prop-up and cover-up for Joe Berrios. Institutional racism is not acceptable. Joe must go.” concluded Balanoff.

Joe Berrios was recently fined $41,000 for violating the Cook County Ethics Ordinance by taking political contributions in excess of legal limits. Joe Berrios has raised over $5 million for political committees he controls, over half of which comes from those who do business with his office. Joe Berrios has taken pay-to-play to a whole new level.

PPP surveyed likely Democratic primary voters in Cook County from February 6-7, 2018.

Our Revolution Illinois is dedicated to building on Bernie Sanders’ core set of values — the values and agenda that electrified Illinois voters in the March 2016 primary and won Bernie Sanders 24 of 50 wards in Chicago, 79 of Illinois’ 102 counties, 11 of 18 congressional districts and almost a million votes across the state.

* Polling memo…

From: Anniken Williams, Public Policy Polling
To: Interested Parties
Subject: Fritz Kaegi Has Big Lead For Cook County Asssessor
Date: February 8, 2018

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Democratic candidate Fritz Kaegi has a big lead in the upcoming Democratic primary election for Cook County Assessor. Kaegi is getting 44%, in contrast to Joseph Berrios who only receives 27% of the vote. After voters are informed about both candidates, Kaegi’s lead increases from 17 points to a 31 point lead over Berrios. 51% of voters say they will vote for Kaegi in the March election for Cook County Assessor, while Berrios’ support shrinks to 20% on the informed ballot.

Key findings from the survey include:

    - Cook County voters are impressed by Kaegi’s promises to clean things up. A majority (52%) say they are more likely to vote for Kaegi after learning that he will clean things up by making tax assessments fair and ending pay-to-play policies currently in place in the office.

    - When voters learn that Joe Berrios has been fined $41,000 recently by the Cook County Ethics Board for taking political contributions from those who do business with his office, fully 69% say they’re less likely to support him.

PPP surveyed 757 likely Democratic primary voters in Cook Co., IL from February 6-7, 2018. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.6%. This poll was conducted by automated telephone interviews for Our Revolution Illinois.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - ItsMillerTime - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:33 pm:

    If Kaegi wins I hope he sticks with his promises, the people of Cook County deserve an honest and fair elected official.


  2. - Roman - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    I hope that poll is correct.

    Would love to see some polling on the County Board Prez race. Given the heat Preckwinkle caught for the pop tax, you’d figure her re-election would be getting more attention. Maybe that’s a good thing for Bob Fioretti.


  3. - Huh - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    This explains why Berrios wants Raila in…


  4. - m - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:49 pm:

    Keep it up.


  5. - Anonish - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    Wow. If that plays out that is huge. I’m curious how they weighted with no live calls.


  6. - qualified someone nobody sent - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 2:54 pm:

    One on one Kaegi CAN WIN as I’ve indicated before. Well funded and being supported by three African American Congressmen doesn’t hurt either. Looks like Joe is going out the route his daughter Toni did…via Democrats who’ve had enough of the “old school” way of operating. Toni Preckwinkle better wake up and cut ties with this political albatross


  7. - Sue - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    Just wai to see the last minute bonuses Berrios hands out if he loses. His family members might actually have to find real jobs


  8. - Sue - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    It’s Miller Time- I guess there is a first time for everything


  9. - TopHatMonocle - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    This poll seems off to me. I find it hard to believe that 44% of voters know who Kaegi is, much less having decided to vote for him already.


  10. - walker - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:25 pm:

    Is Berrios the accessible proxy for Madigan?


  11. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    Go Kaegi go.

    If Berrios loses does he get to keep being the Cook County Dem chair?


  12. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:29 pm:

    TopHatMonacle- the voters only have to know who berrios is for kaegi to poll this high and this race has got a ton of ink thanks to all the property tax frenzy injected to the statewide races


  13. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Congrats to the Kaegi campaign for being the first campaign I’ve ever seen spend $1 million dollars and nobody knows who the candidate is.


  14. - scafish - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    Our Revolution is off to a great start in making Illinois more progressive. They are supporting Biss, they were early endorsers for Kaegi, and they are working hard on the southwest side to end the Burke dynasty, starting with Dan Burke. Trump’s lawyer, Ed Burke has had too much power for too long. Thank you to Our Revolution for fighting the good fight.


  15. - Rutro - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    After dorthy brown was re-elected I’ll wait until the votes are counted.


  16. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    Would love to see those old-folks skewing crosstabs.


  17. - The Blimp - Friday, Feb 9, 18 @ 4:34 pm:

    Poll is rather premature, as Kaegi does not have name recognition. Or trouble for Berrios if just hearing his name gets you to vote for the other guy. I am going to look into Kaegi a bit, Change is something I do want.


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