* Latest Paul Simon Public Policy poll…
Generally speaking, do you think things in our country are going in the right direction, or are they off track and heading in the wrong direction?
Right direction 27%
Wrong direction 64%
Don’t know 9%
And what about the direction of the State of Illinois? Generally speaking, are things in Illinois going in the right direction, or are they off track and heading in the wrong direction?
Right direction 9%
Wrong direction 84%
Don’t know 7%
And how are things [in your local area? Are they] going in the right direction, or are they off track and heading in the wrong direction?
Right direction 54%
Wrong direction 37%
Don’t know 10%
* From the Institute…
“Voters have been more negative about the state of Illinois than the rest of the country since the inception of our poll in 2008,” said Charlie Leonard, an Institute visiting professor and one of the designers of the poll. “It is notable that the state ratings are still 20 percentage points more negative than the national ratings and there is an 18% gap between Illinois and the nation on the ‘right direction’ option.”
* Respondents were also asked “Do you favor or oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana if it is taxed and regulated like alcohol?”…
So, maybe if we legalized it the public might be happier with the way things are going here? Just sayin.
* Back to the press release…
Two-thirds (66%) of Illinois voters said they favored this measure compared to nearly one-third (32% who opposed. Those favoring were 46% who strongly favored and 20% who favored legalization compared to 24% who strongly opposed and 8% who opposed and 3% were unsure.
Downstate voters favored legalization by a 58% to 40% margin; Chicago favored by 77% to 22% and suburban Chicago and the collar counties favored by 66% to 31%. Democrats favored by 78% to 20%; Republicans were evenly divided at 49% favor and 49% opposed and Independents favored by 62% to 36%.
Methodology is here.