BATAVIA - If a Kane County poll is indicative of the mood of other likely voters around the state, Governor Pat Quinn and the Democrats are in big trouble. A "We Ask America" survey taken last week among 1,266 voters in the far western suburb shows that nearly 6 out of 10 voters "disapprove" of the job Governor Quinn is doing and nearly half lay the blame for Illinois' problems on the state's Democrats.
The poll, commisseioned by the Kane County Republican Advisory Council (KCRAC) found that 58.46% disapprove of Quinn's performance as governor, while 32.34% approve, leaving 9.20% with no opinion.
When asked which political party is most at fault for the problems in Springfield, 48.15% of the Kane County voters said Democrats, 21.05% said Republicans and 28.99% said both parties were to blame.
With a focus on employer and economic policy, the KCRAC Chairman Jim Gaffney said, “Illinois continues to lose jobs to neighboring states and lag behind the nation in economic recovery. Local voters need to think about the ultimate consequences of this state’s economic policies when they cast their ballots next spring and fall. We simply cannot afford to keep driving employers away.”
The poll asked the voters what the possible causes they thought were the most to blame for a continuing high unemployment rate in Illinois, and their frustration came through loud and clear. While 8.64% blame the state's policies for the high unemployment numbers, 2. 29% blames the tax hike and 8.15% pointed to "other taxes." But the vast majority of the responders - 64.35% pointed to all three causes - policies, tax hike and other taxes - as the reason why Illinois is not recovering as quickly as neighboring states.
“Nearly 80 percent of Kane County voters believe that this state’s economic and tax policies are to blame for our continuing failure to grow jobs in Illinois,” Gaffney said. “We interpret the poll findings to indicate that voters of all persuasions want lawmakers to work together and put economic development back on track. While Democrats have controlled Springfield for more than a decade, we believe that it will take a truly bipartisan effort to get the economy back on track.”
More details on the KCRAC poll can be found at www.kcrac.org .