WASHINGTON - "Who's Mark Kirk?" That's the response from most people when asked their impression of Illinois' junior U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey taken the last week of November. If he were to be challenged by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2016, the race would be very close. PPP reports:
Almost halfway through his first term, Mark Kirk is one of the most anonymous Senators in the country. 32% approve of him, 32% disapprove, and the largest percentage at 37% doesn't have an opinion about him one way or the other.
According to the poll, Kirk tracks better with Democrats than Republicans:
What's interesting about Kirk's numbers though is that while Republicans are not that enthused about him (only a 35/27 approval), Democrats don't really have much of a problem with him compared to most Republican Senators (a 23/35 approval).
That crossover support means he might not be an easy out in 2016- he ties Lisa Madigan at 41 in a hypothetical head to head, taking 15% of the Democratic vote while losing only 11% of Republicans.