NORTH CAROLINA - Public Policy Polling (PPP) says that Illinoisans overwhelmingly want unemployment benefits reinstated. Last week, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) voted against extending federal benefits for the jobless. A vote that could hurt him in 2016.
In a recent survey of 506 Illinois voters, PPP found that 63% support extending unemployment benefits, while only 31% opposed it.
Reinstating benefits predictably has near total support from Illinois Democrats - 83%. But it also enjoys support from Illinois Republicans - 44% of Republicans.
According to PPP, "By a 9 point margin Illinois voters say they’re less likely to support Kirk in 2016 because of his vote on this issue. 40% say it hurt their chances of voting for him in the future to just 31% who consider it a positive. ...Kirk won by less than 2 points in 2010 despite it being a strong year for Republicans years ever. That gives him very little margin for error having to run for reelection with a Presidential year electorate in 2016, and like Portman he’s largely undefined with 39% of voters having no opinion about him to 28% who approve and 32% who disapprove. That makes an unpopular vote like this particularly risky for him."