Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin are in a competitive race, latest polls say | Image Source
SUGAR GROVE - Illinois voters' disapproval of President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's job performance is likely a factor in a poll Republican Jim Oberweis' campaign released Tuesday, showing Oberweis gaining on Durbin.
Durbin's once-double digit lead has fallen over the past few weeks, showing him at 44% and Oberweis at 38%, a survey of 1340 likely voters interviewed by Harper Polling shows.
“The voters of Illinois are hungry for a new direction,” Oberweis said. “Career politicians like Dick Durbin have made a mess of our economy, our schools and our neighborhoods. They want new policies, not excuses. They want leaders who will act in the public interest, not their own self-interest.”
The voters' dissatisfaction starts at the top. Of those surveyed in the President's home state, 53% said they disapprove of Obama's job performance and 40% said they approved.
Senator Durbin's job approval numbers weren't much better than Obama's. Of those surveyed, 45% said they disapprove of their senior U.S. senator's job performance while 39% said they approve.
“Amid sagging approval ratings and an adverse mid-term political environment, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin finds himself in a competitive race for re-election against Republican Jim Oberweis,” said Brock McCleary, President of Harper Polling.
This latest poll lines up with other surveys published recently. Monday, a Sun-Times poll showed Oberweis behind by 7 points. Less than two weeks ago, the Durbin campaign refused to release their own poll numbers - a sign those numbers are not what they expected.