The deeply unpopular Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is behind all four of his potential Republican primary opponents, a new poll released Tuesday showed.
The Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll
shows state Sen. Bill Brady topping Quinn 48 percent to Quinn's 39 percent; state Sen. Kirk Dillard and state treasurer Dan Rutherford both got 46 percent of the likely voters compared to 37 percent for Quinn, and wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner led Quinn
47 percent to 39 percent.
"Pat Quinn has made a career out of overcoming the odds and the electorate clearly know more about him than the others," said pollster Gregg Durham. "When that balances out, we may see a dramatically different picture."
Last November — the last survey of Quinn's standing for re-election — Public Policy Polling found the 2014 gubernatorial race a "toss up,"
even as Quinn "continues to be one of the most unpopular governors in the country."
In the We Ask America poll, Quinn's job performance ratings remained dismal, with 59 percent of likely voters saying they disapproved of the job he's doing, and just 29 percent who approve of how he's doing his job.
The incumbent governor did best in Chicago, crushing Brady 63-25, and polling similarly against the other three Republicans, the survey showed.
But the Republicans topped Quinn an average 6 points in the Chicago suburbs and an average 12 points in blue collar communities outside of Cook County, the poll found.
In southern Illinois, the governor trailed a whopping 30 percentage points against the GOP field, the poll found.
The self-described party affiliation in the poll was 22 percent Republican, 38 percent Democratic, and 40 percent independent.
The poll has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.
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