Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is one of the least popular governors in the United States, according to a new poll, and would lose in 2014 to two of three Republicans who might be interested in his job.
The Chicago Sun-Times
reported today that only 25 percent of voters approve of the job Quinn is doing, while 64 percent disapprove, a survey by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling firm found.
The polling firm said the results of the voter survey indicate that Quinn is “the most unpopular governor [it] has polled on anywhere in the country this year," the Sun-Times noted.
According to the survey, it Quinn ran for re-election today, he would lose to Republican State Sen. Kirk Dillard by a 44-37 percent margin, or to Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford by a 43-39 percent.
Quinn spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, blamed the poll results on the fact that Quinn has been dealing with difficult subjects, such as Medicaid reform and tax increases, which aren't popular with voters but essential to the state.
The poll also revealed that Quinn is vulnerable to a primary challenge, although no Democrat has announced plans to run against him.
According to the survey results, Quinn would trail Bill Daley, the ex-U.S. Commerce secretary and brother of former Mayor Richard Daley, by a 37-34 percent margin, and would also lose to Attorney General Lisa Madigan by a 64-20 percent margin in a primary matchup.
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