Those numbers, unfortunately, leave me less than optimistic about our state. Here is why:
In another piece of good news for Blagojevich, the poll indicated that most voters aren’t being swayed ei-ther way by a federal investigation into the administration’s hiring practices.
Federal officials recently have been questioning Blagojevich associates about alleged steering of state jobs to political supporters, an issue that has also dogged the governor in the media.
Not surprisingly, a majority of Republican respondents to the new poll viewed the hiring scandal as a ma-jor election issue (more than half said they were less likely to vote for Blagojevich because of it), while an overwhelming majority of Democrats said it would not affect their vote.
When independent voters are factored in, just 22 percent of all poll respondents said the scandal makes them less likely to vote for Blagojevich, while 71 percent said it would not affect their vote.
Don't get me wrong. While I find much of the evidence to this point very damaging to Blagojevich, I'm always in favor of a "innocent until proven guilty" approach.
However, the sad fact is that too many people in Illinois will vote for Blagojevich regardless of any corruption he may represent simply because he has the "D" next to his name on the ballot. This poll just confirms what I've always said.