Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Illinois Politics and Polling

This article by the Southern Illinoisan highlights the results of a recent set of polling data for Illinois politics. It's fairly expansive, but the most important numbers include Gov. Rod Blagojevich leading Republican challenger Judy Baar Topinka 47-39.

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.

8 comments:

-Murphy said...

You omit that there are just as many who will do the same for anyone that lists an "R" next to their name. If anything, the poll is an indictment of both sides who view politics more as team sports than a means to implement policy. Mindlessly voting for politicians of the party one has chosen to align oneself with is not, by a long, long shot, a uniquely Democratic phenomenon.

Hal said...

You make a fair point.

It just seems more prevalent in IL for it to be a Democratic party trend. Chicago seems to have a long history of this, but the St. Louis area (IL side, of course) also trends this way.

Steve the Troll said...

I'll vote for a corrupt democratic governor whose actions have not ruined my country before I ever vote for a corrupt republican president who takes my country into a war on terror in a country without a terror problem in the first place and THEN asks my children to pay for it...

Hal said...

Steve, you people never fail to make everything about Bush.

Guess what? The choice isn't "Bush or Blagojevich."

Steve the Troll said...

Sorry. I was just trying to put things in terms that you might understand.

You might want to read the Downing Street Memo, and then we can talk about how you voted for Bush, who is corrupt (and perhaps insane, according to the memo). This would be similar to people from IL voting for B-Rod despite a federal investigation of an alleged hiring scandal.

Please note that the Downing Street Memo is confirmed, and the B-Rod stuff is not. If B-Rod turns out to be corrupt, I would not vote for him, just like I didn't vote for Bush, who was/is corrupt.

Steve the Troll said...

Hey, by the way, B-Rod reminded me today that he was not on duty when George Ryan was going to town. However, Judy Barr-Topinka was. I'm not saying she was a party to these crimes, but she didn't exactly try to do anything about it, either...

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing, it has become commonplace to say the most hateful, nonsensical insults you can possibly fling at a person towards Bush.
Yet, you say "Clinton wasn't a good President," and you suddenly have to watch to make sure you don't lose your broadcasting license (ABC), or suddenly get killed in some freak accident (EVERYONE that had Whitewater evidence). For me, I welcome it. There's no greater promotion for the Republican Party than hearing the filth that comes from the left. You can quote me on that.

Steve the Troll said...

Can you remind us all who got killed during the Whitewater investigation? It would help if you could cite a source.

Also, what kind of filth is coming from the left? We're not attacking Bush as a person (which is what Republicans did to Clinton)...we attack his policies, because that's what matters. He can be dumb as a rock, or have an affair in office, but none of that is our business...all that matters is how he runs this country.