Skip to comments.Poll Finds Many Illinois Voters Unhappy With Choice of Senate Candidates
Posted on 09/30/2010 9:54:51 AM PDT by Maelstorm
Voters have starkly negative views of both candidates, each of whom has struggled in the campaign with stories that have hurt them. (Giannoulias had to spend time dealing with questions about the dealings of his family's bank, which ultimately failed, and Kirk had to acknowledge embellishing on his military service record).
Forty-seven percent see Kirk unfavorably compared to 33 percent who regard him favorably, with 20 percent undecided. Giannoulias is seen unfavorably by a 48 percent to 33 percent margin, with 20 percent undecided. In mid-August, 34 percent had seen Kirk unfavorably and 42 percent saw Giannoulias unfavorably which suggests that the larger number of voters who were undecided last month had joined the ranks of the disillusioned.
It's no surprise, then, that a plurality of voters -- 45 percent -- wish someone better was running,
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Kirk is not the candidate that should be running in this race this year. He only lucked out in the primary and he likes talking about his role in the Lame Duck congress but the truth is he is the one who has been ducking. Hes been ducking debates (didnt debate once with Patrick Hughes), ducking his record which would make a liberal Dem proud. I know plenty of folks like to justify voting for this quiet chameleon but he will be absolutely the worst Senator we could possibly have outside of having Barbara Boxer join the Republican Party.
I believe there is an opportunity for conservatives and the Tea Party in this race. Mike Labno who Ive had the opportunity to talk to personally is a credible candidate. He is a devote catholic, his mother died when he was a child and he was raised by his widowed father, he is Pro-Life and receives the highest rating from Pro-Life orgs, he is not a social liberal and favors states rights on the issues of Immigration and Same Sex Marriage. He supports a strong National security though he does not believe nation building has served us in Iraq and Afghanistan and in my conversations with him he expressed a deep love for the troops and a committment to provide resources and funding for them even if he disagrees with the conflict or the way we got into it.
Mike is a self made man. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and got his start working on hot rods. He is a Construction foreman by profession and is a union member but he does not support Card Check or liberal union policies. He is also a musician and volunteers at his church, the Chicago Guardian Angels, and the World Security Bureau where he provided security and for victims of domestic violence escorting them to court hearings. He is also involved with local TEA Parties.
He is an awesome candidate and not one of the typical out there libertarians. He is a Jefforsonian Libertarian who used to be a Republican but got fed up with the party. I think Mike deserves the support of conservatives in this race we have just enough time to kick both Alexi and Kirk to the side.
Dont take my word for it. Contact him and talk to him at his web site or here on FreeRepublic.
I’d vote for a convicted axe murderer before I’ vote for either the RINO or the Dem running.
Kirk and Alexi remind me of a bit on the first season of Futurama, where the two major party political candidates for President of Earth in the year 3,000 were not just alike, they were clones of the same guy.
Just wait until Chicago is given a choice for mayor.
Talk about depression.
It boils down to two things:
1. NO LEADERSHIP
2. NO PRINCIPLES
NEITHER of these candidates have them.
Is one of those running?
Was planning on leaving that vote blank. I’ll vote for Labno. Makes no difference if the “Republican” or the Democrat wins. We lose with both.
except that, if the Republicans were to take back the Senate, Harry Reid (if he wins his election) would lose his Majority Leader position--which would be worth it--to me... ha! would love to see that... would be even better if he loses the election...
BTW, The Constitution Party candidate for Illinois U.S. Senate, Randy Stufflebeam, may, also, qualify for ballot status, before November 2. Randy is, still, fighting in court to get onto the ballot.
Yes, that’s exactly why a lot of us are voting for Kirk - not because we like him or can even stand him, but simply because it could give the Republican/Tea Party the majority in Senate, with all the ramifications. Kirk would be a fool to think we like him though - we’d just as soon punch him in the face.
Thanks. You are exactly right. Too many “blue” states offer no choice for voters. You get your choice of radical social leftist Democrats & Republicans who are also both mostly fiscal liberals. I’ve heard people say they ate voting for Kirk because he is a fiscal conservative but that only shows they don’t know his record. It is like sprinkling chocolate chips on a cow pie & calling it a cookie.
It’s really hard to muster up sympathy for the people of IL!
Not asking for sympathy but realize that outside of Chicago and Cook county, the rest of Illinois is overwhelmingly conservative and Chicago itself even has conservatives, there are some on this very forum.
We won’t win the Senate if we don’t beat Reid.
“It boils down to two things:
1. NO LEADERSHIP
2. NO PRINCIPLES
NEITHER of these candidates have them.”
Y'all just keep on throwing your fellow conservatives under the bus, even if they do live in Illinois.
Well, a pox on your house sir, here's to hoping the big city liberals that infest this state move to yours.
1. NO LEADERSHIP
2. NO PRINCIPLES
Au Contraire! Alexi Giannioulias (or however the hell it's spelled) was one of the leading crooks in Broadway bank siphoning off $142 million causing the bank to go under, AND he was also the leading reasons that many families in Illinois lost their kids college funds through Alexi's gambling with the state's 529 fund losing more than 60% of the money!
Don't get me started on that gay as a fruit cake Mark Kirk. What I have to say about him just isn't fit for public consumption on a reasonably civil political forum.
Since you and I both live in Illinois, I can say this and you'll know exactly what I mean by it:
Never underestimate the stupidity of the average Illinois voter.
One would think that with such truly bad candidates as Quinn and Giannoulias that the Republican Party in this state could finally front two superior candidates and win back at least two statewide seats.
The reality is however that Giannoulias and Kirk are 'neck and neck' for the Senate Seat once held by Obama, and Bill Brady is only ahead by the margin of error against Pat Quinn in the Governor's race.
Brady is the ONE candidate I'm actually happy to vote for in the upcoming elections, and even still I can't believe that he's only 3 percentage points ahead of Quinn. Last month he was double-digits ahead, now it's down to the margin of error.
Considering three of our past five Governors were in jail (Dan Walker) are in jail (George Ryan) or are on their way to jail (Blagojevich, if he ever actually gets convicted!) is it any wonder this state's in the mess it's in?
As I said, never underestimate the stupidity of the average Illinois voter. Add to that: Don't underestimate the ability of the Illinois Republican Party's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
You and I both know it's them URBAN city dwellers that outnumber the rest of us in this state and as a result THEY decide who wins over the rest of us.
This is why I'm looking for help and funding for my master plan:
First, we cut Chicago off from the rest of the state. Get a big sawzall and cut it out like the cancer it is.
Second, we give it a good hard kick out to the middle of lake Michigan and let it sink.
Third, we shoot anyone who makes it back to shore.
I think that's the fastest way to clean up elections in this state, just my opinion though, YMMV.
“It is like sprinkling chocolate chips on a cow pie & calling it a cookie.”
Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call it a pie?
It’s small cowpie. :-)
Thanks BillyBoy. I have good feelings about this race. 4 weeks is a short period of time but it can be done. Mike is already polling above past libertarian numbers his problem is name Rec. People who find out about him want to vote for him.
Why isn’t the Tea Party groups endorsing Labno. I went to his website and the guy is impressive. We need to get the word out about him to people in IL. Set up a money bomb for him or something.
I’m not overly concerned about that poll (which shows Scott Lee Cohen with a shocking 14%) or the one showing Quinn up 1.
If Rassmussen shows a close race then I’d start to worry.
The polls I’ve seen show Quinn/Brady neck and neck, and Giannoulias/Kirk neck and neck. Do you have something different that says otherwise?
The latest PPP poll (Sep 30) shows Brady up 42-35. Same time frame as the Trib poll showing Quinn up 1 and the CNN poll showing Brady up 2.
The last Rasmussen poll (Sep 14) shows Brady up 50-37.
I’d be pretty shocked if Quinn won at this point.
You and me both, but as I said above, "never underestimate the stupidity of the average Illinois voter."
Good news for Conservatives, This may take Mark Kirk Down...
And that makes them different from a bunch of other states how?