Since his narrow re-election last November, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed into law some major legislative undertakings: an increase of the income tax from three to five percent; a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples; an end to the state's death penalty. He's also had to steer the ship of state through some rocky economic times, negotiating a massive budget deficit.
Apparently, this hasn't made him particularly popular with his constituents.
A new poll from We Ask America shows Quinn's overall approval ratings at a paltry 30.6 percent, significantly lower than the 46 percent of the vote total that elected him to his first full term in office last November. Quinn first took office in January 2009, when then-Governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached.
The survey breaks down Quinn's approval numbers:
For more details from the poll, read the We Ask America blog post here.
Fortunately for the Governor, he's not up for re-election until 2014. But as Rich Miller at the Capitol Fax rightly points out, "Democratic legislators have to be experiencing serious indigestion problems right about now. They’re all up next year."
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