A survey released Thursday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling contained some terrible, no good, very bad news for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his reelection prospects.
According to the PPP, Quinn -- not Scott Walker, Jerry Brown or Rick Scott -- is polling as the nation's least popular governor thanks to an approval rating of just 25 percent.
Further, Quinn lost two of three hypothetical matchups with possible Republican challengers in the 2014 gubernatorial race in Illinois. Both state Sen. Kirk Dillard and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford topped Quinn in their showdowns, while Congressman Aaron Schock lost narrowly to Quinn.
Quinn also trails possible challengers in a Democratic primary big time: According to the PPP, he would trail Bill Daley by three percentage points and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan by a whopping 34 percentage points in the poll of 500 Illinois voters.
(Scroll down to check out the candidates said to be considering running in Illinois' 2014 governor's race.)
Another recent poll has similarly spelled trouble for Gov. Quinn. A Tribune/WGN poll released last month also put the Illinois governor's approval rating at just 26 percent. Only 4 in 10 Democratic respondents to the poll said they supported Quinn. Still, a September poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute put Quinn's approval rating at 42 percent.
Facing the disastrous recent numbers, Quinn reiterated this week that he still plans to run for reelection and that he thinks he's "doing a good job" as governor, NBC Chicago reports.
A Quinn spokeswoman also defended the governor's job performance. Per the Chicago Sun-Times:
“Gov. Quinn is doing what’s right for Illinois and to make our state a better place,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. “After decades of fiscal mismanagement and two corrupt governors in a row, Illinois now has no-nonsense ethics laws, a shrinking unemployment rate and less discretionary spending than ever before because of Gov. Quinn.
Earlier in the week, Illinois was named the third worst-managed state in the nation by the website 24/7 Wall Street, which cited to the state's massive budget shortfall, multiple recent credit downgrades and ballooning unfunded pension liability in its ranking. The state also faces a massive backlog of unpaid bills that a 66-percent income tax increase has failed to shrink.
William M. Daley
The former Chief of Staff for President Obama Bill Daley (and brother to former Chicago mayor Richard Daley) earlier said a 2014 run was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-hillman/illinois-election-results_b_2093595.html">a possibility. </a> <a href="http://capitolfax.com/2013/01/22/lisa-madigan-more-than-just-hints-at-gubernatorial-bid/">Daley confirmed in Jan. 2013 to Capitol Fax that Former President Bill Clinton has encouraged him to run. </a> As of Sept. 16, however, Daley announced he was dropping his bid.
Gov. Pat Quinn
Despite mounting economic woes for Illinois coupled with a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-08/news/ct-met-illinois-democrats-2014-20120908_1_pat-quinn-dan-hynes-pension-payments">tumbling approval rating from the state's unions</a>, Quinn is <a href="http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/2014-Governer-race-speculation-begins-178032101.html">considered likely to run again</a> in 2014.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford
On running for governor in 2014, Treasurer Dan Rutherford <a href="http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/2014-Governer-race-speculation-begins-178032101.html">didn't <em>quite</em> dodge the question</a>: "Let me just say bluntly it's an option that's out there." In June, <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/06/02/Republican-Dan-Rutherford-says-he-will-run-for-governor-of-Illinois/UPI-81001370207168/" target="_blank">Rutherford confirmed he would seek the GOP nomination for governor. </a>
Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard
Dillard <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/illinois-governor-2014-kirk-dillard-177938001.html">announced Nov. 8</a> his plans to run for governor in 2014. Dillard narrowly lost the 2010 Gubernatorial Primary to Republican Sen. Bill Brady.
Republican State Senator Matt Murphy
Matt Murphy told an NBC affiliate in Peoria, Ill., <a href="http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/2014-Governer-race-speculation-begins-178032101.html">"If there's an interest in me running, I'm interested in helping the state turnaround."</a>
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Madigan's name had been bandied about as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014, but she announced on July 15 that she will not be running for governor, citing the conflict of interest with her father that would result were she elected. In January of 2011, <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=8961303">Madigan may have tipped her hand more strongly to on running when she told ABC Chicago</a>, "I think there's a lot of people who are considering what they want to do in the future and if they can be of greater service to the people of the state. I am among those people,"
Republican State Senator Dan Duffy
Dan Duffy is among the politicians wonks are <a href="http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/2014-Governer-race-speculation-begins-178032101.html">speculating could run for governor</a> in 2014.
Republican State Senator Bill Brady
Though Brady lost the race for governor in 2010 to Pat Quinn, he <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-republican-brady-launches-third-try-for-illinois-governor-20130626,0,1104704.story" target="_blank">announced June 26 in Chicago he would run again in 2014. </a> The day after the Nov. 6 election, a <a href="http://www.bradyforillinois.com/">Bill Brady for Governor</a> website went live.
Republican Congressman Aaron Schock
It's an <a href="http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2012/11/schock-explorin.php">"open secret"</a> among many in the GOP that the two-term congressman from Peoria, Ill. wants to become the youngest governor in the state's history. In April, however, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/aaron-schock-governor-rum_n_3170166.html" target="_blank">the young congressman said he would not seek the governorship in the upcoming election cycle. </a>
The recently-retired <a href="http://www.gtcr.com/">private equity executive</a> has had his name floated as a potential Republican gubernatorial candidate. <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1665862994/Bernard-Schoenburg-Schock-Rauner-already-at-odds-in-possible-governor-race?zc_p=0">Rauner may have made his gubernatorial intentions known to potential competition, Ill. Rep Aaron Schock. </a> Schock told Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal Register he was "taken aback” when Rauner said he was seriously considering a run of his own for the office. On June 5, Rauner made his campaign official and released the news via Twitter.
Democratic State's Attorney Chris Kennedy
Kennedy hasn't said he would run for governor in 2014--yet--but<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-hillman/illinois-election-results_b_2093595.html"> his name has come up</a> as a possible entry into the race.
Tio Hardiman, a community activist and ex-director of CeaseFire Illinois, announced his plan to run for governor in mid-August.