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10/09/2014 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy?

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have made every effort to paint each other as untrustworthy and themselves as the answer to the state's problems

Rauner points to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and strongly hints in attack ads that Quinn released murderers early from prison in 2009.

Quinn paints Rauner as a plutocrat who doesn't understand regular people and strongly hints in his attack ads that Rauner personally defrauded elderly people.

Is it working? Whom do Illinois voters trust more?

According to a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll, respondents, who are likely Illinois voters, see Rauner as more trustworthy. Almost 44 percent said they thought he was more deserving of their trust, while about 40 percent said they saw Quinn as more trustworthy. Approximately 16 percent said they weren't sure who was more trustworthy. These results are consistent with previous Reboot Illinois polls asking the same question, but somewhat out of step with this week's poll that found if the election were held now, more people would be voting for Quinn.

Two other statewide incumbents do not seem to be facing such hard uphill battles to reelection. About 64 percent of respondents in the same poll said they would vote for incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White over Republican opponent Mike Webster, who was favored by about 26 percent of respondents. Incumbent Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka also had the lead over Democratic opponent Sheila Simon. More than 52 percent said they would choose Topinka, while about 34 percent said they would vote for Simon. How are the Libertarian candidates faring in these polls?

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