Raleigh, N.C. – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn enters his re-election cycle as the most unpopular governor that PPP has measured, with only a quarter of his state’s voters approving of his job performance and nearly two-thirds disapproving. He starts out as a slight underdog in hypothetical match-ups against three unknown potential Republican challengers, getting no more than 40% of the vote. Should those candidates become better-known, however, Quinn would probably be in perilous position.
Quinn trails State Sen. Kirk Dillard by seven points (37-44), and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford by four (39-43), and leads rising star Congressman Aaron Schock by only a point (40-39). But 61-65% of voters have no opinion of the three would-be governors, so they have more to gain than does the incumbent.