Thursday, April 8, 2010

Corruption in Illinois

Democrats, Republicans, and independents in Illinois can agree on one thing when it comes to politics in the state: they think they have the most corrupt politicians in the country.

57% of Illinois voters express that sentiment to 24% who disagree and 19% who are unsure. Republicans are the most solid in that belief, holding it by an 82/9 margin. But a majority of independents (53/27) and a plurality of Democrats (43/32) do as well.

Perhaps the greatest indicator that Illinois is unusually corrupt is that fewer than half of voters in the state think Rod Blagojevich is the most corrupt Governor of the last half century. 42% of voters say he is followed by 29% for George Ryan, a total of 6% for older Governors Otto Kerner and Daniel Walker, and 22% who aren't sure.

As you might expect opinions about who's been most corrupt see a division along party lines- Democrats say it's Ryan while Republicans say it's Blagojevich.

We'll have to test this question in some other states too- it seems likely New Jersey and Louisiana might think they lay claim to this dubious distinction as well.

Full results here


Unknown said...

Every four years in Cook County a miracle happens. The dead rise from their graves and vote Democrat ;)

Christian Liberty said...

It seems that the Democrats have found in Alexi Giannoulias a candidate that is actually so corrupt that even Illinois (and even Illinois Democrats no less) have trouble supporting him.

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