Pat Quinn’s approval rating stands at 35%

Pat Quinn’s approval rating stands at 35%
Governor Pat Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn’s approval rating is 35.5%.

My question is where do you have to go to find the 35.5% that approve?

The recent poll was taken by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. The same poll found only 14.9% of those who responded thought the state was headed in the right direction.

Sunday’s Chicago Tribune Editorial Page (found here,0,216291.story) paints a gloomy picture for the state. The Tribune took a poll of 45 chief executives of top Chicago based public companies and found that they were disgusted with the direction of the state and with the state’s lack of political leadership. The Tribune reports: "The executives delivered a thudding vote of no confidence in the leadership and direction of the state they call home." The editorial continued:

Only two of the 45 executives we surveyed say they expect the state’s economic condition to improve in the coming year. Only six of the 45 say economic conditions in Illinois are better than they are in nearby states.

Political leadership– or lack thereof in Illinois– could one reason why unemployment has risen to 10% in Illinois. An excellent example of the lack of job creation in Illinois comes from Peoria. Peoria’s Mayor Jim Ardis presents the issue for Quinn:

Peoria’s own Fortune 100 company, Caterpillar Inc., recently announced a $200 million investment to modernize its nearby East Peoria facility. But no new jobs were created. Why? Over the last 18 months Caterpillar has hired about 11,000 people at facilities across America, yet Illinois hires remain flat.

Maybe that’s because Caterpillar’s Board of Directors is among the 64.5% that disapprove of Governor Pat Quinn.

The governor said he’s not worried about the poll numbers. Hopefully, he is worried about the lack of confidence the CEOs of Illinois’ top companies have in his Administration. Illinois unemployment rate will not get any better without confidence in him and his Administration from these businesses.

Would you be comfortable investing $10,000 in a hypothetical fund called "the state of Illinois?"

Me neither.


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  • Governor Quinn is ineffective and irrelevant. The real obstacle to change is Mike Madigan and the culture of power by the few for their own entrenched interests. Ultimately, it is up to the voters to make this change. Unfortunately, the voter's refuse to hold our elected officials accountable. As the previous governor was on trial, we reelected his deputy and maintained a majority of those who are interested in maintaining their own fiefdoms at the expense of the people and the state. The republicans are no better, different side of the same coin. We need an awakening by the electorate to create the change necessary to make the necessary decisions to put the state on the right track and make state government efficient, responsible to the people and transparent.
    If we cannot dislodge Madigan himself, then we need to limit his power by electing individuals who are not beholden to him and the two parties' apparatus to get elected and get reelected. Voting in the same usual suspects gets us the the results we have today.

  • In reply to Dean:

    1. Someone would have to present a viable slate of candidates with a real chance of unseating the current bipartisan combine.

    2. If Lisa Byrnes (D-Daddy's Girl) is the candidate for gov., that doesn't take care of the problem, but the Tribune is in love with her.

    3. However, with Quinn, Madigan, and Cullerton arguing who can invoke the Illinois Constitution in vain to cause gridlock, it isn't clear whether that is worse than them collaborating on stuff. Let's see if anyone has the votes to override vetoes (apparently relevant to the gambling and smart grid bills).

  • What's really telling is that it was a left-wing organization that made the poll. Imagine what the REAL truth is!!

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    That's sort of what I figured. The only ones who can think Quinn is doing a good job are the fuzzy thinkers such as are reflected in The Muckrakers, and, of course, the legions of patronage workers. Of course, it will take getting him into Ryan (24%) and Blago (13%) territory to have any real effect, and in the latter's case, it was to form a "secret" scheme to get someone to buy him out of the governorship..

    At some point, there will be warfare between the pension, current public employee union,* and welfare factions over the diminishing pie, and then maybe we will see how the 35% shakes out.

    *As shown by Quinn losing a IPLRB ruling, where he tried to renege on the no-layoff collective bargaining agreements.

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