Thursday, October 23, 2008

Poll: Blagojevich Approval Rating Only 13 Percent

A new poll indicates that Gov. Rod Blagojevich's approval rating among Illinois voters is even lower than the rating for President Bush.

Blagojevich has said he considers himself a great governor. But a survey by the Chicago Tribune indicates that three fourths of Illinois voters do not think Blagojevich should run for a third term.

The survey also showed an approval rating of only 13 percent for Blagojevich. Recently, President Bush's approval rating has hovered around 20 percent.

The Tribune story by reporter Rick Pearson says Blagojevich is experiencing "the lowest ratings ever recorded for an elected politician in nearly three decades of Tribune polls."
I wonder what the governor really thinks of his performance and of these polls.

Perhaps activities like this won't help him in these polls:
First, Gov. Rod Blagojevich gave out state-subsidized health care without permission.

Now, he won't tell taxpayers how many people are participating, how much tax money has been spent, or even which state account he's using to keep funds for the program.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services' rejection of The Associated Press' request under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act amplifies the mystery surrounding Blagojevich's FamilyCare program and the administration's reputation for secrecy after promising open government.

It comes 3½ weeks after a state appellate court ruling questioned whether the records even exist. The ruling upheld a lower-court order last spring that Blagojevich dismantle the program he didn't have authority to expand.

Barring a Blagojevich victory on appeal to the Supreme Court, the information will be crucial as HFS tries to unravel what it's created.
He may be right on the issues but terrible on the execution.

Here's yet another indication of his unpopularity:
Blagojevich campaign spokesman Doug Scofield said Wednesday the governor simply is not giving money to other candidates this fall.

When Blagojevich won in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, he became one of Illinois' most prolific political fundraisers. However, that ability slipped as his popularity has plummeted.
To be honest, he's never struck me as a particularly popular politician. But in the time since he's been re-elected governor he's really gone down as far as popularity.

1 comment:

  1. Blagojevich should not resign just because of the pressure.


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