President Donald Trump’s record in office may have a negative impact on Republican candidates downballot in Illinois, a new poll shows.
The new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale said 54 percent of Illlinois voters said they would be less likely to vote for other Republican state candidates in Illinois, based on the president’s record. About 30 percent said the president’s record would make them more likely to vote for GOP candidates for state office.
Sixty-nine percent of Chicago residents, and 59 percent in the Chicago suburbs said President Trump’s record would make them less likely to vote Republican for state offices, compared to 39 percent elsewhere in the state.
The president’s record is polarizing, with 76 percent of Republicans saying his record would make them vote GOP, versus 83 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents having a negative perspective.
“We’re not surprised that President Trump’s record is unpopular among Democrats and in urban
areas,” said Charlie Leonard, a Simon Institute visiting professor and one of the supervisors of
the poll. “What has to concern Republican candidates is his negative impact on votes among
Independents and in the suburbs—voters the GOP needs for success statewide.”
One of the Republican Party’s key accomplishments in President Trump’s first term, the tax reform bill, is viewed negatively by many Illinoisans. Fifty-four percent oppose the bill, while 32 percent supported it.
The poll of 1,001 viewers has a margin of error of 3.1 percent. The poll was conducted September 24-29.