A new poll provided to the Sun-Times puts Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon in a strong position for a run for Illinois Attorney General -- particularly if she better publicizes her family lineage.
Simon is running for attorney general if Lisa Madigan makes a run for Illinois Governor, the Simon campaign said Monday.
The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners (the same pollster used by Lisa Madigan), shows that likely Democratic primary voters have a 43 percent favorable rating of Simon (7 percent unfavorable, the remaining no opinion or unknown) and 73 percent of Democratic voters have a favorable opinion of Sheila Simon's late father -- U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
However, the poll is clear that there are enough undecided voters -- 50 percent -- out there that the race could shift dramatically once it is underway.
As of today though, the poll shows this if there were a primary for Illinois Attorney General:
On the initial ballot, Simon garners 26% of the vote, with
all other likely candidates in the single digits
David Hoffman draws 5%,
Kwame Raoul 4%,
Jesse Ruiz 2%, and Jack Franks 1%. Fully 50% of the electorate is undecided, underscoring the room for movement in this race.
Fully 58% of the primary electorate is female, including 66% of the undecided vote. This
demographic profile obviously benefits Simon as the only woman in the race.