A new poll by Rasmussen Reports says 84 percent in Illinois want Gov. Blagojevich to quit and 66 percent want a special election to pick President-elect Barack Obama's replacement. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth lead in this overnight poll as top picks to succeed Obama. Support for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who had been in the lead, plummeted once his name surfaced in the controversy
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has surged to the lead among Democrats on the list of favorites to take Barack Obama's place in the U.S. Senate at the expense of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., whose image clearly has suffered in the growing Blagojevich scandal.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of Illinois Democrats now say Madigan should be named to the seat vacated by Obama, the state's junior Democratic senator, according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Illinois voters taken Wednesday night.
In a Rasmussen Reports survey last week, Jackson was the top choice of a plurality of the state's Democratic voters (36%), but with the revelation that he is "Senate Candidate 5," his support has been cut in half to just 18% now.
A week ago, Madigan was third on the list of five favorites among Democratic voters, with 17% support.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of all Illinois voters say the state should hold a special election to fill Obama's Senate seat rather than let Governor Rod Blagojevich or his successor appoint a replacement. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree, and 13% are undecided.
Among Illinois voters, 74% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and 60% of unaffiliated voters favor a special election. Obama still has two years remaining in his Senate term.