Briefing from the Giannoulias campaign--with the top advisors, not Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Alexis Gianoulias--is to start at 1:30 p.m. Chicago time
Below, polling memo from the Giannoulias campaign......
February 16th, 2010
Alexi Giannoulias Continues to Hold Advantage
Over Mark Kirk in Race for U.S. Senate
To: Interested Parties
From: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias heads into the general election campaign with a 49 - 45 percent lead over Republican Congressman Mark Kirk in a head-to-head match-up.
Giannoulias' advantage is virtually unchanged from last summer and fall, before the hard-fought Democratic primary battle.
Despite the fact that Kirk didn't face a competitive primary and the Republican Party's decision
to begin their attacks on Giannoulias the moment the polls closed on February 2nd--Giannoulias
continues to lead Kirk in a head-to-head matchup. In addition, 53 percent of voters approve of
the job Giannoulias is doing as State Treasurer, while less than 30 percent disapprove.
This will likely remain a close contest through the campaign season, but there is no doubt that
Giannoulias is in a stronger position than Kirk to win the race.
Table 1: "Thinking about the general election for US Senate in November of
2010, if the general election for US Senate were held today and the candidates
were: Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk--for whom would
you vote, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias or Republican Mark Kirk?"
February 9-14, 2010 49 - 45
October 25-28, 2009 46 - 43
July 28-August 2,
2009 45 - 40
Giannoulias leads among voters who know both candidates. Among voters who can
identify both Giannoulias and Kirk, Democrat Giannoulias holds a 51 - 45 percent lead.
Clearly, Giannoulias' lead is not built on a name identification advantage.
Alexi Giannoulias Continues to Hold Advantage Over Mark Kirk in Race for U.S. Senate
2010 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, All Rights Reserved. February, 2010
Giannoulias expands lead with moderates. Giannoulias now leads Kirk by 24 points
among moderates, an improvement from October when he led by 14 points among this
key electoral bloc.
Democrats remain more popular than Republicans in Illinois. Despite what we are
seeing elsewhere, Democrats are still significantly more popular than Republicans in
Illinois. Just 34 percent of Illinois voters have a favorable impression of the GOP, while
46 percent have unfavorable impressions. By comparison, views of Democrats are
evenly split (41 - 42 percent favorable-unfavorable).
President Obama remains very popular in Illinois. President Obama continues to
have very solid standing in Illinois. The President's 59 - 31 percent
favorable/unfavorable rating is as high as in any state we've seen recently. Even among
Independents, Obama has a positive, 51 - 35 percent favorable/unfavorable rating.
Sixty-four percent of Illinoisans approve of the job Obama is doing as President.
The general election findings are based on a sample of 600 likely general election voters conducted February 9-14, 2010 conducted for the Giannoulias campaign. A sample of this size is subject to a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.