WASHINGTON--In the first poll since stories have come out about Illinois GOP Senate nominee Rep. Mark Kirk embellishing is military record, 63 percent surveyed by Rasmussen Reports said the news may impact their vote in November. Kirk is ahead, at 42 percent to 39 percent for Democratic contender Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer.
Their April poll put Kirk 41 percent to Giannoulias at 37 percent.
"The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Kirk barely ahead of Giannoulias 42% to 39%. Seven percent (7%) would prefer another candidate, and 12% more are undecided at this point," Rasmussen found.
"Sixty-two percent (62%) of Illinois voters say they've been following news stories about Kirk and his military service, and 63% say this news is important in terms of how they vote this November. Thirty-two percent (32%) say Kirk's misstatements about his military record are not important in how they vote. These numbers include 27% who say the misstatements are Very Important to how they vote and 11% who say they are Not At All Important."