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Illinois Senate race: What's with the undecides?

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In the Illinois Senate contest, the Chicago Tribune puts Republican Mark Kirk slightly ahead of Democrat Alexi Giannouias in a poll out on Monday. The Tribune has the number of undecided voters at under 10 percent.

But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee....which on Monday released some head to head figures from a poll...has the number of undecided voters at 19 percent, up from 16 percent in the last survey they did. I did not see the DSCC poll....just a few questions were shared.

Both polls show the race essentially deadlocked, as it has been for months. The Tribune numbers suggest the undecided and independent voters are breaking for Kirk.

from the DSCC....margin of error, 4 percent.

DSCC IE ILLINOIS 2010

Anzalone Liszt Research, Inc.

October 20-24, 2010

MoE +/-4.0%

Q2 ...Tell me whether you have a very favorable opinion, a somewhat favorable opinion, a somewhat unfavorable opinion, or a very unfavorable opinion of the following...

Barack Obama: 58/39

Q3 If the election for U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote -- Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, Mark Kirk, a Republican, Michael Labno, a Libertarian, or LeAlan Jones, of the Green Party?

Oct 20-24

Total Giannoulias ............................................................... 38%

Total Kirk ............................................................................ 36%

Total Labno ......................................................................... 4%

Total Jones .......................................................................... 7%

Undecided ............................................................................ 16%

Q4 And what if the election for U.S. Senate were held today, and the candidates were Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk, a Republican, for whom would you vote?

Oct 20-24

Total Giannoulias ............................................................... 41%

Total Kirk ............................................................................ 39%

Undecided ............................................................................ 19%

2 Comments

Lynn,

With two horrible candidates running, i've chosen my lesser of evils. But not everyone can do that.

This is the worst election of my life (voting since 1962). The Senate choice is bad, but the governor's race is simply beyond belief. An incompetent moron vs. a nut-job.

It use to be that American Values were well represented by strong, educated and ethical conservatives; Conservatives that believed that education and wholesome family values are the building blocks of a great country. This election is causing a transformation in the conservative identity and a destruction of conservative values. Wise conservative clarity and ethics are being substituted by glowering discontent that is rallied behind vague political economic ideas instead of the things that really matter. The new core agenda “Down with Big Gubberment!” was created, fanned and financed by a single petro chemical company, called Koch Industries. Koch's own advisors admitted when referring to Koch Industry's Tea Party ploy that “They’re smart. This right-wing, redneck stuff works for them. They see this as a way to get things done without getting dirty themselves.” How do Americans reconcile voting along side of hedge fund & big oil political lobby? Do the mindless moaning complaints against Obama really silence the contradictions for them? To vote for anyone other than a Democrat candidate in this particular race is to choose blind nationalism over true patriotism.

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