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WASHINGTON--Democratic Illinois House hopeful Brad Schneider is ahead of his three rivals, in their tenth congressional district primary contest, according to a poll from his campaign. The survey puts Schneider at 29 percent, Ilya Sheyman at 14 percent, John Tree at 4 percent and Vivek Bavda at 2 percent. The Democratic March 20 primary winner in the north suburban district takes on freshman Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.).

Click below for the entire polling memo from the Schneider campaign; I did not see the entire poll, just the memo.

Click below for statement from Sheyman campaign.


Click below for statement from Schneider campaign


To: Interested Parties
From: Jill Normington
Date: February 16, 2012

The following is a summary of findings from a telephone survey conducted among 400 likely Democratic primary voters in the new 10th Congressional District of Illinois. Interviews were conducted February 14-15, 2012. The sampling error for this survey is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

With just a month to go until the March 20th primary, Brad Schneider has pulled into the lead in the
four-way primary in the Tenth Congressional district of Illinois. He leads all other candidates with 29%
of the vote. His nearest rival, Ilya Sheyman, garners just 14% of the vote. John Tree and Vivek Bavda
are far behind at 4% and 2%, respectively.

His lead is even larger among voters who voted in at least 3 of the last 4 Democratic primaries, voters age
50 and older, women, union households, Jewish voters and those who are strongly pro-choice.

Schneider has increased his name identification to 49% and enjoys a 29%-8% favorable to unfavorable
rating. Sheyman has just 34% name identification. Schneider's lead is not simply a reflection of his
broader recognition. Among voters who know both candidates, Schneider leads 42% to 26%,
indicating that Democrats will continue to prefer Brad Schneider as both candidates continue their

Schneider leads Sheyman on being "progressive on the issues," "understanding the problems of the
middle class," "having the right experience" and "will do a better job on the economy and jobs." On
every measure, voters prefer Schneider.

Schneider has begun using direct voter communication to convey his stances of being 100% pro-choice,
pro-marriage equality, pro-environment and pro-small business and these poll results indicate his efforts
are clearly working with voters.

Among those who recall receiving communication from Schneider,
he leads Sheyman 48% to 14%. The more voters hear from Schneider, the more they support him.
This district is the most Democratic district in the country that is currently held by a Republican and
represents a prime pickup opportunity. Viability in the general election is, and should be, a key concern.

On this count, Schneider also has a clear advantage.

Among voters who know both candidates, 41% think Brad Schneider "can beat Bob Dold in November" while only 17% think Sheyman can. Schneider is in good position to win on March 20th and go on to pick up this seat for Democrats against Bob Dold.

Brad Schneider is building a solid campaign capitalizing on his superior financial resources. He had more
than $400,000 cash on hand at the end of 2011. He is using those resources to build a solid field
campaign and send direct mail. Schneider also enjoys the support of IBEW 134, Ironworkers 63,
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council of Illinois, the Chicago Painters Local 147, the
Transport Workers Union Illinois-Indiana State Conference, the Vernon Township Democrats, the Maine
Township Democrats, State Representative Julie Hamos, Mayor Marty Moylan, State Senator Susan
Garrett, State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, Congresswoman Melissa Bean and Congressman Steny Hoyer.


"Brad can try to mislead Democrats into thinking he's a progressive because his conservative ideas can't win. But whatever his poll says, the real number you need to know is 79.

"That's the percentage of voters who said in a recent Lake Research poll that Brad Schneider's history of funding far right-wing, anti-choice Republicans raised serious doubts about his candidacy.

"We've just launched an aggressive television and mail program, we've outraised Brad over the past two quarters, and with 12,000 individual donors, 500 volunteers,and a true progressive as our candidate, we've built a campaign to win that Brad can only dream of."

- Annie Weinberg, Campaign Manager, Sheyman for Congress



I would just like to send this response to the polling story

"Despite continuing attacks, the Schneider campaign remains focused on beating Bob Dold this fall instead of tearing down other Democrats. New polling clearly shows Brad's lifelong experience fighting for progressive values offers the best chance to defeat Dold in November. Because of Brad's long-time commitment to a woman's right to choose, marriage equality, the environment and small businesses, he is the most locally endorsed candidate in the field. We encourage other candidates in this race to commit with us to running a positive, issues based campaign."

Jarrod Backous
Campaign Manager
Schneider for Congress

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