Reboot Illinois poll: Tom Cross, Michael Frerichs split in downstate/Chicago for Illinois treasurer

Matt DietrichReboot Illinois

Jun 18, 2014

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State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, both seek to trade their legislative seats for the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office in November.

Cross, 55, has served in the Illinois House since 1993, including more than a decade as House Republican Leader (2002-2013).

Frerichs, 40, was elected to his east-central Illinois Senate district in 2006.

Today, a Reboot Illinois poll, conducted June 17 by We Ask America, shows Cross with a 7-point lead but with a large contingent of respondents undecided.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.07 percentage points, asked 1,021 likely voters the following question: “There are two candidates running for State Treasurer: Democrat Michael Frerichs, and Republican Tom Cross. If the election for State Treasurer were held today, for whom would you vote?”

“Both the Comptroller’s and Treasurer’s offices don’t garner much earned media, and neither of the candidates for treasurer are that well known by the electorate, although Cross certainly has held a position that gives him wider state coverage,” says We Ask America Chief Operating Officer Gregg Durham. “That helps to explain his stronger-than-expected  support among Democrats. Bottom line: We think it will be Labor Day or later until a clear picture will emerge in this race.”


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Cross had support from 23 percent of Democrats while only 13 percent of Republicans crossed party lines for Frerichs.

Despite being from downstate Champaign, Frerichs trailed far west-suburban Cross among downstate respondents 46-32. But, should the pattern of this poll continue, Frerichs could offset any downstate losses with his strong showing in Chicago, where he led Cross 50-24.

The charts below show results broken down by party identification, gender and location of respondents. The charts are interactive. Click tabs to see responses.

From the pollster:


We Ask America’s automated polls are conducted using our proprietary lists of Illinois voters. Each person responded to identical pre-recorded questions although in some cases the options are rotated to assure no preference of order is involved.  Cell phones users who have volunteered to answer our poll questions are included; others in that category may be contacted through a variety of proprietary methods.

Our sampling methodology ensures that We Ask America poll results are “projectable,” meaning that if every voter in a given geography participated, the results would not differ from the reported poll results by more than the stated margin of error (±3.06%) 95 percent of the time.

We Ask America adheres to the principles, ethics and guidelines of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.


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