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First poll of general election: Rauner has slight edge, unions have strong support

Matt DietrichReboot Illinois

Apr 17, 2014

The election is more than six months away and we’ve already got the first poll of the season: A Rasmussen Reports survey that gives Bruce Rauner a narrow lead over Gov. Pat Quinn, indicates low approval ratings for Quinn and relatively strong support for public employee unions.

Only 39 percent approve of the job Quinn is doing as governor, while 56 percent disapprove. “This includes 8 percent who strongly approve of the governor’s job performance and 39 percent who strongly disapprove,” Rasmussen reports.

Conducted April 9-10 among 750 likely voters, the Rasmussen poll gives Rauner…

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