Poll: Rauner Maintains Commanding Lead over Quinn

Published 07/14 2014 07:10PM

Updated 07/14 2014 07:22PM

A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Governor Pat Quinn 51 to 39 percent, pretty much the same result found a month ago. According to RebootIllinois.com, the poll of 940 likely voters comes as the candidates blast each other on the campaign trail. Quinn has blasted Rauner for using complicated loopholes to avoid some taxes. Rauner is doing much better with men than women. While Rauner leads Quinn 60 to 33 among men, he leads with women by a 46 to 43 percent margin. The poll shows Rauner doing well in Chicago. The poll shows Quinn cratering in suburban Cook County with Rauner leading the traditionally Democratic stronghold 50 to 41 percent. Quinn won that region by 13 points four years ago. Meantime, Governor Quinn is getting pounded in downstate Illinois, losing the region 64 to 25 percent. Quinn has demanded Rauner release his 2013 tax returns which Rauner has not yet filed. Rauner said he would in due time but then challenged Pat Quinn to release all documents and e mails pertaining to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. According to Reboot Ilinois, as it turns out in this poll, the federal probe into Quinn's anti violence program is just as bad for Quinn as calls by Quinn for Rauner to disclose his taxes is for the challenger. Some analysts believe the Quinn federal probe and the Rauner tax issue basically cancel each other out, which is seen as good news for challenger Rauner because of his big lead.

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