Quinn Not Worried About Low Approval Rating

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he is not dismayed about a new poll that shows most Illinois residents don’t approve of the job he’s doing.

The poll by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute also showed the governor’s approval rating stands at only 35.5 percent.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore Reports

As WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the governor pointed out he’s faced low popularity ratings before. He pointed out that his approval ratings were even lower last year, just before he won the election.

“I won because people believe that – I think – I’m honest, I do a good job, I work hard for the common good, the public interest. And you need a governor like that,” Quinn said. “We’ve had two governors before me who didn’t do it that way and they got in bad trouble. And so I’d rather do it right and do it … whatever the cost may be. The poll on election day is the one I won a year ago and that’s the best one.”

The SIU poll also showed that only 14.9 percent of those polled believe Illinois is headed in the right direction.

Quinn took over the governor’s office in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office. Quinn won a four-year term in the November 2010 election.

Blagojevich has since been convicted of 18 corruption charges and his predecessor, George Ryan, is serving a prison sentence for his own corruption convictions.

Quinn inherited a massive budget deficit when he became governor and the state has continued to struggle under severe financial problems during his time in office.

Quinn is the guest on this weekend’s “At Issue” program and discusses a number of topics. The program airs at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM.

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  • southside

    He’s too dumb to know how dumb he is. He is Todd Stroger at the state level.

    • ak

      Completely inept…no political will to tackle the root causes of the State’s fiscal problems..wants to tax and borrow his way out of this financial debacle.

  • PG

    He doesn’t have to worry, because he knows that the fool voters in Illinois will just vote him right back into office again. The voters of this state of a keen ability to vote losers into office.

  • Mary

    hes a democrarate,spend,spend spend,TAX,TAX,TAX.

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  • Bill

    I agree with PG. As long as he is a Democrat the job is his.

    • LOTD

      I agree with you and PG. Thank all the morons in crook county for voting the @ ss hole in. That is a fact, check a map of the other counties and how they voted. Gotta love the unions and the democrats!

  • RT

    One of the principal reasons i mover out of IL.

  • RT

    You MAY be honest, but you are still a nitwit.

  • willy

    Why should he worry? He’ll retire with a great pension regardless. Plus the “fix is in ” for the next election.

  • Roberta Waker

    He’s not worried now, but when he runs for reelection this will change dramatically. Democrat or not; he’s a tax happy, spend happy idiot and the people of Illinois will NOT reelect him. We need to elect people on what they stand for, NOT what party they represent.

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