Poll: Karmeier 43 Maag 40

Ann Knef Oct. 22, 2004, 5:58am

Lloyd Karmeier

Gordon E. Maag

As election day nears, Illinois Supreme Court Justice candidate Lloyd Karmeier is holding a slight edge over rival Gordon Maag, according to a poll by Alexandria, Virginia-based Public Opinion Strategies.

Commissioned by a pro-business group backing Karmeier in the race, the poll shows Karmeier ahead Maag 43% to 40%, with 17% of respondents still undecided.

The October 17-18 survey was of likely voters in the 5th District, which includes 37 counties in Southern Illinois.

The poll's margin of error was 4.9%.

A September poll by the same group had Karmeier leading 40% to 37% with 21% undecided.

The October survey also offers an indication of how negative television advertisements have taken their toll on the Democrat Maag.

16% of those interviewed viewed Maag positively and 17% viewed him negatively. 22% viewed Karmeier positively and only 9% saw him negatively.

Also from the Public Opinion Strategies' poll:

  • 67% of respondents feel the Illinois Supreme Court is headed in the "wrong direction," and only 12% believe the high court is headed in the right direction.

  • The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a strong backer of Maag, was viewed favorably by 21% of respondents and unfavorably by 38%.

  • The Illinois Chamber of Commerce was viewed favorably by 59% of respondents and unfavorably by 11%

  • President George W. Bush leads Democrat challenger Sen. John Kerry 45% to 42% among respondents. Bush led Kerry 48% to 41% in the September poll

  • In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Barack Obama led Republican Alan Keyes, 52% to 27%

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    Organizations in this Story

    Illinois Supreme Court
    200 E Capitol Ave
    Springfield, IL 62701

    Illinois Chamber of Commerce
    215 E Adams St
    Springfield, IL 62701

    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    401 W Edwards St
    Springfield, IL 62704

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