Poll shows Blagojevich support weak among minority group

Ann Knef Oct. 16, 2006, 9:22am

A recent survey of the Illinois Association of Minorities in Government showed that members strongly favor Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka over Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The poll, conducted between Sept. 25 and Oct. 6, surveyed 3 percent of the association's 1,388 statewide members. The association is comprised of approximately 70 percent Democrats to 30 percent Republicans.

Topinka had a 43 percent favorable rating to Blagojevich's 31 percent.

Blagojevich had a 49 percent unfavorable rating, while 20 percent held no opinion.

Topinka had 34 percent unfavorable rating, while 23 percent held no opinion.

Roy Williams, executive director of the association, attributes the results in part to resentment members feel toward Blagojevich.

Topinka attended the association's governor's forum last year, whereas Blagojevich was a no-show.

Williams said the poll was was conducted among a random sample of membership and was non-scientific. But he believes results are reflective of the membership's overall attitude.

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