May 15, 2005

Blago numbers take a plunge

From the Trib...

Winds of change may have put Rod Blagojevich in the governor's office, but a steady buffeting of allegations over mismanagement and "pay to play" politics have soured a growing number of Illinois voters on the first-term Democrat, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.

Blagojevich has generally enjoyed healthy approval ratings since taking office two years ago, but the survey found more voters now say they disapprove of the way he is doing his job than say they like it.

Perhaps even more troubling for Blagojevich, only one-third of voters say they want to see him re-elected next year while 45 percent say they don't, according to the poll.

The poll's findings came as an investigation by Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine, probing allegations that plum positions on state boards and commissions were traded for campaign donations to Blagojevich, entered the subpoena stage.

Sources close to the investigation said more than 20 grand jury subpoenas, seeking documents involving Blagojevich appointees, had been handed out by prosecutors.

The job-trading allegations are but one of a steady series of problems that has sent Blagojevich's job approval rating crashing to 35 percent among the 1,200 likely voters surveyed in the Tribune/WGN-TV survey. Another 44 percent said they disapproved of the governor's job performance, while 21 percent had no opinion.

In a similar Tribune/WGN-TV survey last fall, Blagojevich was riding a favorable wave of voter sentiment, with 52 percent crediting him for the job he was doing while only 28 percent disapproved.

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At 5/16/2005 11:11 AM, Blogger diehard said...

He is a classic case of wanting to run for another office[President] Stan Leach compared him to JFK [GAG ME!!!], when you have just got elected to the first! When he ran and was elected
I was anxious to see what he would do as Governor. I had waited so many years to see a good Democrat in that office. I guess I'm still waiting!!

At 5/16/2005 2:47 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It's not impossible, but Blago will need to make some wholesale changes in the way he runs his permenant campaign and needs to dump a lot of his hot-shot advisors and consultants as well.

He might pull it off with one or two popular victories, such as the campaign finance/ethical reforms laid out in an above post.

At 5/16/2005 10:34 PM, Blogger sailingtowindward said...

There are some quick and decisive moves Governor Blagojevich should make immediately.

1. Fire his chief of staff and high-level inner circle, most of whom are from out of state, for allowing so much mismanagement to occur under his watch. Someone has to go.

2. Admit that it's a mistake not to live in the Mansion in Spfld. Moving into that mansion would boost his downstate gallup poll ratings immediately by ten percent.

3. Trim his hair. He looks like a busboy or a beatle, not a Governor.

4. Come up with job growth that's specific and identifiable. The Bush Administration has failed so miserably on job growth, that it makes it hard on Blagojevich. But if he can come up with job growth downstate he'd be a hero.

5. Fully fund the new WIU - QC campus on the riverfront of Moline.
That would mean jobs and lots of happy faces around this region.

6. Bring on board some veteran advisers who know Illinois government (and politics). Someone like Tom Cullen would do wonders as a Blagojevich team member.

At 5/29/2005 11:07 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Gee the numbers look bad for Daley in Chicago lately too- maybe the Rodster should run for Mayor of Chicago instead??


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