Illinois Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted May 17, 2011 By Pulse Opinion Research

Would you say that things in Illinois are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

Right direction

Wrong track

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Illinois has a budget deficit of more than $8 billion. When a state has budget problems, is it better to raise taxes or cut spending?

Raise taxes

Cut spending

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Ideology

Illinois has a budget deficit of more than $8 billion. When a state has budget problems, is it better to raise taxes or cut spending?
Raise taxes 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
95%
75% 63% 67%

Cut spending

Not sure

33% 26% 15% 2% 3% 10% 11% 0%

Conservative

Moderate Ideology

Liberal

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Generally speaking, would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes or a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes?

More services and higher taxes

Fewer services and less taxes

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Age

Generally speaking, would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes or a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes?
 More services and higher taxes  Fewer services and less taxes  Not sure Age 18-39
Age 40-64 Age 65+

18% 7%

9% 24% 67% 73%

9% 18%

75%

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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State officials passed a 67 percent increase to the Illinois state income tax in January, raising the average household tax bill by approximately $1500. Do you favor or oppose this tax increase?
Favor

Oppose

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Income

State officials passed a 67 percent increase to the Illinois state income tax in January, raising the average household tax bill by approximately $1500. Do you favor or oppose this tax increase?
Favor Oppose Not Sure 90% 80% 70%
65% 86% 73% 70% 71%

66%

60%
50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Under $20K $20K-$40K $40K-$60K $60K-$75K $75K-$100K Income $100K+
7% 28% 18% 12% 3% 8% 32%

22%
7% 2%

19% 10%

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a measure to limit the growth of government spending to the rate of inflation plus the percentage of population growth?
Strongly support
Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Political Affiliation

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a measure to limit the growth of government spending to the rate of inflation plus the percentage of population growth?
Strongly support Strongly oppose 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%
38%

Somewhat support Not sure
38%

Somewhat oppose

35% 25%

21% 13% 15% 12%

20% 15% 17% 10% 16% 12% 11%

Republican

Democrat Political Affiliation

Other

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Does the average government employee in Illinois earn more than the average private sector worker in your state, less than the average private sector worker in your state or do they earn about the same amount?
More

Less

About the same

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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The cost of public pensions in Illinois is growing rapidly. Are you willing to pay higher taxes to cover the rising costs of government employee pensions, or should future benefits for current workers be reduced?
Pay higher taxes

Reduce benefits

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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As companies and entrepreneurs consider opening new businesses and establishments in America does Illinois have a more attractive business and political climate than most states, a less attractive climate or is Illinois about the same as any other state?
More attractive Less attractive About the same

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Ideology As companies and entrepreneurs consider opening new businesses and establishments in America does Illinois have a more attractive business and political climate than most states, a less attractive climate or is Illinois about the same as any other state?
More attractive 80%
72%

Less attractive

About the same

Not sure

70%
60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Conservative Moderate Ideology Liberal
3% 28% 21% 5% 16% 5% 5% 7% 27% 51% 41% 53% 40%

28%

0%

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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As young people in Illinois enter the job market, can they find their ideal job in Illinois, or will they move elsewhere?

Find ideal job in Illinois

Move elsewhere

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Age

As young people in Illinois enter the job market, can they find their ideal job in Illinois, or will they move elsewhere?
 Find ideal job in Illinois  Move elsewhere  Not sure Age 18-39
Age 40-64 Age 65+

18% 53%
28% 67%

9% 33% 24% 56% 11%

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Which will do more to help create jobs in Illinois—decisions made by government officials to help the economy grow or decisions made by business leaders to help their own businesses grow?
Decisions made by government officials Decisions made by business leaders

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Political Affiliation

Which will do more to help create jobs in Illinois—decisions made by government officials to help the economy grow or decisions made by business leaders to help their own businesses grow?
 Decisions made by government officials  Decisions made by business leaders  Not sure
Republican Democrat Other

23%

22%
43% 67%

19% 15%

68%

9%

35%

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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In reacting to our current economic problems, what worries you more: that government will do too much or that the government will not do enough?

Too much

Not enough

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Looking back, were the bailouts of banks, auto companies and insurance companies good for the United States or bad for the United States?

Good

Bad

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Should the federal government provide bailout funding for states with serious financial problems?

Yes

No

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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Crosstab: Ideology Should the federal government provide bailout funding for states with serious financial problems?
Yes 80%
73%

No

Not sure

70%
60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Conservative Moderate Ideology Liberal
18% 9% 12% 43% 48% 53% 47%

40%
26%

30%

0%

Not sure

Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
Strongly approve

Somewhat approve

Somewhat disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Not sure
Poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research Margin of Error: ±4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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