Thanks, Blagojevich: 89 percent of Illinois voters say corruption rules
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[April 01, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — You can't get 90 percent of
people to say they believe in Santa Claus, but nearly 90 percent of
Illinois voters believe in corruption.
ILLINOIS GOVERNORS: Two of the past three went to prison.
A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that 89 percent
of voters asked say they believe corruption is a problem in state
The new poll also shows 79 percent of voters say corruption at the
federal level is at least somewhat common, and 62 percent of all
Illinoisans say county or city political corruption is at least somewhat
common. The local corruption numbers spike to 85 percent when pollsters
asked voters who live in or around Chicago.
David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at
Southern Illinois University, said the poll is a sad showing.
"No wonder many people don't vote," Yepsen said in a statement. "It's
unhealthy for a society to have such little confidence in the integrity of
government. It makes Illinois an unattractive place to live."
The poll asked questions of 1,001 registered voters across the state
between Feb. 12 and 25 and has a margin for error of 3.5 percentage points.
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"We have had a great deal of corruption over the last
decade or more," David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois
Campaign for Political Reform, told Illinois Watchdog. "There's been
a lot of fodder for that kind of thinking."
But Morrison said the poll doesn't differentiate between real
corruption and perceived corruption.
"Is it 'I know a guy, he works for the city and doesn't seem all
that bright, but he's always out on Election Day. So that's
corruption'," Morrison said.
He also said he is not surprised that the feeling permeates Illinois
from top to bottom.
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