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Simon Poll: high voter enthusiasm among Illinois Democrats

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WSIL -- With election day now just a little more than a month away, a new poll shows Republicans in Illinois have a lot of ground to make up.

The poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows Democrat JB Pritzker leading Republican Governor Bruce Rauner 49 percent to 27 percent, with Kash Jackson and Sam McCann each receiving four percent of the vote. 

In the attorney General Race Democrat Kwame Raoul has a 36-26 Republican Erika Harold, though 39 percent of voters are still undecided. 

"These data certainly indicate a good night for Democratic candidates statewide in Illinois," said John Jackson professor at the Paul Simon Institute.

He says part of the Democrats’ big numbers is increased enthusiasm among the party’s base. 

The poll showed 90 percent of respondents, including 94 percent of liberals said they were certain to vote, and Democrats as a whole said they were more enthusiastic about voting than Republicans. 

"That’s probably high, but it’s also a good indicator of just how hot and heavy this race has become, particularly in Illinois for governor, and I think it’s not unrealistic that most of these people will go vote," Jackson said.

Jackson says he expects higher than usual turnout both in southern Illinois and nationwide as voters voice either their support or opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies. 

"It’s a referendum on Donald Trump in a real sense," said Jackson.

The poll showed 54 percent of respondents said Trump's performance in Washington made them less likely to vote for Republicans. 

You can view the full results here. 

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