Alexi Giannoulias will be pleased with the new poll conducted by Research 2000 for Daily Kos. After
surveying 600 likely voters between February 22 and 24, the treasurer
holds a seven-point advantage (43-36 percent) over Rep. Mark Kirk. Even
more encouraging for the Giannoulias camp, the Democrat holds a one-point edge among
independents, a 14-point lead among women, and boasts higher favorables
than the GOP nominee. A few campaign assists from the president wouldn't
hurt, either; 60 percent of Illinoisans still view Barack Obama favorably. Nineteen percent of voters are still undecided.
2000 also tested the Illinois gubernatorial race. While Gov. Pat Quinn
holds a sizeable lead over both prospective GOP nominees, his advantage
is four points higher over Bill Brady (47-32) than Kirk Dillard (46-35).
Click here to read through all of the data.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m., 6/29/2010): The DailyKos, who commissioned this poll, has renounced all of their polling conducted through Research 2000, including this survey.