Forty-three percent of Illinois voters say they approve or strongly approve of Gov. Bruce Rauner's job performance, according to a new poll released ahead of the Republican's budget address on Wednesday.
That's down from a 52 percent approval rating Rauner garnered in a January 14 survey by We Ask America.
Twenty-eight percent of the 903 voters surveyed for the latest poll, conducted February 11 by Ogden & Fry on behalf of the Illinois Observer, gave the governor a negative job approval rating. About 28 percent of the respondents were neutral or had no opinion on the new governor. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.32 percent.
"Bruce Rauner has had a very busy and aggressive first 30 days in office," reads Ogden & Frey's polling memo. "Tensions are running high in Springfield as he has started revealing some of his yet undisclosed positions. While the politicians don't seem to like the change in status quo, 43 percent of voters either approve or strongly approve of his performance as governor."