PI Original Angela Caputo Thursday October 9th, 2008, 3:26pm

Poll Finds Majority Support For Con-Con

UPDATE: Since posting these numbers, we've learned that they are an incomplete and misleading representation of what the poll found. Please see our October 10 post to get the full story.

After alluding to the results last week, the Con-Con Yes
folks have released a ...

UPDATE: Since posting these numbers, we've learned that they are an incomplete and misleading representation of what the poll found.  Please see our October 10 post to get the full story.

After alluding to the results last week, the Con-Con Yes folks have released a statewide poll they commissioned which suggests a majority of Illinoisans like the idea of calling a constitutional convention.

Overall, 58 percent of the 1,000 likely Illinois voters surveyed currently favor a Con-Con. That's just short of the 60 percent mark that would be required to vote "yes" in order to initiate the convention process. The poll found that 21 percent are opposed to the idea, with 21 percent undecided.

Here's a glimpse at some additional results from the Rasmussen poll, which was conducted September 25-26:

Generally speaking do you feel things in the state of Illinois are going in the right direction or have they gotten off track? 8% Right Direction, 82% Wrong Track, 9% Not Sure

How would you rate the job of the Illinois Legislature? 2% Strongly approve, 25% Somewhat approve, 37% Somewhat disapprove, 33% Strongly disapprove, 3% Not Sure

Generally speaking how satisfied are you with the way the Illinois state government's elected officials provide funding for public education? 6% Very satisfied, 25% Somewhat satisfied, 35% Not very satisfied, 33% Not at all satisfied, 2% Not Sure

So, to sum things up: A wide majority of people polled think that Illinois schools are underfunded, elected officials are inefficient, and the state is headed in the wrong direction. Will this angst generate enough support for a constitutional convention? We'll know Nov. 4.

CORRECTION: This post originally reported that the poll was conducted by Rasmussen Reports because that is what ConConYes' press release and memo stated.  They have now informed us that the survey was actually conducted by Pulse Opinion Research. 

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