A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows Illinois voters oppose several policy proposals being pushed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The PPP survey of 642 Illinois voters was conducted April 10 through April 12 on behalf of the Illinois AFL-CIO.
On the budget, Rauner has proposed a 2016 fiscal plan that relies on deep budget cuts and no new revenues.
When asked in the poll, "Which is closer to your view: that we should make across the board cuts to the state budget, or that we should roll back tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy," only 37 percent of survey respondents said they supported across-the-board cuts. Fifty-six percent of respondents favored rolling back tax incentives for the rich and corporations.
Illinois voters are at odds with Rauner when it comes to matters involving union "fair-share" fees and right-to-work measures, according to the poll.
Rauner wants to ultimately get rid of fair-share fees, which unions collect from nonmembers who benefit from the collective bargaining process. Among other items on his "turnaround agenda," Rauner also favors letting local Illinois communities enact "right-to-work" zones, where unions and employers would be banned from entering into contracts requiring that workers pay union dues or fees when they take a job covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
When asked, "Do you agree or disagree that everyone represented by a union should pay something for negotiating and administering union contracts," 55 percent of survey respondents said they agreed, 33 percent said they disagreed and 12 percent were undecided.
Illinois voters were also asked about unions more generally, specifically whether they believe the labor groups "have too much power" or "are necessary to fight for the middle class." Of those polled, 56 percent said unions "are necessary to fight for the middle class," while 42 percent said "unions have too much power." Three percent of survey respondents were undecided on that question.
Rauner has also proposed reforms to Illinois' prevailing wage requirements.
Among other questions, poll respondents were asked, "Which comes closer to your view: that the wage standard should be set locally with a prevailing wage, or that the state should pay below the local prevailing wage?"
To that question, 68 percent said the wage standard should be set locally with a prevailing wage, while 23 percent said the state should pay below the local prevailing wage. Nine percent of respondents were undecided on the matter.
PPP notes in its polling memo that Illinois voters are also "strongly opposed to proposed changes to worker's compensation laws in the state that Governor Rauner has indicated he supports."
"Eighty-one percent of voters think that if an employee is hurt at work the worker should be able to choose their doctor, compared to only 15 percent who think the company should be able to choose it," the polling memo states. "Additionally only 22 percent of voters would support changing the law so that worker's compensation wouldn't cover the aggravation at work of a preexisting condition, with 55 percent opposed to making that change."
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.
PPP's full survey can be found online here.