Public Policy Institute releases approval ratings for select Illinois officials, Trump

By Brandi Courtois, Staff Writer

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has released job performance reviews for a select group of elected officials based on a statewide sample of 1,000 registered voters.

The Simon Poll research, conducted March 11 through March 17,  asked voters were asked whether they approved or disapproved of the jobs being done by Gov. JB Pritzker, President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

Those polled were asked if they approved, disapproved, didn’t know or if they neither approved nor disapproved of jobs done by elected officials. Areas surveyed included Chicago, its surrounding suburbs and downstate. The release said results varied by area and partisan affiliation.


Respondents gave Pritzker, who took office in mid-January, a 40 percent positive job rating and 38 percent disapproved of the job he’s done so far. At the same point in former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s term, the March 2015 Simon Poll showed a 37 percent approval rating and 31 percent disapproval rating.

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President Trump’s job approval, per the survey, was 39 percent positive and 59 percent negative.

U.S. Senator Durbin, who is up for re-election next year, held a 51 percent approval rating and a disapproval rating of 41 percent.

Madigan received a 20 percent approval rating and a 71 percent disapproval rating among voters.

(See more: Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda)

24 percent of survey-takers approved of Cullerton’s work in his position, 35 percent disapproved and 35 percent of voters said they did not know enough to rate him.


The margin for error, at +/- 3.1 percentage points, means if this survey were conducted again, 95 percent of the population sampled would be within the plus or minus reported margin for error for each sample.

Potential interviewees were screened based on whether they were registered voters and quotas were based on area code and sex, according to the release.

The sample obtained 54 percent male and 46 percent female respondents.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative. The polling data was archived, according to the release.

Data for the institutes’ statewide polls can be viewed in a collection at OpenSIUC.

Staff writer Brandi Courtois can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Brandi_Courtois.

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