A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Illinois finds Democrat Alexi Giannoulias with 43% support to Republican Mark Kirk’s 41%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided.
Both men have been battling ethics questions for weeks. Thirty-one percent (31%) of Illinois voters now rate Giannoulias as less ethical than most politicians, and 21% say the same of Kirk.
Voters tend to grade politicians on a curve and most Illinois voters still say both men are at least as ethical as most politicians. For Giannoulias, 52% hold that view including eight percent (8%) who say the Democrat is more ethical than most of his political peers.
For Kirk, the numbers are only slightly better. Sixty percent (60%) say his ethics are at least as good as most politicians while 10% view him as more ethical.
Earlier this month, Giannoulias, the state’s current treasurer, led Kirk, a U.S. congressman, 40% to 39%.
The slight uptick in Kirk’s numbers appears to signal an end to a downward trend for the Republican candidate. For Giannoulias, it’s the fifth straight single point increase in support.
In six previous surveys back to February, Giannoulias has earned 37% to 44% of the vote. Kirk’s support in those same surveys has ranged from 39% to 46%.
Illinois remains one of seven Toss-Up states in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters in the state view Kirk as a conservative, but 21% say he’s a moderate.
By comparison, 51% think Giannoulias is a liberal, while 24% characterize him as a moderate.