A new poll shows the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois is tight, with an unusually high number of voters still undecided with seven weeks to go before election day.
The new Loras College Poll finds Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth with a five-point edge over incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, 41% to 36%, with 22% of Illinois voters surveyed undecided (the numbers do not add up to 100% because of rounding).
Loras College says the live-caller statewide survey of a random sample of 600 likely voters was conducted Sept. 13-16.
Illinois is considered a crucial race for control of the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a slim four seat majority. “The Illinois Senate seat has been a high priority for the Democratic Party and its efforts to win back the Senate,” said Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and director of the Loras College Poll. “The prospect of Democrats retaking the chamber will dim if they are not able to secure a victory against Senator Kirk.”
Another recent survey found that Kirk’s unwillingness to support Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump may be costing him support, and the Loras Poll found his net favorability rating with voters (favorable vs. unfavorable view) was just +4. However, Rep. Duckworth doesn’t do much better with a +12 rating.