In an obvious attempt to create news, CapFax’s Rich Miller paid for a poll by We Ask America to gauge the Bustos v. Schilling contest for 17th CD.
The results were hardly earthshaking; the two candidates, with similar moderate voting records polled a horse-racy neck and neck—Bustos 45, Schilling 44 (+/-). This poll was of around 1500 registered voters with a breakdown of 37% Dems, 24% GOP and 39% Indy, which seemed high to me—are there really more independents in the 17th than Dems?
Miller went into whining victim mode when Schilling released this poll without giving him credit, although Miller was more than happy to leak the DCCC oppo research book on Schilling. The Schilling campaign “reached out” to Miller and apologized, which is why I could never work for a political campaign; I would have made Miller apologize FIRST.
Miller must have $$$ to burn if he is paying for polls like this more than a year away from elections—how accurate could a poll be 12 months from election? Not very—this is obviously a news generator in a slow news cycle in Springfield.
More interesting to me than Bustos v. Schilling is the incredibly low approval rating for Pat Quinn (22) and Obama (43). Looks like President Lightbringer’s bulb is burning out and Bustos won’t be riding his coattails to victory!