Chicago Sun-Times: AARP poll - Illinois voters fuming about state’s financial crunch

Illinois voters will go to the polls in November with a head full of steam over the state’s budget mess, according to a recent poll.

Asked to put a number to their anger about the state’s budget situation, almost two-third of registered voters rated it a four or five, with five meaning “extremely angry.”

AARP Illinois decided to conduct the survey as a way of forcing the state’s fiscal issues, which negatively effect many of its members, into the public debate ahead of state elections in November, according to AARP Illinois State Director Bob Gallo.

“There’s anger and frustration out there that candidates are [seeking] another term as governor or to be the next governor but voters aren’t hearing from them about specifically what they’re going to do to right the ship,” Gallo said.

The telephone survey was conducted July 19-30 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points. It was commissioned by AARP Illinois, which advocates for the state’s elderly population. Those surveyed all were a Illinois residents who are registered to vote and were at least 25 years old. Results were then weighted by age and gender based on the state’s database of registered voters.

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