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December 11, 2008

Blagojevich's approval rating at 7 percent

The vast majority of Illinois voters want scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich to immediately resign as governor, according to a new poll conducted by the Glengariff Group.

The poll shows 70 percent of voters believing that Blagojevich should resign now, while only 25 percent should wait until he is proven guilty. A 73 percent majority support the impeachment of the governor – including a majority of Democrats – with 58 percent “strongly supporting” his impeachment. .

His approval rating, meanwhile, has tanked to seven percent. Among Democrats, only 13 percent approve of his performance.

Even African-American voters in Illinois, which comprised his only base of support in recent months, have broken with the governor. Only 20 percent of African-American voters approve of his performance. Still, a 48 percent plurality of black voters believe he should remain in office until proven guilty.

“There are no bright spots for Governor Blagojevich in these numbers," said Glengariff Group CEO Richard Czuba. "Governor Blagojevich no longer has a base of support from which to govern. He has lost Democratic voters, Cook County voters, and even a majority of his strongest base – African American voters – now support his impeachment."

The poll surveyed 600 registered voters in Illinois from December 9-10, and has a 4 percent margin of error.