(Chicago) – Poll: A new survey shows that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has a rock solid hold on his job.
According to new poll by Public Policy Polling, here is where Durbin stands as ponder a 2014 reelection contest:
More than half of Illinoisans (51%) approve of Durbin’s job performance, and about a third (34%) disapprove. In a generic re-elect test, Durbin gets 52% of the vote to an unnamed Republican’s 38%.
Durbin is in such good shape because 20% of Republicans support his work in the Senate, and 13% of them say they will probably vote for him in two years. Independents are split right down the middle on both fronts, including 42-42 on the re-elect.
Faced with actual opponents, Durbin does even better, though slightly more Republicans and independents are undecided than Democrats. Outgoing Rep. Bob Dold comes closest to matching the ideal Republican’s standing, with a 21-point deficit (54-33). Failed 2010 Tea Party contender Patrick Hughes is down 22 (53-31), and retiring Rep. Joe Walsh lags by 25 (54-29).
“It should come as no surprise, but this is not a seat Republicans can expect to target next cycle,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.
PPP surveyed 500 Illinois voters from November 26th to 28th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.4%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.