IBA/Research America poll shows Rauner in serious trouble

IBA RA poll

CARTERVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner may be in more trouble than he thinks in his 2018 re-election bid for governor based on a new poll.

A recent poll jointly conducted by Research America and the Illinois Broadcasters Association has Rauner down nearly 17 points against Democratic opponent JB Pritzker, 44% to 27.1%.

The RA/IBA poll is the sixth poll to include all ballot-qualified candidates, which include Libertarian activist Kash Jackson and state Sen. Sam McCann, who’s running under the Conservative Party banner. McCann received 6.4% and Jackson received 4.3%.

A combined total of 17.3% refused to support a candidate, were undecided or will write in someone else.

The margin of error for the poll was +/- 3.1%. A recap of the poll is included below.


Three of the four candidates will be participating in the first gubernatorial debate slated for Thursday night on NBC Chicago and most NBC affiliates in the state. Check your local television listings.

As of this publication, there was no announcement that McCann was included in the debate.

Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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