Blow Me Down!

by Dave Schuler on April 4, 2014

If this Gallup poll is correct, Illinois residents are much more discerning than I gave them credit for. Illinois residents are less trusting of their state government than those of any other state in the union:

PRINCETON, NJ — Illinois residents trust their state government to handle their state’s problems far less than residents in any other state. Twenty-eight percent of Illinois residents trust their state government “a great deal” or “a fair amount.” In contrast, at least 75% of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah residents trust their state governments.

What’s a ten letter word that begins with ‘P’ and means you think that everybody is against you? That’s right. Perceptive.

Too soon you get old. Too late you get smart.

For some reason that doesn’t seem to prevent Illinois voters from returning the same misfeasant, malfeasant, nonfeasant shnooks to office year after year after year. Among other things I’d attribute that to the difficulty in getting on to the ballot here. Everything is stacked in favor of incumbents.

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Guarneri April 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

“For some reason that doesn’t seem to prevent Illinois voters from returning the same misfeasant, malfeasant, nonfeasant shnooks to office year after year after year ”

I say its the same mental illness that causes Cub fans to enter each year with, ahem, “hope.” Maybe the water problem isn’t in Detroit, but Chicago……

Trumwill April 4, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I find it really, really, really odd that they tag Texas as (red/blue) “competitive.” Georgia is a stretch, and it’s not how I would label Arizona. But Texas?

I assume they’re going off registration and self-identification numbers, but as pollsters they should know better.

Trumwill April 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Incidentally, I bet the red/blue numbers – which Gallup attempts to explain by way of size since “the sixteen largest states are all blue or competitive” (my paraphrase), and which Republicans would/will no doubt attribute to Republican superiority, is actually explained by something else: Compared to what?

A lot of people are probably thinking of the federal government when they answer that question. Red states, with a less popular opinion of the federal government (particularly under Obama, but probably more generally) probably rate their state as more favorable by comparison.

Even so, I’d expect Minnesota to be higher on the basis of the pride Minnesotans seem to take in their government.

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