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ILLINOIS VOTER
ATTITUDE SURVEY
About Open Primaries
Illinois Poll Results
December 2015
2
Open Primaries represents a movement of Americans working to en...
Methodology and Respondents
■ Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Illinois from 11 Aug 2015- 11...
Insights and Takeaways
■ Respondents to this survey indicated strong favorability for reform, both of the
primary system a...
Key Findings
27%
73%
Yes No
Illinois Poll Results
December 2015
5
DOES THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
PRODUCE EFFECTIVE...
Key Findings
In Illinois, voters do not have to be members of a political party to vote in the primaries, but they must
ch...
Key Findings
76%
24%
WOULD YOU SUPPORT A BALLOT
INITIATIVE TO ENACT TOP TWO?
Yes
No
We asked our respondents to agree or d...
Additional Findings
■ In addition to questions about primaries, we asked the voters about an ongoing
effort by Independent...
Adriana Espinoza
Associate Director of Outreach
aespinoza@openprimaries.org
(646) 350-1125
For more information, contact:
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Illinois Voter Survey

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Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Illinois from 11 Aug 2015- 11 Nov 2015. Our list consisted of an equal number of registered voters who are self-identified as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Open Primaries wanted to gauge voters’ opinion on the political environment in Illinois and provide voter education about nonpartisan reform.

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Illinois Voter Survey

  1. 1. ILLINOIS VOTER ATTITUDE SURVEY
  2. 2. About Open Primaries Illinois Poll Results December 2015 2 Open Primaries represents a movement of Americans working to end partisanship and polarization in politics through reform of the primary election system. We are a national voter empowerment nonprofit that advocates for open, nonpartisan primary systems, counters efforts to impose closed primaries, and builds coalitions of activists across the country. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the American people and government by creating more platforms for voters’ voices to be heard.
  3. 3. Methodology and Respondents ■ Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Illinois from 11 Aug 2015- 11 Nov 2015. Our list consisted of an equal number of registered voters who are self-identified as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. ■ Open Primaries wanted to gauge voters’ opinion on the political environment in Illinois and provide voter education about nonpartisan reform. ■ The survey had 505 respondents, detailed below. Illinois Poll Results December 2015 3 Respondents’ Self-Identified Affiliations: Independent 120 Democrat 182 Republican 203 Total: 505
  4. 4. Insights and Takeaways ■ Respondents to this survey indicated strong favorability for reform, both of the primary system and redistricting. ■ There was also a strong sense of dissatisfaction with government and the current political environment. ■ Overall, the impression was that voters in Illinois are ready for action and tired of partisan posturing and stonewalling. Illinois Poll Results December 2015 4
  5. 5. Key Findings 27% 73% Yes No Illinois Poll Results December 2015 5 DOES THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT PRODUCE EFFECTIVE ELECTED OFFICIALS?
  6. 6. Key Findings In Illinois, voters do not have to be members of a political party to vote in the primaries, but they must choose one party’s ballot. Illinois has nonpartisan voter registration, meaning there is no option for voters to register with parties when signing up to vote. Instead, voters must publically declare party preference at the polls. This is considered a public declaration and can be challenged by others. In lieu of partisan registration, this public declaration is used by parties to track voters, produce mailing lists, and in some cases even blacklist ‘detractors’. I think it's fine I think it's a flawed system Haven't thought much about it 26.58% 38.65% 34.76% WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF PARTY PREFERENCE? IL Primary Open Primaries Top Two Closed 15.45% 29.77% 51.82% 2.95% WHICH PRIMARY SYSTEM DO YOU SUPPORT? Illinois Poll Results December 2015 7
  7. 7. Key Findings 76% 24% WOULD YOU SUPPORT A BALLOT INITIATIVE TO ENACT TOP TWO? Yes No We asked our respondents to agree or disagree with the following statement: The political parties have become too powerful and have rigged the system in their favor. What we need is a nonpartisan Top Two system which would take power away from the parties and give it back to the voters. This system would force politicians to represent people not parties because candidates have to appeal to all voters. Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Neutral Somewhat disagree Strongly Disagree 55.81% 25.28% 4.78% 3.42% 10.71% AGREE OR DISAGREE? Illinois Poll Results December 2015 8
  8. 8. Additional Findings ■ In addition to questions about primaries, we asked the voters about an ongoing effort by Independent Maps to reform the way legislative districts are drawn. Illinois Poll Results December 2015 9 42% 58% ARE YOU AWARE THERE'S AN EFFORT UNDERWAY TO REFORM THE WAY ELECTORAL DISTRICTS ARE DRAWN? Yes No 89% 11% WOULD YOU VOTE FOR AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION IN ILLINOIS? Yes No
  9. 9. Adriana Espinoza Associate Director of Outreach aespinoza@openprimaries.org (646) 350-1125 For more information, contact:

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