From a Chicago Tribune poll (10/22/08). Blagojevich was polling lower than George Bush (18%) and former Republican Gov. George Ryan, now said to be seeking a pardon from Bush. Blagojevich succeeded Ryan as governor in 2003.
Only 8 percent of the state's voters believe Blagojevich has lived up to his promise to end corruption in government—the hallmark of his initial election as governor in 2002 after the tenure of scandal-tarred Republican Gov. George Ryan. Three out of four Illinois voters said Blagojevich failed to keep his promise to end corruption in state hiring, contracts and appointments to state boards and commissions.
The poll found voter disapproval of Blagojevich to be even deeper than what Ryan faced during his final weeks in office as investigations swirled around him. In October 2002, a Tribune poll found 23 percent of voters approved of the job Ryan was doing as governor, while 61 percent disapproved. Ryan was convicted on federal corruption charges and is in prison.
A 13% approval rate is not so good.
Overall, the survey of 500 registered likely voters conducted at the end of last week showed a mere 10 percent said they wanted Blagojevich re-elected in 2010, while three-fourths said they didn't want him back for a third term.
The survey also showed only 13 percent approved of Blagojevich's job performance, while 71 percent disapproved.