Rauner has support for economic plan, poll shows

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Here’s some good news for Bruce Rauner: The Republican candidate for governor’s economic plan, which he released last week, will help him more than hurt him, a new poll shows.

A CapitolFax/We Ask America poll shows that 53 percent say his plan makes them more likely to vote for him, compared to 32 percent who said they’d be less likely to vote for him. Of those polled, 15 percent said it makes no difference.

Rauner’s plan calls for freezing property taxes, rolling back the 2010 tax increase, as well as raising $600 million more in revenue. That would be accomplished by taxing services such as attorneys, chartered flights, trailer parks, golf club membership fees and armored car services.

Such a plan fares better with women than men, with 56 percent of women saying it makes them more likely to vote for him, compared to 47 percent of men.

Downstate, 53 percent said they’re more likely to vote for Rauner as a result of his plan, compared to 49 percent of Cook County voters. In the suburban collar counties, 66 percent gave Rauner the thumbs up.

When asked if they thought Illinois could actually afford Rauner’s plan, there wasn’t much optimism. Only 41 percent of respondents said the state can, while 43 percent said it can’t.

And Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown agrees with the 43 percent, saying “please don’t fall for this illusion that the rich man has the secret pain-free formula to save us all.”

Via Reboot Illinois

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