NEW POLL SHOWS SCHAKOWSKY BELOW 50%
The Pollak for Congress campaign has released poll data showing that Democrat incumbent Jan Schakowsky has fallen to 48%, while Republican challenger Joel Pollak is gaining ground at 30%.
Most telling, only 44% of voters say that Schakowsky deserves to be re-elected, while 42% say that it is time to give a new person a chance. Among those who feel most strongly, only 37% say that Schakowsky deserves to be re-elected, while 38% say it is time to give a new person a chance.
“We are gaining momentum as voters learn more about the contrast between Joel’s fresh ideas and Jan Schakowsky’s extreme record,” said Ashley Kain, campaign manager. “Any incumbent polling under 50% in this political climate is extremely vulnerable.”
The results indicate that the race is tightening, given that Schakowsky has never before received less than 70% of the vote, and recently claimed to be polling near 60%.
The poll was conducted by Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies, which conducted an autodial survey of 945 likely voters in the 9th congressional district on October 12. The margin of error is +/- 3%.