Gallup: Illinois Residents Aren't Confident in State Government

Date: March 01, 2016 Last Edit: March 02, 2016

Thanks, in part, to an 8-month run without a budget, only 1 in 4 residents have confidence in Springfield.

Gallup: Illinois Residents Aren’t Confident in State Government

Illinois residents have the least confidence in their state government, according to a new Gallup Daily Tracking poll.

A mere one in four of the state’s citizens have confidence in Springfield. Rhode Islanders, meanwhile, have the second least amount of confidence in their state government, with only 33 percent of citizen’s reporting confidence. North Dakota, meanwhile, had the highest amount of confidence in the government at 81 percent.

The report’s authors noted a positive relationship between “residents’ ratings of their state’s economy and their confidence in state government.” For example, New Jersey, also beset by fiscal difficulties, ranked three spots higher than Illinois.

“Illinoisans’ lack of confidence likely stems from the state’s long history of political corruption, with several recent governors having been found guilty of crimes,” according to the report’s authors. “The state is also in the midst of an eight-month-long impasse over the 2016 state budget between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic legislature.”

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