The most interesting finding in a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is majority support for right-to-work initiatives, according to the Better Government Association.


In the most recent poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 61 percent of respondents lean toward voting in favor of allowing for open shops.


Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw told WMAY Springfield the finding calls into question Illinois’ status as a pro-union state.

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“What you’re really hearing is people thinking that if (right-to-work) drives down the cost of government somewhat, it’s a good thing, because people feel their taxes are not being well enough spent,” Shaw said.


Meanwhile, Shaw said, there is another take on right-to-work: “Of course the other side says it’s a way of driving the wages and the lifestyle of the middle class down.”


When breaking that number down along party lines, 55 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of independent voters say they lean toward right-to-work, according to the poll.


The poll also found vast support for term limits, which Shaw says is no surprise in a state perceived as riddled with government dysfunction.


The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll shows overall support for term limits at 78 percent. When breaking down the numbers along party lines, term limits find favor from 71 percent of Democrats, 88 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents.


Nonetheless, Shaw said, while redistricting reform is a possibility for the November ballot, voters should not expect to see a referendum for term limits.  


“Unfortunately, there’s nothing relating to term limits on any ballot right now,” Shaw said. “There’s no referendum drive underway.”  


The poll asked participants if they support a limit of eight years for the legislature, whether in the state House or Senate, or a combination of the two.


Meanwhile, those polled expressed overwhelming support for two different proposals to reform how legislative districts are drawn following the census every 10 years.


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