WASHINGTON — More than nine out of 10 people in Illinois think Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign since he was arrested on corruption charges, according to a new Ipsos/McClatchy online poll.
The survey found that 95 percent of adults in the state think that Blagojevich should step down, as several public figures, including President-elect Obama, have urged.
If he doesn't resign, 92 percent of Illinois adults think he should be impeached and removed from office by the state Legislature, the survey found. While the online survey has no statistical margin of error because it's based on an opt-in online panel, the sample of 405 Illinois adults was weighted to balance the sample like the state's population, a technique that corporate America relies upon in market research polling.
The Illinois House of Representatives this week voted unanimously to create a committee to explore impeaching Blagojevich.
Perhaps shocked to see another of their governors charged with a crime — he's the fourth charged with a felony since the late 1960s — Illinois residents also appear cynical about the state's political morality. The survey found just 5 percent saying that corruption there is limited to Blagojevich.