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10th District Voters Remain Undecided

Latest poll in race to challenge Dold shows Schneider with solid lead of those who have made up their mind.

With just over a month to go before the March 20 primary, approximately half the Democratic voters planning to cast a ballot to nominate a candidate to oppose Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the Nov. 6 general election remain unsure of their choice.

In a poll conducted earlier this week by the consulting firm Normington Petts for the campaign ofe Derfield management consultant Brad Schneider, one of four candidates for the Democratic nod, 51 percent of the likely voters are undecided.

Despite the uncertainty, Schneider holds a substantial lead over his nearest rival, Waukegan community organizer Ilya Sheyman. The results show 29 percent prefer Schneider, 14 percent want Sheyman, four percent like Long Grove business owner John Tree and two percent favor Mundelein attorney Vivek Bavda.

In a survey prepared over a month ago by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group supporting Sheyman, 49 percent of the likely voters were not sure of their choice. In that poll Sheyman was the selection of 23 percent, Schneider of 21, Tree of five and Bavda of two.

Despite the large indecisiveness, Schneider thinks the results give credence to his claim he is the candidate best equipped to challenge Dold. He also feels voters are starting to hear his message.

"I am excited to see our positive, progressive message is resonating with the people of the District,” Schneider said in a statement from his campaign. “I look forward to continuing to share my long-time commitment to working families, a woman’s right to choose, the environment, marriage equality, and small businesses with voters.”

The newest poll shows Schneider is known by 49 percent of the respondents. Of those who know of him, 29 percent have a favorable impression and eight percent view him unfavorably. Sheyman is known by 34 percent.

The Normington Petts telephone survey of 400 likely Democratic voters in the reconfigured 10th Congressional District was conducted Feb. 14 and 15. It has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

Alex February 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
@Flower Child: you really believe a 25 year old kid with no experience except working for DC special interests can beat Rep. Dold? In the general election the lines from the debate you just mentioned will win Schneider independent voters, not hurt him. This will allow him to go to Congress, vote for a Democratic Speaker and help the Democrat majority. Is this your only argument against him? Its essentially that anyone who does anything bipartisan is not qualified for office. Are you against Planned Parenthood, HRC and the Sierra Club, who also gave money to Kirk? That argument sounds very Tea Party-ish. The fact is Brad is 100% pro choice, marriage equality, pro-environment, plus a life experience that helps him make decisions based on real life experience. Has Ilya ever hired or fired anyone? Has he ever managed anyone? Has he made a payroll or even a mortgage payment? Brad has more endorsements from local leaders who seem to think he is the best qualified, are they wrong too? Ilya seems like a great kid, but he's too young, inexperienced and too wrapped up in party labels. Schneider is the best candidate we can put forward to beat Dold in November.
flower child February 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
@ Alex: Yes!
flower child February 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Ilya will be 26 when his term as Congressman begins. So what? Queen Elizabeth I was in charge a whole country by the time she was 25. Her daddy, Henry VIII was even younger-- ascending to the throne at the age of 18. Sir Winston Churchill became a Member of Parliament at age of 26. Sometimes when you're destined to make history, you have to start young. Back here in the good old USA, 140 people began their Congressional careers at age 30 or below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_youngest_members_of_the_United_States_Congress And my personal favorite: Ted Kennedy was elected Senator at age 30, and I think all true Progressives would tell you they are sad his career had not started sooner or lasted longer.
flower child February 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
attend the debates! (2 this weekend) keep an open mind! Ilya to date has made mincemeat of his opponents. (and he will do the same to Dold in the fall if we can let him get that far)
flower child February 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
stringer, your posts are very intelligent and it is obvious that you have put a lot of thought into this Primary election. I do appreciate that. The fact is, Dan Seals lost 3 general elections, in large part (my opinion) because voters did not see enough difference between the Republican and the Democrat (so there just wasn’t enough reason to unseat an incumbent). Same thing will happen if we choose Brad, I fear. Much as he wants to paint himself as a “Progressive,” there isn’t too much difference between Schneider and Dold. And Dold will make sure the voters know this.

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