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Obama endorsement hurts Dems — even in Illinois

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Public Policy Polling:

Illinois voters say they would be negatively influenced if a candidate was endorsed by Barack Obama. And if his support isn’t an asset in his home state it’s hard to imagine where it is.

40% of voters in the state say they’d be less likely to support an Obama endorsed candidate to only 26% who say it would be an asset. The reality at this point is that Obama turns Republican voters off to a much greater extent than he excites Democrats. That’s reflected in the fact that 83% of Republicans say an Obama endorsement would be a negative with them while only 49% of Democrats say it would be a positive. Independents also respond negatively by a 38/19 margin.

Earlier today, I linked to a piece by Reid Wilson at Hotline where he discussed various Democratic campaign strategies for avoiding the President. One Dem campaign strategist was quoted in the piece calling Obama a “walking radioactive disaster.” If an Obama endorsement isn’t viewed positively by a majority of Democrats in his home state, I’d say that colorful description isn’t far off the mark.