(CNN) – Illlinois senator Roland Burris has some work to do if hopes to keep his seat in 2010.
A third of the state’s registered voters believe Burris should not run in 2010 when his appointed term expires, according to a new poll from the Chicago Tribune. Just 37 percent of voters think Burris should seek the seat, and 29 percent said they weren’t sure.
Burris has run for statewide office multiple times but hasn’t won an election since 1990, when he was elected attorney general.
Although Burris has never been accused of wrongdoing in the tumultuous appointment process that brought him to the Senate, he could face questions in a political campaign about his association with disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Only 34 percent of voters in the state have a favorable view of Burris, according to the survey, with 18 percent holding an unfavorable opinion. A plurality of Illinois voters - 43 percent - have no opinion of him.
Burris has not yet indicated if he plans to seek the seat next year, but if he does, he may face a primary challenge from Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer and a friend of Barack Obama.
The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted on February 4-5, and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.