February 11th, 2009
02:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Illinois voters still unsure of Roland Burris

Roland Burris has run for statewide office multiple times but hasn’t won an election since 1990, when he was elected attorney general.
Roland Burris has run for statewide office multiple times but hasn’t won an election since 1990, when he was elected attorney general.

(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.


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  1. Julie

    Not voting for this limelight seeker. He just made matters worse during an already bad time.

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Roland Burris is the best thing that's ever happened to Barbara
    Boxer, Democratic senator from California. Before he was so
    laughably appointed by Badger Head Blogo, Boxer was known
    as the stupidest senator in the entire congress.

    Now this dufus hold that dubious honor!

    February 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Shirley in California

    Since CNN refuses to post my comment re Burris, I'll try again. Burris is like watching a 1940's Hattie McDaniel movie. Embarrassing. Why would you want a job that people don't want you to have? He will loose in 2010 and probably file all kinds of legal briefs for appeals. Sad. Please Mr. Burris keep a low profile. I'm tried of being embarrassed.

    February 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    Anybody who was willing to do business with Blagojevich deserves every bit of suspicion and distrust that he gets.

    2 years and he's gone, guaranteed.

    February 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. anon

    He should not run in 2010.

    February 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. GLORY BURKE

    When Roland Burris was appointed as Senator by Governor Blagojevich he should have declined, knowing that the Governor was apparently playing an " I Dare You Refuse Game" with the Illinois Senate, as well as with Washington. I don't see Burris succeeding in the 2010 race.

    February 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. texasgreenacres

    a bird and his feather flock together.If it looks like a crook, walks like a crook, and smells like a crook it must be a crook.Only Roland Burris knows what he is.In 2 years the people of Illinois will also know. He can"t hide it for 2 years. Watch closely It will show.TRUST ME IT WILL HAPPEN just a chip off the( old block) his mentor and forcing his personal desires on the people of Illinois.He don't care about the people of Illinois, or the state for that matter he"s a power grabber a ego establisher, self centered achievement at any cost. NOT VERY DESIRABLE!

    February 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Latte Sipping Leftie

    Well he voted for the stimulus bill. So the Illini can't be too upset with him.

    February 11, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Baze

    I don't know how this man can even report to work everyday feeling good about himself knowing that no one wants him there, and knowing that the person that appointed him is a scumbag.

    February 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. MJJofSara

    All you folks from states other than Illinois can just go fish.
    The people of Illinois are the ultimate deciders. I was born and raised in Illinois; lived there until 25 years ago. roland burris has been one of the few refreshingly free of corruption polititians. Give him a break. Please. Enough with the trash talk.

    February 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. pete

    We are not unsure, we think he is an oporunist who is tainted.

    February 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. MARTY CROSBY

    Let's face it, Roland Burris is no Barack Obama

    February 11, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Peter

    Im not sure what to say...Burris seems qualified but the whole appointment and his past runs seem bizarre

    February 11, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    That is their call. They do not have to vote for him.

    February 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Dont blame me

    Give the man a chance.

    He cant be any worse than who he is replacing.

    February 11, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Rufus MacDonlad

    Crooked, inept, facetious, crooked, inept, ...... ETC.

    February 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Simmy

    They didn't poll me. I admire him for his tenacity and self-confidence. He voted yes for the S-PACK. His vote carried the same weight as the seasoned members.

    February 11, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Matt

    Yes Illinois does not know what to do now that they have a Senator willing to take a stand and actually vote on an issue and not say present like they were taking a roll call.

    February 11, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Rick

    remember hes the one who screamed racism, you wouldnt seat him because he is balck and they are white. Just what we need an individul like him in the senate,

    February 11, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |

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