Poll: Davis has slight edge on Londrigan

Poll: Davis has slight edge on Londrigan

A poll released Thursday by a Democratic super PAC and undertaken by a firm that does research for Democrats, found that Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville has a disapproval rating virtually equal to his approval rating.

And in what the pollster called a "hypothetical" matchup, Davis leads his Democratic opponent, Betsy Londrigan, by 3 percentage points, 45 percent to 42 percent.

Davis and Londrigan are officially their party's candidates by virtue of the results of the March 20 primary. Davis was unopposed but Londrigan emerged with 45.7 percent of the vote in a five-way Democratic primary.

The poll, done for the labor-union-funded group Patriot Majority, found that Davis has a 40 percent approval rating and a 39 percent disapproval rating among 726 votes polled in his 13th Congressional District. The district includes Champaign-Urbana and take in all or parts of 14 counties in central and southwestern Illinois.

The automated telephone poll was done April 16 and 17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, said Raleigh, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling.

The poll also found that President Donald Trump has an approval rating of 45 percent in the 13th District and a disapproval rating of 50 percent.

In the 2016 election, Trump got 49.4 percent in the 13th District to 44 percent for Hillary Clinton. Davis, meanwhile, got 59.7 percent of the vote.

13th District residents also were evenly split on the tax reform approved by Republicans in Congress last year. The question, according to Public Policy Pollling, was worded: "Based on what you have heard, seen or read, do you support or oppose the recently passed tax-reform law?"

Thirty-eight percent of those polled supported the law and 38 percent opposed it.

But when asked if they would "personally benefit from the tax law that was passed," 35 percent said they believed they would while 45 percent said they wouldn't.

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