New Congressional Poll Reveals Half of Democratic Voters in the District Believe Rep. Danny Davis Should Be Fired
CHICAGO, December 2, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The New York political consulting firm, MACIAS PR, has released the first political poll for Illinois’ Seventh Congressional District, revealing more than half of all Democratic voters believe Rep. Danny Davis should be fired. The poll also found 77 percent of registered Democratic voters are concerned over the source of Rep. Davis’ campaign funds.
The phone poll was conducted November 11th-21st and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent. The Seventh Congressional District encompasses all of downtown Chicago going south to West Englewood, north to Old Town, east to the lake, and west through Garfield Park, Austin, Oak Park, and extending to Hillside.
Registered voters across Illinois’ 7th Congressional District were also asked about the most important issue to them in this election: 49 percent cited healthcare; 27 percent cited education, and 24 percent said criminal justice reform.
The most important issue varied by age. Healthcare was the most important concern for Baby Boomers and Generation X, while education was the top priority for Generation Z, Millennials and the Silent Generation.
When the poll turned to campaign finance, 77 percent of Democratic voters said they are concerned that a majority of Davis’ money comes from special interest groups. And 52 percent said he should be fired for the number of votes that he has missed.
The Government Transparency Website – GovTrack.us – found Rep. Davis was the 21st most absent member of Congress compared to all Representatives, missing 14.1 percent (170 of 1,210) votes in the 115th Congress.
Poll director, Mark Macias, says the poll also reveals demographic insight on the District that suggests Rep. Davis’ support is waning.
“This is the first scientific poll of registered Democratic voters, giving us an impartial look at the attitudes and beliefs of Democratic voters in District 7,” said Macias. “We didn’t know what we would get when we started the polling, but the final results suggest Rep. Davis is vulnerable. More than half of all poll respondents – 55 percent – are 50 and older, suggesting even older voters are looking for change.”
Why Democratic Voters are Concerned with Rep. Danny Davis’ Funding Source
The most recent amended FEC filing report (07/01/2019 - 09/30/2019), found 92 percent of Davis’ funds came from special interest groups, while only 8 percent of his money came from individuals.
The most recent FEC filing report also found Davis was having a difficult time raising money against a first-time Congressional candidate, Kristine Schanbacher, who outraised Davis approximately 3-1 and raised more money than all of the reported candidates combined. Schanbacher raised $166,172.34 in the most recent amended FEC filing report compared to $57,125 raised by Davis.
Schanbacher says nearly 100 percent of her fundraising has come from individuals.
“We’re excited about the poll’s results because it shows voters want new leadership,” said Schanbacher who has been recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the top 40 young lawyers. “I constantly hear on the campaign trail that voters want active representation. Rep. Davis is not showing up to vote at the rate that the District deserves, and special interest groups keep funding his campaigns. Voters deserve leadership that prioritizes people over special interest groups.”
Media Contact: Mark Macias
Schanbacher is a client of MACIAS PR.
Source: MACIAS PR