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Family ties could be problem for Bill Daley, Lisa Madigan, poll finds

Sons Mayor Richard J. Daley- John11 (left) William (Bill) 9 play with their 5-year-old dog Bootstheir back yard 3536 S.

Sons of Mayor Richard J. Daley- John,11 (left) and William (Bill), 9, play with their 5-year-old dog, Boots,in their back yard at 3536 S. Lowe..Chicago .April 29,1958 File Photo

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:29AM

In the race for Illinois governor, Lisa Madigan may not be the only potential candidate whose family name threatens to be a problem.

A new poll of 804 likely general election Illinois voters shows that 40 percent of those surveyed were less likely to vote for Bill Daley, knowing his brother was once mayor of Chicago.

Eight percent were more likely to vote for Bill Daley because of the relationship, 32 percent said his family tie was irrelevant and another 20 percent had no opinion. The poll, commissioned by the conservative group Americas PAC and conducted by the Illinois-based McKeon & Associates, asked a similar question about potential gubernatorial candidate Lisa Madigan.

When asked: “If Lisa Madigan runs for governor, will being the daughter of Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, make it more likely or less likely you will vote for her?” Thirty-five percent were less likely to vote for the current Illinois attorney general, while 7 percent were more likely to vote for her, 24 percent said it didn’t matter and another 34 percent didn’t know.

“The poll is saying: these two families have gotten us to where we are today. The same people who brought us here, want to take us into the future. No thank you,” said McKeon.

The survey, taken last week, also showed Lisa Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn in a statistical tie. Madigan had 25 percent of the vote, Quinn had 23 percent while Daley had 18 percent. Nearly 35 percent remained undecided.

McKeon said neither he nor Americas PAC are working for or supporting any candidates in the race.

When asked about the poll, a Daley spokesman had no comment Monday.

Bill Daley told the Sun-Times earlier this year that he didn’t run for higher office while his brother Richard M. Daley was mayor because he didn’t want to create a conflict.

Last month, Daley’s campaign released its own poll showing that Lisa Madigan’s poll numbers took a steep fall when those surveyed were asked if they would support her as governor while her father, Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) remained the powerful Speaker of the Illinois House.

Last week, political strategist David Axelrod echoed voters’ concerns, saying that Lisa Madigan had a “genuine problem” should she be elected governor and her father remained in his post. Last week, Lisa Madigan told the Sun-Times her father didn’t have to step down if she were to run for governor.

The McKeon poll had a margin of error of 3.9 percent.

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