The mission of the non-partisan Paul Simon Public Policy Institute polling is to provide citizens, policy-makers, and academic researchers with objective information about trends and issues facing society.

The 2016 Simon Poll interviewed 1000 registered voters across Illinois.

For the entire sample, the statistical margin for error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Areas covered by the poll are: general outlook, approval of elected officials, preference for candidates in presidential and U.S. senate primaries, Illinois budget impasse impacts, favorability toward budget cuts, favorability toward new sources of state revenues, legislative redistricting, campaign finance reform, opinions on gay marriage, opinions on abortion, opinions on medical and recreational marijuana, opinions on veterans' courts, and views on mental/physical health problems. Demographic information is also included, covering age, race, gender, income, political party affiliation, political ideology, employment, household income, and religious activities. Respondents’ ZIP codes are included.


Copyright Notice: The “Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Poll,” the “Simon Poll” and the “Southern Illinois Poll” are the copyrighted trademarks of the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University. Use and publication of these polls is encouraged – but only with credit to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC.

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Geographic coverage

Illinois, statewide


Illinois politics, Illinois polling, Simon Poll, election polling, taxes, gay marriage, abortion, public opinion, right direction, Rauner approval, U.S. Senator Kirk approval, U.S. Senator Durbin approval, Illinois primary, Illinois budget, legislative redistricting, campaign finance, right-to-work (open shop), depression/anxiety, veterans' courts, medical marijuana, recreational marijuana (211 kB)
Data, CSV

SimonPoll.Spring.2016.sav (171 kB)
Data, SPSS

SimonPoll.Spring2016.metadata.xlsx (13 kB)
SimonPoll.2016.Crosstabs.pdf (925 kB)
Demographic crosstabs