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 2011 Simon Poll interviewed 1,000 registered voters across Illinois. For the entire sample, the statistical margin for error of plus or minus 3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Poll conducted from October 11-16, 2011.

Areas covered:

General outlook, Illinois 2012 Primary Election, Presidential Race, Legislative Redistricting, Illinois budget, Campaign Finance, Term limits, Political reform, Immigration policy, Political polarization, economic situation, abortion, and gay marriage. The data also includes a series of questions on born again/evangelical Christians and companion series on biblical literalism. A series of questions investigates the acceptance of women in politics. Demographic information is also included, covering age, race, gender, income, political party affiliation, political ideology, employment, household income, and religious activities. Census division, metropolitan statistical area, and other geographic locators 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.

Date created


Geographic coverage

Illinois, statewide


Term limits, presidential primary, Obama, Perry, Cain, Romney, Paul, Tea Party, right direction, wrong direction, legislative redistricting, campaign finance, Illinois budget, Illinois polling, Simon Poll, Political Polling, Immigration, taxes, cuts, political polarization, partisanship, women, politics, better off, economy, economic situation, born again, evangelical, biblical literalism, biblical, homeownership, polarization

SimonPoll.SPSSdata.2011.sav (229 kB)
Simon Poll, 2011. SPSS dataset

SimonPoll.Metadata.2011.csv (13 kB)
Simon Poll, 2011. Metadata, csv

SimonPoll.dataset.2011.csv (260 kB)
Simon Poll, 2011. Dataset, csv