Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, found that Barack Obama’s endorsement hurt Democratic candidates in Illinois, the state Obama represented in the U.S. Senate and which launched his political career.
40% of voters in the state say they’d be less likely to support an Obama endorsed candidate to only 26% who say it would be an asset. The reality at this point is that Obama turns Republican voters off to a much greater extent than he excites Democrats. That’s reflected in the fact that 83% of Republicans say an Obama endorsement would be a negative with them while only 49% of Democrats say it would be a positive. Independents also respond negatively by a 38/19 margin.
The numbers on an Obama endorsement are perhaps more relevant with undecided voters. Among those who have not yet made up their minds in the Senate race 21% say an Obama endorsement would resonate positively with them while 33% say it would be a turnoff.
The only thing Obama has going for him is that his endorsement is less damaging among Illinois voters than Sarah Palin’s, at least according to this poll.