Not long ago we wrote here that recent polls showed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are in healthy shape heading into their re-election campaigns, assuming each chooses to run again. (At this point there is no reason to believe either will not run.)
It appears the same cannot be said of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
According to Public Policy Polling - the same outfit that deemed Branstad and Walker safe, not to mention was very accurate predicting the 2012 presidential race nationwide - Quinn, a Democrat, starts out as an underdog in hypothetical match-ups against potential Republican challengers in 2014. Moreover, his approval rating is terrible: 25 percent of voters approve of Quinn's job performance, while 64 disapprove. He doesn't even have a positive approval rating among Democratic voters (40/43).
In fact, potential Democratic primary challenger Lisa Madigan, the state's attorney general, has a 48 percent favorable rating among voters and fared better than Quinn in prospective match-ups. In the Public Policy Polling results, Madigan garnered more support against two candidates who outperformed Quinn.
"Lisa Madigan is the big X factor in this race," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. "If she decides to run she'll be a big favorite, but otherwise Republicans should have a decent chance in this contest."