Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

A new poll from Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had surprising results for environmentalists. 

The institute surveyed one thousand registered voters earlier this month, and 64% said they prioritized the environment as an issue.  In contrast, 27% said economic growth should come first.   The results took Illinois Environmental Council Director Jennifer Walling by surprise. 

"I have not seen a poll that so strongly prioritized environmental protection, so that is very interesting," she said. 

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

A majority of Illinois voters do not believe the state is headed in the right direction. 

That's according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

When 1,000 voters were asked if they believe Illinois is on the "right track," 84 percent of them answered "no."

That comes as Illinois is in the midst of a historic budget impasse, which may have affected voters' opinion of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The U.S. Census Bureau says since the last official census in 2010, Illinois has only gained about 52-thousand residents. That puts it in the bottom 10 states when it comes to population change during that time period.