• Southern Ill. voters favor reform, term limits

    by  • October 16, 2013 • News

    Reform, reform, reform – that’s what southern Illinois voters say they support in a new poll.

    According to the poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, voters are solidly in favor of term limits, open primaries, and changing the redistricting process.

    John Jackson, co-director of the poll, says, “I think that’s indicative of a certain cynicism and distrust directed toward government,” Jackson added. “That’s why term limits is so popular. People see that as an easy way out.”

    Of the 403 registered voters surveyed, 75 percent favored limiting state representatives to five terms, and state senators to three terms.

    There was even greater support for limiting terms for those who hold leadership positions in the general assembly, with 83 percent in favor.