Simon Poll: Southern Illinoisans are ticked off

Southern Illinois is also known as "Little Egypt".
By Mark Fitton - Posted at Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois voters are far from pleased about the direction of the state and nation, according to a poll released Monday by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

About 80 of respondents thought the nation (78.8 percent) and the state (79.8) are headed in the wrong direction.

However, about half (50.9 percent) think their city or area is headed in the right direction.

“These results probably reflect some of Illinois’ current conflicts. Most polls show that more people feel their state is doing better than the nation. Not here,” said John Jackson, a visiting professor at the institute.