Poll: Most Illinoisans say corruption is widespread

About 58 percent of Illinoisans believe Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged corrupt behavior is common among the state's public officials, according to findings of a new statewide poll released Thursday by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Illinoisans are more likely to think of Blagojevich's alleged actions as the norm rather than an aberration in Illinois politics. Of the poll respondents, nearly six in 10 (58 percent) see Blagojevich's alleged behavior as "common among public officials" in the state, compared with four in ten (39 percent) who say it is unusual.

According to the poll, corruption in state government and the influence of money in state politics are top concerns of Illinois residents for the state (61 percent and 54 percent respectively "extremely" concerned). These concerns scored even higher than their worries about the economy (50 percent) or jobs (45 percent).

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