Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is struggling with a tanking approval rating by both Illinoisans in general and Chicago voters, according to a Crain's/Ipsos poll.
In a report by Crain's Chicago Businesses' Greg Hinz, Emanuel's falling job approval rating is falling both in the suburbs an downstate as well as in the city, where the voters that determine whether he gets a second term are located. (Although, as most everyone knows, much of the mayor's chances for re-election are also dependent upon who runs against Rahm, who is rumored to be eyeing a run for president, and how viable of a candidate they would be considered to be.)
At any rate, Emanuel's approval rating among Illinoisans slipped when compared to a September poll. This time around, 50 percent of the 600 voting-aged Illinoisans polled say they at least point towards disapproval of his job in office, with just 19 percent either strongly, somewhat or leaning towards approval. The rest of the respondents either had mixed feelings or were unsure about how they felt about Emanuel's performance. Back in September, the numbers were more even with 34 percent of respondents in the approval column versus 33 percent not approving of the job Emanuel had done up to that point.
Among Chicago voters, Emanuel's rating slipped minus 16 points since September when he had a plus 4 rating, according to the poll results. Most of the Chicago respondents slipped ino the mixed feelings or undecided category, with those with mixed feelings going up from 21 percent in September to 30 percent in the latest poll. For those who are unsure, the number rose from 12 percent in September to 16 percent. Just 2 percent of Chicagoans polled strongly approved of Emanuel's performance, with 12 percent somewhat approving and 5 percent leaning towards approval. Meanwhile, 13 percent of those polled this time around strongly disapproved of his performance, with 9 percent somewhat disapproving and 13 percent leaning in that direction.
Hinz suggests that the city's violence, potential school closings, the mayor's image, and the Chicago Teachers Union strike could be attributable to the change in Emanuel's job approval ratings.
The poll was conducted between February 12 and February 15.