Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's midterm job performance ratings shows that disapproval among the city's voters is growing, particularly among African Americans, according to a new poll from Tribune/WGN-TV.
About 48 percent of black voters disapprove of the mayor's job performance at city hall, while 40 percent approve. Emanuel's approval numbers among African Americans are shrinking
compared to last year, when 44 percent of black voters approved of
Emanuel is also seeing increased disapproval from the Latino community. About 54 percent of Latino voters approve of the job Emanuel is doing and 39 percent do not approve. Last year, 49 percent of Latino
voters approved Emanuel's job performance, while 30 percent did not approve.
Six in 10
white voters approve of Emanuel, about the same as last year, according
to the poll. But 32 percent of white voters disapprove of Emanuel's performance, which is
up from 21 percent last year.
Last year's results also showed
that 29 percent of the peopled surveyed disapproved of his performance,
but now that number has jumped to 40 percent.
Overall, 50 percent of the people surveyed approve of Emanuel's job performance, which holds steady from last year's numbers.
poll did show, however, that 54 percent of the people think Emanuel is "honest or trustworthy," compared to 34 percent who do not.
telephone phone survey of 800 Chicago voters was conducted from April
30 to May 6. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points,
according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Chicago Tribune
cites the city's unemployment rate, potential school closings and city
violence as a reason for the spike in negative approval ratings. The
report also mentions the CTA's Red line renovation of the stops between Cermak Road and 95th Street, which has caused
shut downs that greatly impact African American commuters.
The poll comes just a few months after a Crain's/Ipsos poll showed that Emanuel's approval rating was falling in the suburbs, downstate and in the city.