Poll: Rahm Emanuel in Trouble With Chicago Voters

Image: Poll: Rahm Emanuel in Trouble With Chicago Voters

Saturday, 10 May 2014 10:46 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no better than a 50-50 chance of getting re-elected in 2015, said a veteran pollster who canvassed voters for the Chicago Sun-Times and found cratering support for the sharp-tongued former Washington operative.

Only one in five Chicago voters said Emanuel is an improvement on the previous mayor, Richard M. Daley, and fewer than a third of voters said they would support him if the election were held today, according to a new poll conducted for the Sun-Times.

Emanuel's handling of school closings and a teacher's strike, coupled with a plague of gang violence and shootings in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods, have hurt the mayor and given potential rivals an opening.

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

“Right now, Rahm is not connecting. If he doesn’t do that, he’s gonna lose,” said the pollster, Michael McKeon.

The election is nine months away, on Feb. 24, and Emanuel is lapping would-be challengers in fundraising. But a $7 million campaign war chest and connections to influential Democrats — including the two U.S. presidents he worked for — won't necessarily sway voters.

McKeon said Emanuel, in his effort to promote Chicago as a global capital, might have lost sight of the city's local character. He said "a solid candidate who talks to the neighborhoods" will pose problems for Emanuel, especially in African-American and Hispanic communities where the mayor's support is in the single digits.

The poll contacted 511 registered Chicagoans who said they were “very likely” to vote next February. It also compared support for Emanuel to other potential candidates and found Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle — "the challenger City Hall fears most," the Sun-Times reported — within striking distance: 26 percent to Emanuel's 29 percent, well inside the poll's 4.2 percent margin of error.

Emanuel’s standing with white voters and seniors remains strong. Black voters, who failed to turn out in significant numbers in 2011, have gone from indifferent to hostile and may be motivated to find a new mayor.

“The African-American community is galvanized on schools and crime,” said McKeon said.

A poll in March for the Sun-Times found that Emanuel's minority support was actually better than widely assumed and that "narratives floating around about Emaneul in trouble with African Americans across the board in the city may need some retooling,"

But two months later, the newspaper's bottom line is, "If the election were held today, Emanuel would find himself in a horse race."

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ryan: I Will Vote for Boehner Suit

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:53 PM

A House lawsuit against President Barack Obama for overstepping his presidential powers is gathering steam, as Cong. Pau . . .

GOP Backs Away From Chamber of Commerce

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:25 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a longtime supporter of immigration reform, has poured money into primary races to support . . .

Rand Paul Reaches Out to Minority Voters With Equality Speech

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:07 PM

U.S. Senator Rand Paul sought to broaden his reach beyond core Republican voters with a speech to the National Urban Lea . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved