Kinda, sorta bad news for Mayor Emanuel this morning as a poll conducted by Crain's Chicago Business and Ipsos of 600 voting-age Illinois residents showed Da Mayor's approval rating at a lowly 19 percent while his disapproval rating was at 50 percent. The poll reportedly included plenty of residents beyond the city limits and the respondents were voting-aged, not necessarily registered voters. So the results should be taken with a big, ol' grain of salt, especially considering the fact that suburban voters are less likely to approve of anything happening in the scary city where the weak are used for sustenance by The Machine.
Anyway, once you drill the numbers down by location, the news isn't quite as bad as the overall results indicate but there's still a reason for to say "Hmmm," while vaguely nodding your head. From Crain's:
Specifically, just 2 percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they strongly approve of the mayor's job performance, with 12 percent somewhat approving and 5 percent leaning that way. At the opposite end, 13 percent strongly disapprove, 9 percent somewhat disapprove and 13 percent lean toward disapproval.
In Chicago, that gives Mr. Emanuel a net minus 16 rating, down from the plus 4 he had in September, when 37 percent approved and 33 percent disapproved.
While the drop to minus 16 is notable, the drop still is only half of the minus 31 rating when you throw in the people who can't vote for mayor in Chicago but will complain about it anyway when they get taxed so much at Garrett's Popcorn. It's not like a drop is that surprising given the bump in the city's murder rate so there's no real reason for Rahm to sweat about re-election in 2015 just yet, especially given the way other candidates tucked tail and ran when announced his candidacy last time. Provided Rahm and the CPD can figure out a way to stop teenagers getting killed and get the murder rate down, things will even out. Besides, if there's a bigger past time in Chicago than vehemently complaining about something - be it politicians or sports teams - but refusing to let go of those objects of consternation, I've yet to find it.