WASHINGTON--While White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is mapping a Chicago mayoral run, he should be grateful he is not intending to run statewide in Illinois: A new Rasmussen Poll, released on Tuesday found that only 40 percent of likely voters in Illinois (this is not a Chicago only poll) have a favorable opinion of him and 46 percent view him unfavorable. Illinois Democrats like Emanuel better than Republicans and Independents. Click here for my column on how Emanuel commissioned his long-time pollster, Stanley Greenberg to survey Chicagoans on a potential mayoral bid. The Emanuel poll was out in the field over the weekend.
From Rasmussen: "These findings include 19% who share a Very Favorable opinion of him and 32% who have a Very Unfavorable one.
"Sixty-five percent (65%) of Democrats in Illinois view Emanuel positively, while 77% of Republicans and 53% of voters not affiliated with either party have a negative impression of him."
The telephone poll 0f 750 likely Illinois voters was taken Sept. 12 with a four percent margin of error.