Earlier this month, the Chicago Sun-Times political writer Abdon M. Pallasch had the scoop about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's poll. Emanuel polled Chicagoans--about himself, President Obama, former Mayor Daley, whether to blame the Tea Party for Chicago's fiscal woes, while gathering intelligence about what budget cuts are most likely to win public support.
The poll was taken as Emanuel hit his 100th day in office, which he did last week.
On Monday, Emanuel's longtime pollsters, Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research sent a memo to his donor list about the poll of 900 likely voters conducted August 17-22, 2011, weighted to reflect the geographic diversity of the city. Survey results include a margin of error of +/- 3.27 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.
The findings that are shared with the donors is selective and has mostly to do with Emanuel's personal ratings: "Nearly 8 in 10 voters approve of the job that Emanuel is doing as Mayor. This includes extremely strong standing in every neighborhood, among all major racial groups, and among union households."
The findings that are not shared: about Obama, Daley and how Chicagoans view potential budget cuts, valuable political intelligence.
The poll was paid for jointly by Emanuel's political warchest, the New Chicago Committee and his campaign fund, Rahm for Chicago.
click below for the memo...
Below, memo sent to Rahm Emanuel's donors.....
Special polling report...
We are pleased to present you with research demonstrating the tremendous regard with which Chicago voters hold Mayor Emanuel.
The Mayor's relentless focus on economic growth, repairing Chicago's budget, improving our schools, and making our streets safer have all had measurable impressions with the voters.
Please find a memo below summarizing the findings.
Chicago for Rahm
August 29th, 2009
One Hundred Days In, Emanuel's Standing Very Strong
To: Interested Parties
From: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
One hundred days into Rahm Emanuel's term as Mayor, Chicagoans are united behind his strong leadership and give him high marks on handling some of the city's most difficult challenges. The Mayor is well-positioned to see his agenda through with the support of a wide cross-section of voters from every corner of the city.
According to a recent survey of Chicagoans*, nearly 8 in 10 voters approve of the job that Emanuel is doing as Mayor. This includes extremely strong standing in every neighborhood, among all major racial groups, and among union households.
Table 1: Mayor Emanuel's Approval Rating
Approve - Disapprove
Total 79 - 16
White 83 - 14
Black 73 - 15
Hispanic 78 - 16
Union Households 73 - 21
Emanuel gets high grades from voters across the political spectrum. Eighty-three percent of Democrats approve of his performance, as do 77 percent of Republicans.
Other highlights from this research include:
By a 48 - 41 percent margin, Chicagoans now believe that the city is headed in the right direction, even in a difficult economy. Residents are extremely hopeful for the Mayor's new administration as last September our data told a very different story. Then just 31 percent of Chicagoans said the city was headed in the right direction and 55 percent believed things were pretty seriously off on the wrong track.
Voters have tremendous confidence in Emanuel's ability to handle the most pressing issues facing Chicago, especially tackling the budget crisis. By a 73-23 margin, they approve of his job performance on this key issue.
The Mayor also receives high marks on fighting crime, improving education, and strengthening the economy. The support for Emanuel's performance on these issues cuts across racial and neighborhood lines.
Table 2: Mayor Emanuel's Approval Rating on Key Issues
Approve - Disapprove
Addressing the budget crisis 73 - 23
Fighting crime and keeping your neighborhood safe 72 - 24
Improving education in the city 69 - 24
Strengthening Chicago's economy 70 - 25
Voters have a well-formed impression of the Mayor and give him very high marks on key personal attributes, including leadership, conviction, management, and honesty.
Table 3: Mayor Emanuel's Personal Attributes
Total Describes Well
Is a strong leader 82
Fights for what's right for Chicago 76
Is an effective manager 79
*Survey of 900 likely voters conducted August 17-22, 2011, weighted to reflect the geographic diversity of the city. Survey results include a margin of error of +/- 3.27 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.