Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approval rating, never much more than barely enough to get him elected, has descended to dangerous levels:
In Chicago itself, voting-age adults aren’t nearly as negative as other Illinois residents. But as he nears the middle of his four-year term, Mr. Emanuel’s standing has slipped, though most of his loss of support has gone into the “mixed feelings” or undecided category, rather than to disapproval.
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.
In Illinois outside Chicago his approval rating is even lower.
Not long ago I had a back-and-forth with a numbskulled commenter at OTB who, in response to a wisecracking comment from me critical of Mayor Emanuel, angrily retorted that “we” in Chicago like him just fine. Now we have a quantitative result to consider. Just 2% of Chicagoans “like him just fine”. My views, on the other hand, are well within the mainstream of Chicago opinion.
In Chicago being able to raise enormous amounts of money, mostly from non-Chicagoans, having friends in high places, being energetic, and hating Republicans isn’t enough to make an effective mayor. I don’t think that Mr. Emanuel has much else going for him.