Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Appears to be Improving his Standing with the City’s African-Americans

Rahm Emanuel (Image via City of Chicago video screengrab.)
Rahm Emanuel (Image via City of Chicago video screengrab.)

A new poll suggests Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s standing amongst African-Americans is improving, if only because it had nowhere to go but up.

“Emanuel’s favorable ratings among younger African-Americans and African-Americans without a college degree” have both increased, according to the Illinois Observer, who cited a poll leaked to the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

Here’s what Sweet said:

A poll taken recently in one diverse Chicago state House district finds that Mayor Rahm Emanuel made gains among African American voters — most markedly those between the ages of 18 and 64 and those who did not attend college — which suggests that conventional wisdom narratives floating around about Emanuel in trouble with African Americans across the board in the city may need some retooling.

The poll, conducted in state Rep. Christian Mitchell’s district, which Sweet notes, “stretches from near Old Town on the North Side to Hyde Park on the south,” shows Emanuel with a 55 percent favorability rating of African Americans aged 18-64 in March, up from 42 percent in December.

Emanuel’s favorability amongst non-college educated African Americans rose from 48 percent to 60 percent in the same three month time period.

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SOURCE: Jon Graef  

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