Last week, following the release of some dismal approval ratings, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley dismissed the focus on public opinion: "Everybody's worried about polls in the United States, and all
politicians worry about polls. ... They should worry about their actions."
But for a guy who doesn't "worry about polls," he sure commissions a lot of them. The campaign finance report filed by Daley's campaign committee listed $154,692 in payments to D.C. pollster Greenberg, Quinlan, and Rosner during the first six months of this year. That probably represents five or six separate surveys.
On a related note, CBS 2's Walter Jacobson writes today that brother Bill Daley has been saying in private that "the mayor intends not to run again."
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Capitol Fax points out that Daley also spent over $150,000 on polling last year.