Sixty-two percent of Chicagoans gave Mayor Rahm Emanuel a negative approval rating in a new poll released Friday by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Six months after last November's release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, Emanuel garnered a 16 percent approval rating in a telephone poll of 1,123 adult Chicagoans. Broken down by race, the mayor's disapproval rating in the survey was highest among blacks at 70 percent, followed by 61 percent among whites and 60 percent among Hispanics.
The poll, conducted April 21 through May 3, showed that just 18 percent of respondents think "things in Chicago are generally going in the right direction," while 75 percent said they believe "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track."
The majority of survey respondents, 52 percent, said the issue of crime/violence/gangs is the biggest problem in the city. The issue was the top concern for 63 percent of blacks, 60 percent of Hispanics and 35 percent of whites.
Twenty-five percent of respondents said they approved of Emanuel's handling of police department oversight, while 66 percent disapproved. Regarding Emanuel's decision to pick Eddie Johnson as the city's new police superintendent, 46 percent of poll respondents approved of the mayor's choice, while 27 percent disapproved.
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