Rahm's Approval Rating: 19%
And only 2% 'strongly approve' of Chicago mayor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Rahm Emanuel closes his eyes during a news conference after the Chicago Teacher's Union House of Delegates voted to suspend their strike against the school system Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Maybe it's a good thing Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a presidential run—because he isn't doing so hot in Chicago. The mayor's approval rating has plummeted so far it's within spitting distance of Congress, according to a new Crain's/Ipsos poll, which showed only 19% of respondents approving of or even leaning toward approving of the job he's doing—and only 2% of Chicagoans strongly approving—while 50% at least lean toward disapproval.

That's a big fall from September, when the public was roughly split, with 34% approving and 33% disapproving. Crain's speculates that Emanuel may be paying the price for butting heads with the Chicago Teachers Union. It also notes that he's doing better in Chicago proper than in suburban and downstate areas, giving him the opposite profile of predecessor Richard Daley.

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Feb 24, 2013 6:55 PM CST
No surprise that the only thing good about Chicago is the food. Time for Emanuel to open up his checkbook and buy some of his popularity back. He needs to be greasing the right palms.
Feb 24, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Fish Face ain't going to do it on his good looks!
Feb 24, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Oh I hope he runs and gets nominated for President of the commie socialist party, AKA commiecrats....