Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fighting an incredible bad time with Chicagoans and Chicago City Hall, according to an ABC News report on Tuesday. While critics of the mayor allege that he has lost practically all of his credibility with his constituents and his fellow-politicians in local government, a poll now says that his support has fallen to a new low. Only 18 percent of Chicagoans now approve of the job he is doing as their mayor.
The drop in confidence in the mayor has occurred following the release of two videos in which police have shot people. Additionally, it follows the call of a federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Likely in an effort to battle the plummeting ratings, the mayor will give a speech to the Chicago City Council on Wednesday.
The poll involved the survey of 739 likely Chicago voters. Illinois Observer, an online venue, found Emanuel’s job approval rating at just 18 percent and a disapproval rating of 67 percent. Beyond those discouraging numbers for the mayor, just more than half of those who were polled believe that Emanuel should resign from his mayoral position in Chicago. Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, assert that they think Emanuel lied when he claimed he did not see the Laquan McDonald video during settlement negotiations last spring. Whether he saw the video then or waited to see it in the past couple of weeks for the first time, there is at least one Chicago alderman, Milly Santiago of the 31st Ward, who questions his leadership. In general, many people are simply not trusting Emanuel by not believing what he’s telling them, says Yahoo! News. There are some persons who strongly believe he was involved with a cover-up of Chicago policemen’s videos and wrongdoing. It is alleged that he didn’t want the bad publicity – linked via the police shootings – last spring when he was running for his second term in office as the city’s mayor.
The police scandal is not Emanuel’s only problem in recent times. He is continually at odds with the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Schools, to the point that there is serious talk of another teachers’ strike – which would be the second since Emanuel took office after leaving President Barack Obama’s White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Also related to school concerns, his hand-picked CEO of the schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett embarrassed him by financial wrongdoings and ended up being out of his administration. The speed camera program which Emanuel initiated has been a disaster as it has been found to be ripping off motorists at an incredible rate – while the ongoing problems with the city’s red light camera is still of the public’s concern at scandalous proportions. As Illinois and Chicago have shown discontent with the state’s finances under Gov. Bruce Rauner, it has been reported that even Rauner’s numbers were better than Emanuel’s when Rauner reached his low point – as Rauner’s approval rating hit a low of 20 percent. There was a time when it was suggested that Emanuel’s time as mayor in Chicago would be a stepping stone to national politics – perhaps even president – for him. The way things are going, that is not a logical assumption anymore.