Poll: Emanuel front-runner in Chicago mayoral race
December 15th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Emanuel front-runner in Chicago mayoral race

(CNN) - As Rahm Emanuel attempts to prove that he's a Chicago resident, a new poll indicates that the former White House chief of staff is far ahead of his rivals in the battle to be the city's next mayor.

According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 32 percent of Chicago voters support Emanuel, with former Chicago City Colleges Board Chairman Gery Chico and Rep. Danny Davis each at nine percent, state Sen. James Meeks at six percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at six percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at three percent, former Sen. Roland Burris at two percent and 30 percent undecided.

The poll indicates Emanuel is backed by 46 percent of white voters, is supported by more Hispanic voters than any other candidate, and trails only Davis in the battle for black voters.

The winner of February's election will succeed longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who announced in September that he would not run for a seventh term.

The poll's release comes as the Chicago Elections Board continues to hold a hearing regarding residency challenges to Emanuel's mayoral campaign. More than 30 people have filed legal challenges against Emanuel, claiming that he does not meet the necessary residency requirement to run for mayor. Emanuel testified for nearly 12 hours on Tuesday.

Local law in Chicago states that a candidate for mayor must have lived in the city for the year leading up to the election. Emanuel spent most of 2009 and this year in Washington, serving as
President Barack Obama's chief of staff, before stepping down in October and returning to Chicago to run for mayor.

Opponents claim that Emanuel abandoned city residency by renting out his home during his tenure working in the Obama White House. Emanuel has responded by pointing out that he pays property taxes in Chicago, votes in the city, and that his car is licensed in the city, which he says proves his intent to remain a resident.

The Chicago Tribune/WGN poll was conducted Dec. 10-13, with 721 registered voters in Chicago questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. George Waugh

    This type of ordinance should not overrule the will of the people to elect the person of their choice as long as that person is an American citizen. This ordinance should be found unconstitutional and tossed out. I am a resident of New Brunswick, Canada. Two years ago I returned to New Brunswick from a working project in British Columbia where I had purchased a vehicle and paid the taxes in BC. I was advised that I had to pay taxes on the vehicle to register it in New Brunswick because I had maintained my residence in New Brunswick and paid my income taxes in that province. I was to apply for a tax rebate from BC because I was still a resident of New Brunswick.

    December 15, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Unlike Lee County Florida, where our Republican congressman Connie Mack who lives in California with his wife Mary Bono, Chicago appears to have residency requirements.

    December 15, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. AmericanDoc

    All I can say is WOW. I remember wondering why New York voted in a lady from Arkansas to be a senator. Now Chicago wants to vote for this guy? It seems that once your horrible, irrational, and criminal behavior is known, all you have to do is support liberal causes and you become a democrat hero. You people need your own country. Imagine if any of the faces on Mount Rushmore saw what has been elected recently. Please take your president, his entire staff, and every person who is so ill informed that they still support him, and start your own country. You can have the entire east coast and we the people will keep California. Just don't ask for defense, aid, technology, or labor. You will be deficient in all of the above.

    December 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. marc in california

    go rahm. it sounds like this is your race to win or loose. carol mosley-braun has alot of nerve entering this thing after being uncerimoniously tossed out of the senate. I respect roland burris for trying to serve in the public interest but he is still a symbol of controversey and needs to let this go.

    December 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    First, he has to clear the "resident" issue.

    December 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. DIANA

    I've always admired him and hope he wins. I wish I was able to vote in Chicago. GO RAHM!

    December 15, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. GOP Taliban Victim

    GOP Clones get all excited and excuse Rahm of being a Chicago gangster in 3, 2, 1...

    December 15, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Dennis

    If any ciity deserved to have Rahm Emanuel as mayor, it would be Chicago.. Not saying that's a good thing.

    December 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. stufit

    Chicagos elections are controlled by the very corrupt unions and their willing partners in crime the democrat liberal party. Take a look at how Illinois and Chicago cannot pay their bills and how much the unions are being paid and their benefits and you will understand why. Chicago is what happens when liberals run things with no adult supervision. How many murders will there be there today, and then find out how much "great society" money was dumped their for community organizers to squander.

    December 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Peter s

    Rahm all the way to the Mayoral office because you were born Blessed!!

    December 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |