Chicago Retail Merchants Association Poll Reveals High Job Approval Ratings For Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Poll Tests Business Climate, NATO reaction and Controversial Chicago Teachers Union Report/Strike

CHICAGO, May 28, 2012 – Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), has released findings from a poll testing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job approval rating, his impact on the business climate, handling of NATO and the debate surrounding a possible strike from Chicago’s teachers union.

The poll finds Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job approval rating at 64% while 57% or respondents indicate the Mayor has done an excellent/good job improving the city’s business climate. In addition, 78% of Chicagoans reacted positively to Mayor Emanuel’s handling of the NATO summit. Finally, the poll revealed that 71% of respondents believe teachers should wait for an independent report to be issued before they go on strike.

The poll was conducted by We Ask America on Thursday, May 24th collecting responses from 1,267 registered voters with a margin of error of ±2.76%. CRMA serves as the voice of Chicago retailers employing nearly one out of every five people.

“Retailers employ one out of every five people and is an important voice concerning public policy impacting the City of Chicago,” said David Vite, Chicago Retail Merchants Association.

“The poll indicates that Chicagoans give Mayor Rahm Emanuel high marks on a series of public policy issues, including improving the business climate in Chicago which is of great importance to retailers and job creators.”

 

Chicago Mayor: Overview Poll

We Ask America Polls

5/24/2012

 Date of Poll: May 24, 2012          Responses: 1276 Registered Voters           Margin of Error:  ±2.76%

 

TOPLINE RESULTS:

 

1. Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing?

Count

Percentage

Approve

  819

64.18%

Disapprove

  366

28.68%

No Opinion

   91

7.13%

 

2. How would you rate the job Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing on improving the business climate in Chicago?

Count

Percentage

Excellent

  359

28.13%

Good

  373

29.23%

Fair

  326

25.55%

Poor

  144

11.29%

No Opinion

   74

5.80%

 

3. How do you think Mayor Rahm Emanuel handled the NATO summit?

Count

Percentage

Great Job

  709

55.56%

Good Job

  297

23.28%

Fair Job

  155

12.15%

Poor Job

   73

5.72%

No Opinion

   42

3.29%

 

4. [Explanation of current teacher impasse] Do you agree or disagree that teachers should wait for that independent report BEFORE going on strike?

Count

Percentage

Agree

  913

71.55%

Disagree

  268

21.00%

No Opinion

   95

7.45%

 

5. What is your gender?

Count

Percentage

Female

  866

67.87%

Male

  410

32.13%

 

6. What is your ethnic origin?

Count

Percentage

African American

  542

42.48%

Asian

   35

2.74%

Hispanic

  107

8.39%

White

  484

37.93%

Other

  108

8.46%

 

7. Do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Independent voter?

Count

Percentage

Republican

  126

9.87%

Democrat

  937

73.43%

Independent

  213

16.69%

 

8. Do you or any member of your household belong to a trade union?

Count

Percentage

Yes

  250

19.59%

No

 1026

80.41%

 

9. In which of the following age brackets do you belong?

Count

Percentage

18-24

   41

3.21%

25-31

  106

8.31%

35-44

  150

11.76%

45-54

  252

19.75%

55-64

  285

22.34%

65+

  442

34.64%

CROSSTABS

 By GENDER:

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 1 and Question # 5

EMANUEL APPROVAL
GENDER

Approve

Disapprove

No Opinion

Total

1. Female

66.17%

25.98%

7.85%

100.00%

2. Male

60.00%

34.39%

5.61%

100.00%

Total

64.18%

28.68%

7.13%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 2 and Question # 5

 

BUSINESS CLIMATE RATING
GENDER

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

No Opinion

Total

1. Female

28.98%

29.21%

26.67%

8.43%

6.70%

100.00%

2. Male

26.34%

29.27%

23.17%

17.32%

3.90%

100.00%

Total

28.13%

29.23%

25.55%

11.29%

5.80%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 3 and Question # 5

 

NATO SUMMIT RATING
GENDER

Great Job

Good Job

Fair Job

Poor Job

No Opinion

Total

1. Female

57.27%

23.21%

12.01%

3.81%

3.70%

100.00%

2. Male

51.95%

23.41%

12.44%

9.76%

2.44%

100.00%

Total

55.56%

23.28%

12.15%

5.72%

3.29%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 4 and Question # 5

 

TEACHERS STRIKE
GENDER

Agree

Disagree

No Opinion

Total

1. Female

73.33%

19.17%

7.51%

100.00%

2. Male

67.80%

24.88%

7.32%

100.00%

Total

71.55%

21.00%

7.45%

100.00%

By ETHNIC ORIGIN:

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 1 and Question # 6

 

EMANUEL APPROVAL
ETHNIC ORIGIN

Approve

Disapprove

No Opinion

Total

1. African American

64.21%

26.75%

9.04%

100.00%

2. Asian

68.57%

25.71%

5.71%

100.00%

3. Hispanic

57.94%

35.51%

6.54%

100.00%

4. White

70.45%

25.41%

4.13%

100.00%

5. Other

40.74%

47.22%

12.04%

100.00%

Total

64.18%

28.68%

7.13%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 2 and Question # 6

 

BUSINESS CLIMATE RATING
ETHNIC ORIGIN

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

No Opinion

Total

1. African American

32.29%

28.97%

22.88%

11.07%

4.80%

100.00%

2. Asian

40.00%

28.57%

22.86%

8.57%

0%

100.00%

3. Hispanic

17.76%

30.84%

29.91%

15.89%

5.61%

100.00%

4. White

26.86%

31.20%

25.41%

9.92%

6.61%

100.00%

5. Other

19.44%

20.37%

36.11%

14.81%

9.26%

100.00%

Total

28.13%

29.23%

25.55%

11.29%

5.80%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 3 and Question # 6

 

NATO SUMMIT RATING
ETHNIC ORIGIN

Great Job

Good Job

Fair Job

Poor Job

No Opinion

Total

1. African American

60.33%

22.69%

10.15%

3.32%

3.51%

100.00%

2. Asian

51.43%

25.71%

5.71%

8.57%

8.57%

100.00%

3. Hispanic

44.86%

27.10%

19.63%

6.54%

1.87%

100.00%

4. White

57.23%

22.93%

10.54%

7.23%

2.07%

100.00%

5. Other

36.11%

23.15%

24.07%

9.26%

7.41%

100.00%

Total

55.56%

23.28%

12.15%

5.72%

3.29%

100.00%

 

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 4 and Question # 6

 

TEACHERS STRIKE
ETHNIC ORIGIN

Agree

Disagree

No Opinion

Total

1. African American

69.56%

21.96%

8.49%

100.00%

2. Asian

74.29%

14.29%

11.43%

100.00%

3. Hispanic

67.29%

23.36%

9.35%

100.00%

4. White

78.72%

16.53%

4.75%

100.00%

5. Other

52.78%

36.11%

11.11%

100.00%

Total

71.55%

21.00%

7.45%

100.00%

 

BY POLITICAL PARTY I.D.:                                    

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 1 and Question # 7

 

EMANUEL APPROVAL
PARTY I.D.

Approve

Disapprove

No Opinion

Total

1. Republican

61.90%

32.54%

5.56%

100.00%

2. Democrat

66.49%

26.15%

7.36%

100.00%

3. Independent

55.40%

37.56%

7.04%

100.00%

Total

64.18%

28.68%

7.13%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 2 and Question # 7

 

BUSINESS CLIMATE RATING
PARTY I.D.

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

No Opinion

Total

1. Republican

23.02%

29.37%

25.40%

17.46%

4.76%

100.00%

2. Democrat

29.56%

30.20%

24.65%

9.61%

5.98%

100.00%

3. Independent

24.88%

24.88%

29.58%

15.02%

5.63%

100.00%

Total

28.13%

29.23%

25.55%

11.29%

5.80%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 3 and Question # 7

NATO SUMMIT RATING
PARTY I.D.

Great Job

Good Job

Fair Job

Poor Job

No Opinion

Total

1. Republican

55.56%

18.25%

15.08%

9.52%

1.59%

100.00%

2. Democrat

58.16%

23.91%

10.99%

3.74%

3.20%

100.00%

3. Independent

44.13%

23.47%

15.49%

12.21%

4.69%

100.00%

Total

55.56%

23.28%

12.15%

5.72%

3.29%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 4 and Question # 7

 

TEACHERS STRIKE
PARTY I.D.

Agree

Disagree

No Opinion

Total

1. Republican

78.57%

12.70%

8.73%

100.00%

2. Democrat

70.12%

22.41%

7.47%

100.00%

3. Independent

73.71%

19.72%

6.57%

100.00%

Total

71.55%

21.00%

7.45%

100.00%

 

By UNION HOUSEHOLD:

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 1 and Question # 8

 

EMANUEL APPROVAL
UNION HOUSEHOLD

Approve

Disapprove

No Opinion

Total

1. Yes

57.60%

36.40%

6.00%

100.00%

2. No

65.79%

26.80%

7.41%

100.00%

Total

64.18%

28.68%

7.13%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 2 and Question # 8

BUSINESS CLIMATE RATING
UNION HOUSEHOLD

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

No Opinion

Total

1. Yes

28.80%

27.20%

26.40%

12.00%

5.60%

100.00%

2. No

27.97%

29.73%

25.34%

11.11%

5.85%

100.00%

Total

28.13%

29.23%

25.55%

11.29%

5.80%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 3 and Question # 8

 

NATO SUMMIT RATING
UNION HOUSEHOLD

Great Job

Good Job

Fair Job

Poor Job

No Opinion

Total

1. Yes

57.20%

23.60%

13.60%

4.80%

0.80%

100.00%

2. No

55.17%

23.20%

11.79%

5.95%

3.90%

100.00%

Total

55.56%

23.28%

12.15%

5.72%

3.29%

100.00%

                                                                                                                                               

Cross-Tabulation between Question # 4 and Question # 8

 

TEACHERS STRIKE
UNION HOUSEHOLD

Agree

Disagree

No Opinion

Total

1. Yes

65.20%

28.00%

6.80%

100.00%

2. No

73.10%

19.30%

7.60%

100.00%

Total

71.55%

21.00%

7.45%

100.00%