* Back in March, before Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school system ordered several school closings, the Chicago Tribune editorial board published a Joyce Foundation poll which showed that 55 percent of Chicagoans strongly or somewhat agreed that the city should close under-enrolled schools.
* But in May, after the closure plans became a reality, the numbers flipped, according to a Tribune poll…
Chicago voters hold a dim view of Rahm Emanuel’s stewardship of public education after a tumultuous year that featured a teachers strike and the mayor’s push to close many neighborhood elementary schools, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Disenchantment with Emanuel’s education policy is particularly acute among minority voters, and that’s helping drive up negative views of the mayor’s overall job performance as he reaches the middle of his first term this week.
Nearly 6 of 10 surveyed said they disapproved of Emanuel’s attempt to downsize elementary schools, while just a third approved. Those numbers closely mirror negative feelings about Emanuel’s approach to public education, which he has labeled a top priority. […]
Asked whom they sided with in the debate over public school improvement, 41 percent of those surveyed said the teachers union and just 19 percent said Emanuel. Another 36 percent said neither.
The more I think about that editorial board poll, the more worthless it looks.
* Emanuel to seek second term
* Dump Emanuel in 2015? Spare us, CTU: The Chicago political establishment, the useless one that has spent so long building “Chicago-style politics” into a joke, is going to get a very rude awakening in February 2015. Mr. Emanuel is going to keep raising money and run a competent, effective campaign. And then he’s going to face clowns and run over them like a steamroller: Slowly, leisurely, and permanently.
* Emanuel School Closings Popular with Rich People?
* Emanuel gets split verdict on crime - But majority of voters approve of McCarthy’s performance as city’s top cop
* Emanuel’s approval slips, especially among black voters - though most respondents still consider him to be trustworthy
* Emanuel’s Chicagoness an issue to many - Most voters think mayor isn’t in touch with people like them
* Emanuel not getting the jobs done?
* Quinn will continue to halt UNO funding until ethical issues resolved; “Simple as that”
* UNO charter-school scandal has Wall Street worried
* Where UNO charter schools’ money comes from