Poll: Emanuel gains among younger African Americans

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A poll taken recently in one diverse Chicago state House district finds thatMayor Rahm Emanuel madegains among African American voters — most markedlythose between the ages of 18 and 64 and those who did not attend college — which suggests thatconventional wisdom narrativesfloating aroundaboutEmanuel in trouble with African Americans across the board in the citymay need some retooling.

Emanuel, up for re-election next year,has been taking a lot of hits:over public school closings, charter school openings, the Chicago Teachers Union strike andcrime.

The upbeat findings for Emanuel are inpollsdone for thestate Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) campaign, where Mitchellsuccessfully battled a challenge fromJay Travis in the March 18 Illinois Democratic primary for the 26th district seat. The district stretches from near Old Town on the North Sideto Hyde Park on the south, following Lake Shore Drive near Lake Michigan and then jumping inland to take in several South Side communities.

The polls wereoflikely Democratic primary voters andconducted by Anzalone-Liszt-Grove Research. The first poll was from December 8-10, 2013; the second survey fromMarch 8-10, 2014. The polls have a margin of error of +/- 5.5 points.

Emanuel has a base of senior African American voters — those over the age of 65 — in this district poll; his standing did not change much in the past months with his favorables holding at 62 per cent. I did not see the entire poll, only anexcerpt concerning Emanuel’s favorables ratings.

Key findings:

Emanuel favorability African Americans 18-64

55 favorable, 38 unfavorable MARCH

42 favorable 51 unfavorable DECEMBER

Emanuel favorability Africa Americans non-college

60 favorable 28 unfavorable MARCH

48 favorable 45 unfavorableDECEMBER

(Corrected: Inearlier version, the March and December non-college numbers were transposed. )

Here’s the footprint of Mitchell’s 26th district:

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