Defender WVON poll shows Rahm in much closer race in African American community, but Rahm is still ahead...

A recent poll of African American voters commissioned by the Chicago Defender and WVON radio shows that Rahm Emanuel's standing in the Black Community has slipped a great deal from 2011, when he won overwhelmingly there thanks to the endorsement of President Barack Obama, but in 2015 Rahm is still ahead -- albeit slightly.

Defender WVON poll shows Rahm still ahead among black voters, but Chuy Garcia is pulling up, especially among the "undecided" as the detailed answers to questions in the poll show. The Defender WVON poll shows a much closer race than the "spoiler" polling reported lately in the Chicago Tribune.BELOW IS MORE ABOUT THE POLL CONDUCTED AT THE END OF MARCH, JUST ABOUT ONE WEEK BEFORE ELECTION DAY...

WVON & Chicago Defender 2015 Mayoral Poll Results


The poll consisted of 1,003 interview questionnaires amongst registered African-American voters in the Chicago Mayoral Election on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Data collection took place between March 25 26, 2015. The survey was conducted via Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews using a 60/40 mix of landline and cell phone users. The research targeted a statistical sampling of African-American voters across the city wards of Chicago. The accuracy level of results is +/-3.2%.

In addition to the poll, there was a concurrent study consisting of six in-depth interviews amongst African-American registered voters. The sample included two likely voters per candidate and one undecided. The interviews took place between March 28 29, 2015, were conducted via telephone and averaged 10 minutes in length.

The results presented in this report should be interpreted as a reflection of voter sentiment during the time of data collection. Results may change due to significant events that may occur before the actual election date.

This research was commissioned by WVON/Chicago Defender; analysis and data collection by CR Market Surveys/Solomon Group; sampling design by McKeon & Associates.


Of those polled, 46% of African-American voters would select Rahm Emanuel if the elections were held today.

While Rahm shows the lead, there is a large percent of undecided voters (almost 20%). Results show that over 50% of the 46 years and older segment favor Rahm Emanuel; while Garcia shows strong support amongst the younger segments. The key to the election is which population sector is most likely to vote among the undecided. Historically it has been older voters, making Rahm the more likely winner of this race.

VOTER INTERVIEWS: Supporters Of Rahm Emmanuel: Bettie B., a 66-year-old retiree in Chicagos South Shore community, says Rahms strong track record of running government and his work with President Obama, proves he is the strongest candidate for mayor. She contends she is satisfied overall with Rahms performance as mayor, citing his work to increase the minimum wage, provide tuition for community college, and not increasing property taxes as some examples of helping Chicago. While she is mixed about the public school closings, she says they were necessary choices to move the city forward. When asked the reasons for not voting for Garcia, she states: All he (Garcia) talks about is the prior administration and fault what they do,

but he has no platform or explanation for what to do different.

Lakeisha B., a 31-year-old single mother in Englewood, agrees. She recently attended a Southside debate between the two candidates and says that it was there that she began to switch her support to Rahm. Theres a lot I do not like about Rahm, but right now he is the best qualified to lead the city. Garcia doesnt really have answers for how to get this city out of trouble. Were facing pension reform, high crime and debt. Thats why I have to go with Rahm. Lakeisha also believes the run-off is good for the community. I think after this election Rahm will think twice about taking the African American vote for granted. We can vote him in, and we can get him out.

Supporters Of Jesus Chuy Garcia:

For Tracie J., 39-year-old nurse in South Shore, the school closings is her key reason for choosing Garcia. What he (Rahm) doesnt realize is that closing so many schools can destabilize a community. These schools have been a historical fixture for these communities, and now theres a void. Its just another example of how hes out of touch with underserved communities.

She says that Garcia, in contrast, is from the community. Hes one of us. I think hell better relate to whats going on around here, and how these changes are really affecting people.

Daniel S., 22 on the west side says he also plans to vote for Garcia. Rahms plan is to make this a city for the rich and run poor blacks out to the suburbs. I think as a minority, Garcia would work for everybody. He will bring balance to the city. When asked to speculate about voter turn-out within his age segment, Daniel says the reality is that some of his peers are too caught up in their own problems, what they are going through. Theyre not seeing how this election is really going to change things for them. So some dont vote.

Ricardo W, 31, in Chatham is undecided but is leaning towards Garcia. When asked why, he says:

I just dont like Rahm. He has done many things that rub me the wrong way like the red light cameras and school closings. However, he says that he needs more information about Garcia before making a final choice. I dont know a lot about him but I like that hes a minority. I think hell be more for Black people.

Felicia B., 28, a graduate student in Hyde Park, is also undecided but says she sees merit in both candidates.

Rahm is more qualified to bring new business and improve the economy.

But Garcia will represent different kinds of people rich, poor and minorities. She says that both are equally important to run the city. She is hoping for another debate to help decide.


April 5, 2015 at 2:06 AM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

70% vote for Chuy

According to an NBC daily "flash vote," Chuy gets 70% while Rahm get--well, you can add. I hope that's what we see April 7th after votes are counted.

April 6, 2015 at 5:04 PM

By: Bob Busch

Famous Quotes

What will happen tomorrow is anyones guess. But one thing is sure it all began with the Choc board uprising of 2010. I am talking about the teachers revolt that ,everyone else mis labeled a strike in September of that year. That was my tenth strike in 41 years with CPS. I was decked by a bypass operation in December of that year and had to retire. But my wife was still teaching, so I went anyhow. My one true regret is that I only picketed at her school Bogan, and did not go home to walk the line once again at Simeon where I toed the line for every other strike. It was both a beginning and an end for me, with a 25 year time out Thrown in for good measure, this time I was the oldest person on the line and only my wife and I had been in the last strike of 1987, that one was a ordeal .This one was a real pleasure. I know we forgot the winter strikes in the early 80s.The union member stabbed by a scabs boyfriend outside of Morgan school, and the dead guy we found in a car by Harlan in 1987. If Chuy loses tomorrow we have nothing to regret, If he wins I will personally go outside and shout Fuck you Rahm because Karen might still be to weak to do it herself.

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