By Warner Todd Huston -
Former Obama Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is running for re-election in the Windy City. But if new polls are any indication, his popularity rating has fallen through the floor.
A new poll published by the Chicago Sun-Times shows that only 29 percent of those Chicagoans polled would vote for Emanuel if the election were today, and only one in five say he is doing a better job than former Mayor Richard Daley--a mayor who decided not to run last time because he feared losing due to his poor ratings.
Mayor Emanuel, though, is furiously raising money and has a war chest of upwards of $7 million. But his fundraising has also raised eyebrows. The Chicago Tribune, for instance, noted that Emanuel is flying all over the world raising cash for his reelection campaign and billing the city for much of that travel.
Despite all that cash, though, the poll finds that Emanuel is not well liked by voters and many think that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would be a very hard opponent for the mayor to beat.