Lightfoot’s re-election bid in jeopardy as Chicago mayoral challengers see surge in support: poll

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Three candidates person taken halfway signifier amid a crowded tract of contenders for this month's nonpartisan Chicago mayoral election, with a caller canvass uncovering incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot successful a dormant vigor with a existent congressman and the erstwhile caput of Chicago Public Schools.

The canvass – released past Wednesday from WBEZ, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC5, and Telemundo Chicago – recovered Lightfoot's re-election bid successful a borderline of mistake contention with Democrat Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who represents Illinois's 4th Congressional District, and erstwhile Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.

Three retired of 5 voters who took portion successful the poll, which was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Inc. from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, disapprove of Lightfoot's show during her archetypal word successful office, with 71% of respondents saying they judge the metropolis is headed successful the incorrect direction.

Of the 625 apt mayoral predetermination voters who were surveyed by phone, Garcia received 20% enactment from respondents, followed by Vallas with 18%, and Lightfoot with 17%. The 3 candidates who received the astir enactment successful the canvass each fell wrong the survey's borderline of mistake of +/- 4 percent points.


While 18% of respondents were undecided connected who they would formed their ballot for connected Feb. 28, Election Day, entrepreneur Willie Wilson trailed Lightfoot with 12% support, followed by Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson with 11%. A specified 2% tossed their enactment down campaigner Ja’Mal Green, and 1% offered enactment for Alderman Sophia King of the 4th Ward and Democrat authorities Rep. Kam Buckner.

Should nary campaigner person much than 50% of the ballot successful the wide election, a runoff predetermination betwixt the apical 2 ballot recipients volition instrumentality spot connected April 4.

Of those who offered responses, 54% said they held an unfavorable presumption of Lightfoot – who has served arsenic Chicago's politician since 2019 and struggled to instrumentality power of the city's transgression wave. Only 22% of apt Chicago voters said they held a favorable presumption of her.

In comparison, Garcia was viewed favorably by 33% and unfavorably by 18% of those who responded, followed by Vallas, who was viewed favorably by 30% and unfavorably by 20%.


Regarding Lightfoot's show arsenic mayor, 61% of those polled said they disapproved. Only 23% said they judge Chicago is connected the "right track," portion 71% said the metropolis was connected the "wrong track."

A Wednesday greeting statement from Lightfoot's campaign expressed assurance successful her quality to pb and triumph re-election aboriginal this month.

"As we’ve shared transparently, our interior polling paints a distinctly antithetic picture," the campaign's connection said. "We afloat expect winning this election, peculiarly erstwhile the voters larn each astir the highly troubling histories of Mr. Vallas and Mr. Garcia. Mayor Lightfoot has ever been underestimated by pundits, and seemingly contiguous is nary different. See you connected April 4."

While determination are a fig of issues successful absorption up of the election, transgression is simply a cardinal precedence for some candidates and voters. Homicides successful the deep-blue metropolis roseate to their highest fig successful 25 years successful 2021, according to constabulary section records, outpacing New York City and Los Angeles.

In a recent interview with "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Wilson took purpose astatine Lightfoot for her stance connected crime. "These radical request to beryllium caught. [There are] excessively galore restrictions connected the constabulary department. We request to instrumentality the handcuffs disconnected the constabulary officers and enactment them connected the radical who's really doing it," Wilson said.

"This peculiar politician that we person close present conscionable support coming up with excuses, excuses; but radical support dying connected the street. Nobody's doing a damn happening astir it," helium added.

Though the numbers of radical changeable oregon killed crossed the metropolis are down this year, determination was a 35% summation successful each reported crimes successful 2022, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Despite the emergence successful crime, Lightfoot has defended her grounds connected the contented arsenic politician and touted a "multitiered strategy" to curb pack and weapon crimes past August.

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