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Rahm Emanuel's Reelection Bid Is Not Looking So Hot Right Now, Poll Shows

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Late Monday, Marc
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Late Monday, March 31, 2014, Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement as a way to cut about half of the city's pension debt. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

A new poll shows Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) could face trouble in his bid for reelection.

Conducted on Wednesday by McKeon & Associates for the Chicago Sun-Times' Early & Often page, the survey found that only 29 percent of Chicago voters would support Emanuel if the mayoral election were held today. The results also showed that only one in five Chicago voters believe Emanuel is doing a better job than his predecessor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

“Right now, Rahm is not connecting," McKeon said, according to the Sun-Times report. "If he doesn’t do that, he’s gonna lose."

The poll included 511 registered Chicago voters, who said they were “very likely” to go to the polls. The city's mayoral election is set to take place on Feb. 24, 2015.

Back in February 2011, Emanuel easily ousted five rivals with 55 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff by earning the simple majority. By August 2013, a Crain/Ipsos poll showed Emanuel's approval rating had dipped to a point where only two percent of Chicagoans strongly supported his job performance.

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