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Poll: 52 Percent Approve of Rahm

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    Chicago likes him, they really like him.

    If you earn a six-figure income, you probably think Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing a good job. 

    That’s a finding of a Tribune poll on Emanuel’s first year in office, conducted May 2-10.

    Emanuel’s approval rating among Chicagoans earning $100,000 a year was 62 percent, his highest rating in any demographic group. Here are Emanuel’s approval ratings among other groups. 

    All Chicagoans: 52 percent 

    Men: 56 percent 

    Women: 48 percent 

    Whites: 60 percent 

    African-Americans: 44 percent 

    Latinos: 49 percent 

    Suburban Cook County: 47 percent 

    Collar Counties: 58 percent 

    However, the newpaper found, most voters felt Emanuel hasn’t kept his promise not to squeeze residents with higher fees and taxes. 

    After taking office, Emanuel pledged that he wouldn't "nickel-and-dime" taxpayers for budget fixes. But Emanuel has raised water and sewer rates, city vehicle stickers and instituted other fine increases.

    The poll found that 44 percent of city voters said Emanuel has not lived up to his pledge versus 38 percent who said he has.

    Emanuel fared better on the tax and fee issue among white voters — 46 percent said he'd kept his promise — and wealthier voters, at 53 percent. Conversely, 49 percent of black voters and 46 percent of those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year said the mayor hasn't fulfilled his pledge.

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