66% of Chicago voters and 75% of Democrats disapprove of Mayor Brandon Johnson's job performance related to crime
A significant majority of Chicago voters have voiced their dissatisfaction with Mayor Brandon Johnson's handling of crime, according to the latest Lincoln Poll. The survey, conducted by Echelon Insights for the Illinois Policy Institute, sheds light on the sentiments of Chicago voters.
The findings indicate that 66% of respondents expressed either strong or moderate disapproval of Mayor Johnson's approach to crime and public safety. Conversely, only 21% of participants conveyed approval for the Chicago mayor's performance in this critical area.
Breaking down the disapproval rates across political affiliations, the survey unveiled a notable trend. Chicago Democrats, independents, and Republicans overwhelmingly disapproved of Mayor Johnson's crime management, with Democrats exhibiting the highest disapproval rate at 75%.
In a quest to gauge the public's preference regarding law enforcement presence in the city, the survey delved into whether voters desired a larger or smaller police force. A significant majority, constituting 73% of respondents, expressed the preference for an augmented police presence in Chicago.
The context of the survey gains significance in light of the persistent vacancies within the Chicago Police Department. With approximately 1,000 open positions for several years, the current situation reflects a reduction of 1,700 positions since the tenure of former Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Mayor Johnson's latest city budget allocates nearly $2 billion to the Chicago Police Department. However, he has also announced plans to fill about 400 positions with civilian staff, introducing a different approach to addressing the staffing challenges within the department.