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Poll: Chicago Democrats Have Soured on Woke Mayor Brandon Johnson Just Six Months In

Poll: Chicago Democrats Have Soured on Woke Mayor Brandon Johnson Just Six Months In

“This poll tells us that Chicagoans are getting exactly what they voted for and are quite upset over it, which tells you just how damaged Democrats are. They are so brainwashed they won’t even vote to save themselves.”

When it was clear in February that Chicago voters had resoundingly rejected another term for disastrous then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot, there was talk that maybe Democrats in the Windy City had a wake-up call and were ready to choose someone who though still a liberal Democrat perhaps wouldn’t be so beholden to woke dogma and might bring a little sanity back to one of America’s most iconic cities.

After all, then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who opposed defunding the police and who was a proponent of school choice, received 185,743 votes. Far-left Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, a defund proponent and a favorite of the Chicago Teachers Union, got 122,093.

The contrasts between the two Democrat candidates who made it to the April run-off were “stark,” as noted at the time by NBC News:

Ideologically, the choice between Vallas and Johnson is stark. Vallas ran as a moderate law-and-order candidate, while Johnson ran on an unabashedly progressive agenda.

As it turned out, Johnson emerged as the victor after a month of falsely painting Vallas as a Republican masquerading as a Democrat, getting 319,481 votes to Vallas’ 293,033.

And Johnson did not even wait to take office before declaring exactly how he would handle chronic crime issues like teen mobs taking over city streets, where rioting and the looting of businesses have become commonplace along with random assaults:

“In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this weekend. It is unacceptable and has no place in our city. However, it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities.

Our city must work together to create spaces for youth to gather safely and responsibly, under adult guidance and supervision, to ensure that every part of our city remains welcome for both residents and visitors. This is one aspect of my comprehensive approach to improve public safety and make Chicago livable for everyone.”

Since taking office, Johnson has faced mutiny from core Democrat voting blocs over issues like the illegal immigrant influx, where he oftentimes leaves residents out of discussions on where the city is considering placing the illegal immigrants.

Johnson has also continued to berate the people of Chicago for their negative views toward the teen mobsters, telling reporters that “mob” is an inappropriate term to use considering the city’s mafia history:

“That’s not appropriate,” the newly minted mayor said in response to a reporter’s question about trends like “mob actions” the city has endured.

“We’re not talking about mob actions. I didn’t say that,” Johnson barked back. “These large gatherings … it’s important that we speak of these dynamics in an appropriate way.”


“There’s history in this city. To refer to children as ‘baby Al Capones’ is not appropriate.”

Meanwhile, priorities and stuff:

If you’re thinking, “Dang, I didn’t think it could get worse than Lori Lightfoot, but it has,” you’re not alone. A new poll released just six months into Johnson’s term in office shows that a vast majority of the city’s voters agree:

Johnson’s support has cratered by double digits among those core voting groups:

Though on one hand, one can empathize with what Chicagoans are feeling right now, on the other you have to think “You get what you voted for”:

As I’ve said before, as long as this continues to happen with voters making these same decisions again and again, people can expect the deterioration of Democrat-run cities like Chicago to continue. Yes, Brandon Johnson is just one of many bad-faith public officials on the left in the Prairie State, but at some point the people who keep putting them in positions of power need to own up to the damage they’ve done in continuing to elect them in the first place.

In other words, if you are a resident of Chicago and you keep pulling that lever for Democrats and expecting a different result, then you are part of the problem.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Unfortunately the majority of blacks will STILL pull the D lever in the voting booth. It’s a knee jerk reaction that’s hard to break.

    diver64 in reply to walls. | November 19, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Bongino is right. Nothing will change until it gets bad enough and it isn’t bad enough for Chicagoans yet. It took the disaster of David Dinkins to bring NYC Guiliani. Is it going to finally get bad enough for change in Chicago? Maybe as the tax base continues to leave and illegal aliens all the leftists in that city demanded they get as a Sanctuary bankrupt them.

      CommoChief in reply to diver64. | November 19, 2023 at 9:07 am

      I agree. Many people refuse to acknowledge reality until they get hit between the eyes with a 2×4. Some people require repeated applications.

      IMO this sort of scenario is gonna play out not only in various locations around the Nation but will also come into play at the Federal level about spending. Roughly 1/3 of the Federal debt matures in the next 18 months- 2 years. This very low interest rate debt must be refinanced at much higher rates. Our borrowing cost is gonna exceed $1 Trillion which is more than the entire DoD budget.

      Choices are gonna have to made about what to fund and what NOT to fund b/c the $ simply isn’t there. If y’all thought the heated Social Security reform debates were peak vitriol just wait till the DC establishment infighting begins about spending priorities. Of course they can always choose to kick the can down the very little remaining road, which isn’t an unlikely scenario, but the road does have an end and we are damn close to it.

They continue to jump in deep water holding an anvil

… the Prairie State

I thought it was the Hog Farm State? Sure smells like it.

He checked all of the boxes and that is all it took to get the job. Black. Liberal. Filled with nonsense dreams of “Can’t we all get along”. I live in Atlanta and it is the same way, no matter how superior the white candidate is on the issues, the black moron will always win.

He was not ambiguous about what he would do. My sympathy for Chicago would fit on the head of a pin.

Chicago has limp Johnson

I fear the Democratic convention, and I live in a collar county. I think it will be a literal riot.

Maybe they thought that they were voting for the other Brandon. There is a name which is about to become as popular with new parents as Adolph.

The Gentle Grizzly | November 18, 2023 at 8:43 pm

Judging from his picture, he is a pointy-headed liberal who really does have a pointy head.

He can always get a job as an air traffic controller.

it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities.

Bingo. They din do nutin and if they did it isn’t there fault.

    diver64 in reply to Gosport. | November 19, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    I actually agree with him on this. Don’t demonize them but don’t coddle and make excuses for them either. Dems have run the city for decades so whose fault is it?

Subotai Bahadur | November 20, 2023 at 6:55 pm

OK, this is Chicago. Remember that. Regardless of what the residents/zaklyuchennyi‘s want, it has no bearing on how they are governed and by who. Neither does any actual count of those few votes honestly cast by them,

Subotai Bahadur