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Lightfoot Trails Chuy García, Brandon Johnson And Paul Vallas In New Mayoral Election Survey

Twenty-five percent of respondents said they'd vote for García, 25 percent said they'd vote for Johnson — and 11 percent said they'd vote for Lightfoot.

And a new survey from The Daily Line and Crain’s Chicago Business shows Jesus “Chuy” García, Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas (left) ahead of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the results were from a survey rather than a poll.

CHICAGO — A new survey shows Mayor Lori Lightfoot trailing three challengers among voters as the election nears.

Lightfoot is facing a crowded field of challengers as she seeks reelection this February. And a new survey from The Daily Line and Crain’s Chicago Business shows Jesus “Chuy” García, Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas ahead of her among respondents.

Twenty-five percent of respondents said they’d vote for García, 25 percent said they’d vote for Johnson and 15 percent said they’d vote for Vallas, while 11 percent said they’d vote for Lightfoot, according to a Daily Line news release.

A similar survey from Crain’s, The Daily Line and ABC7 last spring was criticized by professional pollsters, who wrote in a Crain’s op-ed that the survey’s collection methods had “massive” flaws and respondents did not represent the city’s population.

About 74 percent of respondents to the most recent survey identified as white, while “a bit” more than 10 percent said they were Black or Latino, according to Crain’s.

“No amount of weighting can save a survey of Chicagoans where 74 percent of the respondents are white,” Christina Freundlich, a Lightfoot campaign spokesperson, said in a statement.

The survey was conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 14 and included 1,757 Chicago residents, according to The Daily Line. Its margin of error was plus-or-minus 3 percent. Click here for the full results.

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Alds. Sophia King and Roderick Sawyer, Rep. Kam Buckner, millionaire Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green and longtime police officer Frederick Collins are also in the race. These candidates got 5 percent or less of the vote among respondents, according to the news release.

A third survey will be conducted in early February.

The election is Feb. 28.

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