De Blasio job approval rating drops, poll shows

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A new poll shows Mayor Bill de Blasio's job approval rating dropped from mid-January to mid-March. Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
A new poll shows Mayor Bill de Blasio's job approval rating dropped from mid-January to mid-March.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job approval rating has dipped almost 10 percent in two months despite voter optimism about the next four years, according to a newly released poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey, released Tuesday, showed 45 percent of city voters approve of the job de Blasio is doing, down from 53 percent in a January 16 poll by the school.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken shortly after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in March 2002 found he had a 62 percent approval rating.

Voters, however, still, have high hopes for de Blasio. Sixty-five percent are optimistic about the next four years under his watch. Thirty-three percent believe De Blasio will make life better for them and their families, while 22 percent say he will make life worse and 38 percent say he will have no effect.

“Mayor de Blasio’s overall job-approval numbers are off a bit, but still positive. And he gets solid marks on the standard pollster traits –leadership, honesty and understands people’s problems,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

“But his hand-picked police commissioner, William Bratton, and his fellow citywide elected official, Comptroller Scott Stringer, both out-score him,” Carroll added.

Bratton received a 57 percent job approval rating in the poll and Stringer got a 53 percent score.

De Blasio did fare slightly better than Public Advocate Letitia James, who got a 44 percent approval rating, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who had 41 percent.

The Quinnipiac poll also showed him with a better rating than a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist survey from earlier this month that gave de Blasio only a 30 percent job performance rating.

 

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