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39 percent of voters approve of de Blasio’s job performance: poll


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The majority of registered voters may have a favorable opinion of Mayor Bill de Blasio, but less than half do not approve of the job he is doing after his first two months in office, according to a new poll.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist survey, released Friday, showed 39 percent of registered voters approve of his job as mayor. Six in 10 voters, however, rate him favorably.

His job performance rating is lower in comparison to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the same time into his first term, which was 50 percent, according to Marist Poll.

“Many voters like the qualities that de Blasio has as mayor, and they are comfortable with him,” said Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “But, race matters, and he still has some convincing to do when it comes to carrying out his responsibilities at City Hall.”

The poll also found his approval rating was highest among African-Americans, at 50 percent, followed by Latino voters at 45 percent, and white voters at 30 percent.

There was also a split among the boroughs. Forty-four percent of Bronx voters approve of the job de Blasio is doing in office, followed by Brooklyn voters at 43 percent. Thirty-six percent of Queens and Staten Island voters said he was doing an excellent or good job leading the city, and three in 10 Manhattan voters said the same.

More than six in ten registered voters said he is fulfilling his campaign promises, the poll showed. Fifty-nine percent believe he can unify the city.

But just under 50 percent think de Blasio is meeting their expectations as mayor and is making New York City better.

The majority of voters, 56 percent, were satisfied with how his administration handled this winter’s snowstorms. But when it came to the school closings during those storms, 50 percent did not think he handled the situation correctly.

Six in ten registered voters do agree with his focus on public schools, and 65 percent of parents with children in the city’s public school system agree with his position on charter schools.

 

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De Blasio has strong lead over Lhota: poll


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The results of the first post-primary mayoral poll show Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio with a wide lead over Republican Joe Lhota.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll survey released Tuesday night, 65 percent of likely voters are for the city’s public advocate, de Blasio, 22 percent support the former MTA chairman, Lhota, and 3 percent back Independence candidate and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. One percent are for another candidate and 9 percent are undecided.

“Joe Lhota must attract many Democrats to be competitive against the heavily favored Bill de Blasio, and right now, that’s not happening,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “De Blasio is very well-liked and is cornering the market on most of the issues and qualities that matter to voters.”

Though de Blasio and Lhota have the support of the majority of their party voters, de Blasio attracts more support from GOP voters than Lhota receives from Democrats.

According to the poll results, 77 percent of likely Democratic voters support de Blasio, 13 percent are for Lhota and 1 percent Carion.  Sixty-three percent of likely Republican voters are for Lhota, 25 percent are for de Blasio and 5 percent Carrion. Among non-enrolled voters, 50 percent support de Blasio, 24 percent back Lhota and 9 percent are for Carrion.

When it came to who the voters thought could handle the issues facing the city, most thought de Blasio would do the best job. But voters were more divided on would be better at handling crime prevention and the city’s finances.

The poll surveyed a total of 930 registered voters and 632 likely voters on Sunday and Monday.

Responding to the poll, Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud said in a statement Tuesday, “We always knew we’d be the underdog in this race and once New Yorkers learn more about Bill’s radical policies, they will be looking for a practical alternative. Joe’s experienced leadership and solutions to expand the middle class will resonate with everyday New Yorkers in all five boroughs.”

 

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