Thursday, March 17, 2011

New York City (NYC) Poll * March 16, 2011 * Mayor's Approval Rating At Low - Quinnipiac University

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New York City voters disapprove 51 – 39 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score since a 51 – 37 percent disapproval November 23, 2003, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Only Manhattan voters approve of Mayor Bloomberg’s job performance, 55 – 34 percent, while disapproval in the other boroughs ranges from 49 – 35 percent in The Bronx to 66 – 27 percent on Staten Island, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Republicans approve 47 – 42 percent, while disapproval is 52 – 39 percent among Democrats and 51 – 40 percent among independent voters.

Bloomberg has the lowest score of any citywide elected. Other officials score their highest approval ratings ever:
  • 44 – 16 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio;
  • 54 – 16 percent for City Comptroller John Liu;
  • 55 – 25 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 67 – 20 percent approval, including 57 – 27 percent among black voters. The new Schools Chancellor, Cathleen Black, gets a negative 17 – 49 percent approval rating, with 34 percent undecided.
    New York City voters give President Barack Obama a 70 – 26 percent job approval.
    Is it the snow, the third-term blahs, the weekends away, the presidential chatter? Whatever the explanation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s once-upon-a-time stretch of 70-plus job approval numbers has gone south. This is his first negative number since 2003,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

President Barack Obama’s job approval is inching up in a lot of places. In New York City, it’s zooming. Starting with the lame-duck congressional session, he’s looking better.”

Rating the Bloomberg Administration’s overall handling of snow removal this winter:
  • 2 percent say excellent;
  • 26 percent say good;
  • 31 percent say not so good;
  • 38 percent say poor.
Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the other boroughs, voters say 70 – 22 percent. Opinions range from 52 – 34 percent in Manhattan to 84 – 11 percent on Staten Island.

New York City voters say 72 – 25 percent that where the mayor goes on weekends or vacations is a private matter and the public does not have a right to know. All groups support this opinion by large margins. This is little changed from an 80 – 18 percent finding on this question in a February 4, 2004, Quinnipiac University poll.

The media should not follow the mayor and report on his time-off activity, New York City voters say 79 – 17 percent.

But when the mayor leaves the city, he should have to say who is in charge, voters say 84 – 13 percent. And voters say 72 – 26 percent that the mayor should report the whereabouts of the person left in charge of the city.

By a 56 – 38 percent margin, New York City voters do not believe Bloomberg when he says he is not interested in running for president. Voters say 74 – 18 percent that he would not make a good president, his lowest score ever. The negative rating is shared by Republicans 70 – 25 percent, Democrats 75 – 17 percent and independent voters 74 – 21 percent.

But 67 percent of New York City voters say Bloomberg’s involvement in national issues is good for the city, while 28 percent say his involvement distracts him from the day-to-day business of running the city.

Wherever Mayor Mike wants to fly away to is his business, New Yorkers say, just as they said years ago. Leave him alone, they tell the press,” Carroll said. “But when the mayor’s away, voters want to know who’s in charge – and where they are.”

From March 8 – 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,115 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.


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