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Bill de Blasio more unpopular than ever, poll shows

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the media on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Mayor Bill de Blasio is more unpopular than ever among New York City voters, with 44 percent disapproving of the way he is handling his job, and a bigger number opposing his re-election in two years than favoring it, a Quinnipiac University Poll showed Wednesday.

The survey found de Blasio's approval rating remained at 44 percent, consistent with Quinnipiac's last poll on May 12. But de Blasio's negative rating was an increase from the 40 percent in the May 12 poll.

"This is bad for de Blasio," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, adding that the "tale of two cities" that de Blasio campaigned against in 2013 still exists in New York City.

The mayor's approval remains much higher among black and Hispanic voters (64 percent and 48 percent) than among white voters (32 percent), the poll showed.

But with two years to go before the next mayoral election, 47 percent of city voters overall say de Blasio does not deserve re-election, compared with 41 percent who would favor a second term, the poll found.

"This is a mayor who focuses on the fundamentals New Yorkers care about, not political chatter," mayoral spokesman Wiley Norvell said in response to the poll. "What matters are results: crime is down 6 percent from last year's record lows, more affordable housing is being built than at any time in the past 40 years, and the city has added more than 150,000 jobs since the mayor took office."

The mayor's fellow Democrat and rival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, meanwhile, has a 58 percent job approval rating with a 36 percent disapproval rating, the poll showed.

"People think more highly of Andrew Cuomo than they do of Bill de Blasio," Carroll said.

The poll surveyed 1,108 city voters via landline and cellphone between July 30 and Tuesday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


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