A new Quinnipiac poll shows that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating has dropped nearly 10 percent since January to 45 percent, while his disapproval rating more than doubled to 34 percent.
The mayor’s approval falls below Police Commissioner William Bratton’s 57 – 13 percent approval rating and City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 53 – 12 percent score, according to the poll released on Tuesday.
The mayor’s approval is 47 – 32 percent among men, 44 – 36 percent among women, 60 – 22 percent among black voters and 47 – 28 percent among Hispanic voters. White voters give him a negative 39 – 45 percent approval rating. Democrats approve 55 – 27 percent, while Republicans disapprove 75 – 16 percent. Independent voters are divided as 36 percent approve and 38 percent disapprove.
“After an uneven first couple of months in office, only so-so numbers for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he prepares to confront the media at Saturday’s Inner Circle show,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.
“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.”
By a 65 – 29 percent margin, New York City voters are optimistic about the next four years under de Blasio. The new mayor will make life better for them and their families, 33 percent of voters say, while 22 percent say he will make life worse and 38 percent say he will have no effect.
However, there were wider disparities in how New Yorkers viewed the job the mayor is doing across racial lines:
Black voters are optimistic about the city 81 – 13 percent and Hispanic voters are optimistic 69 – 21 percent, with white voter optimism at 51 – 45 percent.
The mayor will make their life better rather than worse, black voters say 43 – 11 percent and Hispanic voters say 34 – 14 percent, while white voters say 33 – 26 percent their life will get worse.