Poll: NYC Voters Optimistic, Approve Mayor de Blasio’s Job Performance So Far


de+blasio+victoryThe mayor is in and the numbers are out. The first poll on Mayor de Blasio’s performance since he took office two weeks ago found that a majority of New Yorkers approve the job he’s done so far.

53 percent approve Mr. de Blasio’s job performance and 13% disapprove, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with 34% undecided. Approval is lowest among Republicans, 40 – 28 percent, with Independent voters at 41 – 14 percent and 45 percent undecided.

By a 67 – 21 percent margin, New York City voters are optimistic about the next four years with Bill de Blasio as mayor, with everyone feeling good except Republicans, who are divided 44 – 45 percent.

“The mayor is enjoying a honeymoon,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It’s a good poll for de Blasio at this stage in the game.”

Voters also supportive of the Mayor’s signature policy of raising taxes to fund pre-k for all New Yorkers. 74 – 23 percent supports increasing taxes on households making more than $500,000 per year if the money is used to fund pre-kindergarten for all New York City children, according to the poll. But support for taxing the rich slips to 55% if the money is found in the budget to pay for pre-K.

(Jacob kornbluh – YWN)