Poll: Bloomberg Down Slightly, Trounces Foes, Should Run as ‘Independent’

Michael Bloomberg is “bulletproof,” with a current job approval rating of 65-29 percent, according to a new poll released today from Quinnipiac. That’s down slightly from his job approval rating in January’s Q poll, which showed him at 69-25 percent.

In a Marist poll released late last week, Bloomberg’s job approval rating was at 52-47 percent, down from 59-39 the last time they polled back in November 2008.

Quinnipiac today said Bloomberg’s most recent job approval rating numbers are the lowest he’s gotten during his second term. Marist last week said the job approval rating Bloomberg got in their poll is his lowest since August 2005.

In Quinnipaic’s poll today, 41 percent of voters said Bloomberg should run as an “independent,” with only 19 percent saying he should run as a Democrat, and only 11 percent saying he should run as a Republican. (Marist didn’t ask a similar question.)

Whatever Bloomberg runs as, according to the Quinnipiac poll, he easily defeats either of his Democratic opponents.

Bloomberg defeats City Comptroller Bill Thompson 50-33 percent, which Quinnipiac said is “virtually unchanged” from last month. Marist has this race at 53-36.

Bloomberg defeats Representative Anthony Weiner 48-36 percent. That’s a bit closer than how Quinnipiac had it last month, when Bloomberg led Weiner 50-35 percent. (Marist currently has this race at 53-37 percent.)

In Quinnipiac’s poll, both of Bloomberg’s major Democratic opponents are largely unknown to voters.

Thompson’s favorability rating is 22-5 percent, with 71 percent saying they don’t know enough about him.

Weiner’s favorability rating is 32-12 percent, with 55 percent saying they don’t know enough about him.