Despite the ascension of a mayor who ran on a platform repudiating much of Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, the ex-mayor fares quite well in a Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon.
Sixty-four percent of respondents said Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure was “mainly a success” and disapproved of the criticism the former mayor suffered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month.
“Mayor Mike leaves City Hall with good marks. Two thirds of New Yorkers think his 12-year term was a success, that he made New York a better city,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “They think – across party, racial and gender lines – that the Inauguration Day criticism of the outgoing mayor was bad manners.”
The polls sheds even more light on the complexity of the opinions New Yorkers have about Mr. Bloomberg. While Mr. de Blasio succeeded overwhelmingly by repeatedly bashing Mr. Bloomberg for the income inequality that increased during his 12 years in office, voters remain appreciative of Mr. Bloomberg’s efforts. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats rated Mr. Bloomberg favorably.
Furthermore, 61 percent of respondents agreed that the tone of Mr. de Blasio’s inauguration was “inappropriate.” Multiple speakers at Mr. de Blasio’s inauguration, including Public Advocate Tish James and civil rights activist and singer Harry Belafonte, bluntly hammered away at Mr. Bloomberg’s legacy as the former mayor sat feet away, stone-faced. At the time, many observers were surprised that the rhetoric was departure from the generally genteel words offered at previous inaugurations.
Still, the poll found some bad news for Mr. Bloomberg. Only 37 percent said the former mayor “made their lives better”; 37 percent said he had no effect and 21 percent said he made their lives worse. Certain initiatives, like Mr. Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large-sized sodas and expand bike lanes, aren’t terribly popular, either. Fifty-seven percent of respondents don’t want Mr. de Blasio to pursue the soda ban and 50 percent don’t want bike lanes expanded.
“New York City voters to Mayor Bill de Blasio: Don’t try to peddle any more Bloomberg bike lanes,” Mr. Carroll said. “And let us enjoy our big sodas, voters say.”
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