New Poll Shows Widening Racial Gap in Bill de Blasio’s Support

Mayor Bill de Blasio in East New York, Brooklyn today. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio in East New York, Brooklyn today. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is a more popular man these days.

The new mayor now has a job approval rating of 51 percent, up from 45 percent in a March survey, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released this afternoon. But the new numbers show a widening gap between white and black voters in how the view the mayor.

“Black New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly to make Bill de Blasio the mayor. They liked him in our last poll and they like him even more now. White voters are still split, creating a widening approval gap,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. “This probably is not the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ which the mayor envisioned.”

66 percent of black voters approve of Mr. de Blasio’s performance, compared to 60 percent in the March poll. 56 percent of Hispanic voters also approve of Mr. de Blasio, up from 47 percent three months ago.

White voters, however, are divided on the Democrat. 41 percent approve of Mr. de Blasio’s job performance and 42 percent disapprove, compared to a negative 39-45 split in the March poll. The approval gap between white and black voters now stands at 25 percent, up from 21 percent in March.

While Mr. de Blasio won overwhelmingly in the primary and general elections last year, his most fervent support came from black communities across the city. Mr. de Blasio was a frequent critic of stop-and-frisk, often visited black churches and featured his biracial family in campaign ads. Mr. de Blasio has also embraced Rev. Al Sharpton, a popular figure in minority areas who is still viewed in a more polarizing way elsewhere.

Mr. de Blasio’s liberal policies also appear to have resonated in black communities where the electorate is overwhelmingly Democratic. Conservative and Republican voters who disapprove of Mr. de Blasio’s priorities also tend to be white, observers say.

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