Poll: Bloomberg Drops, But Remains More Popular Than His Rivals

Michael Bloomberg’s job approval rating dropped seven percentage points to its lowest point in four years, but he still holds a commanding lead over his Democratic opponents, according to a Marist poll released today.

Fifty-two percent of voters say Bloomberg is doing an excellent or good job, while 47 percent saying he’s doing a fair or poor job. In November 2008, 59 percent said he was doing an excellent or good job, with only 39 percent saying it was fair or poor.

This follows a 9-point drop Bloomberg suffered last year, when he went from a 68-32 percent job approval rating to a 59-39.

The last time Bloomberg’s job approval rating was in the low 50’s was in August 2005, when 53 percent gave him an excellent or good rating, compared to 46 percent who rated him fair or poor.

Pollster Lee Miringoff attributed it to voter unhappiness about the state of the economy, which the incumbent normally takes a hit for no matter what.

But even with all that, Bloomberg still beats each of his Democratic opponents in head-to-head match-ups.

Bloomberg beats Rep. Anthony Weiner 53-37, with 10 percent undecided. That’s up slightly from November 2008, when Bloomberg was beating Weiner 51-37, with 12 percent undecided.

Bloomberg beats City Comptroller Bill Thompson 53–36, with 11 percent undecided. In November 2008, Bloomberg was winning by a larger margin, 52–32, with 16 percent undecided.

Against City Councilman Tony Avella, Bloomberg would win 57–30, with 13 percent undecided, compared to November 2008, when Bloomberg polled at 54–28 against Avella, with 18 percent undecided. Poll: Bloomberg Drops, But Remains More Popular Than His Rivals