Poll: Bloomberg Popularity Sags

A new poll of New York City voters shows that a slight majority feel that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lost his focus during his third term, Quinnipiac Polling Institute founds. Voters give the mayor a 47 – 42 percent job approval rating, down his 54-35 score after Hurricane Irene, and closer to his 45 – 43 percent approval July 27.

“The job-approval bounce Mayor Michael Bloomberg got from his handling of Tropical Storm Irene has faded.   He’s back in the third-term blahs and slightly more than half of the neighbors think Hizzoner has lost focus,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “But New Yorkers still like Mayor Mike, whether or not they agree with him.”

Republicans say 64 – 34 percent that Bloomberg has lost his focus and Democrats agree 52 – 41 percent.  Independent voters split with 49 percent saying he’s kept his focus and 47 percent saying he’s lost it.

Regardless of how they feel about the mayor’s policies, New York City voters like him as a person 60 – 25 percent.

“The job-approval bounce Mayor Michael Bloomberg got from his handling of Tropical Storm Irene has faded.   He’s back in the third-term blahs and slightly more than half of the neighbors think Hizzoner has lost focus,” Mr. Carroll said. “But New Yorkers still like Mayor Mike, whether or not they agree with him.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 66 – 24 percent approval rating, including 78 – 15 percent among white voters, 51 – 39 percent among black voters and 58 – 26 percent among Hispanic voters.

The mayor’s other key appointee, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, gets a 39 – 33 percent approval rating, with 28 percent undecided.  White voters approve 33 – 29 percent while black voters approve 50 – 30 percent.  Hispanic voters disapprove 46 – 28 percent.

The poll also show that there has not been much change in the 2013 mayor’s race, with Christine Quinn remaining on top of the likely Democratic contenders, followed by John Liu and Bill Thompson.

  Poll: Bloomberg Popularity Sags