Bill de Blasio’s Approval Rating, and the Racial Divide, Stays Steady: Poll

Despite the high-profile tension with police, Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating remains steady at 49 percent.

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Ilya Savenok/Getty Images)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Ilya Savenok/Getty Images)

Despite the high-profile tension between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police department, Mr. de Blasio’s approval rating remains steady at 49 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today—but a wide racial gap persists.

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The 49 percent approval rating, with 40 disapproving of the job the mayor is doing, is actually a slight uptick from 47 percent in the last poll taken December 18, before two police officers were brutally murdered in Bedford Stuyvesant, leading to a difficult month for Mr. de Blasio.

But as in previous polls, black, white and Hispanic voters have widely different views of the mayor. Among black voters, he enjoys a 78 percent approval rating, with 15 percent disapproving. That figure dips considerably with Hispanic voters, of whom 54 percent polled approved of the mayor and 35 percent disapproved. It reverses among white voters, with the majority, 57 percent, disapproving of the mayor, and just 32 percent of white voters saying the mayor has done a good job.

“The mayor can’t seem to shake that racial ‘tale of two cities’ that characterizes his administration. Black voters approve 5-1; Hispanic voters approve by 19 percentage points and white voters disapprove almost 2-1,” Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

Mr. de Blasio polled less favorably among city voters than Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, who enjoyed broader support with a 71 percent approval rating.

The poll is the first measure of Mr. de Blasio’s approval rating since two police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were gunned down in their squad car in Bedford Stuyvesant on December 21. Since then, the mayor has endured nearly a month of increasingly visible conflict with the city’s police department, particularly its union leaders, and has been dogged by negative headlines focusing on cops who turned their backs Mr. de Blasio and the officers’ funeral.

Yesterday, another Quinnipiac survey found that New Yorkers overwhelmingly disapproved of the officers turning their backs on the mayor, and that voters are no fans of one of the mayor’s chief antagonists, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

Mr. Lynch pulled in a dismal favorability rating, with just 18 percent of New York City voters viewing him kindly and 39 percent seeing him in a negative light. A whopping 77 percent of voters thought that Mr. Lynch’s remarks about City Hall having “blood” on its hands were “too extreme.” On the other side of the spectrum, voters also have low marks to Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend to the mayor.

While the mayor’s approval rating holds steady, it is below that of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, whose approval rating jumped more than 10 points to 56 percent in yesterday’s poll .

Bill de Blasio’s Approval Rating, and the Racial Divide, Stays Steady: Poll