New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official

Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has the lowest approval ratings of any citywide elected official, according to a new poll this afternoon, which also shows a wide racial divide in his approval rating two-and-a-half months into the new administration.

Forty-five percent of New York City voters approve of the job Mr. de Blasio is doing and 34 percent disapprove, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

That’s a down from 53 to 13 percent approval-disapproval two months ago, and a higher negative rating than City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 52 to 12 percent, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s 41 to 15 percent rating and Public Advocate Letitia Jame’s 44 to 16 percent.

Mr. de Blasio’s approval is also significantly lower than his predecessor’s rating at a similar point during his first term; Michael Bloomberg notched 62 percent at the time.

The numbers further show a gaping racial divide when it comes to opinions of the new mayor, whose multiracial family was a cornerstone of his winning campaign. While 60 percent of black voters approve of the job Mr. de Blasio is doing and just 22 percent disapprove, 45 percent of white voters disapprove of the job he is doing; only 39 percent of white voters approve.

The divide was equally apparent when voters were asked whether they were generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Mr. de Blasio as mayor. While 80 percent of black voters said they were optimistic, just 51 percent of white voters felt the same. And a full 42 percent of whites believe Mr. de Blasio will make the city worse (38 percent said he would make it better), versus just 10 percent of black respondents.

“After an uneven first couple of months in office, only so-so numbers for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he prepares to confront the media at Saturday’s Inner Circle show,” pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement released with the tally.

“Mayor de Blasio’s overall job-approval numbers are off a bit, but still positive.  And he gets solid marks on the standard pollster traits – leadership, honesty and understands people’s problems,” he added. “But his hand-picked police commissioner, William Bratton, and his fellow city-wide elected official, Comptroller Scott Stringer, both out-score him.”

The poll of 1,234 registered voters, conducted from March 12 through 17, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

See the full results below:

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