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.
Unsurprisingly, today’s citywide primary election doesn’t seem to be going much better, with New Yorkers across the city reporting widespread incidences of broken voting machines and misinformed poll workers, causing some to be turned away in their attempt to participate in the democratic process.
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis is slamming a new Newsday poll that shows him badly trailing his rival, Joe Lhota, accusing the poll’s sponsor of skewing its results to put Mr. Lhota far ahead.
According to the amNewYork-News 12 poll, which was conduced by the firm Penn Schoen Berland, Mr. Lhota is now leading by a nearly 2-1 margin, with 50 percent of the vote, versus 28 percent for Mr. Catsimatidis–a far higher spread than previous polls.
It’s the position first in line to succeed the mayor, but the vast majority of voters have no idea who’s running.
Only 20 percent of likely Democratic primary voters were able to correctly name a single candidate running to be the city’s next public advocate, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. And of the few who said they could name a candidate, seven percent named someone who’s not actually in the running.