A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens

Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

When Mayor Bill de Blasio dominated last year’s mayoral primary and general election, returns appeared to show that the Democrat had transcended the racial and ethnic factions that had divided the city’s electorate for so many decades. 

But polling data this year is telling a different story, and revealing that black voters are remaining loyal to Mr. de Blasio while white voters are disavowing the new mayor. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens”

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. Continue reading “New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official”

De Blasio Compares Pre-K Poll Question to ‘Bowl of Free Candy’

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor’s signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not impressed with a new Quinnipiac poll out today, which showed that voters prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund universal pre-K using existing state funds over the mayor’s signature plan to raise the money with a new tax on the rich.

“With all due respect to the Quinnipiac poll, the way they phrased this question was the equivalent of asking, ‘Would you like a bowl of free candy?’ To which most people would say, ‘Yes,'” said the mayor during a brief break from fiscal questions at his first budget briefing. Continue reading “De Blasio Compares Pre-K Poll Question to ‘Bowl of Free Candy’”

Poll: Voters Prefer Cuomo’s Pre-K Funding Plan Over de Blasio’s

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year's Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year’s Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York voters prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund universal pre-K with existing state money over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise funds by taxing the rich, according to a new poll that is the latest bad news for the mayor’s signature plan.

A new Quinnipiac University poll out this morning shows that city voters back the governor’s plan to fund pre-k with no new tax over Mr. de Blasio’s plan to tax the city’s highest-income earners by a 49-40 percent margin–just within the poll’s margin of error. The number is higher, 47-37, across the state. Continue reading “Poll: Voters Prefer Cuomo’s Pre-K Funding Plan Over de Blasio’s”

New Yorkers Think Bloomberg’s Tenure Was a Success: Poll

Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Despite the ascension of a mayor who ran on a platform repudiating much of Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, the ex-mayor fares quite well in a Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure was “mainly a success” and disapproved of the criticism the former mayor suffered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month.  Continue reading “New Yorkers Think Bloomberg’s Tenure Was a Success: Poll”

Final Polls Show Bill de Blasio Riding High

(Photo: Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal)
The five leading Democrats. (Photo: Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal)

The question for Tuesday–at least according to two new polls–is not whether Bill de Blasio will come in first, but whether he’ll sail through without a runoff or go head-to-head with Bill Thompson.

The city’s public advocate remains far ahead of his mayoral rivals a day before the primary, according to two new polls out last night and this morning. But one shows Mr. Thompson gaining steam.

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New Poll Shows Bill de Blasio With More Than 40 Percent

NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill De Blasio Holds Press Conference
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has surpassed the 40 percent he needs to win the Democratic nomination without a runoff, at least according to the latest poll.

New Quinnipiac University numbers put the front-running Mr. de Blasio far ahead of the competition, with the support of 43 percent of likely voters. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are battling it out for second, the poll shows, with 20 percent and 18 percent of the vote, respectively.

And former Congressman Anthony Weiner remains far behind, with 7 percent, trailed by Comptroller John Liu with 4 percent, according to the poll, which comes exactly one week from primary day.

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