Poll: N.Y. Mayor’s Approval Rating Drops
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s job approval rating fell to its lowest level since he took office, with more than half of New Yorkers saying they disapprove of his performance, a New York Times Poll found.
According to the poll, 53 percent of New Yorkers disapprove of Bloomberg’s handling of his job, up from 41 percent in October and 26 percent in June. His approval rating was 31 percent, down from 47 percent in October and 48 percent in June.
Thirty percent of the 1,003 New Yorkers surveyed said they had a generally unfavorable impression of Bloomberg, up from 13 percent in June.
A quarter of those who said they disapproved of his performance said they thought Bloomberg was generally doing a poor job and did not like him. Seventeen percent said they disapproved of Bloomberg because of his handling of the budget; 16 percent cited taxes.
Bloomberg, the millionaire former chief executive of financial services information company Bloomberg LP, has been wrestling with the city’s worst fiscal crisis in at least a generation.
To help bridge a $1 billion budget deficit and prepare for an even larger deficit project for the next year, he cut services and raised property taxes 18.5 percent, the largest increase in the city’s history.
``It’s his standoffish attitude about everything,″ Dorothy Arena, a retired homeowner from Staten Island who voted for Bloomberg, told the Times for Friday editions. ``He’s in a different financial category than the rest of us. He cannot know what it is for us who are struggling.″
The telephone poll of adults throughout the city was conducted Jan. 11-15 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.