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Bloomberg Has Lowest Approval Rating in 8 Years: Poll

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is facing the lowest approval ratings in eight years, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-one percent of New Yorkers polled disapprove of the job the mayor is doing, and 39 percent approve, according to the poll.

The numbers are the lowest since Bloomberg had a 37 percent approval rating in November 2003. Also, 69 percent said they were dissatisfied with the mayor's handling of snow removal over the winter.

"Is it the third term blahs? Was it the snow removal? Was it the flirting with the presidency? I don't know. But this is the first time in eight years he has been on the negative side," said  Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Pollsters interviewed 1,115 registered voters by phone in March. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percent.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said his boss "is making tough choices in a difficult time."

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Comments [9]

wendy wenden from NYC

Let us remember that this Bloomberg guy was only mayor because he gave some people a lot of money or promised politicos a lot of stuff to allow a third term when New Yorkers had voted the allowing of third terms down twice before...Let's find out Who got paid what, and who was promised what, by Mike Bloomberg, that allowed him to run for a third term...Then, with one hundred and fifteen million dollars of his own money, he still almost lost the campaign to a man with almost no name recognition, who had very few dollars to spend on a campaign..That showed the love New Yorkers have had for this Bloomberg fella....The feelings of most New Yorkers about the mayoralty of Bloomberg was best expressed by the recent titanic win by the anti Bloomberg contender. New Yorkers cant wait to see him wave bye-bye!
And now it's 'Good luck to the people of Southhampton!'...They can have him...Wait til he tries to tell them when to turn off their lights at night and tells them how much tv they should be allowed to watch, with mandatory physical exercise required by all his newly acquired youth troops that he wishes to whip into shape according to some grand vision of his for a grand populace..reminds one of pre-WW2 Deutschland, doesnt it? Hope he loves it so much there that he never returns to the Big Apple...We have had enough. We will send him postcards of NYC and a subscription to the NY Times to keep him informed.

Nov. 09 2013 08:46 PM
Wendy Wenden from NYC

I think, if the truth be told, Mayor Bloomberg is probably responsible for the deaths of many New Yorkers
with his 'allowing St Vincent's Hospital' to die an unnatural death so his billionaire buddy Rudin could gain the fabulous real estate NYC block that the hospital occupied, to turn it into more homes for millionaires to reside in...The hospital was an important hospital for the city of New York, for thousands and thousands of real people.
That act alone should put him in the realm of one of the great NY criminals of this town, the town he claimed to love.. He loves only money and the monied. His insistence on running the NYC
marathon right after Sandy, as dead bodies were still being found, also speaks volumes about the real character (or lack thereof) of this man, this beastial behavior speaking volumes... He is only loved by those who have very large bank accounts as his very blood vessels are filled with ice water and not blood. A very cold hearted person if ever there was one. The traffic congestion he has created will take time to undo with his idiotic creation of turning lanes and bike lanes and the removal of parking spaces for commercial vehicles to legally stop so as to make deliveries...Let us not forget his chiding of New Yorkers and ticketing them for being lazy since they didnt go out to chip off the ice covering their cars and move them, after he refused to clear the snow and ice the night before...perhaps we have had a true sociopath who says he 'feels' your pain, when, in fact, he is not really capable of feeling anything, has only ever been capable of counting money. That has been the mayor of NYC, hasnt it? Let us hope that the new Mayor can be a Mayor for all the people and not just the top 1 percent...Let us hope he has the strength and toughness New Yorkers need in addition to the compassion and wisdom we all desire.
I wish Bill the best.

Nov. 09 2013 08:07 PM
Roland from Manhattan

The correct words s/b sync and accept in my post, sorry. Who votes for a freak like him?

Jun. 06 2011 09:49 AM
Roland from Manhattan

This Mayor has created the traffic problems on purpose! All traffic lights in this city are out of sink on purpose to create the traffic problems. He made all our Avenues smaller. Take a look at what he made out of BROADWAY ! A Single lane ! He chases and licks the tourist rear end for $$$ as though that will support the city. This man is a nut job from day one whom I never voted for. I don't know who votes for stiff necks and crooks like him. He's chased away 2 million millionaires out of this city. He has turned Manhattan into a Roosevelt Island. Not a place for commerce. He has distroyed this city in his 12 years of garbage talk. He also believes we're all stupid here and speaks bad about us all over the world and china. He should take a walk, I don't know who can except a freak like him for Mayor.

Jun. 06 2011 09:05 AM
Ed from NYC

A mayor who places public health issues at/near the top of his agenda, who is concerned about congestion/crowding issues, who has acted decisively to make the city easier to "use," and who is not afraid to try something new. If one misstep at snow removal is the reason why people are dissatisfied with Bloomberg's job, then maybe these people need to leave NY, see the world, and then weigh in on his performance.

Mar. 21 2011 01:28 PM
Michael Meltzer

I became a Bloomberg fan years ago, when after a meeting of the Rent Guidelines Board, with the landords' and tenants' associations reps walking out muttering, the mayor said, "I knew that when the meeting was over and both sides were unhappy, we must have accomplished SOMETHING!"
When peope say "terrible job" and "worst mayor," they don't remember nice-guy non-mayor John Lindsay.
Bloomberg keeps us upright and moving forward.

Mar. 20 2011 09:00 PM
Susan Savilson from NY, NY

Terrible job. Not one department in the city runs well - from the building department to ACS to HPD to education, etc. Disaster in dealing with any of them. The bike lanes and "pedestrian malls" are ineffective and make traffic worse, he has no understanding of how working people live and caters only to wealthy patrons. Thank goodness his west side stadium and congestion traffic plans were defeated (shout out to Shelly Silver!) - Bloomberg and his policies are a total disaster.

Mar. 19 2011 07:29 AM
Concerned from NYC

Worst Mayor Ever!

Mar. 16 2011 04:42 PM
Paul J. Bosco from MANHATTAN

51% isn't bad, especially for an old fish. (He's been mayor 10 years; Giuliani smelled pretty bad after six.)

It would be nice to see a detailed poll. How is he rated on:
1) education
2) Gun Control
3) planning for NYC's future
4) Transit
5) Anti-smoking
6) and so on...?

New Yorkers have strong and relatively informed opinions on NYC-related matters. The mayoralty is a good lens by which to examine them.

Mar. 16 2011 01:48 PM

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