Bloomberg Has Lowest Approval Rating in 8 Years: Poll

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."

With the Associated Press