New Yorkers are back on Mayor Bloomberg's side, thanks to his handling of Hurricane Irene according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The mayor's job approval rating is up to 54 percent from 45 percent in late July. The vast majority of those polled -- 86 percent -- approved of the mayor's handling of Hurricane Irene.
“Maybe it was the decisive preparations for Irene – Bloomberg’s job approval has moved up nicely. As usual, Manhattan likes him best of all,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. “This survey was conducted after Hurricane Irene and during the storm about Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith’s arrest – but maybe that second storm is a tempest in a teapot.
“The critics cried ‘overkill!’ But most people agreed with the mayor, ‘better safe than sorry.’ Overwhelmingly, Bloomberg’s handling of Irene gets high marks.”