Tracie Hunte, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tracie Hunte is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC Newsroom.
New Yorkers are apparently feeling good about their new mayor, according to a new poll.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University released Thursday shows 67 percent of New Yorkers are hopeful about the next four years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, as opposed to 21 percent who feel pessimistic.
De Blasio's plan to tax high income New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-kindergarten and after school programs also gets support, with 74 percent approval.
"Look, we're a liberal town," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Let's face it. There aren't that many rich people being polled, so that Quinnipiac numbers say, 'yes, tax the rich guys. It's a good idea.'"
Even though income inequality was a major theme of de Blasio's campaign, it wasn't a top concern for voters.
"I thought people were going to pick up on his 'Tale of Two Cities' theory, which they mentioned it. But no, it's schools," Carroll said.
Twenty percent of those surveyed also say education should be the mayor's top priority, followed by 13 percent for jobs and 9 percent each for crime and housing.
The poll surveyed 1,288 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.