Quinnipiac Poll: NYC Mayor de Blasio's Approval Rating 53%

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 09:23 PM

By Cathy Burke

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New Yorkers and Mayor Bill de Blasio are "having a honeymoon," with a majority of voters supporting his job performance, yet there's little enthusiasm for the centerpiece of the liberal leader’s agenda, Quinnipiac Poll Director Maurice Carroll said Thursday.

De Blasio’s job approval rating was 53 percent, with 13 percent disapproving and 34 percent undecided, according to the Quinnipiac University poll results. Approval was lowest among Republicans, at 40 percent.

Sixty-seven percent are optimistic about the next four years, though Republicans are divided 44-45 percent on the feel-good prospects, the poll showed.

"New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a honeymoon,” Carroll said.

The poll found 20 percent of voters said education should be a top priority, 13 percent thought jobs were priority No. 1 and crime and affordable housing were top concerns of 9 percent each.

Only 2 percent of voters said "income inequality" or "class inequality" should be a top priority.

"When we ask New Yorkers what's their top priority, they say education, jobs, crime, housing. Almost no one says, 'income inequality,'" Carroll said.

Voters also soundly rejected de Blasio’s intention to ban horse carriages in the city, 61 to 28 percent.

De Blasio made his plan to battle the city's income inequality problem, which he dubbed "the tale of two cities,” a major theme of his campaign and his inaugural address.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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