New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approval rating dropped to its lowest point in five years, following his decision to appoint a magazine executive to run the largest U.S. school system, a poll found.
City voters approve of Bloomberg’s performance by 55 percent to 35 percent, his lowest score since the same approval level in June 2005, Quinnipiac University poll reported. The mayor’s rating is down from 57 percent on June 30 and a high of 75 percent in October 2008, Quinnipiac said.
By an almost 2-to-1 margin, voters said Cathie Black, chairman of Hearst Corp.’s magazine division, doesn’t have the right experience for the job, the poll said.
“So far, all the negative news stories are murdering Cathleen Black -- and not doing Mayor Michael Bloomberg much good, either, said Maurice Carroll, poll director, in a news release. “Overwhelmingly, voters would sooner put an educator than a business executive at the head of the class.”
Bloomberg, 68, has made improving New York City’s schools a focus of his administration. On Nov. 9, he appointed Black, 66, to replace Joel Klein, who stepped down.
By a margin of 51 percent to 26 percent, New York City voters said Black doesn’t have the right experience for the job. Another 23 percent were undecided.
Voters disapprove of the way Bloomberg is handling public schools by 48 to 41 percent, with 63 percent saying they’re dissatisfied with the city’s public schools.
More than 60 percent said Bloomberg, who has been mentioned as a possible U.S. presidential candidate, wouldn’t make a good president. Fifty-seven percent said they don’t believe he will run, with 65 percent saying the White House speculation was just “political gossip.”
The survey of 1,287 registered voters in New York City conducted from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
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