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WSJ/NBC4/Marist Poll: NYC Heading Wrong Way Under de Blasio

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:54 PM

Nearly half of voters living in New York City think the city is going in the wrong direction under Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to the results of a new survey.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll found that 49 percent of New Yorkers who vote believe the Big Apple isn't heading where it should be.

Forty-five percent think the city is moving in the right direction.

This is the first time since November 2013, shortly before de Blasio took office, that the number of New Yorkers who think the city is on the right track has gone below 50 percent.

In addition, 57 percent of the voters surveyed think the quality of life in the city has either gotten worse or stayed the same in the past year, which they rate as "a bad thing," according to the results.

The good news for de Blasio is that his approval rating has risen to 44 percent, up from 39 percent more than a year ago.

Other highlights from the poll results:
  • 66 percent of black voters and 58 percent of Latino voters think de Blasio should be re-elected. 28 percent of white voters think the same;
  • 47 percent of voters across the city think de Blasio should be re-elected;
  • 20 percent of voters surveyed think de Blasio is making the city worse, while 34 percent think he isn't changing the city at all;
  • Almost 8 in 10 voters think the minimum wage should be raised.
De Blasio took office at the start of 2014 after 12 years of working in city politics. His decision not to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, who he has known for years, infuriated some Clinton allies last month.

Another report said de Blasio could be secretly positioning himself for a presidential run  against Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

"With [Elizabeth] Warren saying she's not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the 'draft' candidate for the left in 2016. That's why he refused to endorse Hillary last week," an unnamed political operative said last month.

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