A large majority of New Yorkers say that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12-year tenure as the city's mayor was a success, a new Quinnipiac University poll
released Friday finds.
A good 64 percent of New York City voters say Bloomberg was "mainly a success" compared to 24 percent who say he was not, and 63 percent said that he "made the city better" compared to 16 percent who believed otherwise.
Still, only 37 percent of New Yorkers said the former mayor made life better for them and their families, and the same percentage said he had no effect on their life at all in the survey, taken Jan. 9-15 of 1,288 New York City registered voters on land lines and cellphones.
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"Mayor Mike leaves City Hall with good marks," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Two thirds of New Yorkers think his 12-year term was a success, that he made New York a better city. But only a third of voters think Mayor Bloomberg helped them or their family."
New Yorkers did not appreciate all of Bloomberg's policies, primarily the expansion of bike lanes and limits on sugary soft drinks. Fifty percent say that Mayor Bill de Blasio should not add more bike lines to city streets, with 42 percent saying he should.
But they dislike Bloomberg's soda policy even more, with 57 percent saying the new mayor should not embrace soft drink limits, including 51 percent of Democrats.
In spite of these policies, as part of an effort to fight obesity in New York City, according to statistics reported in September 2013, obesity increased by 25 percent
in the Big Apple since 2002, when Bloomberg took office.
Sixty-one percent of those polled, including substantial majorities in both political parties, said the criticism of the outgoing mayor at de Blasio's inauguration on Jan. 1 was inappropriate. The numbers include 69 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats.
The pollsters' question referred to a minister who offered the invocation at de Blasio's inauguration ceremony who called New York City a "plantation,"
and activist and singer Henry Belafonte said the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy, which Bloomberg strongly supported, created a "Dickensian justice system."
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