New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's popularity is mounting.
His approval rating hit an all-time high in a poll released Wednesday, and he has, for the first time, raised more money than his best-funded Republican challenger in his bid to seek re-election.
De Blasio holds a 60 percent job-approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll conducted from May 10-16. It is his best rating since he took office in 2014 and a 10-point jump since late February.
De Blasio, according to The New York Times, raised $663,000 from more than 2,200 donors during a two-month filing period, $118,000 more than his best-funded Republican challenger, Paul J. Massey Jr.
According to the poll, 57 percent of voters say De Blasio deserves to be re-elected. Sixty-three percent also picked De Blasio over Massey, while 64 percent picked him to win over State Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis.
"Remember all those news stories about how Mayor Bill de Blasio was in political trouble? Well, he ain't," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
"The mayor's two reputed opponents are unknown, and he ranks high on the poll's standard traits and most of the standard issues. Stay tuned for a slam-bang mayoral election – four years from now. Four-fifths of New Yorkers haven't heard enough about Paul Massey or Nicole Malliotakis to decide whether they like them or not."
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