New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's policies and actions have alienated both sides of the political spectrum, leaving him unpopular and without a base of support, the head of a city-based public relations firm said.
From positions viewed as hostile to business, such as refusing to allow or devise a plan to resume indoor dining at restaurants, to not increasing taxes on the city's wealthiest, de Blasio has been criticized from the right and left.
And his stance on reducing police funding by more than $800,000 has angered both sides, including some saying it was a poor decision that has led to an increase in crime to others who have said it wasn't enough.
"It is obvious why Mayor de Blasio is unpopular on the right. He is anti-business, the cops, growth and freedom," AMWPR chief executive Adam Weiss told Fox News. "The left does not like him because they think he hasn't gone far enough with his progressive policies. They believe he is too pro-police, and he doesn't tax people enough. The fact that the super left and moderates don't like him shows that he is left without a base."
In a June poll of 426 "political insiders" — subscribers to City and State NY’s "First Read" email — only 11% approved of de Blasio’s job performance on his response to the novel coronavirus and to riots and protests following the death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis.
That covered self-described conservatives, liberals and those in between. It was down from a 20% job approval rating in March.
Besides the major issues of the coronavirus and civil unrest, de Blasio has come under criticism for the $2 million budgeted for his wife, Chirlane McCray, and her staff.
"There's no money for regular trash pickups or to maintain city parks, but Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife enjoys a 14-member staff — including a $70,000 videographer who captured her baking cookies during the pandemic," the New York Post wrote. "Some of the Chirlane McCray staffers, who cost city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year combined, work for the first lady's $1.25 billion mental health initiative ThriveNYC, which has come under fire for its lack of metrics."
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