New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a lot of heat over how the city handled the December 26th blizzard, and his approval rating reflects the firestorm of controversy. In fact, Bloomberg’s approval rating is at its lowest point — 37% — since taking office. Included here are 11% who say he is doing an excellent job in office and 26% who report he is doing a good one. 34% rate his performance as fair while 26% believe he is doing a poor job. Only 3% are unsure.
When Marist last asked this question in its October survey, half of registered voters — 50% — gave Bloomberg high marks. At that time, 14% said he was doing an excellent job, and 36% reported he was doing a good one. 30% thought his performance was fair, and 15% believed the mayor was doing a poor job. Five percent were unsure.
Looking at the boroughs, a majority of voters in Manhattan — 55% — approve of Mayor Bloomberg’s job performance while fewer voters in the other boroughs share this view. 39% in the Bronx, 36% in Queens and Staten Island, and 24% in Brooklyn give the mayor high marks. In Marist’s previous survey, 58% of those in Manhattan, 48% of voters in the Bronx, 48% in Queens and Staten Island, and 46% in Brooklyn thought Bloomberg was doing well in office.
“Mayor Bloomberg clearly will need a big shovel if he wants to dig himself out of this political storm, and it looks like the next opportunity is heading his way,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Expectations for Black as Schools Chancellor?
Former media executive Cathie Black is the city’s new schools chancellor, and most New Yorkers don’t have high expectations for her. In fact, a notable 28% are unsure. 25% think Black will do a fair job, and 16% say she will perform poorly. Three in ten residents citywide — 30% — say Black will do either an excellent or good job in the position. Included here are 4% who report she will excel and 26% who believe she will do a good job.
Majority Say NYC Needs a New Compass
Since Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, this is the first time a majority of registered voters in the city — 53% — report that the Big Apple is moving in the wrong direction. However, 38% think it is traveling along the right path. Nine percent are unsure.
When Marist last asked this question in October, 47% said the city was pointed in the wrong direction, 40% thought it was on the proper trajectory, and 13%, at the time, were unsure.