Poll: Bloomberg’s Approval Rating Below 50 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time in five years.

The Marist College survey was released Tuesday.

It found that 49 percent of registered New York City voters think the billionaire mayor is doing either an excellent or good job. The poll said 33 percent rate him as doing a fair job, 16 percent said poor and 2 percent weren’t sure.

The last time Marist asked this question, in April, 56 percent of voters rated him excellent or good.

They said then that Bloomberg was the city’s best mayor in 30 years.

Marist questioned 696 registered voters July 28 through Aug. 5.

The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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  • CinemaPete

    Since he’s been major he’s raised property taxes twice resulting in higher rents, business expenses, ConEd rates, and causing an unprecedented number of middle-class families and individuals to leave the city, and again just raised sales tax on clothing claiming it’s “temporary” and the city council is also guilty of this and bears equal responsibility. But we live in a society that doesn’t seem to care so as a society we get what we collectively deserve.

  • Mark

    If someone says they feel Bloomberg is doing a “fair” job, it’s not accurate to say they don’t approve of the man. The headline for this story should be changed.

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