NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting mixed marks on his handling of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that 51 percent of New York City voters disapprove of the way he handled the protests. Forty-two percent approve.

Protesters got a better grade. The poll found 52 percent of voters approve of the way the protests were conducted while 43 percent disapprove.

The poll also found that 50 percent approve of the police department’s conduct in dealing with the protesters while 46 percent disapprove.

Last month, police in riot gear cleared Zuccotti Park of protesters, arresting hundreds of people.

The poll questioned 1,242 registered voters between Dec. 7 and 12. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Meanwhile, nearly 200 people arrested during Occupy Wall Street-related protests were in New York courtrooms hundreds of miles apart Wednesday, answering charges that stemmed from a march on the Brooklyn Bridge and a demonstration in a Rochester park.

Most of the offenses are minor violations like disorderly conduct where a trial is uncommon and a plea results in a $75 fine.

But some protesters say they’ll demand a trial when they’re arraigned, potentially creating a major backlog in the court system.

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Comments (9)
  1. The Realist says:

    I disapprove of how the Occupy Wall Street CORPORATION handled New York.

    So there!

  2. Bartholomew Harte says:

    Fear Not,Mr. “Occupy Gracie Mansion” will SOON Be Gone !!

  3. Teri says:

    Pyatt – first of all… a million a WEEK??? Come on, that is highly doubtful! Secondly, if one WORKS and EARNS their money… is it really the business of anyone else HOW much they have or WHAT they do with it?! After all, it belongs to them. You obviously have not done your research because you are throwing comments out that sound like you’ve been spoon fed by the media. Deducting his taxes??? Look it up, the extremely wealthy perhaps have more tax deductions, however, rest assured, they still pay an exorbitant amount of taxes.


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  5. John says:

    Move to Russia while you’re at it. That might suit your philosphies better!

  6. bullett says:

    We must all remember, Mayor Mike was looking out for not only his interest, but for his Wall Street buddies too.

  7. bob says:

    It should have been shut down immediately it was a hazard bloomberg basically allowed a tourist attraction circus to come to manhattan for free, full of filth and noise. we had that already.

  8. Pyatt says:

    Kind of off-topic (really FULLY on-topic when one thinks about it), but has anyone ever publicly asked Bloomberg if he has too much money? I mean he has to make over a million each week. And at nearly age 70, how much does he really need to comfortably live on? I do hear of him donating to charity, but it is not the same if all that money is deducting his taxes. If he wants to truly help the economy, then maybe he needs to just take a standard deduction. The same goes for many others like Warren Buffet, but I will give him a slight pass since he has agreed to have his taxes raised.

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