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Data Shows City Residents Disapprove of De Blasio, Wouldn't Re-Elect Him

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio via @KevinCase on Flickr

National politics may be ruling the airwaves, but New Yorkers haven't forgotten how much they dislike Mayor de Blasio.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released on August 1, 2016, de Blasio received more low approval ratings, with 51% of New York City voters disapproving of the Mayor's job performance and 50% saying he doesn't deserve re-election. These were nearing his worst approval numbers yet, which were seen in a May 2016 survey.

Among the specific questions asked during the survey of 1,310 New York City voters, de Blasio struck out with 49% disapproving of his handling of crime, 55% disapproving of his handling of relationships between police and the community, and 52% saying de Blasio does not have leadership qualities.

Citywide, New Yorkers mostly feel "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in NYC, but only 6% report that they are "very satisfied". Looking outside the city, 60% feel conflict between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo is hurting NYC and a majority agree with Cuomo more than de Blasio. Governor Cuomo also receives a 60% approval rating from city residents.

On the positive side, Mayor de Blasio scored high marks when residents were asked if he "understands the problems of people like you", with 51% in total and 78% of Black residents responding "yes". Despite any criticism of his job performance, 49% still rated the Mayor as "honest and trustworthy" and a slim majority still have a "favorable" opinion of him.

Read the full survey results at the Quinnipiac Polls site.

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