De Blasio Takes a Hit in Latest Polling Numbers; Homelessness a Major Issue
In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Mayor de Blasio saw a drop in approval across a variety of questions.
In job approval, de Blasio took a 10 point hit, with 50% of 877 voters surveyed answering that they approve of the way de Blasio is handling his job as mayor. This is down from 60% approval in May 2017, when his approval hit its highest rating ever.
The 50% rating was a drop, but still placed the mayor high among other city officials. Only NYPD Commissioner O'Neill (52%) and City Comptroller Stringer (51%) had higher ratings. City Schools Chancellor Farina, Public Advocate James, and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito scored lower than 50% job approval ratings. Far at the bottom of the list, and coming as no surprise: Former New Yorker Donald Trump limped in with 18% job approval.
When polled on individual aspects of running the city, de Blasio was hammered on the issue of homelessness, with 63% disapproval of his handling of poverty and homelessness in the city and 73% of respondents rating homelessness in NYC as a "very serious" problem.
To read more stats and analysis on a variety of questions in this survey, be sure to visit the Quinnipiac site.