Sixty-One Percent of New York Voters Would Choose De Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a town hall with residents of the 42nd Council District
Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a town hall with residents of the 42nd Council District via Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

A week-long Quinnipiac poll of 731 likely voters shows Mayor de Blasio scoring highly if the election were held today.

One month out from the city election, voters seem to have made their choice. Mayor de Blasio sits comfortably as the number one choice among all candidates with 61%. Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis takes second place at 17%. In the Republican territory of Staten Island, Malliotakis was the favorite, 47% to de Blasio's 34%. The Bronx brought even stronger support for de Blasio at 69%, putting Malliotakis in third place behind Bo Dietl, despite 79% of Bronx respondents saying they hadn't heard enough about Malliotakis to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion.

More good news for de Blasio on job approval: 58% of those surveyed approve of how the Mayor is handling his job, up eight points from this summer and nearing his all-time high of 60%.

NYPD Commish James O'Neill takes home the big numbers — after passing one year as top cop, O'Neill scored high marks with 64% approval, higher than all city officials included in the survey. The only higher result was for Andrew Cuomo as NY Governor, with 70% approval.

For a bit of comic relief, one-time NYC resident Donald Trump was included in the questionnaire, scoring a 78% disapproval rating. Among Staten Islanders, the disapproval was 50%, with an 87% disapproval from Manhattanites.

View the full numbers broken down by borough, age, and political party at the Quinnipiac site.


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