February 24, 2009 - Bulletproof Bloomberg Has High Approval, Big Lead, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; More Voters Say He Should Run As Independent

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Despite bad economic news and a grim outlook for the city budget, New York City voters still approve 65 - 29 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing and give him double-digit leads over little-known likely Democratic challengers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is Mayor Bloomberg's lowest approval rating since he began his second term and is down from a 69 - 25 percent approval rating in a January 27 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

If the 2009 mayoral election were held today:
  • Bloomberg tops New York City Comptroller William Thompson 50 - 33 percent, virtually unchanged since January 27;
  • Bloomberg beats U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner 48 - 36 percent, compared to 50 - 35 percent last month.
Weiner tops Thompson in a Democratic primary 32 - 22 percent, with 42 percent undecided.

The economy is the single most important issue in their vote for Mayor, 53 percent of New York City voters say, as 19 percent list education and 12 percent list taxes.

Voters approve 58 - 35 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the economy.

"The two guys from Brooklyn who want Mayor Bloomberg's job trail him when New Yorkers talk about what they want in a mayor. It's not that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and City Comptroller William Thompson get negative marks on leadership, honesty or compassion - it's just that Bloomberg's numbers are high and a lot of New Yorkers answer 'don't know' about the two challengers," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"His business background gives Mayor Mike oodles of money, and good marks on dealing with the economy, which New Yorkers say will be the big issue in the election. They think the economy will improve - or at least hold steady - with Bloomberg in City Hall," Carroll said.

By a 62 - 32 percent margin, New York City voters have a favorable opinion of Bloomberg. Weiner gets a 32 - 12 percent favorability, but 55 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion. Thompson gets a 22 - 5 percent favorability, but 71 percent don't know enough about him.

Bloomberg should run for reelection as an "independent," 41 percent of voters say, while 19 percent say he should run as a Democrat and 11 percent say he should run as a Republican. Bloomberg's views on issues are closer to the Democratic Party, 41 percent of voters say, while 36 percent say he's more a Republican.

Voters reject 55 - 36 percent a proposal to eliminate party labels for candidates running for Mayor and other city offices. Even independent voters split 47 - 46 percent on the idea.

Looking at personal qualities, New York City voters say:
  • 86 - 12 percent that Bloomberg has strong leadership;
  • 68 - 25 percent that Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy;
  • 55 - 40 percent that Bloomberg cares about their needs and problems;
  • 37 - 20 percent, with 43 percent undecided, that Weiner has strong leadership;
  • 39 - 13 percent, with 47 percent undecided, that Weiner is honest and trustworthy;
  • 43 - 14 percent, with 43 percent undecided, that he cares about their needs and problems;
  • 31 - 15 percent, with 54 percent undecided, that Thompson has strong leadership;
  • 37 - 8 percent, with 55 percent undecided, that Thompson is honest and trustworthy;
  • 36 - 10 percent, with 53 percent undecided, that he cares about their needs and problems.
"It's not that New Yorkers don't like Weiner or Thompson. They just don't know much about them," Carroll said. "That's probably why the big winner in a Democratic primary - almost a majority - is 'don't know.' Among those who do know, Weiner is ahead by a bit."

From February 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 984 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. The survey includes 646 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research.

1. (If registered Democrat) As you may know, there will be a New York City mayoral election this year. Thinking about the Democratic primary for Mayor, if the 2009 Democratic primary for Mayor were being held today and the candidates were Anthony Weiner and William Thompson, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Dems
 
Weiner               32%
Thompson             22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                42
 
TREND:(If registered Democrat) As you may know, there will be a New York City mayoral election this year. Thinking about the Democratic primary for Mayor, if the 2009 Democratic primary for Mayor were being held today and the candidates were Anthony Weiner and William Thompson, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                     Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009*
 
Weiner               32      30%
Thompson             22      23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       -
DK/NA                42      47
 
2. If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Weiner               36%    22%    43%    25%    29%    44%    47%
Bloomberg            48     62     43     58     58     37     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      5      -      1      1      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      -      2      2      1      -
DK/NA                13      7     14     14     11     17     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Weiner               41%    38%    32%    35%    28%    38%    34%
Bloomberg            44     44     49     52     58     48     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      3      1      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      -      -      6      2      1
DK/NA                13     14     16     12      8     11     15
 
TREND: If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Weiner               36      35      34
Bloomberg            48      50      50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       1
DK/NA                13      12      13
 
 
3. If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Thompson             33%    20%    39%    22%    25%    43%    46%
Bloomberg            50     64     46     60     60     37     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      7      1      2      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      1      3      3      1      -
DK/NA                13      6     14     13     11     18     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Thompson             39%    35%    29%    32%    24%    36%    30%
Bloomberg            48     45     51     52     63     50     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      3      3      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      5      -      -      6      3      2
DK/NA                10     14     17     13      6     10     16
 
TREND: If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Thompson             33      34      34
Bloomberg            50      50      49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2
DK/NA                13      13      14
 
 
4. Is your opinion of -- Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            62%    62%    61%    68%    68%    57%    51%
Unfavorable          32     36     33     27     28     35     42
Hvn't hrd enough      2      -      3      1      1      3      4
REFUSED               4      1      3      3      3      5      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            58%    59%    65%    62%    74%    60%    63%
Unfavorable          36     35     31     29     25     35     30
Hvn't hrd enough      3      3      1      3      2      1      3
REFUSED               4      3      4      5      -      4      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            62      66     61
Unfavorable          32      28     31
Hvn't hrd enough      2       3      4
REFUSED               4       3      3
 
 
5. Is your opinion of -- Anthony Weiner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            32%    25%    34%    32%    38%    27%    27%
Unfavorable          12     22      8     14     17      9      6
Hvn't hrd enough     55     53     56     53     43     61     67
REFUSED               2      -      2      2      1      3      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            24%    37%    31%    34%    25%    34%    31%
Unfavorable           8     11     16      9     15     15      9
Hvn't hrd enough     68     49     53     56     59     49     59
REFUSED               -      3      1      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Anthony Weiner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            32      34     31
Unfavorable          12      10     10
Hvn't hrd enough     55      54     57
REFUSED               2       2      2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of -- William Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            22%    13%    25%    21%    21%    34%    19%
Unfavorable           5     12      4      6      6      2      5
Hvn't hrd enough     71     74     70     72     71     62     75
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      2      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            30%    21%    23%    18%    22%    26%    20%
Unfavorable           2      5      5      6      8      7      4
Hvn't hrd enough     67     71     71     74     67     66     75
REFUSED               1      2      -      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- William Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            22      25     25
Unfavorable           5       5      4
Hvn't hrd enough     71      69     70
REFUSED               1       2      1
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              65%    63%    63%    74%    70%    62%    55%
Disapprove           29     36     30     20     26     30     36
DK/NA                 6      1      6      6      4      8      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              59%    68%    66%    63%    73%    64%    66%
Disapprove           30     29     31     27     27     31     27
DK/NA                11      3      3     10      -      6      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*also 75% on 10/03/08, 3/12/08, 1/16/07 & 11/17/05)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 21  Oct 3   Oct 21  Jul 2
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2008*   2003
 
Approve              65      69      66      75      75      75     31
Disapprove           29      25      27      20      19      19     60
DK/NA                 6       6       7       6       6       6      8
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              64%    83%    57%    77%    77%    51%    55%
Disapprove           20      6     26     10      9     35     27
DK/NA                16     11     17     13     14     14     18
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              64%    61%    60%    66%    89%    68%    61%
Disapprove           20     24     23     16      5     17     22
DK/NA                16     15     17     18      6     15     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? (*also 70% on 2/3/06)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Mar 9   Jan 16
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2006*   2007
 
Approve              64      67      62      61      60      70      52
Disapprove           20      19      23      25      27      17      34
DK/NA                16      14      16      14      13      13      14
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              44%    49%    46%    43%    46%    41%    44%
Disapprove           36     33     33     38     33     40     36
DK/NA                20     19     20     19     21     19     20
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              46%    40%    50%    43%    46%    47%    42%
Disapprove           41     36     33     34     34     34     37
DK/NA                13     24     17     22     20     20     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Feb 26  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2003    2007
 
Approve              44      43      43      42      44      46      33
Disapprove           36      36      35      38      37      27      43
DK/NA                20      21      22      20      19      28      24
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              43%    33%    47%    38%    41%    51%    42%
Disapprove           18     27     13     24     20     18     15
DK/NA                40     40     40     38     40     31     43
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              43%    40%    48%    38%    46%    37%    47%
Disapprove           30     14     17     16     15     22     15
DK/NA                27     45     35     45     39     41     39
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Oct 3   Feb 26
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2008    2003
 
Approve              43      43      43      49      45      49      34
Disapprove           18      17      17      16      17      16      17
DK/NA                40      41      40      35      38      35      49
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              42%    39%    43%    41%    44%    44%    46%
Disapprove           25     36     23     23     26     29     21
DK/NA                33     25     33     36     30     27     33
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              38%    41%    43%    43%    48%    38%    45%
Disapprove           32     21     29     22     25     32     20
DK/NA                30     38     28     35     27     30     35
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Mar 14  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2008
 
Approve              42      43      40      48      44      51      40
Disapprove           25      23      29      22      25      12      29
DK/NA                33      34      31      29      31      37      31
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              46%    36%    49%    44%    38%    61%    46%
Disapprove           11     18      7     15     12      8      9
DK/NA                44     46     44     41     49     31     44
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    47%    42%    46%    48%    48%    43%
Disapprove           11     10     12     13      6     10     11
DK/NA                41     44     46     42     46     41     45
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Oct 3   Feb 26
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2008    2003
 
Approve              46      48      48      53      51      53      35
Disapprove           11      12      12      13      13      13      13
DK/NA                44      40      40      34      36      34      52
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the City Council is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              42%    41%    45%    38%    42%    50%    39%
Disapprove           33     41     29     37     34     30     36
DK/NA                24     17     26     24     24     20     25
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              46%    45%    40%    36%    56%    40%    44%
Disapprove           38     31     34     34     31     41     27
DK/NA                17     24     26     30     14     18     29
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the City Council is handling its job? (*High also 50% on 3/13/08, **Low also 41% 11/25/08)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  Oct 3   Jan 27
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2008*   2009**
 
Approve              42      41      41      50      43      50      41
Disapprove           33      37      41      31      38      31      37
DK/NA                24      21      19      18      18      18      21
 
 
15. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very satisfied        5%     4%     5%     7%     7%     7%     1%
Smwht satisfied      44     42     45     45     48     46     29
Smwht dissatisfied   33     24     34     34     28     33     42
Very dissatisfied    17     30     15     14     17     13     27
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      -      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        1%     4%    10%     3%     2%     4%     5%
Smwht satisfied      36     50     40     42     52     45     43
Smwht dissatisfied   39     29     34     34     31     34     33
Very dissatisfied    22     16     15     19     14     17     18
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Jan 28  Nov 25  Oct 21  Oct 3   Feb 11  Jul 2
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        5       8       6      14      12      18       7
Smwht satisfied      44      47      42      46      48      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   33      30      32      24      23      18      32
Very dissatisfied    17      15      18      14      16       5      38
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
16. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose setting limits on the number of years elected officials can hold office?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favor                70%    79%    68%    68%    70%    70%    69%
Oppose               25     18     27     27     27     26     26
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      4      4      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favor                72%    70%    66%    72%    74%    73%    67%
Oppose               25     24     31     23     21     23     26
DK/NA                 4      7      3      6      5      4      6
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose setting limits on the number of years elected officials can hold office?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27  Oct 21  Oct 3   Jul 16  Mar 1
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2001
 
Favor                70      69      62      65      71      67
Oppose               25      25      29      29      23      28
DK/NA                 5       6       9       6       6       5
 
 
17. As you may know, the City Council extended term limits from two to three terms for New York City elected officials. Do you approve or disapprove of this extension of term limits?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              38%    41%    38%    40%    40%    33%    42%
Disapprove           56     56     56     56     55     62     54
DK/NA                 5      3      6      4      5      5      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%    37%    43%    41%    29%    37%    39%
Disapprove           62     55     54     54     67     60     54
DK/NA                 5      8      3      5      4      3      7
 
TREND: As you may know, the City Council extended term limits from two to three terms for New York City elected officials. Do you approve or disapprove of this extension of term limits?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              38      42
Disapprove           56      56
DK/NA                 5       3
 
 
18. Do you think the two term limit should be restored after the 2009 New York City elections or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  63%    66%    63%    61%    60%    65%    68%
No                   31     30     31     32     33     30     29
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      6      5      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  76%    62%    55%    62%    71%    65%    61%
No                   22     31     38     32     24     30     32
DK/NA                 3      7      6      6      6      5      7
 
TREND: Do you think the two term limit should be restored after the 2009 New York City elections or not?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  63      61
No                   31      33
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
19. In general, do you think Michael Bloomberg's views on issues are closer to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Democratic           41%    45%    43%    42%    53%    34%    27%
Republican           36     37     38     29     29     37     48
DK/NA                23     18     19     29     18     28     25
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Democratic           32%    37%    51%    47%    30%    46%    37%
Republican           48     32     31     36     47     34     38
DK/NA                21     31     19     18     23     20     25
 
TREND: In general, do you think Michael Bloomberg's views on issues are closer to the Democratic party or the Republican party?
                     Feb 24  Jul 2
                     2009    2003
 
Democratic           41      25%
Republican           36      57
DK/NA                23      19
 
 
20. There is a proposal to eliminate the political party label, such as Democrat or Republican, from the ballot in elections for city officials, such as Mayor or Council member. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Good idea            36%    41%    31%    47%    40%    33%    33%
Bad idea             55     51     60     46     52     58     56
DK/NA                 9      8      9      7      8      8     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            34%    37%    34%    34%    47%    34%    37%
Bad idea             55     52     60     54     49     57     53
DK/NA                10     11      6     11      4      9      9
 
TREND: There is a proposal to eliminate the political party label, such as Democrat or Republican, from the ballot in elections for city officials, such as Mayor or Council member. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea.
                     Feb 24  Jul 2
                     2009    2003
 
Good idea            36      37
Bad idea             55      55
DK/NA                 9       7
 
 
21. Mayor Bloomberg has said that he is going to run for reelection and might run as an Independent, Republican, or Democrat. Would you like to see him run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Independent          41%    37%    36%    57%    42%    34%    45%
Republican           11     24     11      7     12     10     14
Democrat             19     10     26      8     13     32     18
DK/NA                29     29     27     28     33     24     23
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Independent          38%    42%    39%    45%    35%    44%    38%
Republican           13      7     15     10     18     12     11
Democrat             25     18     14     22     19     16     21
DK/NA                23     33     32     23     29     27     30
 
TREND: Mayor Bloomberg has said that he is going to run for reelection and might run as an Independent, Republican, or Democrat. Would you like to see him run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat?
                     Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009
 
Independent          41      30
Republican           11      10
Democrat             19      23
DK/NA                29      36
 
 
22. (If registered Republican) Do you think Michael Bloomberg deserves to run as a Republican, or do you think he should do something specific to earn it?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Deserves to run      42%
Should earn it       44
DK/NA                14
 
 
23. As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent millions of dollars of his own money to be elected Mayor and says he will do the same in this year's race for Mayor. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance his campaign, or B) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg has an unfair advantage and looks like he is trying to buy the election?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
A) Free of special
 interests           57%    64%    53%    67%    62%    47%    61%
B) Unfair/buying
 election            37     30     40     30     32     45     34
DK/NA                 6      6      7      3      5      8      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A) Free of special
 interests           47%    59%    67%    51%    61%    53%    60%
B) Unfair/buying
 election            44     34     28     43     39     39     35
DK/NA                 9      7      6      6      -      7      5
 
TREND: As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent millions of dollars of his own money to be elected Mayor and says he will do the same in this year's race for Mayor. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance his campaign, or B) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg has an unfair advantage and looks like he is trying to buy the election?
                     Feb 24 Jan 27  Mar 30
                     2009   2009    2005
 
A) Free of special
   interests         57     54      47
B) Unfair/Buying
   election          37     40      45
DK/NA                 6      6       8
 
 
24. Which of the following will be the single most important issue in your vote in the general election for Mayor this year - the economy, education, crime, taxes or mass transit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Economy              53%    39%    57%    54%    53%    51%    52%
Education            19     12     22     15     15     27     21
Crime                 7     11      6      6      7     10      5
Taxes                12     28      7     13     13      7     12
Mass transit          7      7      6      8      9      4      5
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   2      2      1      2      1      -      3
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
25. Which will be the NEXT most important issue in your vote in the general election for Mayor this year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Economy              25%    31%    25%    22%    22%    24%    28%
Education            25     12     26     24     23     29     23
Crime                15     18     14     16     16     14     15
Taxes                20     27     18     23     24     18     14
Mass transit         14     10     15     14     13     12     17
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   1      2      1      -      1      1      2
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     MOST IMP ISSUE Q24
                     Economy
 
Economy               3%
Education            37
Crime                15
Taxes                29
Mass transit         16
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   -
DK/NA                 -
 
 
26. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  86%    79%    87%    87%    87%    89%    79%
No                   12     19     10     12     11      9     17
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      2      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  88%    87%    86%    84%    86%    84%    88%
No                   11     10     12     13     14     14      9
DK/NA                 1      3      2      3      -      2      2
 
TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                            YES/LEADER....
                                                            High    Low
                     Feb 24  May 11  Nov 10  Jul 20  Jun 9  Feb 24  Sep 9
                     2009    2005    2004    2004    2004   2009    2003
 
Yes                  86      74      65      64      65     86      48
No                   12      22      30      32      28     12      45
DK/NA                 2       4       5       4       8      2       7
 
 
27. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  68%    63%    68%    72%    74%    64%    61%
No                   25     32     24     23     20     27     32
DK/NA                 7      5      8      5      6      9      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  68%    63%    71%    71%    69%    64%    71%
No                   24     27     26     22     22     28     22
DK/NA                 8      9      3      8      9      8      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy or not? (*Low also 57% on 05/07/2003)
                                                              YES/HONEST....
                                                              High    Low
                     Feb 24   Jul 20  Jun 9   Mar 31  Feb 4   Feb 24  Jul 2
                     2009     2004    2004    2004    2004    2009    2003*
 
Yes                  68       66      64      61      63      68      57
No                   25       25      24      29      28      25      34
DK/NA                 7        9      12      10       9       7       9
 
 
28. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  55%    58%    55%    57%    60%    48%    50%
No                   40     41     40     38     36     47     46
DK/NA                 4      2      5      4      4      5      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  55%    50%    59%    56%    66%    52%    58%
No                   43     44     36     39     34     45     37
DK/NA                 2      7      4      5      -      3      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you, or not?
                                                             YES/CARES.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 24  Mar 14  Nov 17  Jun 22  May 11  Nov 17  May 7
                     2009    2007    2005    2005    2005    2005    2003
 
Yes                  55      58      60      46      47      60      33
No                   40      35      31      46      47      31      60
DK/NA                 4       6       9       8       6       9       7
 
 
29. Would you say that Anthony Weiner has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  37%    27%    43%    34%    37%    38%    42%
No                   20     33     14     29     22     18     16
DK/NA                43     40     44     38     41     44     43
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  32%    40%    34%    43%    31%    38%    37%
No                   19     16     21     24     19     24     16
DK/NA                50     45     45     33     50     38     47
 
TREND: Would you say that Anthony Weiner has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Feb 24  May 11
                     2009    2005
 
Yes                  37      29
No                   20      28
DK/NA                43      43
 
 
30. Would you say that Anthony Weiner is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  39%    32%    40%    44%    45%    33%    38%
No                   13     25     12     12     13     15     13
DK/NA                47     42     49     43     42     52     49
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  32%    38%    41%    46%    33%    44%    36%
No                   11     15     13     13     13     15     12
DK/NA                57     48     46     41     54     41     52
 
 
31. Would you say that Anthony Weiner cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  43%    28%    46%    47%    46%    40%    42%
No                   14     29     10     16     16     15     10
DK/NA                43     43     44     38     38     45     47
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  32%    42%    41%    52%    43%    46%    40%
No                   11     15     14     15     14     17     12
DK/NA                57     43     45     33     44     38     48
 
 
32. Would you say that William Thompson has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  31%    18%    35%    24%    21%    49%    38%
No                   15     22     11     23     17     11     11
DK/NA                54     60     54     53     62     40     51
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  41%    30%    23%    31%    40%    31%    31%
No                   12     13     15     19      8     16     14
DK/NA                47     57     62     50     51     53     55
 
 
33. Would you say that William Thompson is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  37%    25%    39%    37%    34%    47%    35%
No                    8     19      6      9      8      9      5
DK/NA                55     55     55     54     59     44     60
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  46%    37%    31%    35%    42%    38%    36%
No                    4      6     10     11      8     10      6
DK/NA                50     57     59     54     49     52     58
 
 
34. Would you say that William Thompson cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  36%    25%    39%    33%    33%    49%    38%
No                   10     19      8     14      9      9     13
DK/NA                53     56     53     53     58     42     49
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    37%    32%    36%    37%    37%    36%
No                   11      7     10     16      5     12      9
DK/NA                47     56     58     48     58     51     55
 
 
35. If Michael Bloomberg is reelected Mayor, do you think New York City's economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           32%    36%    34%    30%    34%    33%    32%
Get worse            12     16     10     14     14     11     10
Stay the same        47     43     48     47     45     48     50
DK/NA                 8      5      9      9      8      8      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           33%    26%    34%    37%    38%    30%    34%
Get worse            13     14      9     12     13     16      9
Stay the same        45     47     51     45     48     46     48
DK/NA                10     12      6      6      1      7      9
 
 
36. If William Thompson is elected Mayor, do you think New York City's economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           12%     7%    15%     6%     8%    16%    17%
Get worse            12     22      8     16     16      7     10
Stay the same        38     35     37     42     34     46     36
DK/NA                38     36     40     36     42     31     37
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           15%    12%    10%    13%     7%    15%    10%
Get worse             9     12     14      9     13     14     10
Stay the same        42     36     33     41     50     42     36
DK/NA                34     40     42     38     30     29     45
 
 
37. If Anthony Weiner is elected Mayor, do you think New York City's economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           14%     6%    17%    10%    11%    17%    17%
Get worse            15     31     10     21     18     11     14
Stay the same        39     34     40     40     41     39     32
DK/NA                32     29     33     29     29     33     36
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           13%    17%    12%    14%     7%    15%    13%
Get worse            13     13     21     10     26     18     13
Stay the same        38     38     31     50     38     41     38
DK/NA                37     32     37     25     28     26     36
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              58%    57%    55%    68%    64%    55%    49%
Disapprove           35     40     36     24     29     35     43
DK/NA                 8      3      9      7      7      9      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              53%    55%    63%    57%    65%    57%    58%
Disapprove           38     37     29     35     34     37     33
DK/NA                 8      8      8      8      1      6      9