June 9, 2004 - Bloomberg Approval Hits 50%, But Ferrer Is Ahead, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Kelly Approval At 67% As Voters Back Bravest, Finest
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating has hit 50 percent for the first time in two years, as New York City voters give him a 50 - 38 percent grade for the job he is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is up from a 47 - 41 percent approval in a March 31 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In this current survey, white voters approve 60 - 29 percent, as black voters disapprove 47 - 38 percent and Hispanic voters disapprove 48 - 39 percent.

Voters say 65 - 28 percent that Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities, but feel 55 - 37 percent that he is not in touch with the problems ordinary New Yorkers face.

"Mayor Bloomberg has been on a steady climb back to the approval numbers he enjoyed when he was the new guy in City Hall, before the bloom was off the rose," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Living like a billionaire must be nice, but it can hurt with the neighbors: New Yorkers still don't think Mayor Mike is in touch with them. They think he's a strong leader and that he's honest and trustworthy, but he's not yet Mayor Mensch."

Looking at the 2005 mayoral campaign, Fernando Ferrer beats Bloomberg 45 - 39 percent. The Mayor has a slight edge over the other possible challengers:
  • 40 - 38 percent over Council Speaker Gifford Miller;
  • 41 - 38 percent over Comptroller William Thompson;
  • 43 - 39 percent over Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields;
  • 42 - 37 percent over U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner;
  • 42 - 34 percent over Council member Charles Barron.
These matchups are little changed from the March 31 Quinnipiac University poll.

"Mayor Bloomberg's approval is inching up, but there has been little change in the mayoral matchups, and probably won't be until the campaigning - and the spending - begins in earnest," Carroll said. Police and Fire

New York City voters give Police Commissioner Ray Kelly a 67 - 16 percent approval rating, identical to the March 31 poll results. Black voters approve 64 - 27 percent, as white voters approve 74 - 10 percent and Hispanic voters approve 61- 18 percent.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta gets a 51 - 17 percent approval, with 32 percent undecided.

The Police and Fire Departments "are able to work together effectively to deal with a major terrorist attack," New York City voters say 57 - 34 percent.

Prior to September 11, 2001, the two departments were not able to work together effectively, voters say 56 - 34 percent.

"New Yorkers think the Bravest and Finest were not prepared for the September 11 terrorist attack. Under the Bloomberg Administration, however, voters say the uniformed services are ready," Carroll said.

From June 1 - 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,226 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                        App   Dis   DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 50 38 12 Mar 31, 2004 47 41 12 Feb 4, 2004 44 45 11 Nov 25, 2003 37 51 13 Oct 22, 2003 42 47 12 Sep 9, 2003 38 52 11 Jul 2, 2003 31 60 8 May 7, 2003 32 56 12 Feb 26, 2003 48 41 11 Nov 21, 2002 41 46 13 Jul 18, 2002 57 23 19 Mar 27, 2002 62 16 22 Feb 6, 2002 65 6 29



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 Smwht Very
                        sat   sat   dis   dis   DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 9 46 25 18 1 Mar 31, 2004 9 48 26 16 1 Feb 4, 2004 8 47 27 18 1 Nov 25, 2003 5 40 30 24 1 Oct 22, 2003 8 43 31 18 1 Sep 9, 2003 5 37 32 25 2 Jul 2, 2003 7 23 32 38 1 May 7, 2003 3 30 34 31 2 Feb 28, 2003 6 43 32 17 2 Nov 21, 2002 5 39 34 20 2 Jul 18, 2002 9 55 24 9 3 Mar 28, 2002 15 56 19 7 2 Aug 2, 2000 20 46 22 11 1 Jun 15, 2000 20 46 22 10 2 Apr 19, 2000 18 45 20 17 1 Apr 8, 1999 16 47 25 12 1 Feb 17, 1999 17 46 22 14 1 Nov 18, 1998 23 51 17 8 1 Feb 11, 1998 18 58 18 5 1 Oct 29, 1997 12 58 19 10 1 Oct 1, 1997 15 53 22 9 1 Mar 27, 1997 11 54 22 12 1 Feb 11, 1997 11 54 24 11 1 Nov 19, 1996 8 53 25 13 1



TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                        
                        Yes   No    DK/NA         
                        
Jun 9, 2004             64    24    12
Mar 31, 2004            61    29    10
Feb 4, 2004             63    28     9               
Sep 9, 2003             60    29    11              
Jul 2, 2003             57    34     9               
May 7, 2003             57    30    13
Oct 24, 2001            59    13    28              




TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you, or not?
                                
                        Yes   No    DK/NA 
                        
Jun 9, 2004             40    52     8
Mar 31, 2004            42    50     8
Feb 4, 2004             42    51     7
May 7, 2003             33    60     7               
Feb 26, 2003            41    53     6               
Oct 24, 2001            47    29     24              
            


TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities or not?
                        Yes   No    DK/NA 
                        
Jun 9, 2004             65    28     8
Mar 31, 2004            65    31     5
Feb 4, 2004             60    34     5               
Sep 9, 2003             48    45     7               
Jul 2, 2003             53    42     5               
May 7, 2003             61    35     5               
Feb 26, 2003            57    38     5               
Oct 24, 2001            73    12    15              




TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Charles Barron the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 34 42 2 2 20 Mar 31, 2004* 34 41 2 2 20 Feb 4, 2004* 32 43 2 4 19

TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Fernando Ferrer the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 45 39 2 1 12 Mar 31, 2004* 45 41 1 2 11 Feb 4, 2004* 46 39 1 3 11 Nov 25, 2003* 51 33 3 3 10



TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were C. Virginia Fields the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 39 43 1 2 15 Mar 31, 2004* 39 41 2 2 16



TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Gifford Miller the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 38 40 2 2 18 Mar 31, 2004* 38 41 2 2 17 Feb 4, 2004* 37 39 1 4 18 Nov 25, 2003* 41 33 5 2 19



TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 38 41 2 2 18 Mar 31, 2004* 38 41 2 2 18 Feb 4, 2004* 36 40 2 4 18



TREND: If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* "Suppose the general election for mayor. . .")

                        Dem   Rep   SMONE WDN'T
                        CB    MB    ELSE  VOTE DK/NA


Jun 9, 2004 37 42 2 2 18 Mar 31, 2004* 36 40 2 2 20 Feb 4, 2004* 34 40 2 4 20



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 50% 70% 45% 52% 60% 38% 39% 54% 46% Disapprove 38 21 43 36 29 47 48 37 39 DK/NA 12 9 12 13 11 15 13 9 15

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Approve 50% 43% 58% 50% 48% 39% Disapprove 40 43 30 36 47 50 DK/NA 11 15 11 14 5 11



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 67% 77% 67% 68% 74% 64% 61% 71% 64% Disapprove 16 13 15 18 10 27 18 15 17 DK/NA 17 10 18 14 15 10 21 14 19

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Approve 64% 67% 64% 72% 72% 66% Disapprove 23 18 14 11 16 19 DK/NA 13 15 22 17 12 15



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Nicholas Scopetta is handling his job as Fire Commissioner?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 51% 62% 50% 51% 55% 48% 51% 53% 49% Disapprove 17 13 15 18 11 23 19 16 17 DK/NA 32 25 34 31 34 29 31 31 34

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Approve 52% 49% 47% 52% 65% 49% Disapprove 20 18 14 16 14 20 DK/NA 28 33 39 32 22 31



5. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Gifford Miller the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Gifford Miller 38% 11% 51% 28% 27% 51% 50% 35% 40% Michael Bloomberg 40 75 29 47 52 28 28 45 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 1 4 1 1 4 3 1 DK/NA 18 12 17 19 18 17 17 15 21

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Gifford Miller 44% 41% 33% 37% 29% 45% Michael Bloomberg 37 37 43 40 51 33 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 2 1 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 3 1 1 1 3 DK/NA 15 18 21 20 15 18



6. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Fernando Ferrer the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Fernando Ferrer 45% 14% 59% 36% 30% 65% 64% 44% 47% Michael Bloomberg 39 75 28 46 56 19 22 43 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 DK/NA 12 10 11 12 12 12 12 10 14

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Fernando Ferrer 59% 49% 40% 42% 31% 53% Michael Bloomberg 26 34 45 44 53 31 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 3 1 2 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 1 1 2 DK/NA 11 15 11 11 13 12



7. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


William Thompson 38% 8% 51% 27% 23% 61% 48% 34% 40% Michael Bloomberg 41 76 29 50 54 23 27 46 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 1 3 1 1 5 2 2 DK/NA 18 15 18 18 20 13 19 16 20

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

William Thompson 44% 44% 32% 34% 27% 43% Michael Bloomberg 38 35 44 43 53 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 3 1 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 1 1 3 - 3 DK/NA 14 19 20 19 17 17



8. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Charles Barron the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Charles Barron 34% 4% 45% 26% 19% 53% 46% 31% 36% Michael Bloomberg 42 78 32 49 56 28 28 48 38 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 3 3 2 1 5 4 1 DK/NA 20 16 18 20 21 15 19 16 22

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Charles Barron 38% 38% 29% 32% 27% 39% Michael Bloomberg 38 38 46 43 56 37 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 2 1 3 - 3 DK/NA 17 20 22 21 14 19



9. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Anthony Weiner 37% 10% 49% 28% 27% 50% 48% 34% 39% Michael Bloomberg 42 78 30 51 52 28 32 47 37 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 1 3 1 1 3 2 1 DK/NA 18 11 18 16 18 19 16 15 20

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Anthony Weiner 41% 44% 30% 35% 25% 42% Michael Bloomberg 42 35 44 43 57 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 3 1 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 2 1 2 - 2 DK/NA 12 18 22 19 14 18



10. If the election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were C. Virginia Fields the Democrat, and Michael Bloomberg the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


C. Virginia Fields 39% 8% 51% 31% 24% 63% 50% 36% 42% Michael Bloomberg 43 79 31 50 57 24 32 50 37 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - 1 3 - 1 2 2 1 DK/NA 15 12 15 15 16 10 15 11 19

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

C. Virginia Fields 44% 43% 37% 38% 24% 46% Michael Bloomberg 41 38 44 44 54 38 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - - 3 1 3 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 1 1 2 DK/NA 13 16 14 17 18 12



11. 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  Men   Wom


Very satisfied 9% 21% 6% 9% 12% 7% 7% 10% 8% Smwht satisfied 46 54 45 45 57 33 38 50 43 Smwht dissatisfied 25 18 28 27 20 30 32 23 27 Very dissatisfied 18 6 20 18 10 28 22 15 20 DK/NA 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very satisfied 7% 9% 12% 6% 15% 9% Smwht satisfied 41 42 53 49 45 39 Smwht dissatisfied 28 25 23 27 25 30 Very dissatisfied 23 22 12 16 15 21 DK/NA 1 3 1 1 - 1



12. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 65% 78% 61% 67% 69% 63% 58% 66% 64% No 28 17 31 26 26 29 33 28 27 DK/NA 8 5 8 7 6 8 9 6 9

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 63% 61% 68% 69% 57% 62% No 33 28 24 24 37 30 DK/NA 4 11 8 6 6 8



13. 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  Men   Wom


Yes 40% 65% 34% 46% 52% 30% 25% 44% 37% No 52 28 59 45 40 61 68 49 53 DK/NA 8 7 7 9 8 8 7 7 9

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 34% 36% 50% 39% 44% 33% No 59 55 41 53 51 58 DK/NA 7 9 8 8 6 9



14. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 64% 85% 57% 69% 79% 52% 46% 70% 59% No 24 11 29 20 13 34 39 20 28 DK/NA 12 4 14 11 8 15 16 10 14

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 50% 61% 75% 65% 65% 58% No 33 26 17 21 33 30 DK/NA 16 13 8 15 2 12



15. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is in touch with the problems ordinary New Yorkers face or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 37% 53% 31% 42% 44% 29% 31% 38% 37% No 55 39 61 52 49 63 61 55 55 DK/NA 8 7 8 7 7 8 8 7 8

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 35% 32% 43% 40% 37% 32% No 59 58 49 54 60 63 DK/NA 7 10 8 6 4 6



16. Do you think the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department are able to work together effectively to deal with a major terrorist attack, or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 57% 74% 54% 55% 56% 56% 62% 52% 61% No 34 21 36 36 34 36 32 39 30 DK/NA 9 5 10 9 10 8 6 9 9

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 60% 57% 51% 59% 68% 56% No 34 34 35 33 29 38 DK/NA 6 9 14 9 3 6



17. Do you think the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department were able to work together effectively to deal with a major terrorist attack prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks, or not?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 34% 42% 33% 31% 34% 29% 41% 30% 37% No 56 49 57 58 56 65 49 61 51 DK/NA 10 9 10 11 11 7 10 8 12

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Yes 33% 35% 30% 34% 43% 35% No 57 55 58 54 51 60 DK/NA 9 9 12 11 6 5