May 7, 2003 - Bloomberg Approval Drops To New Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Mayor Is Smart, But No Fun At Dinner, Voters Say
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating has dropped to a negative 32 - 56 percent among New York City voters, the lowest score for any mayor in nine years, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The Mayor's previous low was a 41 - 46 percent approval rating in a November 21, 2002, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Mayor Bloomberg is intelligent, 89 percent of New Yorkers say, and a hard worker, 75 percent say. But only 39 percent say he has a likable personality and only 40 percent say it would be fun to have dinner with him.

"As taxes go up, Mayor Bloomberg's job approval goes down, down, down," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Is it the private jets and the zillion-dollar bank account vs. riding their subway and scrambling to pay the bills? Whatever, New Yorkers don't think Mayor Mike understands their problems.

"They don't expect much sympathy from Gov. George Pataki either."

By a 61 - 35 percent margin, voters say Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities and voters say 57 - 30 percent that he is honest and trustworthy. But only 33 percent say he cares about their needs and problems, while 60 percent say he doesn't.

Voters say 66 - 29 percent that Bloomberg doesn't understand the concerns they face in everyday life.

Voters also say 53 - 41 percent that Gov. Pataki doesn't care about the needs and problems of New York City.

Municipal union workers have not done their fair share to help balance the budget, New York City voters say 47 - 41 percent.

Bloomberg's approval ratings for handling key issues are:
  • Negative 28 - 63 percent for handling the city budget;
  • Negative 35 - 52 percent for handling public schools;
  • Negative 26 - 67 percent for handling taxes;
  • 57 - 31 percent for handling crime.
Bloomberg was not aggressive enough in seeking state financial help from Pataki, 45 percent of New York City voters say, while 11 percent say he has been too aggressive and 36 percent say the Mayor's approach has been "about right."

Before the city tax deal was sealed in Albany, 20 percent of voters said Bloomberg should raise taxes to balance the budget, while 37 percent said he should cut spending and 29 percent said he should borrow more money.

Culture and recreation should be first on the city chopping block, 42 percent say, followed by 14 percent for social services, 8 percent for sanitation, 6 percent for police, 4 percent for public schools and 2 percent for firefighters.

Looking at culture and recreation, 34 percent say pools and beaches should be the first services cut, followed by 21 percent for museums, 14 percent for zoos, 10 percent for parks and 4 percent for libraries.

From April 29 - May 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 757 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.

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


May 7, 2003 32% 56% 12% February 26, 2003 48 41 11 November 21, 2002 41 46 13 July 18, 2002 57 23 19 March 27, 2002 62 16 22 February 6, 2002 65 6 29



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


October 24, 2001 79% 17% 4% October 9, 2001 79 16 6 September 5, 2001 42 49 9 July 25. 2001 50 40 10 June 7, 2001 51 41 8 May 2, 2001 50 40 10 April 4, 2001 51 39 10 February 28, 2001 54 36 10 January 31, 2001 51 38 11 November 21, 2000 55 37 8 August 2, 2000 48 42 10 June 14, 2000 49 45 7 April 19, 2000 37 57 6 March 15, 2000 43 49 7 October 20, 1999 46 46 8 June 17, 1999 46 48 6 May 19, 1999 44 48 8 April 8, 1999 40 51 9 February 17, 1999 44 47 9 November 18, 1998 60 33 6 July 23, 1998 55 41 4 April 8, 1998 65 30 4 February 11, 1998 74 23 4 October 29, 1997 68 28 4 October 1, 1997 63 33 4 August 5, 1997 64 29 7 June 18, 1997 60 35 5 March 27, 1997 67 29 5 February 11, 1997 62 32 6 November 19, 1996 54 34 11 October 13, 1996 54 38 9 July 29, 1996 50 40 9 April 21, 1996 48 43 8



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


May 7, 2003 3% 30% 34% 31% 2% February 28, 2003 6 43 32 17 2 November 21, 2002 5 39 34 20 2 July 18, 2002 9 55 24 9 3 March 28, 2002 15 56 19 7 2 August 2, 2000 20 46 22 11 1 June 15, 2000 20 46 22 10 2 April 19, 2000 18 45 20 17 1 April 8, 1999 16 47 25 12 1 February 17, 1999 17 46 22 14 1 November 18, 1998 23 51 17 8 1 February 11, 1998 18 58 18 5 1 October 29, 1997 12 58 19 10 1 October 1, 1997 15 53 22 9 1 March 27, 1997 11 54 22 12 1 February 11, 1997 11 54 24 11 1 November 19, 1996 8 53 25 13 1



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                          App   Dis   DK/NA
 
May 7, 2003               44%   50%    6%
March 28, 2002            64    28     8
February 6, 2002          68    23     9




TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?

                          App   Dis   DK/NA


May 7, 2003 28% 63% 9% February 26, 2003 35 54 10 November 21, 2002 34 53 14 July 17, 2002 47 32 21



TREND: Mayor Bloomberg is trying to balance the city budget. Do you think he should raise taxes, cut spending or borrow money?

                          Raise Cut
                          taxes spend Borrow DK/NA


May 7, 2003 20% 37% 29% 14% February 27, 2003 17 44 26 13 November 21, 2002 22 44 20 13 July 17, 2002 18 48 23 12



TREND: How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not to serious, not at all serious?

                                      Not   Not at
                          Very  Smwht too   all   DK/NA


May 7, 2003 68% 24% 4% 1% 3% February 27, 2003 63 29 5 1 2 November 21, 2002 60 29 7 2 2 July 17, 2002 46 41 9 1 3



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

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 32% 39% 29% 34% 41% 25% 22% 35% 30% 28% Disapprove 56 53 62 50 46 65 66 53 58 58 DK/NA 12 8 9 16 13 10 12 11 12 13



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 44% 80% 30% 43% 53% 24% 52% 49% 40% 43% Disapprove 50 16 64 50 42 65 41 45 53 53 DK/NA 6 5 6 7 4 11 7 5 7 4



3. 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?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very satisfied 3% 8% 1% 2% 4% 0% 1% 3% 2% 1% Smwht satisfied 30 39 27 30 38 17 28 34 27 26 Smwht dissatisfied 34 28 37 36 35 39 31 33 35 36 Very dissatisfied 31 22 33 30 22 40 39 29 33 35 DK/NA 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 3 2



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 37% 41% 36% 38% 41% 37% 34% 43% 33% 35% Disapprove 34 24 38 34 27 40 39 28 38 39 DK/NA 29 35 27 28 32 24 27 29 29 26



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

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 68% 79% 63% 69% 77% 66% 61% 72% 65% 73% Disapprove 15 6 17 16 7 17 21 16 14 13 DK/NA 17 15 20 15 16 17 18 12 21 14



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 37% 34% 39% 37% 32% 53% 29% 41% 34% 39% Disapprove 16 12 18 16 14 13 28 16 17 19 DK/NA 46 54 43 47 54 35 43 43 49 42



7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 35% 29% 40% 34% 34% 40% 38% 31% 39% 34% Disapprove 18 18 16 21 16 22 15 21 16 21 DK/NA 47 53 45 45 51 38 47 48 45 45



8. Do you think Governor George Pataki cares about the needs and problems of New York City?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 41% 63% 33% 39% 47% 26% 49% 41% 41% 31% No 53 32 59 56 49 64 46 54 52 62 DK/NA 6 5 8 5 4 10 4 5 8 7



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

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 61% 58% 59% 65% 66% 57% 55% 60% 61% 57% No 35 37 37 28 29 37 41 36 34 40 DK/NA 5 5 4 7 5 6 4 4 6 4



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

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 57% 71% 49% 64% 74% 42% 42% 65% 50% 56% No 30 20 38 26 19 38 43 25 35 30 DK/NA 13 10 13 10 6 20 15 10 15 14



11. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 33% 43% 29% 35% 45% 22% 23% 39% 29% 32% No 60 51 65 58 48 68 71 56 63 59 DK/NA 7 6 7 7 6 9 6 5 8 9



12. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - has a likable personality or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 39% 39% 37% 41% 38% 42% 33% 41% 37% 36% No 51 51 54 50 51 46 59 51 52 57 DK/NA 10 10 9 8 11 11 9 8 12 7



13. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - shares your views on issues that you care about or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 30% 32% 27% 34% 37% 23% 23% 31% 29% 29% No 62 60 66 56 53 71 72 62 63 65 DK/NA 8 8 7 9 10 6 5 7 8 7



14. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - is a hard worker or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 75% 82% 70% 82% 89% 72% 64% 79% 72% 78% No 18 13 21 12 6 20 28 15 20 15 DK/NA 7 6 9 6 5 8 9 6 8 7



15. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - understands the concerns you personally face in day to day life or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 29% 41% 24% 28% 38% 25% 18% 34% 24% 27% No 66 57 70 67 57 68 77 64 68 66 DK/NA 5 1 7 5 5 7 5 2 8 8



16. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - is intelligent or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 89% 88% 88% 90% 94% 88% 83% 92% 86% 92% No 7 5 8 5 4 5 13 5 8 5 DK/NA 4 6 4 5 2 8 4 3 6 4



17. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg - would be fun to have dinner with or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 40% 38% 37% 48% 48% 31% 33% 44% 38% 43% No 46 55 49 38 41 51 54 43 49 43 DK/NA 13 7 15 14 11 18 13 14 13 14



18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling -- the city budget?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 28% 36% 22% 33% 36% 21% 20% 32% 25% 25% Disapprove 63 58 69 58 56 69 73 58 68 69 DK/NA 9 6 9 9 7 10 7 10 8 7



19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling -- the public schools?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 35% 49% 28% 38% 46% 24% 27% 44% 29% 33% Disapprove 52 39 58 53 40 66 62 44 59 58 DK/NA 12 13 14 9 14 11 11 12 13 9



20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling -- taxes?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 26% 33% 22% 28% 34% 19% 20% 29% 24% 27% Disapprove 67 63 71 65 56 73 77 65 68 68 DK/NA 7 5 7 7 10 8 3 6 8 5



21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling -- crime?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 57% 67% 53% 60% 67% 49% 52% 64% 52% 53% Disapprove 31 22 34 31 21 36 34 26 34 35 DK/NA 12 11 14 8 11 15 14 10 14 12



22. Would you describe the state of New York City's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Excellent - 2% - - - - - 1% - - Good 10 18 7 11 10 6 15 11 9 7 Not so good 45 45 47 45 46 47 40 45 45 44 Poor 44 35 46 45 43 46 44 44 44 48 DK/NA 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 -



23. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in the New York City will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Get better 23% 34% 17% 25% 29% 19% 18% 26% 20% 21% Get worse 35 25 41 32 25 42 46 33 37 47 Stay the same 38 39 37 41 40 35 35 37 38 30 DK/NA 4 2 5 3 5 4 1 3 5 2



24. Mayor Bloomberg is trying to balance the city budget. Do you think he should raise taxes, cut spending, or borrow money?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Raise taxes 20% 16% 23% 20% 27% 16% 11% 24% 17% 26% Cut spending 37 49 33 39 39 33 38 36 37 35 Borrow money 29 23 30 29 21 34 40 26 31 24 DK/NA 14 13 14 13 13 17 10 13 15 15



25. How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very serious 68% 66% 73% 67% 68% 64% 74% 72% 66% 75% Smwht serious 24 25 19 28 27 25 15 20 26 21 Not too serious 4 6 4 3 2 6 7 5 4 3 Not at all serious 1 1 1 - 1 1 2 1 1 - DK/NA 3 2 4 2 2 4 2 3 3 1



26. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, which city tax do you think should be increased - personal income tax, sales tax, or property tax?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Income tax 23% 19% 24% 25% 32% 17% 13% 25% 21% 21% Sales tax 40 43 39 41 34 53 38 39 41 47 Property tax 23 22 24 23 20 18 35 21 24 16 DK/NA 14 16 13 11 14 12 14 14 14 16



27. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, where do you think city spending should be decreased - public schools, police, firefighters, sanitation, social services or culture and recreation?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Public schools 4% 3% 4% 6% 3% 4% 7% 4% 4% 3% Police 6 2 7 7 6 7 5 9 4 5 Firefighters 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 1 Sanitation 8 6 9 9 10 5 13 6 10 9 Social services 14 26 9 14 16 13 7 17 11 9 Culture and recreation 42 48 43 35 42 40 46 34 48 47 DK/NA 24 13 26 28 21 29 22 26 23 26



28. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose among the following cultural and recreational areas, where do you think city spending should be decreased - zoos, libraries, museums, parks or pools and beaches?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Zoos 14% 14% 14% 15% 16% 10% 15% 12% 16% 12% Libraries 4 4 4 4 3 3 6 4 4 2 Museums 21 19 23 18 21 21 19 20 21 26 Parks 10 12 8 11 9 11 7 10 10 10 Pools and beaches 34 36 33 32 31 35 43 36 32 31 DK/NA 18 16 17 20 20 19 11 18 18 20



29. Do you think union workers are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 41% 35% 44% 40% 41% 44% 37% 41% 41% 56% No 47 53 43 48 45 43 51 48 46 32 DK/NA 13 13 13 11 13 13 12 11 14 12



30. Thinking about Mayor Bloomberg's approach to seeking state financial help for New York City, do you think Mayor Bloomberg has been too aggressive in his approach to Governor Pataki, not aggressive enough, or about right?

                                                                          Union
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Too aggressive 11% 10% 15% 4% 5% 12% 23% 9% 12% 9% Not aggressive enough 45 36 46 52 45 48 40 45 45 53 About right 36 43 31 37 43 31 26 38 34 29 DK/NA 9 10 8 7 7 8 11 8 9 9