September 9, 2003 - Blackout Role Brightens Bloomberg Approval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Mayor's Ratings Are Dim, But Getting Better
Mayor Michael Bloomberg did an excellent or good job during the blackout, most New York City voters say, and the Mayor's approval has improved slightly to a negative 38 - 52 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Mayor Bloomberg registered a negative 31 - 60 percent approval in a July 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In this latest survey, white voters approve 52 - 38 percent, as black voters disapprove 65 - 24 percent and Hispanic voters disapprove 61 - 29 percent.

Bloomberg did an "excellent" job communicating during the blackout, 17 percent of New York City voters say, while 44 percent say he did a "good" job; another 20 percent say "not so good," and 10 percent say "poor."

Despite his handling of the blackout, voters say 60 - 22 percent that they would like to see a new mayor in 2005.

"When the lights went out, Mayor Mike began to shine," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Bloomberg is still in the approval basement and voters say almost 3 -1 that they want a new mayor."

"But this could be the turnaround. With more than two years until the next election, maybe the Mayor has started the long, slow climb out of that basement," Carroll said.

Only 25 percent of New York City voters say Bloomberg "connects well with them personally." Looking at other characteristics, voters say:
  • 48 - 45 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 60 - 29 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 45 - 49 percent that he understands the issues and problems facing New York City;
  • 35 - 49 percent that he connects well with other leaders;
  • 21 - 71 percent that he connects well with the people of New York.
Bloomberg gets a negative 33 - 59 percent approval for his handling of the budget and a negative 41 - 47 percent grade for his handling of public schools. He gets a 60 - 29 percent approval for his handling of crime.

"As New York begins the first full school year of the Bloomberg Era, where the Mayor finally has full control of the schools, Bloomberg has to push his education grades up the way he's done with his crime-fighting scores," Carroll said.

"New Yorkers still don't connect personally with the billionaire who runs the city, but a lot of them have noticed that the Mayor has been trying harder to be a mensch."

The Mayor has been making an extra effort lately to connect with New Yorkers, 41 percent of voters say, while 13 percent say he has been making less effort and 43 percent say there's been no difference in his outreach.

From September 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 815 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 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

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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 38% 48% 34% 42% 52% 24% 29% 40% 36% 30% Disapprove 52 44 57 43 38 65 61 49 53 59 DK/NA 11 8 9 15 10 11 9 10 11 10



3. Michael Bloomberg will be up for re-election in 2005. Would you like to see Michael Bloomberg re-elected Mayor, or would you rather see someone else elected Mayor?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Bloomberg 22% 33% 18% 24% 32% 10% 20% 23% 20% 15% Someone else 60 47 67 52 44 75 72 58 62 68 DK/NA 18 19 15 24 24 15 8 19 18 17



4. 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?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very satisfied 5% 5% 5% 2% 6% 2% 6% 6% 4% 2% Smwht satisfied 37 50 30 41 46 27 31 41 32 34 Smwht dissatisfied 32 28 35 32 31 30 34 33 32 35 Very dissatisfied 25 16 28 24 16 38 28 19 30 29 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 -



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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 48% 51% 45% 53% 56% 42% 40% 54% 43% 45% No 45 42 49 38 37 51 52 42 47 51 DK/NA 7 7 6 9 7 7 7 4 9 4



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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 60% 72% 56% 65% 79% 49% 42% 68% 53% 56% No 29 22 32 26 15 35 45 25 33 35 DK/NA 11 5 12 10 6 17 13 6 14 8



7. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- understands the issues and problems facing New York City or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 45% 53% 42% 53% 62% 31% 31% 49% 42% 38% No 49 46 53 42 33 64 63 47 51 55 DK/NA 5 2 5 6 5 6 6 3 7 7



8. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with other political leaders or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 35% 32% 34% 35% 33% 38% 39% 36% 34% 32% No 49 49 52 42 47 51 48 50 47 53 DK/NA 17 20 14 23 21 11 14 14 19 15



9. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with the people of New York City or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 21% 28% 21% 18% 21% 19% 25% 22% 21% 16% No 71 64 73 72 69 74 70 73 70 78 DK/NA 7 8 6 10 9 8 5 6 9 6



10. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with you personally or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 25% 35% 22% 29% 37% 14% 21% 29% 23% 21% No 68 58 73 62 53 80 75 66 69 73

DK/NA 7 7 5 9 9 5 4 5 8 7



11. During the past few months would you say that Mayor Bloomberg has been making more effort to connect with New York City residents, less effort, or has Mayor Bloomberg been making about the same amount of effort to connect with New Yorkers?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


More effort 41% 43% 39% 43% 50% 32% 33% 42% 40% 37% Less effort 13 10 14 11 7 16 19 12 13 15 About the same effort 43 42 44 42 38 49 43 42 43 45 DK/NA 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 2



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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 33% 46% 27% 39% 49% 16% 27% 38% 29% 24% Disapprove 59 47 65 52 42 74 67 55 62 66 DK/NA 8 7 8 9 9 10 6 7 10 10



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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 41% 45% 38% 47% 51% 29% 39% 44% 38% 37% Disapprove 47 42 51 40 34 63 51 45 49 52 DK/NA 12 13 11 13 14 8 10 11 13 11



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

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 60% 70% 60% 60% 69% 54% 52% 66% 56% 61% Disapprove 29 27 30 27 21 37 39 25 33 29 DK/NA 10 3 10 13 10 9 9 9 11 10



15. How would you rate the job the city government did responding to the blackout? Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Excellent 18% 23% 19% 13% 22% 13% 16% 17% 19% 14% Good 49 49 49 55 54 54 39 51 48 54 Not so good 15 12 16 17 11 15 26 15 16 16 Poor 12 13 12 12 8 13 16 13 11 12 DK/NA 5 4 5 3 5 5 3 4 5 5



16. How would you rate the job Mayor Bloomberg did communicating about the blackout? Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Excellent 17% 16% 19% 16% 23% 18% 10% 17% 18% 17% Good 44 50 41 47 43 42 45 46 41 42 Not so good 20 17 23 19 16 22 29 19 21 21 Poor 10 8 9 10 7 13 11 11 9 13 DK/NA 9 9 9 7 11 6 5 7 11 7