March 16, 2011 - Mayor's Approval Rating At Lowest Point In 8 Years, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bloomberg's Time Off Is Nobody's Business, Voters Say

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New York City voters disapprove 51 - 39 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score since a 51 - 37 percent disapproval November 23, 2003, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Only Manhattan voters approve of Mayor Bloomberg's job performance, 55 - 34 percent, while disapproval in the other boroughs ranges from 49 - 35 percent in The Bronx to 66 - 27 percent on Staten Island, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Republicans approve 47 - 42 percent, while disapproval is 52 - 39 percent among Democrats and 51 - 40 percent among independent voters.

Bloomberg has the lowest score of any citywide elected. Other officials score their highest approval ratings ever:
  • 44 - 16 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio;
  • 54 - 16 percent for City Comptroller John Liu;
  • 55 - 25 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 67 - 20 percent approval, including 57 - 27 percent among black voters. The new Schools Chancellor, Cathleen Black, gets a negative 17 - 49 percent approval rating, with 34 percent undecided.

New York City voters give President Barack Obama a 70 - 26 percent job approval.

"Is it the snow, the third-term blahs, the weekends away, the presidential chatter? Whatever the explanation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's once-upon-a-time stretch of 70-plus job approval numbers has gone south. This is his first negative number since 2003," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"President Barack Obama's job approval is inching up in a lot of places. In New York City, it's zooming. Starting with the lame-duck congressional session, he's looking better."

Rating the Bloomberg Administration's overall handling of snow removal this winter:
  • 2 percent say excellent;
  • 26 percent say good;
  • 31 percent say not so good;
  • 38 percent say poor.
Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the other boroughs, voters say 70 - 22 percent. Opinions range from 52 - 34 percent in Manhattan to 84 - 11 percent on Staten Island.

New York City voters say 72 - 25 percent that where the mayor goes on weekends or vacations is a private matter and the public does not have a right to know. All groups support this opinion by large margins. This is little changed from an 80 - 18 percent finding on this question in a February 4, 2004, Quinnipiac University poll.

The media should not follow the mayor and report on his time-off activity, New York City voters say 79 - 17 percent.

But when the mayor leaves the city, he should have to say who is in charge, voters say 84 - 13 percent. And voters say 72 - 26 percent that the mayor should report the whereabouts of the person left in charge of the city.

By a 56 - 38 percent margin, New York City voters do not believe Bloomberg when he says he is not interested in running for president. Voters say 74 - 18 percent that he would not make a good president, his lowest score ever. The negative rating is shared by Republicans 70 - 25 percent, Democrats 75 - 17 percent and independent voters 74 - 21 percent.

But 67 percent of New York City voters say Bloomberg's involvement in national issues is good for the city, while 28 percent say his involvement distracts him from the day-to-day business of running the city.

"Wherever Mayor Mike wants to fly away to is his business, New Yorkers say, just as they said years ago. Leave him alone, they tell the press," Carroll said. "But when the mayor's away, voters want to know who's in charge - and where they are."

From March 8 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,115 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
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   HsHld
 
Approve              39%    47%    39%    40%    46%    30%    32%    26%
Disapprove           51     42     52     51     47     58     53     65
DK/NA                10     11      9     10      7     11     15      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              28%    35%    34%    55%    35%    27%    42%    36%
Disapprove           61     49     58     34     55     66     48     53
DK/NA                11     16      9     11     10      6     10     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Oct 21  Jul 02  Jul 02
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2008*   2003    2003
 
Approve              39      55      57      57      75      31      31
Disapprove           51      35      33      29      20      60      60
DK/NA                10      11      10      14       6       8       8
 
 
2. 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   HsHld
 
Approve              67%    78%    66%    69%    79%    57%    63%    66%
Disapprove           20     13     22     18     11     27     28     20
DK/NA                13      9     12     13     11     16      9     15
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              55%    57%    70%    69%    66%    74%    70%    65%
Disapprove           30     30     18     17     20     15     18     22
DK/NA                14     13     12     14     14     11     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? (*High also 70% Feb 2010, Mar 2006 & Feb 2006)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 24  May 24  Jan 16  Jan 16
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010*   2007    2007
 
Approve              67      67      66      70      70      52      52
Disapprove           20      19      20      17      17      34      34
DK/NA                13      14      14      13      13      14      14
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cathleen Black is handling her job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              17%    31%    14%    18%    19%    13%    17%    11%
Disapprove           49     32     52     52     42     56     57     61
DK/NA                34     37     33     31     38     32     25     28
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              18%    18%    17%    21%    14%     8%    22%    13%
Disapprove           53     48     52     37     53     56     41     55
DK/NA                29     33     31     41     32     36     37     32
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              44%    48%    49%    39%    41%    51%    49%    47%
Disapprove           16     19     13     20     14     16     16     15
DK/NA                40     32     38     40     45     34     35     38
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    49%    52%    37%    39%    42%    42%    46%
Disapprove           26     16     16     14     18     12     16     16
DK/NA                33     35     33     49     43     46     42     39
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              44      36      35      34      37
Disapprove           16      16      17      16      13
DK/NA                40      48      48      50      50
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              55%    45%    64%    49%    52%    60%    55%    57%
Disapprove           25     37     17     30     28     23     21     28
DK/NA                20     18     19     21     20     17     24     15
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              54%    59%    56%    57%    50%    50%    47%    61%
Disapprove           27     24     25     23     28     30     33     19
DK/NA                19     17     19     21     23     19     21     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 16  Nov 25
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2011    2008
 
Approve              55      50      45      44      44      55      40
Disapprove           25      24      27      26      28      25      29
DK/NA                20      26      28      30      27      20      31
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              54%    47%    59%    52%    51%    69%    56%    58%
Disapprove           16     20     14     17     14     10     17     13
DK/NA                30     34     28     31     34     21     27     29
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              54%    53%    62%    48%    52%    55%    54%    55%
Disapprove           19     16     13     16     19     14     17     15
DK/NA                28     31     25     36     29     31     29     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              54      48      47      49      44
Disapprove           16      16      17      13      11
DK/NA                30      37      36      38      45
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              70%    27%    87%    59%    56%    91%    79%    75%
Disapprove           26     69     10     38     41      6     18     23
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      3      3      3      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              76%    82%    68%    77%    62%    54%    66%    73%
Disapprove           17     12     30     19     33     44     30     23
DK/NA                 7      6      2      5      5      2      3      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Feb 17  Aug 26  Jul 28  Jun 16  Feb 25
                     2011    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              70      66      72      76      74      79      78
Disapprove           26      30      25      19      20      16      13
DK/NA                 4       4       3       5       6       6       9
 
 
8. 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   HsHld
 
Very satisfied        5%     2%     4%     5%     6%     2%     4%     4%
Smwht satisfied      41     37     43     40     43     36     39     38
Smwht dissatisfied   33     35     33     35     32     33     31     35
Very dissatisfied    20     23     18     20     17     27     26     24
DK/NA                 2      3      1      -      1      2      1      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     5%     1%    11%     3%     2%     4%     5%
Smwht satisfied      40     38     39     51     37     37     44     39
Smwht dissatisfied   31     29     38     26     34     38     31     34
Very dissatisfied    26     26     20     11     26     22     19     22
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      1      1      2      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
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Feb 11  Jul 02
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        5       6       6       7       8      18       7
Smwht satisfied      41      44      43      44      51      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   33      31      30      32      26      18      32
Very dissatisfied    20      19      20      16      14       5      38
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
9. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today?
                            Tot
 
Economy Total               37%
 Economy general             5
 Unemployment/Jobs          26
 Cost of living              4
 Housing market/Real estate
  values                     1
 Economy other               1
 
Education Total             21%
 Education general          10
 Teachers                    3
 Funding education           3
 Teacher layoffs             1
 Education other             4
 
Budget Total                12%
 Budget general              4
 Budget cuts/Cuts in
  services                   2
 Budget deficits             3
 Gov too big/Gov spending    1
 Budget priorities           1
 Budget other                1
 
Taxes Total                  5%
 Taxes general               3
 Property tax                1
 Taxes other                 1
 
Mass Transit Total           5%
 Quality mass transit/
  Public transportation      3
 Highway/Traffic congestion  1
 Transportation other        1
 
Crime/Violence general       3%
 
Politicians Total            3%
 Political corruption        1
 Mayor/City leadership       2
 
Housing Total                3%
 Housing general             1
 Housing Costs/Availability  2
 
Police general               1
Poverty/Homeless             1
Class inequality             1
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's   1
 
Other                        2
DK/NA                        3
 
 
10. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg would make a good President or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  18%    25%    17%    21%    25%    13%    13%    13%
No                   74     70     75     74     69     79     80     80
DK/NA                 8      6      7      5      6      8      7      7
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  16%    12%    17%    26%    16%    18%    21%    16%
No                   78     80     79     65     72     80     72     76
DK/NA                 5      8      4      9     12      2      7      8
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg would make a good President or not?
                     Mar 16  Nov 23  Mar 12  Jan 09
                     2011    2010    2008    2008
 
Yes                  18      29      45      52
No                   74      61      43      39
DK/NA                 8       9      12       9
 
 
11. Michael Bloomberg says he is not interested in running for President. Do you believe him or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes/Believe him      38%    43%    38%    40%    43%    30%    34%    32%
No                   56     50     56     55     52     60     63     62
DK/NA                 6      7      6      5      5      9      3      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes/Believe him      36%    31%    38%    43%    39%    30%    45%    33%
No                   57     65     55     50     56     60     50     61
DK/NA                 7      4      6      7      5     10      5      7
 
 
12. Do you think the public has a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Right to know        25%    17%    26%    27%    23%    33%    21%    30%
Private matter       72     78     72     70     75     63     76     68
DK/NA                 3      5      2      3      2      4      3      3
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Right to know        24%    24%    26%    25%    25%    27%    26%    25%
Private matter       71     71     71     72     72     70     70     73
DK/NA                 4      5      2      3      3      3      4      2
 
TREND: Do you think the public has a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?
                     Mar 16  Feb 04  Mar 27
                     2011    2004    2002
 
Right to know        25      18      18
Private matter       72      80      79
DK/NA                 3       2       3
 
 
13. Should the media follow and report on the Mayor when he goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Follow and report    17%     9%    18%    21%    15%    20%    18%    16%
Private matter       79     89     79     76     82     78     81     81
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      4      2      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Follow and report    17%    17%    19%    17%    16%    14%    20%    15%
Private matter       79     81     78     78     81     83     76     82
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      3      3      4      3
 
TREND: Should the media follow and report on the Mayor when he goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?
                     Mar 16  Mar 27
                     2011    2002
 
Follow & report      17      12
Private matter       79      86
DK/NA                 3       2
 
 
14. When Mayor Bloomberg is out of the city, should he have to say who is in charge or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  84%    78%    87%    83%    83%    85%    91%    87%
No                   13     19     11     14     15     13      8     11
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      3      3      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  88%    84%    84%    78%    89%    91%    80%    88%
No                   12     11     13     21     10      7     16     11
DK/NA                 -      5      4      1      1      2      4      1
 
 
15. When Mayor Bloomberg is out of the city, should he have to say the whereabouts of who is in charge or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  72%    65%    73%    75%    70%    74%    81%    71%
No                   26     32     25     22     28     25     18     27
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      3      1      2      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  71%    75%    72%    66%    76%    71%    71%    73%
No                   26     23     27     31     20     28     27     24
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      4      1      2      3
 
 
16. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's involvement in national issues, such as immigration reform and gun control is good for the city because these issues ultimately benefit New Yorkers or do you think this involvement distracts him from the day to day business of running the city?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good for city        67%    61%    72%    63%    71%    65%    63%    68%
Distracts from city  28     32     25     31     24     29     35     29
DK/NA                 5      7      3      6      5      6      2      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good for city        57%    61%    65%    78%    62%    62%    67%    66%
Distracts from city  38     31     31     18     32     31     29     28
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      6      8      4      6
 
 
17. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the outer boroughs or gives all areas of the city equal attention?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Favors Manhattan     70%    65%    69%    73%    69%    74%    67%    77%
Equal attention      22     30     22     22     24     20     23     17
DK/NA                 8      5      9      5      7      6     10      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favors Manhattan     77%    71%    75%    52%    76%    84%    67%    72%
Equal attention      14     23     19     34     18     11     24     21
DK/NA                10      6      6     14      6      5      9      7
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the outer boroughs or gives all areas of the city equal attention?
                     Mar 16  Jun 22
                     2011    2005
 
Favors Manhattan     70      62
Equal attention      22      30
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
18. Thinking about all of the snow storms this winter, how would you rate the job the Bloomberg administration overall has done of snow removal: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Excellent             2%     3%     2%     3%     3%     1%     2%     2%
Good                 26     25     25     27     31     20     22     24
Not so good          31     29     33     31     29     35     28     31
Poor                 38     41     38     39     36     43     47     40
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      1      1      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             1%     2%     1%     4%     1%     1%     2%     2%
Good                 24     28     20     38     23     25     25     27
Not so good          25     27     31     34     33     29     31     32
Poor                 49     42     46     22     41     45     40     37
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      1      2      2
 
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