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Racial Divide Weighs on De Blasio’s Approval Rating, Poll Finds

New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and a group of newly-elected mayors from across the country speak to the media outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and a group of newly-elected mayors from across the country speak to the media outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

More New York City voters approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job performance than Mayor Bill de Blasio’s, with a stubborn racial divide dragging down the mayor’s numbers, a poll found.

Cuomo’s approval stood at 71 percent, compared with 49 percent for de Blasio, according to a poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University. Views of de Blasio’s performance were racially divided, with 78 percent of blacks and 54 percent of Hispanics approving, and 57 percent of whites disapproving.