Half of New York City Voters Don’t Want De Blasio Re-Elected, Poll Says

  • His 42% job approval rating is close to his May 24 record low
  • De Blasio retains a lead when compared with potential rivals

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio listens to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak on July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating remains close to a record low as half the city’s voters say he doesn’t deserve re-election in 2017, a Quinnipiac University poll found.

De Blasio’s approval rating is 42 percent, little changed from a May 24 survey that showed support of 41 percent, his lowest since he took office Jan. 1, 2014. In the poll released Monday, 51 percent disapprove of the Democratic mayor’s performance and 50 percent say he doesn’t deserve a second term.

The poll follows months of reports that the mayor is under investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the city’s Department of Investigation. The probes focus on whether donors received illegal favors such as government business in return for contributions to his campaign and to a now-defunct non-profit organization established to support mayoral policies. The 55-year-old mayor has denied wrongdoing, saying he acted appropriately and followed the law.

“For a mayor going into an election year, this is a disturbing poll,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the survey. “The plus for Mayor de Blasio is in the political truism that you can’t beat somebody with nobody.”

In a three-way Democratic primary race with two potential rivals, de Blasio wins with 43 percent, while former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gets 19 percent and Comptroller Scott Stringer, 16 percent. De Blasio also would beat them if they ran against him as independents, the poll showed.

The poll of 1,310 voters, conducted from July 21 to July 28, has an error margin of 2.7 percentage points.

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