Months After Blizzard Fiasco, Bloomberg Poll Numbers Match Worst of Obama’s
The man the GOP gave the Wilson Pakula to so that he could run for an illegitimate third term remains as unpopular as ever.
Indeed, his poll numbers now rival the worst of President Obama’s numbers.
Mayor Bloomberg, an enemy of reform and a deep-pocketed egotist, has long been disliked by the writers of this blog. Indeed, when we started Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn, one of our first critiques was of Mr. Bloomberg’s pursuit of a third term.
Now, we share in New Yorker’s disdain for the Mayor’s performance.
This polling information was released exclusively to NY1 this week, and here is their story:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have come out with a new ad touting his administration, but it hasn’t helped with his approval rating, according to an exclusive NY1/Marist College poll released Thursday.
Forty percent of new registered voters rate his performance excellent or good, compared to 59 percent fair or poor.
While it’s not the lowest Bloomberg’s ever been, it’s far from his greatest. Pollsters chalk it up to the sluggish economy, though unemployment in the city has been better than the U.S. as a whole. Throw in lingering fallout from the Christmas weekend storm, budget battles and concern about schools and you have the recipe for mayoral malaise.
In February, before the ad started, 44 percent rated him excellent or good, compared to 40 percent now. Fifty-five percent rated him fair or poor then, versus 59 percent now
“People are not giving him good grades at all for handling of the school system, and they’re also unhappy with the whole budget picture. And that was really Mayor Bloomberg’s calling card. That’s what brought Mayor Bloomberg on the scene to begin with,” said Marist Pollster Lee Miringoff.
On education, the mayor’s signature issue, Bloomberg also has more detractors than admirers with 65 percent saying they disapprove of how he’s handing the city’s schools. Eight percent weren’t sure.
The teachers union’s claim that it’s most concerned with experience in the classroom rings hollow, with 56 percent of those surveyed saying it’s just to protect seniority; 35 percent say it’s about experience.
Bloomberg also cited his financial prowess as he changed rules for a third term. It turns out, most New yorkers aren’t that pleased. Thirty-eight percent approved of his handling of the budget, versus 56 who disapproved.
It should not be forgotten that it was Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton who used heavy-handed tactics to force a Wilson-Pakula vote, even eliminating those who spoke against it politically in Brooklyn.
Now, we have a Democratic-leaning Mayor who can’t even manage a snow storm running our government via a method that was rejected by the people: the extension of term limits.
We hope Mr. Bloomberg is planning his political retirement.
New Yorkers have had enough of him.