Hurricane Raises Mayor's Approval Rating: Poll

Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 10:03 AM EDT
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Before Irene arrives in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg outlines what could happen in the worst-case scenario.

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Before Irene arrives in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg outlines what could happen in the worst-case scenario.

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A new poll finds that Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating was buoyed by his handling of the city's preparedness for Hurricane Irene.

The Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday found that Bloomberg's overall job approval is 54 percent. That's up from 45 percent in July. Thirty-five percent of New Yorkers disapprove of Bloomberg's job performance.

The poll found that 86 percent of New Yorkers approve of Bloomberg's handling of preparations for Irene last month.

Ninety percent approve of the decision to order the evacuation of tens of thousands of New Yorkers from their homes.

Quinnipiac's pollsters interviewed 1,282 randomly selected registered voters by phone from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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