Approval Rating for Mayor de Blasio Hits All-Time Low: NBC4/WSJ/Marist Poll

Only 35 percent of polled voters approve of the job de Blasio has done

Mayor de Blasio’s approval rating has hit its lowest point since he took office in 2014, an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll has found.

Just 35 percent of polled voters in New York City approved of the job that the mayor has done, down from 38 percent in a previous NBC4/WSJ/Marist poll conducted in November.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said they thought the mayor was doing a fair or poor job, up from 58 percent in November. In Thursday’s poll, even a majority of Democrats rated him a fair or poor.

"Bill de Blasio has had a lot of bumps," said said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "There’s a huge gap in expectations and what he’s been able to accomplish."

The mayor has also seen his support fall among white voters. Only 27 percent of white voters approve of de Blasio’s performance, down from 32 percent in the fall. Among Latino and Black voters, de Blasio’s approval has been mostly flat at 36 percent, down from 37 percent in November.

Karen Hinton, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said that the mayor was focused on other issues and that "polls go up and down, like a playground seesaw."

De Blasio's sliding approval rating also comes at a time when New Yorkers polled said things in the Big Apple were going the wrong direction. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they didn't like the direction the city was headed. That's a slight improvement from November, when 55 percent of polled voters said they thought the city was moving the wrong way.

Voters also said they didn't approve of the job Gov. Cuomo was doing. Forty-one percent of those surveyed thought Cuomo was doing an excellent or good job, while 55 percent thought he was doing a fair or poor job.

Cuomo's ratings reflect a positive trend, however. In the November poll, the governor had a 37 percent approval rating.

Cuomo is perceived most favorably in his hometown of New York City, where 47 percent of respondents said he was doing a good job. In the suburbs, where he owns a home with longtime girlfriend and celebrity chef Sandra Lee, Cuomo has a 44 percent approval rating. He's not as popular in upstate New York, where just 34 percent of respondents said he was doing a good or excellent job. 

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the governor's office for a response on the poll.

However, more New Yorkers who were polled think the state is moving in the wrong direction than those that think the state is on the right track, the poll found. Fourty-eight percent of respondents statewide said that the state was moving in the wrong direction, compared with 43 percent who thought things were headed the right way.

Meanwhile, half of polled New York City residents have favorable opinions of the state's direction. 

The poll included 767 registered voters in New York City and 2,260 voters statewide. The margin of error was 3.5 points for citywide results and 2.1 points for statewide findings.

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