De Blasio’s Approval Drops to 39 Percent

by Alec Torres

Just barely into his third month of office, New York mayor Bill de Blasio is already suffering in the polls. In a Wall Street Journal​/NBC 4 New York-Marist poll of registered voters, de Blasio eked out a paltry 39 percent approval rating for his job performance with 57 percent of respondents saying the mayor was doing only either fair or poorly.

However, while correspondents think the mayor is doing his job badly, the majority of New Yorkers still have a favorable opinion of him personally. Only 33 percent of respondents viewed de Blasio the man unfavorably while 59 percent viewed him unfavorably.

De Blasio was inaugurated just after midnight on January 1 after a landslide election over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota. Having won nearly three out of every four votes, de Blasio began his tenure with a 64 percent approval rating.

While no single issue appears to be the cause of de Blasio’s low favorability ratings, a series of decisions may have contributed to the fall, including his mishandling of snowstorms early in his tenure, his failure to close schools during a particularly bad snowstorm, his violation of traffic laws days after announcing a plan to reduce the speed limit to make streets safer, and his decision to stop the co-location of three charter schools to the detriment of hundreds of low-income students.

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