3:42 pm, 12/14/2011
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He’s still the Peoples’ Mike, mostly.
A new Quinnipiac College poll shows that while many New Yorkers think Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lost focus in his third term, a plurality still approve of his job performance, 49-42 percent. The approval percent is up two points since the last Quinnipiac poll in October. The polls have a three percent margin of error.
Voters said 62-24 percent that they like Bloomberg as a person (isn’t that sweet?) and 52-43 percent that they like his policies. His lowest approval rating, at 40%, came from union households.
New Yorkers do have their gripes though. 51% of voters disapprove of his handling of #OccupyWallStreet, and they support 4-1 the NYC Living Wage bill that Bloomberg has opposed. 81% of voters said they believe it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that workers are paid a decent wage.
83% of New York voters said they have been following #OWS closely and 74% said they understand the views of the protesters. 68% of New Yorkers, and 84% of black New Yorkers, said that they agree with the views of #OWS.
The public was split on the police and the media’s handling of #OWS. 52-43 percent, voters said they support the way the protests have been conducted. There was a strong racial gap in views towards the police’s handling of #OWS. White voters approved 60-37 percent. Black voters disapproved 59-36 percent.