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New York, NY - Bloomberg's Approval Rating Drops to 3-Year Low

Published on: November 21, 2008 01:01 PM
By: NY Daily News
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New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest point in three years - a 9% nose dive that shows New Yorkers are angry with his change in term limits and plan to raise taxes on homeowners.

A Marist poll out Friday showed 59% of voters think he is doing an excellent or good job, down from 68% a month ago.

It’s the first time his popularity has fallen below 60% since August 2005.

But perhaps more damaging for the billionaire-turned-politician is that his lead over rivals for next year’s mayoral race is thin.

Only 51% of those surveyed said they would vote for Bloomberg in a match-up against Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens/Brooklyn) compared to 37% for the Congressman.

When pitched against Comptroller Bill Thompson he leads 52% to 32%.

Of those polled. 12% were undecided.

Both rivals waged a vocal battle against his push to change term limits.


The slim lead “can be troublesome for an incumbent,” said Marist pollster Lee Miringoff who added that “51% is about as slim a majority as you can have at this point.”

Since the last poll, the City Council voted to change term limits so Bloomberg could run again and the mayor has threatened to pull $400 rebates to homeowners and hike property taxes 7% to plug a budget hole.

Says Miringoff: “He is popular but the numbers have declined so the question is are we looking a short term fallout from the term limit or are we seeing a trend line with people being dissatisfied because of the economy.”

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 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I say, out with the bum, we need more change here... in our pockets and our politics...


 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

He is trying to steal my $400.00 rebate, of course I dont approve of him.


 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:44 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope the fool will NOT get re elected next time around. What a self rightous pig he is. I cant stand his guts. In my eyes it is hard for me to defrentiate between the stuff that comes out of my nose and him


 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Every incumbent who voted for term limits should be voted out of office


 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:29 PM Anonymous Says:

I agree with #1. It's time to throw his royal highness out on his.......


 Nov 21, 2008 at 01:29 PM Anonymous Says:

guys dont fall for his new campaign which will follow this report to save his name remember what he did for you loi tishkuch he is the worst mayor for the average new orker he stole all our money since he got into office and there is no surplus he still needs more so what was the point of taking all this money from us if he didnt save it just shows that all these big mouths ceos dont know what they are doing accept to play with your hard earned money.


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

He is trying to steal my $400.00 rebate, of course I dont approve of him.

The city and state have no money


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

finally people woke up & starting to realize what happens when a mayer with lots of money doesn't think about the everge guy


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Are YOU registered to vote ???????

If not Go Register yourself

Its the ONLY way to get this Bloomberg out of office

ONLY if you and your wife and your friends will vote against him you will get rid of him.

Otherwise dont complain and keep on paying your parking tickets and your tax raise


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

He is trying to steal my $400.00 rebate, of course I dont approve of him.

Your totally right. We are already losing enough money in the weak economy.


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:23 PM Anonymous Says:

whats the big deal of a mayor that puts a gun to peoples head and makes an outright robbery on ever nook and cranny that he can write you up for something


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

whats the big deal of a mayor that puts a gun to peoples head and makes an outright robbery on ever nook and cranny that he can write you up for something

right on


 Nov 21, 2008 at 03:06 PM yenta Says:

People don't forget the bike lanes! Most local two lane roads are now one lane with a bike lane. It is hell to get anywhere thru the local streets in Brooklyn, Manhattan etc.
Also, being an environmentalist does not give you permission to tax your citizens. Climate change is an opinion and you can't thrust it upon everyone to agree with you.
I am not at all surprised at his low approval rating.


 Nov 21, 2008 at 02:48 PM good news Says:

that's GOOD NEWS he should leave already 8-years is enough


 Nov 22, 2008 at 06:18 PM shion ganig Says:

he vizit to our city is allready overdue. let somebody else have a chance too. he can go back to liberel boston where he origenated from . and lets allways remember how an elitist goverens


 Nov 22, 2008 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

we had enugh from him - i just hope that his approval will go down like the stock market.


 Nov 22, 2008 at 09:42 PM Anonymous Says:

The Mayor has done so much for the city! You just not informed well.
Have a great week everyone!


 Nov 22, 2008 at 10:30 PM Anonymous Says:

#17 you are right he "he did so much" but bad things. name me only 1 good thing he did for the city. and he gets my vote!


 Nov 22, 2008 at 11:03 PM Anonymous Says:

opened section 8 for 20,000
established projects for affordable housing
$400 rebate was not an issue until economic crisis
school vouchers
promotes health in the city(ex. smoking),
gave milliones of dollars for park renovations

I can go on and on.. Just one note, I said in my post that Mayor not did but does good things.

I hope Mayor got more votes!


 Nov 23, 2008 at 11:39 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand why he gets any vredit for $400 rebates
He raised the real estate taxes and then instituted the rebate - he's still coming out ahead


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