Mayor Bill de Blasio received some very good news with the latest Quinnipiac Poll showing that he suddently has a 60% approval rating. This is up from 50% positive in February.
Beating corruption charges matters or maybe it was that UFT endorsement that caused the mayor's poll numbers to rise.
This is from Politico NY's story on the poll:
De Blasio, who is facing little in the way of opposition as he seeks re-election in November, also has majority support for his second-term bid, the poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of New York City voters say he deserves re-election, compared with 35 percent who believe he doesn’t.
If the election were held today, de Blasio would trounce his two declared Republican mayoral challengers, real estate executive Paul Massey and Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
De Blasio would beat Massey by a 63-21 percent margin, and would beat Malliotakis by a 64-21 percent margin, the poll showed.
Since he has no serious opposition for reelection, is this as good as it going to get for teachers and other union workers in the city?
As for who still opposes de Blasio, we go back to Politico:
Just 39 percent of white voters said they approve of the job de Blasio is doing as mayor, while 55 percent said they disapproved.
Another recent poll from NY1-Baruch College contradicted those findings on white voters. NY1 had the mayor at 51% approval among whites.
Not to be outdone, Governor Andrew Cuomo's poll numbers are flying high too. He has a 69% approval rating from NYC according to the Quinnipiac's poll.
I guess we might be getting the early 2018 UFT-NYSUT endorsement for Cuomo soon.
What is fueling this increase in popularity for the mayor and governor? Being anti-Donald Trump seems to be all that a NY politician needs to do to gain public support.
Comptoller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James did well in the poll too.