Mayor Bill de Blasio is down to a 50% job approval rating and 49% favorability in the latest Quinnipiac poll. His disapproval rate stands at 42%. By contrast, as recently as May the Mayor stood at 60% positive and only 34% negative.
The part of the poll that stood out for me is that de Blasio is underwater when it comes to running the schools.
From the summary of the poll:
- Voters disapprove 45 - 39 percent of his handling of the public schools.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina has a 35% approval rating. Give it some time and the Chancellor and Mayor may rate about as low as former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein once did. In spite of these numbers, the Legislature in Albany did not have the guts to end mayoral control of NYC schools.
Overall, de Blasio is not in much reelection danger as he easily beats his Republican rival for the November election in a head-to-head race. However, one has to ask if potential Democratic rivals such as Letitia James or Scott Stringer are sorry they chose not to challenge de Blasio?
I have no access to computer this morning so I hope the link to the poll works.