May 17, 2017 - Mayor de Blasio's Approval Rating Soars, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; He Tops Little-Known Challengers 3-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a 60 - 34 percent job approval rating, his highest score ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is a 10-percentage point jump since a 50 - 42 percent approval in a February 28, 2017, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The February score was de Blasio's first positive job approval rating in a year.

New York City voters say 57 - 35 percent that de Blasio deserves to be reelected, also the highest score ever.

White voters still disapprove 55 - 39 percent of the job the mayor is doing, but approval among black voters is 80 - 12 percent, with Hispanic voter approval at 70 - 27 percent.

De Blasio buries two declared Republican challengers by margins of 3-1:
  • 63 - 21 percent over Paul Massey;
  • 64 - 21 percent over State Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis.
New York City voters give de Blasio a 58 - 34 percent favorability rating. His Republican opponents are little known, as 81 percent don't know enough about Massey to form an opinion of him and 84 percent don't know enough about Malliotakis.

"Remember all those news stories about how Mayor Bill de Blasio was in political trouble? Well, he ain't," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"The mayor's two reputed opponents are unknown and he ranks high on the poll's standard traits and most of the standard issues.

"Stay tuned for a slam-bang mayoral election - four years from now.

"Four-fifths of New Yorkers haven't heard enough about Paul Massey or Nicole Malliotakis to decide whether they like them or not."

A total of 62 percent of New York City voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the Big Apple, while 37 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

This is the highest satisfaction rate since a 65 - 35 percent score in a January 17, 2013, Quinnipiac University poll.

Looking at de Blasio's personal qualities, voters say:
  • 56 - 39 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 59 - 37 percent that he understands their problems;
  • 59 - 31 percent that he is honest and trustworthy.
Voters approve 57 - 30 percent of the way de Blasio is handling relations between blacks and whites and approve 46 - 37 percent of how he is handling the city budget. But the mayor gets a negative 39 - 44 percent approval for his handling of political corruption. President Trump's Approval

New York City voters disapprove 74 - 22 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing. Republicans approve 75 - 18 percent. All other listed party, gender, borough, and racial groups disapprove by huge margins.

Even voters in traditionally Republican Staten Island disapprove of President Trump 57 - 40 percent.

By an even wider 79 - 12 percent, New York City voters do not want their native son president to spend more time in the city. Even Republicans say stay away 61 - 26 percent. Approval ratings for other officials are:
  • 69 - 25 percent for Gov. Andrew Cuomo;
  • 55 - 18 percent for City Comptroller Scott Stringer;
  • 49 - 18 percent for Public Advocate Letitia James;
  • 44 - 18 percent for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
From May 10 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,019 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. If the election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Bill de Blasio the Democrat, and Paul Massey the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
de Blasio            63%     9%    84%    50%    61%    66%    48%    80%    74%
Massey               21     73      4     29     23     18     35      6     12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      2      1      3      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      2      7      4      3      3      4      5
DK/NA                12     13      9     13     11     12     12      9      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
de Blasio            68%    62%    72%    59%    44%    69%    61%    64%    60%
Massey               17     21     13     24     40     17     21     22     21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      3      -      2      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      4      5      2      4      3      1      5
DK/NA                12     14      7     11     13      8     13     12     12
 
 
2. If the election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Bill de Blasio the Democrat, and Nicole Malliotakis the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
de Blasio            64%    13%    83%    52%    58%    69%    48%    80%    73%
Malliotakis          21     74      5     28     26     16     35      6     13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      2      8      5      3      3      6      5
DK/NA                10     10      9     11     10     11     12      7      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
de Blasio            71%    61%    74%    58%    43%    65%    63%    65%    61%
Malliotakis          15     21     13     25     46     21     19     22     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      3      5      -      6      5      1      4
DK/NA                 9     12      8     11     11      7     13     11     11
 
 
3. Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            58%    15%    74%    47%    55%    60%    39%    80%    63%
Unfavorable          34     75     18     45     38     29     53     14     24
Hvn't hrd enough      5      8      4      6      3      6      3      5      8
REFUSED               4      2      5      2      4      4      4      2      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            68%    58%    58%    55%    44%    67%    49%    59%    56%
Unfavorable          24     32     35     36     52     29     41     32     35
Hvn't hrd enough      5      5      3      6      2      2      5      4      6
REFUSED               4      5      4      3      2      2      5      5      4
 
 
4. Is your opinion of Paul Massey favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             6%    14%     3%     6%     7%     6%     6%     7%     7%
Unfavorable          12      5     15     10     12     12     10     13     16
Hvn't hrd enough     81     77     80     83     80     81     84     80     75
REFUSED               1      3      2      -      2      1      -      -      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable             7%     5%     5%     8%     9%     6%     7%     6%     6%
Unfavorable          11     11     18      8      7     15     14     11      7
Hvn't hrd enough     79     83     77     81     85     79     78     83     85
REFUSED               3      1      1      2      -      -      1      -      2
 
 
5. Is your opinion of Nicole Malliotakis favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             7%    18%     3%     7%     7%     7%    11%     4%     6%
Unfavorable           7      3      8      8     10      5      7      8      6
Hvn't hrd enough     84     76     88     83     81     87     81     88     85
REFUSED               1      2      1      2      2      1      -      -      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable             4%     7%     1%     6%    35%     6%     5%     8%    11%
Unfavorable          10      5     12      6      5      7      8      6      7
Hvn't hrd enough     85     87     86     86     59     86     85     85     82
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      2      1      2      1      1
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              60%    15%    77%    47%    56%    63%    39%    80%    70%
Disapprove           34     79     19     42     37     31     55     12     27
DK/NA                 6      6      4     10      7      6      6      7      4
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              70%    59%    64%    55%    37%    69%    53%    57%    58%
Disapprove           26     33     32     35     57     26     40     35     37
DK/NA                 4      7      4      9      6      6      7      7      4
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Letitia James is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              49%    23%    59%    43%    51%    48%    39%    62%    49%
Disapprove           18     36     11     26     20     16     25     13     14
DK/NA                33     41     30     31     29     36     36     25     37
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              50%    49%    49%    49%    54%    40%    53%    51%    51%
Disapprove           17     18     16     18     29     21     15     20     17
DK/NA                34     33     34     34     17     39     32     29     32
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Melissa Mark-Viverito is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    23%    51%    39%    46%    42%    34%    57%    50%
Disapprove           18     37     10     27     22     15     24     10     12
DK/NA                38     40     39     34     32     43     42     33     38
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    38%    51%    51%    36%    42%    44%    46%    44%
Disapprove           17     21     12     15     39     20     14     20     20
DK/NA                43     41     37     34     25     37     42     34     37
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Scott Stringer is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              55%    38%    60%    54%    57%    53%    55%    62%    50%
Disapprove           18     36     10     25     23     14     16     18     15
DK/NA                27     26     30     21     20     34     29     20     35
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              53%    53%    65%    48%    53%    49%    44%    63%    60%
Disapprove           21     12     13     24     33     22     22     15     16
DK/NA                26     35     22     28     15     29     35     21     25
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              69%    44%    80%    59%    67%    71%    60%    82%    72%
Disapprove           25     49     15     34     29     22     35     16     20
DK/NA                 6      8      5      7      4      7      5      3      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              76%    66%    69%    67%    68%    65%    75%    70%    64%
Disapprove           19     27     26     26     29     32     19     24     29
DK/NA                 5      7      6      7      3      4      6      6      8
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              22%    75%     7%    26%    26%    18%    37%     8%    13%
Disapprove           74     18     91     66     69     78     61     83     82
DK/NA                 4      7      2      8      5      4      2      9      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              15%    29%     9%    23%    40%    25%    20%    18%    22%
Disapprove           78     66     88     72     57     69     79     77     75
DK/NA                 6      5      3      5      2      6      2      5      4
 
 
14. Would you like to see President Trump spend more time in New York City, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  12%    26%     9%    11%    10%    14%    11%    12%    12%
No                   79     61     85     80     80     77     78     82     80
DK/NA                 9     13      6     10     10      9     11      6      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  13%    17%     3%    14%    13%    20%    10%     7%     9%
No                   78     72     90     77     81     75     81     82     81
DK/NA                10     11      7      9      6      5     10     11     10
 
 
15. Do you feel that Bill de Blasio deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         57%    12%    73%    46%    55%    58%    37%    82%    63%
No/Does not          35     81     20     45     38     33     54     13     30
DK/NA                 8      8      7      9      7      8      8      5      7
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         63%    59%    59%    55%    35%    66%    51%    57%    54%
No/Does not          29     32     37     36     58     27     40     39     36
DK/NA                 8      9      5      9      6      7      9      4     10
 
 
16. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        9%     8%    11%     5%    10%     8%     6%     7%    11%
Smwht satisfied      53     29     64     48     55     51     55     54     52
Smwht dissatisfied   24     37     18     30     22     26     25     24     26
Very dissatisfied    13     23      7     16     11     14     14     14     10
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      2      1      -      1      -
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied       11%     6%    10%     9%     8%     9%     6%    13%     8%
Smwht satisfied      49     53     60     54     38     59     54     46     59
Smwht dissatisfied   24     23     20     26     39     23     24     27     18
Very dissatisfied    15     15     10     10     15     10     14     12     15
DK/NA                 1      2      -      2      -      -      1      1      1
 
 
17. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  56%    20%    67%    49%    54%    57%    37%    80%    61%
No                   39     75     27     47     41     37     58     19     31
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      5      6      5      1      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  62%    56%    54%    57%    40%    63%    52%    54%    48%
No                   31     38     41     39     58     31     43     42     43
DK/NA                 8      6      4      4      2      6      5      3      8
 
 
18. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - understands the problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    15%    76%    48%    53%    65%    43%    74%    68%
No                   37     84     20     48     43     32     54     23     29
DK/NA                 3      1      3      4      4      3      3      3      2
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  67%    53%    65%    61%    44%    63%    55%    64%    56%
No                   30     42     32     36     54     35     40     34     39
DK/NA                 2      4      4      3      2      2      4      3      5
 
 
19. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    19%    75%    48%    56%    62%    47%    74%    63%
No                   31     73     16     40     33     29     46     15     27
DK/NA                10      8     10     12     11      9      7     11     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  68%    61%    63%    53%    42%    68%    53%    60%    54%
No                   27     29     28     32     50     22     37     30     36
DK/NA                 6     10      9     15      8     10     10     10     10
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - relations between blacks and whites?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              57%    28%    71%    43%    55%    58%    48%    70%    57%
Disapprove           30     60     17     43     36     26     43     17     23
DK/NA                13     12     12     14      9     16      9     14     19
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              60%    56%    61%    58%    32%    53%    58%    63%    53%
Disapprove           22     29     27     32     61     34     28     27     33
DK/NA                18     14     13     10      6     13     14     10     13
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - relations between the police and the community?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              51%    18%    66%    38%    50%    53%    45%    61%    52%
Disapprove           42     75     27     55     46     38     48     36     37
DK/NA                 7      7      7      7      4      9      7      3     11
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              60%    53%    57%    45%    29%    41%    52%    56%    57%
Disapprove           35     41     35     45     69     53     42     37     35
DK/NA                 5      6      8      9      2      6      6      8      8
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - the city budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              46%    11%    58%    39%    44%    47%    36%    59%    44%
Disapprove           37     74     23     46     42     32     45     26     37
DK/NA                17     15     19     15     14     20     19     16     18
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              45%    44%    53%    44%    38%    45%    43%    52%    42%
Disapprove           33     37     28     41     53     41     40     32     35
DK/NA                21     19     18     15      9     14     17     16     23
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - political corruption?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    13%    49%    31%    38%    40%    26%    56%    46%
Disapprove           44     76     31     55     48     39     57     29     33
DK/NA                18     11     20     14     14     21     17     15     21
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%    37%    41%    35%    32%    44%    37%    41%    32%
Disapprove           33     46     38     47     62     44     44     43     46
DK/NA                19     16     21     18      6     11     18     16     22