November 21st, 2008
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Bloomberg approval rating takes a hit

Michael Bloomberg's approval ratings have dropped since trying to change the city's mayoral term limits.
Michael Bloomberg's approval ratings have dropped since trying to change the city's mayoral term limits.

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating appears to have taken a significant hit since he successfully sought to change the city's mayoral term limits.

According to a new survey from Marist College, Bloomberg's approval rating is down 9 points from a similar survey taken one month ago. The mayor still enjoys a 59 percent approval rating, though Marist reports this is the first time since 2005 it has been in the 50 percent range.

"The voters don't like being defied, and Bloomberg is paying a penalty for persuading the City Council to overturn term limits that were passed twice by New York City voters," CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider said.

"He has one advantage, Schneider also said. "No Democrat at this point seems strong enough to over take Bloomberg. He also has another advantage. Lots of money."

Fist elected in 2001, Bloomberg cited the financial crisis for the reason he was seeking a third term.

"I don't think the city needs another campaign. It's going to be tough enough to get us through this," Bloomberg told reporters last month referring to the meltdown on Wall Street.

The poll was conducted from November 17-19, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. jrzshor

    so what is the difference between russian leader being voted in time after time and an american one? russia is just colder.

    November 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Pat Pa.

    The solution is simple !

    Since some people like him and think he is doing a good job, let them vote for him.

    Since some people don't like him and think he is not doing a good job, they should not vote for him.

    See who wins.

    BTW-Was Rudy G. all that good ? NOT !

    November 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    They guy is a RINO

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    What an idiot! Rich, but still an idiot. Best thing the NY voters can do is NOT re-elect him for a third term.

    November 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    bloomberg another ceo is just like all the rest of them power hungry people who do not represent the people if anything they act as dictators. obama ran on change platform and according to who ihe is picking for his cabinet just doesn't make sense, its bill clinton all over again, is this change? terribly disappointed i miss the american we all loved and cherrished.

    November 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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