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. Michael -Ventura,CA

    I'm amazed that after our huge victory on November 4th, Hillary Clinton is the center of attention every evening on the news.
    I am thankful to her for all her work during the general election campaign- but this is NOT about HER!

    November 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. katiec

    With Bloombergs approval rating evidently he is a good mayor.
    But am disturbed by the ability of a politican changing the
    rules for his benefit.
    As in so many instances, it appears money rules.

    November 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. deb in Colo

    Why is it that Republicans think they are above the law or that the rules don't apply to them too?

    eyeroll....

    November 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Bill

    It's good to be the King!

    November 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Milhouse van Houten

    dave**Sounds like a prudent suggestion as Obama is going to have to name a Sec.of Commerce within the next few days so they can get to work on keeping this whole economic problem from its tipping point.

    November 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. TrueIndependent

    Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

    November 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Arthur

    Bloomberg caters to all things and people of avarice...

    Eventually, NYC will only be inhabited by the super-rich. The exclusive castle and moat will soon be the city and moat. It's truly a shame. Other cities are not far behind. Then we'll see sprawling squatter towns growing wider and wider.

    November 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Helene

    Yes and it's about time. That grandiose lunatic who thinks he can buy elections because of his inflated ego should reconsider a 3rd term. And he should distribute the $400 rebate promised to home owners instead of keeping it !

    November 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Next Four Years

    He needs all the advice he can get, as he has no experiences, records or government achievemnets of his own.

    November 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. you know it

    That's just the type of person we don't need in office. He's changing rules to what HE wants, not the citizens of that state. Why would Mr. Obama want with him.

    November 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Independent In NY

    Just another Ignorant, knuckle dragging republican...........

    November 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Apples for sale

    Bloombergs and his friend Paulson are both crooks that caused the meltdown on purpose.The elites are making tons of money in this down cycle.

    November 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. sf

    I think he should respect the people's wishes and his run once his term ends.

    The voters chose term limits and he should live by those bounds.

    November 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. karen

    There should be term limits for all-all elected officials.

    November 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Simmy

    No comment!

    November 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Agree with Dave on the Sec'y of Commerce piece.
    As an Obama supporter, I appreciated the fact that Bloomberg went down to Florida to dispell any ideas that Obama was against the Jewish community. And Bloomberg was emphatic of his defense of Obama.
    At the same time, running for a 3rd term defies the wishes of the voters. So, I can understand why his polls have taken a hit.
    However, at the end of the day, if he still has 59% approval, I think dude is looking at a 3rd term.
    It seems to me, if he want to run for President at some point, he'd get some national gov't and foreign policy exposure and then be set up to run either at top of ticket or as a seond in command in 2016.

    November 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Liz

    There's something creepy about someone who wants to change the rules mid-game in order to grant himself more power. He should follow the same rules as everyone else who holds that office, rather than changing them.

    November 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. PragmaTexan

    He's turning into Giuliani Part II – a glory hound.

    November 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Marek

    I second that Dave.....

    November 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. paul oregon

    wonder if bloomberg is willing to work for one dollar a year and sumit a written financial plan for the city of n y.
    i wonder if our rep. an sentors would be willing todo the same for the united states???????

    November 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. B

    More Republican gall! Next, he'll want to be proclaimed Mayor For Life?

    November 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Matt

    One word..... Tyrant.

    November 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. raynecote

    That's because your dense, Dave. He's a fake republican and a horrible democrat all at the same time. There are people way more qualified and they are the people that need cabinet positions; not the big, rich faces.

    November 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. vic

    People are so fickle – no matter how great a job a government official does, people take one small thing and blow it all out of proportion.
    Be thankful you have a great mayor that does your city proud and stop being so petty.
    Sheesh!!

    November 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. TexasAlien

    Why did I ever think the "sit-tight" mentality is an African/3rd World leadership disease? Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg, I now know better.

    November 21, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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