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. Precious Coker, NY

    At least he is not going around "cross-dressing" !!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. me

    '"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'.

    Wait a minute...
    When he had the rule overturned, that means he automatacally becomes mayor for the third term? He doesn't have to run? Is that what this quote means? Someone please clarify.

    If so...this seems a little monarchy...

    November 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. earle,florida

    Once again the people's voice is ignored, better yet I have a new phrase, "Tinnemen'd/Russianalized! The very thread which yarns seemlessly thru our dynamic democracy is being zithered,and tethered to deaf ears?

    November 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Tom

    His fist was elected in 2001? What about the rest of him?

    November 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Nick

    "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."

    What a jerk. Get him out of there. He wants to be mayor for life, and answer to nobody.

    November 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Dana from NY

    Bloomberg has lost my respect... lets see, 7 years later and the WTC is still a pile of rubble! He claims the city has no money yet every rate and fair in the city along with taxes has gone up! Now he wants to have 3rd term and because he has a lot of friends and a lot of money he can do it... sounds like a mayoral dictatorship to me!
    He has made a lot of promises and not followed through on most... he was elected because people thought a smart money man like bloomberg could set NYC on the right track financially...so much for that!
    But it really burns all NYC residents to see a gaping hole 7 years after 9/11- with no hopes for it being anything more than that anytime soon. Millions of dollars wasted thus far with nothing to show for it. The city spent millions of dollars to draft designs about 5 years ago...and because of beaurocratic BS there is still nothing- and they want to remove the new security measures b/c they are too expensive... nice!
    You know I watch that show Extreme Home makeover- and they can build beautiful big houses in 7 days, sometimes less... but its takes 10 years to get one building done, and we wonder why the American market is in the toilet!

    November 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Get Real

    Just don't vote for sorry you know what Guliani...

    November 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Kina, NYC

    if anyone of u in here think Mayor Bloomberg changing the term limit is a good thing, then u r living in a fool's paradise...okay, let me get this straight...he was mayor when wall street crashed, and didn't see it coming, right?...but now he can use his expertise to help the city recover?...how?...why cldn't the mayor save us all the trouble by using any such expertise to prevent the financial situation from happening?...i hope New Yorkers wake up nxt during the election, like we did in this yr's general elections.

    Kina.

    November 21, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Kelly

    Maybe he, and his fist, could give the city the billions of dollars in his bank accounts. No more crisis, and he can leave office having done at least ONE thing right...
    Why do the mayors of this city, past and present, seem to think their importance is on par with that of, let's say, the President of the United States?
    Maybe Sarah, plain and short, could run against you. NYC has more voters in a 10 square mile radius than her entire STATE. She'd be drunk with power...

    November 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    Arrogance comes in many forms.

    November 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Jay

    Politicians in NY are the reason I am a FORMER New Yorker, and I see no evidence that Bloomberg is any different. Their feelings of entitlement run rampant throught the state. Useless.

    November 21, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. some guy

    I hope he doesn't get a third term. New Yorkers please be smart and get rid of him.

    November 21, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, New York

    I agree that Bloomberg should be tapped as Sec. of Commerce. As for his rationale that the economic crisis justifies the elimination of term limits – we New Yorkers aren't buying it. Whether you agree with term lmiits or not, a national crisis (or, for that matter, city crisis) is NEVER adequate justification for changing our electoral processes.

    After all, we've just completed a presidential election where the current incumbent cannot run again because of term limits. Using Bloomberg's logic, by virtue of our two simulataneous wars, our financial crisis, the auto industry meltdown, etc., we should have been prepared to quickly change our constitution to keep the current commander-in-chief in power. Frankly, I think that there are very few Americans – whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent – would favor that option.

    November 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Rich

    As a New Yorker I supported Mayor Bloomberg, that is until he LIED and changed the law.

    As little as 6 months ago, he stated on local tv that he had no intrest in running for a 3rd term. Then all of a sudden he backtracked and changed his mind once his team thought they majority of the city would swallow it.

    It created a bigger controversy than they thought and I think his opponents in next year's race (Bill Thompson) & (Anthony Weiner) will use is on air statements against him, if they're smart.

    It smacks of arrogance to change the law to suit your own purpose, and have the city's elite behind you. The problem with that is they don't make up the majority of the vote, and that's what will probably do him in.

    November 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Mayor Bloomberg, oh ye despot o' fiefdom New York, your serfs must be heard and they demand you comply with the charters and laws of the land.

    November 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. PragmaTexan

    Bloomberg is going to go the way of all GOP lately!!

    Bye, bye!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Candy Canes

    Bloomberg is awesome. I know, I'm a New Yorker.

    November 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Wilson, Seattle

    "Due to the market collapse Bloomberg declares marshal law in New York, abolishing term limits and writ of hebeas corpus."

    I like Bloomberg, but you have to admit, it sounds a little Nero-esque.

    November 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Over Here

    no

    November 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Over Here

    Hey YOU!!

    You, the one reading these posts before they are "allowed" to be seen by us the public ( you know, the reason you even have a job). You might want to try working at McDonald's instead. Seeing as you post the most "simple minded" comments (because those are the one's you understand), and won't post any thought provoking comments (because they are above your pay grade), atleast at McDonald's you'll get to wear a cool Headset!!

    November 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. ndidi-longbeach

    power corrupts.absolute power corrupts absolutely. mayor bloomberg should be ashamed of himself for wanting to change the laws to benefit him. You've had your two terms..by God let someone else have theirs..gosh!!

    November 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Over Here

    I'm Back!!!

    Get Over it!!

    November 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. tcaudilllg

    Would someone show me the difference between this guy and Vladimir Putin?

    November 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Intellectual

    This is quite simply an illustration of a Napoleonic complex. Refusing to fade away into the sunset is a sign of not knowing when to step out of the limelight gracefully. The voters of new york will give him his walking papers Many qualified individuals can perform the job of mayor,

    November 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. sg

    New Yorker's should demand he limit his term to 8 years. The arrogance!

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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