January 27th, 2009
04:03 PM ET
3 months ago

New Yorkers back Bloomberg, but want term limits restored

Sixty-nine percent of New York City residents questioned in a Quinnipiac poll released today approve of Bloomberg's job as mayor. Only one in four disapprove of how Bloomberg's handling his job running City Hall.
Sixty-nine percent of New York City residents questioned in a Quinnipiac poll released today approve of Bloomberg's job as mayor. Only one in four disapprove of how Bloomberg's handling his job running City Hall.

(CNN) – A new poll suggests that New York City voters approve of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as mayor, even if they oppose the extension of term limits that allowed him to run for a third term.

Sixty-nine percent of New York City residents questioned in a Quinnipiac poll released today approve of Bloomberg's job as mayor. Only one in four disapprove of how Bloomberg's handling his job running City Hall.

The poll also indicates that New York City voters give the Republican-turned-independent double-digit leads over his likely Democratic challengers in this year's mayoral election: The poll suggests New Yorkers would back Bloomberg over New York City Comptroller William Thompson 50 to 34 percent, and would support him over Rep. Anthony Weiner 50 to 35 percent.

New Yorkers give Bloomberg high approval ratings and support him for re-election, but the poll suggests that 56 percent of them disapprove of the City Council's move last year to extend term limits, allowing Bloomberg and the City Council members to run for third terms. Sixty-one percent of those polled say the limit of two four-year terms should be restored after this year's election.

The Quinnipiac University phone poll of 1,216 New York City registered voters was conducted January 20-25. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.


Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Seriously, he should be slapped in the face publicly for his power grab.

    January 27, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    Count me in. Mayor Bloomberg is quite competent but regulations need to be adhered to. One more thing to note is that he donated $235 million to charity last (more than any other living American).

    January 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Uncle S.A.M.

    He should not get a 3rd term. Giuliani was a better mayor than Bloomberg and he didn't ask for a 3rd term. Maybe Mike should consider running for Governor. Then he can get re-elected as many times as he wants.

    January 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. SC resident

    If I were a New Yorker, I'd definitely vote for him. From what I've seen
    he's cool and collected, and has done a fantastic job.

    January 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Roy

    I live in the Chicago area...take it from me, you WANT TERM LIMITS!!!

    Or at least a person can only serve two consecutive terms, then they have to take a term off before running again.

    January 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Griff

    Everybody who wan'ts to Talk: on the Air Today, is Under-Fire... So you need a dam good "Shelter".... Or just a better Program..

    January 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Peter

    Bloomberg could be the first Independent candidate for president to get electoral votes.

    January 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. JOE KILOZ

    NEXT,,,,,,,,,,NEW,,,,,,,,,,,,YORK,,,,,,,,,,SENATOR

    January 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Susan

    This guy must be an egomaniac! He thinks he's the only one that can get New York City through this economic mess! I'm sure there are plenty of other people who are more than equal to the job. He just wants to stay in the public eye so he can run for Prez in 2012!

    I'd like to see New York city secede from the rest of the state. Maybe then we upstaters (and I'm not talking suburbs, either) can get some aid without NYC sucking the state dry!

    January 27, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. michelle chen

    I go to New york once a while from California and never been failed to be very impressed about Blooberg's well done job in the big apple. If I were a new yorker, I would no doubt vote for the guy. Term limit is a good thing in general but when the economy is in a crisis, better hold a guy who knows how to the handle green bucks in an office; the term limit can wait for an other year.

    January 27, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Sye the Pychic

    Maybe they can rename New York or at least fence it in.

    January 27, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Ok, well I'm from NY, and I say this is outrageous! He thinks he is a King, beyond reproach. He says he is the only person who can steer the city through the current crisis. Hog wash, he is arrogant and power mad, looking to make Upstate pay for the excesses of the big city. We need to pay for the new Mets stadium. We need to continue to bail out all of those Wall Street executives who have driven this great country’s economy into the ground.
    No Mr. Bloomberg you had your chance, time to step aside and help the new mayor get it done. My fellow NY city voters, do not elect this man as a Monarch, surely someone else can and will come in and do the job, maybe not the same way, but the job can be done indeed.

    January 27, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. boered1

    Just goes to show that people do not understand what they say.. they do not support him running for a third term will do support him getting reelected for a third term

    say it with now

    idiots

    January 27, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. mimi362

    I don't know where you guys get your numbers from -You say" People want term limits restored" but they still want the guy who so disregarded that law. Are you kidding? I don't know one person who is planning on voting for that jerk again.

    January 27, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Sean Chong

    If a guy is good, you keep him.

    January 27, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. James

    NEW YORKERS: Both FOR and AGAINST Mayor Bloomberg.

    January 27, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Jason

    Term Limits are of no use if you just change them at will. This is a move savvy dictators make...not members of a democracy.

    January 27, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. ty

    Can someone stop Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares !!!!!
    Does Rev. Sharpton do anything ???

    January 27, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Dan

    Sorry, Mike. It is time for you to retire and enjoy your life.

    January 27, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Meglomanic

    He is not the only person, out of 10 million people to chose from, that can be the chief executive of New York City.

    Haven't had enough of politicians that bend the rules in the name of an "emergency situation" .... like perhaps George Bush and his torturing prisoners?

    NO 3rd TERM. Will we grant Obama a 3rd term if he digs us out of the mess we are in?

    January 27, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    I'm in Texas... *shrug* so who cares!

    January 27, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Matt

    Bloomberg takes a lot of credit for what Guliani set up and had in place before Bloomberg decided he wanted to be Mayor. He has done little on his own to build up New York. Only Mike has a ego as big as New York and can't accept the fact that the world does not revolve around him.

    January 27, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Otto

    Only New Yorks should comment on this topic unless you have something positive to say. The Mayor is great and a darn good worker who takes no prisoners.

    He makes $1.00 per year running the largest city in the world AND in these tough times; he has the knowledge and wisdom to pull the city out of the dump. Give the guy credit...just recently he gave over $200, 000,000 to charity.

    Anyone who takes his place will want a huge salary so way not do good for the people of the city?

    January 27, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. downtown

    i live in nyc. bloomberg is selfless and smart, and i wouldn't trust any other person in the country to get the city through the next several years.

    January 28, 2009 04:49 am at 4:49 am |