February 20th, 2009
11:14 AM ET
6 years ago

Bloomberg could face tough reelect

Bloomberg is running for a third term.
Bloomberg is running for a third term.

(CNN) - Winning a third term may not be an easy feat for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a new poll out Friday suggests.

The two-term mayor is facing his lowest approval rating in four years, according to a new survey from Marist College, having dropped 7 percentage points from a similar survey three months ago. Now, 52 percent of New Yorkers approve of Bloomberg's job performance, down a full 16 points from October.

A plurality of voters, 49 percent, also say New York City is moving in the wrong direction, and 55 percent think it's time for a new mayor.

Still, it's not all bad news for Bloomberg. The Independent mayor easily beats any possible Democratic candidates, including New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, City Comptroller Bill Thompson, and City Council Member Tony Avella.

The poll surveyed 827 registered voters in New York City on February 16 and 17. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Bankrupt in USA

    Weiner will win the NYC Mayoral race because his girlfriend, Huma Abedin, is hot. No one cares about the real issues or we wouldn't have frivolous posts about Chavez, Gordon Gekko and RepubliCrats.

    February 20, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Truth Bomb Thrower

    I hope he loses. This guy is such a POLITICAL PROSTITUTE. In 2000 he was a democrat and he changed to the repulbican party ONLY so he could run for mayor. Then when the republicans started going down in the polls, he drops them like a hot rock and became a so-called independent. This weasel would shove his own mother off a cliff if he thought it would help his political career. He doesn't have a trace of morality of loyalty in his icy veins.

    February 20, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Bill in NY

    Democratic candidates, including New York Rep. Anthony Weiner....
    (For those outside NYC Weiner is pronounced like Weener)

    Mayor Weiner???? The Post and the News must be salivating for those headlines.

    Major Weiner, The big Weiner, Weiners and losers, Weiner the weenie, maybe that's what the daily papers need to get the circulation back up in NYC, a Weiner in Gracie Mansion.

    February 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. R in Maine

    He has enough money to buy and hold the local government, just not enough to buy a good athletic team.

    February 20, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The Republicans can take credit that Mayor Bloomberg was once a part of them. He has seen the light, and is no longer comfortable with your dirty politics of SPIN, PERCEPTION, INEPTITUDE and NEO-CONSERVATISM. I hope the Democrats and Independents will join and let him have another term. He places the people's interest above the narrow interest of the few, something that the Republicans have not learned to do.

    February 20, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    All addictions reach a tipping point – even addiction to power.

    February 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Ryanna

    I live in NY and I will NEVER vote for this lousy Bloomberg

    February 20, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    I am a Third party person, but he should NOT run again, it is time for someone else. No one is so important that we should feel that no one else could do the job. Certainly there are plenty of people who could run NYC.
    Mayor Bloomberg you have done a wonderful job, but your time is now over, time to prepare a sucessor.

    February 20, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Republicans are ankle biters

    Please dont let them escape from N.Y.C,build the fence today.

    February 20, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit February 20th, 2009 12:03 pm ET
    At least Chavez put his attempt to get rid of term limits in the hands of the people by referendum. This scumbag went behind the peoples' backs and played the political machine by getting the City Council to just do it for him. If he gets elected again, then shame on NYC
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    Exactly how do you know the vote for Chavez was legit? Where you there? Did you vote for him? Funny how you use this nut as your high and mighty example! I take it back, its not funny nor is it surprising. Careful Sniffit, you are slowing exposing yourself as the liberal nut many of us figured you are!

    February 20, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. SGTBIGO

    American First,

    How does this story lead you to comment on Republicans? Bloomberg is a Independent. Go spew your hate somewhere else. Like Cuba or France maybe?

    February 20, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. chuck

    Bloomberg is running for a third term because he says that he is the best talent for the current economic problems. Does he not think that there are a few more talented individuals within the state of New York? This man is nothing but another Chavez, determined to hold on to power as long as he can. And just like the citizens of Venezuala, New Yorkers will waive the rules, cast aside logic and feed the power hungry elephant.

    February 20, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Ekbaaaal from South Dakota

    ANY republican who helped overtly OR covertly in leading us ALL hardworking people to a depression like situation should not only be thrown into a DITCH but also we should let them pukked by stray dogs!!

    First proud and privileged ones are Bush & Cheney
    followed immediately by
    Boehner, Alex Lamas and Cantor

    ALL these mudhapukkas are part of the PROBLEM and NOT the solution

    each one of these STILL complain about the solution rather than tell us or anyone the corrections / fixes!!!!

    February 20, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Tony

    LIBERAL MAKE USA flush to the hell

    February 20, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Shari, NY

    New Yorkers should have the loudest voices here.

    February 20, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Bloomberg should have ran for governor.

    February 20, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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