(CNN) - Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's poll numbers have suffered in the wake of the recent snow blizzard, according to a new poll.
The NY1-Marist survey released Thursday and conducted on January 5th shows the mayor with a 37 percent approval rating, the lowest figure since taking office. Eleven percent of respondents said he is doing an excellent job, 26 percent said he's doing a good job, 34 percent rate his performance as fair and 26 percent said he is doing a poor job.
When asked about the mayor's handling of the snow, more than seven in ten said they disapproved of his handling of the situation while twenty one percent said they approved.
"Mayor Bloomberg clearly will need a big shovel if he wants to dig himself out of this political storm, and it looks like the next opportunity is heading his way," said Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
New York City received record amounts of snow in late December, crippling the city and travel in the region.
Marist last questioned New York residents in October. At that time, 50 percent of registered voters gave Bloomberg high marks.
Six-hundred adults were surveyed via telephone for the survey, which had a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.