(CNN) – While critics blast Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on plastic foam containers as a major overreach, a new poll indicates that a strong majority of New Yorkers don't mind his so-called nanny state politics.
And though they approve of Bloomberg's latest restriction campaign, the poll also shows that New York City voters view Rudy Giuliani as the best mayor in the last 50 years of the Big Apple.
Bloomberg, who's known for leading charges against large sugary drinks and smoking in Central Park, announced his latest target during his State of the City address earlier this month.
"Styrofoam increases the cost of recycling by as much as $20 per ton because it has to be removed," the mayor said. "Something we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing taxpayers money, and that is easily replaceable, I think, is something we can do without."
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 69% of voters support the ban against plastic foam food and drink containers, while 26% oppose it.
New York City voters, however, don't feel quite the same way about the ban on large sugary drinks. Slightly more than half of all voters oppose the ban, which was approved last fall. African American voters especially oppose it, with six in 10 saying it shouldn't be in place.
And while voters may like his new environmental push, Bloomberg's approval rating is slightly down from January 17. Voters approve of the job he's doing by 53%-40%, while 56% approved of him a little more than a month ago.
The outspoken mayor has had a big voice–and a big pocket–during the renewed debate over preventing gun violence. He also launched a super PAC last year to back candidates who align with his position on guns and education reform.
"Mayor Bloomberg maintains his pretty-good-for-a-third-term job approval. No more of those 70 percent numbers that were routine in his second term. But, as his tenure winds down, we still like him," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
But of all the city's mayors in the last half-century, 31% voters say Giuliani did the best job. The Republican served two terms from 1994-2001, with his finals months in office consumed by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Giuliani won high praise for his handling of the aftermath and, before that, had a reputation for being tough on crime.
Meanwhile, 25% of voters said the late Ed Koch was the best mayor. The Democratic mayor, one of the very few in the city's history to serve three terms, was in office from 1978 to 1989. He passed away on February 1.
Slightly less, 24% of New Yorkers, consider Bloomberg, an independent, to be the most successful mayor. David Dinkins and John Lindsay each got 6% of support, with 1% choosing Abe Beam.
For the survey, Quinnipiac interviewed 1,017 New York City voters by telephone from February 20-25. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
– CNN's Logan Burruss contributed to this report.
Global warming is rampant now. Use leave cups, leaf plates–regenerate.
My biggest axe to grind with Bloomberg is how he forced his way past the term limits law and into a third term. I think the judges who ruled in Bloomberg's favor had gotten it all wrong. The NYC term limits were set by a public referendum, which imposed limits on the Mayor and City Council members.
City Council voted to overturn the term limits referendum, which I had thought should have ruled illegal. Seems to me that only another public vote on a new referendum should have been able to overturn the original one.
It's about time , plastic foam containers don't brake down , bad for the environment .