(CNN) – With over a decade running New York City, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure is considered "mainly a success" by voters in the Big Apple, according to a national survey released Friday.
Sixty-four percent of voters in the Quinnipiac University poll said Bloomberg's 12-year stint as mayor was a success, compared to 24% who did not. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans see the former mayor's time in office as favorable, compared to 62% of Democrats and 68% of Independents.
Sixty-three percent of respondents said Bloomberg "made the city better," while only 37% said he improved life for them and their families. Twenty-one percent said Bloomberg had a negative impact on their lives, and 37% reported no effect.
Current Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat and former Public Advocate, officially became mayor of the Big Apple on New Year's Day, easily defeating Republican Joe Lhota in November by running a campaign that rejected Bloomberg’s politics.
At his inauguration, many speakers were critical of de Blasio's predecessor. Voters saw the jabs at Bloomberg as inappropriate by a 61% to 18% margin, according to the survey.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from January 9-15 among 1,288 New York City voters. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7% points.