Poll: Bloomberg's time as mayor a success
January 17th, 2014
02:33 PM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Bloomberg's time as mayor a success

(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.

Poll: Early high marks for de Blasio

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.


Filed under: Bill de Blasio • Michael Bloomberg • New York • Poll
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Mayor Mike cleaned up a lot of stuff, but was a bit overzealous on other things. I liked the calorie counts idea. The smoking bans went a little too far, though. Like most any Republican, Bloomberg tried to define your social life for you. DeBlasio is a bit too extreme in the other direction for my tastes. I'll give him a year before I start judging him though,

    January 17, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. current state of the union

    Then why such a huge win for dems

    January 17, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Abbey

    The new mayor doesn't think so........but hey the voters there can decide.

    January 17, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. just asking

    yeah, republicans are all about regulating the size of soda cups, banning styrofoam and guns. bloomberg has a major leftist streak in him. guess you get that way when you are a billionaire ruling over the poor unwashed masses.

    at least he was nutty enough to ban horse carriages in nyc. godd luck with this new kook. i give him one term if this is his first offering out of the starting gate. if he stays in there, nyc will go the way of detroit.

    January 17, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    current state of the union

    Then why such a huge win for dems
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    Because DeBlasio's Republican opponent was Tea Party drone of the worst kind. Although he firmly tried to deny it, videotapes of him showed that he was indeed an Tea Party extremist, one who had all the views down pat.

    January 17, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @just asking
    yeah, republicans are all about regulating the size of soda cups, banning styrofoam and guns.
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    That is unusual for republicans. They are usually interested in regulating morality like women's bodies, marriage, and state-religion.

    January 17, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    just asking

    i give him one term if this is his first offering out of the starting gate. if he stays in there, nyc will go the way of detroit.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except Detroit was totally dependent on the auto industry for its survival. NYC has a great many industries which would enable it to weather the storm in the event an entire industry packs up and leaves town.

    January 17, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @RudyNYC "Although he firmly tried to deny it, videotapes of him showed that he was indeed an Tea Party extremist"
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    It is a recurring theme that extreme conservatives try to hide their politics from voters. I have seen that in my local area too. If they are the voice of the people, what have they got to hide?

    January 17, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. just asking

    Silence DoGood
    That is unusual for republicans. They are usually interested in regulating morality like women's bodies, marriage, and state-religion.
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    you mean stopping child murder, respecting thousands of years of tradition and protecting religious freedom. yes, republicans stand for that too.

    January 17, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "you mean stopping child murder, respecting thousands of years of tradition and protecting religious freedom. yes, republicans stand for that too."
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    Sorry, religious freedom does not mean that you are free to impose your religion on everyone within arm's reach. Oh yeah, this isn't a Christian nation, either. Remember, this is a country that stands for religious freedom. One last thing. Protecting religious freedom has not gone on for thousands of years. It seems to have begun fairly recently, in 1776 to be exact.

    January 17, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |