June 16th, 2009
10:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll shows good news for Bloomberg

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/27/art.getty.bloomberg.jpg caption="Bloomberg gets good numbers in a new poll."](CNN) - A new poll indicates Michael Bloomberg outpaces either of his main possible Democratic opponents in his bid for a term term as New York City mayor.

The Quinnipiac University survey of New York City voters released Tuesday morning suggests that the Republican-turned-independent mayor tops his chief rival, City Comptroller William Thompson, 54 percent to 32 percent in a November general election matchup.

The poll indicates Bloomberg would win across the board in the hypothetical matchup, winning Democrats by 9 points, Republicans by 59 points, and Independents by 33 points. Bloomberg would also win the white and Hispanic vote and split the African-American vote.

If Bloomberg faces off against Queens City Council member Tony Avella, the survey suggests Bloomberg leads by 30 points. The poll indicates Thompson tops Avella by 28 points in a Democratic primary match up, with nearly half of those questioned undecided.

Two of out three surveyed approve of how Bloomberg's handling his duties as mayor. The poll also indicates that voters think Bloomberg's likable and don't think that the billionaire mayor is out of touch.

"This latest survey shows the challenges Comptroller William Thompson faces as he tries to portray Mayor Michael Bloomberg as unlikable and out of touch, and as he tries to build a base of black voters," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. "Black, white and Hispanic voters all would sooner share a July 4th hot dog and a beer with Mayor Mike than with Bill Thompson."

Bloomberg's poll numbers took a minor hit late last year after he persuaded the City Council to overturn term limits that would have prevented the mayor from running for a third term this year.

The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,396 New York City registered voters was conducted June 9-14. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. I like Mike

    He's the best mayor money can buy.

    June 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Flex

    What is up with NYC? Why do they vote for Republicans?

    June 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. patNYC

    His appeal is that he's fiscally conservative without going overboard, and he's socially liberal, without going overboard...what's that called? Oh yes! A moderate who is independent minded, and doesn't cow-tow to any one party...except to the extent he has to get on a party line so he can run for office.

    June 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Independent

    New Yoykas love dictaters for life.

    June 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Sniffit

    The guy should be booted from office post haste. His maneuver to circumvent the term limits laws AND THE VOTERS by having the City Council change the term limits is disgusting. Even Hugo Chavez allowed the voters of Venezuela to decide that same issue by voting on a referendum. Bloomberg deserves to be taken out back to the woodshed.

    June 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Joe

    Just wanted to point out the typo in the first paragraph so it can be corrected. The third line reads "opponents in his bid for a TERM TERM as New York City mayor."

    June 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. TomJay

    It just goes to show. A rich man who stands for something will defeat a party club political hack every time. That is the problem with New York City – all the people who run for Council or Mayor are political hacks from the local clubs who are not permitted to have an original thought of their own.

    June 16, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. jrzshor

    it is just a form of "legal" corruption and massive ego and money to boot, to have a law changed cause you like the "job".

    politicians are white collar criminals not yet caught!

    June 16, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Is this his 3rd term?

    If so, this can be a dangerous trend and shadows local dictatorship.

    If not, I never liked the guy anyway.

    June 16, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    All hail the "King of New York"! What a farce! This is exactly what the founding fathers feared. Mr. Bloomberg you have served the public well, but it is now time to step aside and let someone new become mayor.

    June 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. romy

    Bloomberg is a self serving politician. What happens if he wins ?
    The next incumbent Mayor could be in office for 12 years. The mayoral office has turned into a dictatoship with a velvet glove.
    He smacks of another kind of Rudy Guliani,time to say NO

    June 16, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. history repeats

    of course hell win HES A BILLIONAIRE! nobody even knows who his opponents are on the streets of new york. he has his own television network called BLOOMBERG! his name is recognizable and people are stupid!

    June 16, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Foreveryoung

    There are 3 short dictators left in the world. One in North Korea, One in Iran and One in NYC.


    June 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Sniffit

    @ southerncousin, who said "Go to FOX and get the real news."

    If I wanted to listen to shrill, whining, neocon shills disseminate misinformation, fear, vitriol and hate, I'd already be there (at least here we're allowed to point out you guys are wrong hehe). Hannity is a pantwetting crybaby and closeted Klan member. O'Reilly is a wannabe bully who runs and hides or yells over his guest whenever confronted with rational argument. And Glenn Beck is quite literally a raving lunatic...his "9/12 Project" and crocodile tears were evidence of a borderline personality off its meds. None of them could stand up to even me, and I'm just a crazy ranting liberal with a law degree who watches too much Colbert Report.

    June 16, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. history repeats


    "go to FOX and get real news"

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAA o my god you're joking right??? foxnews is like news for dummies. anybody that thinks that channel is more than a propoganda tool for EASILY fooled is OUT OF THEIR MIND!!!! has anyone ever seen glenn beck cry because he "loves his country so much" hahaha its hilarious!! if you havent seen it look it up on youtube!! and then tell me how ANYBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND COULD EVER TAKE THAT NETWORK SERIOUSLY AT ALL!!! it is bad acting by fools that pose as journalists! the only audience for fox news is the same audience that swallow those evangelicals every weekend....

    June 16, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. kevin

    I am a born and raised New Yorker and I am appalled at this guy. Your Royal Hinnee is a Criminal, The Billion Dollar Criminal. Bloomberg is worst then Bernie Madoff ever was. This Man first said that it would be wrong for the City Council to over turn the will of the people. then some fool told him he was need to run again. The City Council and Bloomberg know that Term Limits were voted on and passed by the people of this city and Bloomberg and his rich buddy brought the City Council because Royal Hinnee was the only person who could get us thru the tough financial times. Yet, the city is broke, but Bloomberg pocket got fat. Please citizen of New York City vote this Criminal and the Criminal City Council. we don't need people who think they are Gods. Let Royal Hinnee know who the real Kings and Queens of New York City is. VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

    June 16, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bloomberg is guaranteed victory. He should run for governor. I'd love to see Bloomberg, Cuomo, Patterson and Giuliani duke it out for the governorship.

    June 16, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. bill

    I wonder how much money he will have to spend to get reelected, hopefully not 750 million like the low down scum bag low life dictator we have in office now.........

    June 16, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Joe in NJ

    "Sniffit June 16th, 2009 10:44 am ET

    The guy should be booted from office post haste. His maneuver to circumvent the term limits laws AND THE VOTERS by having the City Council change the term limits is disgusting. "

    Well then maybe it's the City Council members who should be booted from office since they are the ones who approved the term limits change.

    June 16, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. David

    He is just a republican in hiding. Changing the 'R' to an 'I' does not change who he is and what he has stood for, for many years. This seems to be the new republican strategy.

    The cop out of calling himself an Independent is just a way to not take responsibility for the actions of his GOP/Republican party, while being able to complain about both the Democratic and Republican party.

    The Independent option seems to be the half way house for partially reformed republicans since vast majority of Independents, used to be Republicans.

    He's already trying to duck responsibility for his actions, so why would anyone trust him any further.

    June 16, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |