A post-Sandy hug appears to have given a boost to the president and the New Jersey governor, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
The poll, released Tuesday, asked New York City voters about the performance of politicians and public agencies after superstorm Sandy, said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo received high marks in the independent poll, the best grades went to President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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Of the 1,165 registered voters polled, 36 percent said Christie did the best job in responding to the storm. Obama got 22 percent, Cuomo 15 percent and Bloomberg 12 percent.
But voters were overwhelmingly impressed by all four politicians' response -- 89 percent said Christie's response was "good" or "excellent," compared with 85 percent for Cuomo, 84 percent for Obama and 75 percent for Bloomberg.
Though politicians fared well, just 37 percent of voters approved of the performance of utility companies post-Sandy.
Voters validated other organizations, giving the Red Cross a 66 percent approval and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority a 75 percent approval, perhaps in part for getting some bus service up and running the day after the storm.
They liked the mayor's public sidekick too -- Lydia Callis, Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, got 53 percent approval, with 43 percent offering no opinion.
Sandy boosted Bloomberg's approval rating to 56 percent from 51 percent in August, according to the poll.
"The mayor is not someone who ever worries about polls," said spokesman Marc LaVorgna. "We've made incredible progress in the recovery, but still have a lot more work to do."
Eighty-five percent of voters thought Bloomberg's gas rationing was a good idea and 80 percent said they would support spending billions to protect the city from another storm like this.
Like Bloomberg, those polled overwhelmingly said they believe in climate change -- 78 percent said storms like Sandy are becoming more frequent because of it and 62 percent said climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels.