Poll says about half of New Yorkers approve of Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio is shown at a

Mayor Bill de Blasio is shown at a City Hall press conference on March 25, 2014. (Credit: Bryan Smith)

About half of New York City voters approve of the job that Bill de Blasio is doing as mayor and roughly the same amount view him favorably overall, according to a New York Times/NY1/Siena College poll released Monday.

As de Blasio prepares to mark 100 days in office Thursday, 49 percent of voters approve of his job performance, while 34 percent disapprove.

He enjoys a 48 percent overall favorability rating, though 26 percent of voters view him unfavorably and 25 percent say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.


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"Many New Yorkers have not yet formed a firm impression of the new mayor," said Steven Greenberg, a pollster for Siena College. "By and large, these numbers show there are more New Yorkers who approve of him, like him and support the job that he's doing than those that don't, but the jury is still out."

The poll showed 15 percent of voters say they believe New York made a mistake in electing de Blasio, 26 percent like what they see from him so far and 59 percent say it's too early to tell.

Siena surveyed 941 registered voters between March 29 and April 3 for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

Siena's last poll on de Blasio in December, before his inauguration, didn't ask voters about his job performance, but helped to show that his favorability has risen 7 percentage points between December and now.

A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University last month showed de Blasio had a 45 percent job approval rating, and another by Marist College at the start of March found he had a 39 percent approval rating.

Also Monday, the mayor broke ground on a development in Brooklyn's East New York neighborhood, announcing that all 278 apartments in Livonia Commons' first phase of construction will be affordable housing units. "Every New Yorker deserves a shot at a life of dignity, security and opportunity," de Blasio said, reiterating his pledge to create 200,000 affordable housing units over 10 years.

De Blasio lauded his team's work in encouraging more affordability in two other developments begun under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- the site of the Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn and Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

Former City Council Member Charles Barron, who had represented the East New York area and helped shepherd through the Livonia Commons project, Monday caused some tension at the announcement, standing alongside the mayor at the news conference even though Barron later told reporters he had not been invited. "We put the closing on this project, not de Blasio, so don't come in here and not invite us," Barron told reporters, claiming the mayor's team should give him credit.

De Blasio during the event joked that Barron, who took a turn at the mic, was helping him with his "assertiveness training."

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