Bloomberg's approval rating hits 10-month low


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Mayor Michael Bloom-berg's approval rating is slipping as the clock ticks on his mayoral tenure, a poll released Thursday found.

Only half of New Yorkers surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll approve of the mayor's performance, which is his lowest rating in 10 months.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said after 12 years, some New Yorkers are getting tired of his health proposals, such as the big-soda ban.

"As Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to clear out his City Hall desk, voters are divided over some of his pet ideas," he said in a statement. The mayor's numbers have dipped since November.

The poll also said 66% support proposed legislation that would create an NYPD inspector general. Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly staunchly oppose the IG, who would monitor police policy and make recommendations, saying police already have enough scrutiny. The issue has polarized the mayor's potential successors.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is running for mayor, supports the bill and said the council has enough votes to pass it. GOP mayoral front-runner Joseph Lhota sides with the mayor on the issue.

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