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Bloomberg's approval rating hits 10-month low

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a mayoral candidate forum. (Jan. 18, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Mayor Michael Bloomberg'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 the mayor's 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," Carroll said in a statement.

The mayor's numbers have been dipping since November, when he had a 56 percent approval rating after superstorm Sandy. The poll questioned 1,417 city voters. The margin of error is 2.6 percentage points.

The poll also said 66 percent support proposed legislation that would create an NYPD inspector general. Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly staunchly oppose the inspector general, who would monitor police policy and make recommendations, because they say 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 and override the mayor's veto,

GOP mayoral front-runner Joe Lhota, meanwhile, sides with the mayor on the issue.

Sixty-eight percent of city voters also back Bloomberg's proposal to keep cigarettes out of sight in stores. Thirty percent oppose it.

Bloomberg wants to require cigarettes to be kept out of public view until a customer requests them. The City Council hasn't yet taken up the idea.

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