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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating at highest in a year

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about his plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about his plan to combat homelessness in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Voters gave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio his highest job-approval rating in a year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, which found that those surveyed believe he deserves to be re-elected.

Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said that de Blasio also “buries” his top GOP challenger, real estate executive Paul Massey, by 59 percent to 25 percent, with the rest picking someone else, not voting or unsure.

De Blasio would also beat all presumptive Democratic opponents, though none of the party’s mainstream candidates have declared a run.

“In a Democratic primary, de Blasio trounces everyone,” Carroll said.

According to Quinnipiac, de Blasio’s job approval rating is 50 percent to 42 percent, and voters said he deserves re-election by 47 percent to 44 percent.

Mollie Fullington, a Massey spokeswoman, said the poll shows that “This is now a two-way race, in which less than half of voters want to re-elect Bill de Blasio, [and] 44 percent already want to replace him.”

De Blasio had a similar 50-42 approval rating in January 2016, and the polls had slumped for de Blasio ever since, as he was beset by the taint of scandal over his fundraising practices, the rise in homelessness and other woes. On Friday, de Blasio spent four hours being questioned in a voluntary interview by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

The poll, conducted from Thursday to Monday, surveyed 1,001 New York City voters with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, via landline and cellphone.

The survey also asked voters whether de Blasio, a Democrat in his first term in office, should continue his mantle of opposing Republican President Donald Trump: 53 percent said yes, while 38 percent believe that de Blasio should try to get along with Trump.

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