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NYC voters rate city's quality of life lowest in more than a decade

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A general view of Manhattan from the One World Observatory during a media tour and preview on May 20, 2015. Photo Credit: EPA / Jason Szenes

Quality of life in New York City has hit the lowest point in at least 18 years, according to the latest survey of voters by Quinnipiac University.

Pollsters found that just 33 percent of surveyed voters rated the city's quality of life as "very good" or "good." The poll was released Thursday afternoon.

Last August, that number was 44 percent, and in June 2005, under Michael Bloomberg's mayoralty, 57 percent.

The survey found that 45 percent said the quality of life in the city is "fair," 13 percent said "poor," and 7 percent said "very poor."

Quinnipiac said the results were the lowest it has measured on the subject.

"This is a bad, bad report -- bad for the city, and bad for the politicians of course, but bad for the people who live here," pollster Maurice Carroll said.

The poll also found that 53 percent of surveyed voters say they've seen more homeless people than in previous years, 15 percent said fewer, and 26 percent said roughly the same. About 49 percent said they've seen more beggars, 14 percent said fewer, and 32 percent about the same.

Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, touted an addition of 1,300 new police officers budgeted this year and other programs, saying they would "deepen public safety."

"The fact is, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the safest years on record, with crime down 6 percent from last year," Norvell said in an email.

The poll was conducted between July 30 and Tuesday. It surveyed 1,108 city voters, with a margin of statistical error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

The first part of the poll, released earlier this week, found that more city voters oppose than support de Blasio's re-election in 2017.


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