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Poll: 39% approve of de Blasio job performance

New York Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, and

New York Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, talk with pupils of a pre-kindergarten class at the Catherine Corry Academy in the Saint Francis of Assisi School, Thursday, March 6, 2014 in New York. Both men want to see Universal pre-ekindergarten established in New York City. Credit: AP / Todd Heisler

Mayor Bill de Blasio has a 39 percent job approval rating from New York City voters after two months in office, a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/ Marist poll showed Thursday.

By contrast, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a 50 percent job approval rating at the same point in his tenure, according to a March 2002 Marist poll.

De Blasio's favorability rating is much stronger -- 59 percent -- than his job approval.

"There's a huge number of people who like him, feel comfortable with him, but they're not convinced that he's being effective at this point as mayor," Marist poll director Lee Miringoff said.

For its latest poll, Marist surveyed 586 registered voters in New York City between Feb. 27 and Tuesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

In response to the poll, a de Blasio spokeswoman stressed the higher favorability rating. "The majority of New Yorkers approve of the direction he's taking the city," she said in a statement.

Fifty-six percent of voters approved of de Blasio's snowstorm management, but 50 percent said he didn't properly handle the decision on whether to close schools.

The poll found that black and Latino voters rated de Blasio higher than white voters.

It showed 52 percent of voters have a favorable view of de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, who is also a prominent adviser.Also yesterday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined de Blasio on a visit with preschoolers in the Bronx to promote universal prekindergarten but declined to choose sides in de Blasio's battle with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over how to fund it.

"All I'm grateful for is that we've got leaders -- Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo -- who are passionate about this," Dolan said. "How it's going to be done, how it's going to be funded, I leave it up to them."

De Blasio wants Albany to approve a city tax on incomes above $500,000 to pay for citywide pre-K. Cuomo wants statewide pre-K using a state budget surplus.

Dolan and de Blasio, appearing at a news conference at St. Francis of Assisi School in Wakefield, said parochial schools would join public schools and community-based organizations in providing pre-K space and teachers.

The Archdiocese of New York, which serves Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island; and the Diocese of Brooklyn, which also serves Queens, together have 17,000 new seats ready for the fall.

During a tour of pre-K class at St. Francis, according to a press pool report, de Blasio introduced himself and Dolan to a 4-year-old girl:"I'm the mayor. He's the cardinal," the mayor said.

"I'm the kid," the girl responded excitedly.

for web/amNY: A boy in the class was less enthused.

"I wish President Obama came," he said.

Dolan was not among the 250 New York City faith leaders who signed an open letter released yesterdayThursday in support of de Blasio's funding plan.:end web/amNY

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