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Poll: De Blasio's job approval at 45%

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, seen here appointing

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, seen here appointing Kathryn Garcia as New York City's new sanitation commissioner, has a 45 percent approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on March 18, 2014. Credit: John Roca

Fewer than half of New York City voters approve of Bill de Blasio's performance as mayor, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Tuesday.

De Blasio, after 11 weeks on the job, has a 45 percent job approval rating. Thirty-four percent of voters disapprove.

By contrast, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a 62 percent approval rating in March 2002, three months into his tenure, the poll said.

Quinnipiac Poll assistant director Maurice Carroll on Tuesday characterized the survey as "only so-so numbers for Mayor de Blasio." He pointed out that the Democrat had 53 percent approval in January.

Sixty-five percent of voters surveyed said they are optimistic about the next four years under de Blasio, 57 percent said he understands their problems and 62 percent said he is honest and trustworthy.

"I don't worry too much about any one poll ever, because . . . things could be very different a week later or a month later," de Blasio said Tuesday. "I think what we saw in this poll is a lot of optimism about the future of the city."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,234 voters between last Wednesday and Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist survey earlier this month found de Blasio's approval at a 39 percent.

Tuesday's Quinnipiac poll gave the mayor lower approval numbers than NYPD Commissioner William Bratton (57 percent) and City Comptroller Scott Stringer (53 percent).

On crime, de Blasio's approval rating was 58 percent to 23 percent disapproval. On taxes, it was 44 percent to 32 percent. On the handling of winter storms, it was 58 percent to 37 percent.

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