2011-08-19 / Top Stories

Bloomberg Rating Drops LikeA Stone

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s job approval rating among New Yorkers has hit its lowest point in six years, as residents convey widespread anxieties about the city’s economic prospects, according to the latest New York Times/ CBS News poll.

Nearly 70 percent of city residents characterize the economy as being bad. And in a sign, perhaps, that New Yorkers are chiefly interested in jobs and low-priced goods, even at the expense of neighborhood stores, an overwhelming majority — including 79 percent in the Bronx — favor Wal-Mart’s long-frustrated efforts to establish a store in the city. For all of the unhappiness about the city and its leadership — 54 percent of those queried agreed that “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track” — most residents would still rather live in the city than anywhere else. Residents of Manhattan and older New Yorkers were more likely to say they would want to remain New Yorkers; parents of young children, recent arrivals and African-Americans were inclined to say that, given a choice, they would rather live outside New York City.

Bloomberg appears to be clawing his way back from a difficult winter, when other polls found his approval ratings to be even lower in the wake of the city’s lackluster response to a late-December blizzard, his selection of Cathleen P. Black as schools chancellor, and alleged corruption with the administration’s CityTime payroll project. According to the poll, 49 percent of New Yorkers feel legislation requiring Bloomberg and his successors to disclose when they travel more than 250 miles outside the city is unnecessary.

The telephone poll was conducted August 9 to 15 with 1,027 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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