NYers Say Bloomberg Mayoralty Was a Success

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

New Yorkers say the 12-year mayoral administration of Michael Bloomberg was mainly a success, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday.

The poll found that 64 percent of city voters say Bloomberg was a success as mayor, while just 24 percent say he was a failure. Sixty-three percent of those polled say Bloomberg made the city better, and 16 percent said he made it worse.

But only 37 percent of voters say Bloomberg made life better for them and their family. Twenty-one percent say he made life worse and 37 percent say he had no effect on their lives.

Sixty-one percent of those polled, including substantial majorities in both political parties, said the criticism of the outgoing mayor at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration on Jan. 1 was inappropriate. The numbers include 69 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats.

The pollsters’ question referred to a minister who offered the invocation who called New York City a “plantation.”

“Mayor Mike leaves City Hall with good marks,” said Maurice Carroll, director of Quinnipiac’s polling. “But only about a third of voters think Mayor Bloomberg helped them or their family. They think … that the Inauguration Day criticism of the outgoing mayor was bad manners.”