Half of NYC’s Voters Don’t Want De Blasio Reelected

NEW YORK (Bloomberg) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating remains close to a record low as for the first time half the city’s voters say he doesn’t deserve re-election in 2017, a Quinnipiac University poll found Monday.

The Democrat’s approval rating is 42 percent, little changed from a May 24 survey that showed support of 41 percent, his lowest since he took office Jan. 1, 2014. Now, 51 percent disapprove of his performance and 50 percent say he doesn’t deserve a second term.

The poll follows months of reports that the mayor is under investigation by the Manhattan DA, the U.S. attorney and the city’s Department of Investigation. The probes focus on whether donors received illegal favors in return for campaign contributions. The 55-year-old mayor has denied wrongdoing, saying he acted appropriately and followed the law.

“For a mayor going into an election year, this is a disturbing poll,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the survey. “The plus for Mayor de Blasio is in the political truism that you can’t beat somebody with nobody.”

In a three-way Democratic primary race with two potential rivals, de Blasio wins with 43 percent, while former Council Speaker Christine Quinn gets 19 percent and Comptroller Scott Stringer gets 16 percent. De Blasio also would beat them if they ran against him as independents, the poll showed.