An exclusive NY1/Marist Poll released Monday found that a majority of New Yorkers do not believe the city was adequately prepared for Sandy but do approve of how Mayor Michael Bloomberg's performed in the time following the disaster.
It was the worst storm to hit the city in the modern era, and many new Yorkers are still literally picking up the pieces. So, how did New Yorkers rate the city's response?
An exclusive NY1/Marist poll found that 58 percent believe the the city was not properly prepared to handle the storm. of those surveyed 38 percent said the preparation was adequate and 4 percent were unsure.
A majority of those most affected give the city even lower marks. About 77 percent of those most affected say the city was ill-prepared, that compares to 60 percent who were directly affected and 56 percent who were not directly affected.
But when it comes to public officials, 70 percent of New Yorkers approve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's handling of the storm, including 53 percent of those most affected. Only 25 percent disapprove.
"For the most part, we look at Mayor Bloomberg. Not only did people approve of his handling of the storm, less so for those were directly affected, but we see his overall approval rating at 50 percent," says Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff.
Governor Andrew Cuomo fares even better, with 82 percent of New Yorkers believing he took the right steps, including 78 percent of those most affected. Only 10 percent disapprove.
"So, there's really two sides of the equation here. The preparation and then whether the public officials responsible for the action, whether they were able to weather the storm," Miringoff says.
As for the utilities, 65 percent approve of Consolidated Edison's handling of the storm, despite some very negative reviews from local leaders. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which serves the Rockaways in Queens, gets even lower marks, with only 20 percent of New Yorkers approving of the job they did.
This survey of 814 New York City adults was conducted on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2012.
Adults 18 years of age and older residing in New York City were interviewed by telephone.
Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the city.
The exchanges were selected to ensure that each borough was represented in proportion to its population.
An oversample of Staten Island residents was interviewed to allow for analysis of results in that borough.
To increase coverage, this landline sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers.
The samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2010 census results for age, gender, income, race, and borough.
Results for adults are statistically significant within ±3.4 percentage points. There are 673 registered voters.
The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±3.8 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.