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Poll: Majority Of New Yorkers Optimistic About De Blasio

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A majority of city residents have positive feelings about incoming mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a new Siena College/New York Times Poll.

The poll shows that 73 percent of city residents, across all demographics, are optimistic about the next four years, and 65 percent of New Yorkers say they think the new mayor will make substantial changes in the way the city operates.

Majorities say they believe he will have a positive effect on everything from police and schools to parks and mass transit.

The poll also found that a majority of both Republicans and Democrats approve of Bill Bratton's return as police commissioner.

Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg will leave City Hall with the approval of 53 percent of New Yorkers. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP