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Poll: De Blasio's Approval Rating at 49 Percent

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This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio marks his first 100 days in office, and a new NY1/New York Times/Siena poll asks New Yorkers how he's doing. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

He was the candidate of the 99 percent, but not quite half of the city approves of Bill de Blasio now that he's mayor.

According to a NY1/New York Times/Siena poll, 49 percent of registered voters give him the thumbs up, 34 percent disapprove and 17 percent don't know or have no opinion. (The poll's margin of error is +/- 3.2 points.)

You can't really blame the snow or recent setbacks in Albany. Most people tell NY1 it's just too early to judge the 109th mayor.

"New Yorkers are saying, 'Give the de Blasio administration some more time. It's too early to make a judgement,'" said Steve Greenberg, a pollster with Siena College.

Some things are clear. There's a big gap by race among New Yorkers. De Blasio draws the approval of 38 percent of whites (with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent), but 59 percent of black New Yorkers approve of him (with a margin of error of +/- 6.2 percent). It's 54 percent among Latinos (with a +/- of 5.6 percent). The poll doesn't break it down among other races.

All these questions were asked as the state budget was being passed in Albany. There were weeks of jousting between de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. In the end, the city got $300 million for pre-K.

According to the poll, 65 percent approve of de Blasio's negotiations, 25 percent disapprove and 10 percent don't know or have no opinion.

While New Yorkers may like how the mayor handled himself, they're happier with the person on the other side of the negotiating table. According to the poll, 64 percent give Cuomo a thumbs up, 22 percent a thumbs down and 14 percent don't know or have no opinion.

Cuomo's numbers come even as some gripe that he favors the suburbs.

As for the mayor, what's next? Asked to rank issues, New Yorkers said, improve the schools. That's at 24 percent. That's followed by crime at 21 percent, inequality at 18 percent, economic development at 16 percent and housing at 15 percent.

What about banning horse-drawn carriages? As a candidate, de Blasio called it a top priority, but New Yorkers are now saying "Whoa, Nellie!" According to the poll, 31 percent want them gone, while 59 percent want them continuing to clop around Central Park.

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