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NY1 ItCH: A Final Poll for Bloomberg and a Fresh Start for de Blasio

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As Bill de Blasio heads to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama today, a new Siena College-New York Times poll is out today with some encouraging news for the mayor-elect – as well as some decent farewell numbers for the current mayor. Here are a few of the more interesting findings:

• How much Bloomberg fatigue is there, really? The mayor’s approval rating is at 53% -- the highest it’s been in three years and about the same level that exit polls had the mayor pegged at in September and November. These are pretty good numbers for someone who’s been in office for 12 years.

• People are feeling quite rosy about the mayor-elect, with 73 percent saying they’re optimistic about his mayoralty and 65 percent saying they think he will bring about “real change” in the city.

• Politically, it was a smart move picking Bill Bratton to be police commissioner; 61 percent support the move and only 12 percent oppose it.

• New Yorkers aren’t happy with the public school system – and believe Bill de Blasio can improve it. About 60 percent of New Yorkers say the quality of the school system is fair or poor – but 61 percent think de Blasio will make classrooms better.

• Affordable housing should be a priority of de Blasio’s – with 79 percent of New Yorkers saying it’s a major problem. (Good luck with that!)

It will be quite interesting to see where de Blasio’s approval numbers are in the spring. Right now, 51 percent of New Yorkers say they “haven’t heard enough” about him to form an opinion. One thing is certain: that number will only be going down.

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