Updated 01/06/2011 11:40 PM
NY1 Exclusive: Mayor's Approval Rating Hits New Low, Marist Poll Finds
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's job approval rating has dipped to a new low.
According to a NY1/Marist College poll released Thursday, just 37 percent of New Yorkers approve of the mayor's job performance -- the lowest since Marist began tracking eight years ago.
Sixty percent say they disapprove.
View the full poll results.
Bloomberg's overall approval rating plummeted from October, when he clocked in at 50 percent. His previous low point with Marist came in 2004, after he pushed through a steep hike in property taxes.
A spokesman for Bloomberg concedes the blizzard is behind the mayor's struggling numbers, saying, "The Mayor keeps saying that the City’s snow response was unacceptable and that he’s accountable - it’s no surprise that a majority of New Yorkers agree."
As for the mayor's handling of the now-infamous snowstorm, 21 percent approved; 71 percent disapproved.
In Brooklyn, which was socked in the storm, the mayor's approval was at its lowest among the five boroughs.
"I think he did a pretty lousy job in cleaning up," said one New Yorker.
"I've lived in this neighborhood many years, and I thought it was the worst that I've seen in all those years," said another.
"I think it was a tough job and you can't really blame anybody in particular. That's a lot of nonsense," said a third.
When asked about Bloomberg's legacy, New Yorkers seemed divided. Thirty-nine percent said he's one of the best mayors or above average; 35 percent said he's average; and 25 percent said he's below average or one of the worst mayors in the city's history.
Finally, 53 percent of registered voters think that the city is headed in the wrong direction; 38 percent say it's the right direction. Nine percent weren't sure.
The poll was conducted Wednesday night and surveyed 600 adults. The margin of error is +/- 5 percentage points.