The City Poll: New Yorkers on Best and Worst of de Blasio's Term

NY1/Baruch College Poll

What is the best thing that has happened under Mayor de Blasio's watch so far?

Vision Zero                           8%
Municipal ID card                  5%
Lowering the crime rate
while reducing stop & frisk   19%
Universal Pre-K                  25%
Building affordable housing  14%
Expanding bike lanes           3%
Not sure                             13%
Refuse                                0%

What is the worst thing that has happened under Mayor de Blasio's watch so far?

Rise in homelessness         29%
Unethical fundraising             9%
Expanding bike lanes            7%
Rise in cost of living            29%
Not enough space for
charter schools                     4%
Not sure                             12%
Refuse                                 0%

How much credit does Mayor de Blasio deserve for the city's record low crime rate?

All                                      5%
Most                                 14%
Some                                44%
Only a little                        14%
None                                 17%
Not sure                              5%
Refuse                                0%

How much blame does Mayor de Blasio deserve for the rise in homelessness?

All                                       7%
Most                                  11%
Some                                 42%
Only a little                         20%
None                                  12%
Not sure                               7%
Refuse                                 0%

Who deserves more blame for problems with the subways?

Governor Cuomo                 31%
Mayor De Blasio                 33%
Not sure                             32%
Refuse                                 3%

Margin of error: +/- 3.5%

As Mayor Bill de Blasio runs for a second term, New Yorkers tell us what they think are the best and worst things that have happened in the city on his watch, and whether the mayor deserves credit or blame for them. Our Grace Rauh has the story on our exclusive NY1/Baruch College City Poll.

As Mayor de Blasio sees it, creating universal pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds was a signature accomplishment of his first term. It turns out, New Yorkers agree.

Universal pre-k topped the list of the best things New Yorkers think have happened on de Blasio's watch. A lower crime rate with less reliance on stop-and-frisk came in second. 

The mayor recently announced plans to expand the universal pre-k program to three-year-olds.

"Given the enormous support for universal pre-k, I can certainly see why he wants to extend it," Baruch College pollster Mickey Blum said.

But just because something positive happened while de Blasio occupied City Hall does not mean New Yorkers give him all the credit for it. Take crime, for instance.

44 percent of residents say de Blasio deserves some credit for the drop in crime; 17 percent say he deserves none.

As for the worst thing that has happened under the mayor? The rise in homelessness tied for first with an increase in the cost of living. Nine percent of New Yorkers said unethical fundraising.

New Yorkers do not necessarily blame de Blasio entirely for the spike in homelessness, although he does not escape unscathed. 42 percent says he deserves some blame; 20 percent say only a little.

"While he might not be responsible for homelessness itself, the fact that homelessness has gone up is something that he gets some of the blame for," Blum said.

De Blasio is, however, getting the lion's share of the blame for problems with the subway system, even though the sprawling transportation system is largely controlled by Gov. Cuomo.

33 percent of New Yorkers say de Blasio deserves more of the blame for subway troubles; 31 percent say Cuomo does.

As for the future of the city, New Yorkers are divided over the most important problem facing the five boroughs this year.

Affordable housing (15 percent) tops the list, followed by crime (13 percent), jobs and the economy (12 percent), and homelessness (nine percent).

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