After a tough summer Mayor Bill de Blasio's poll numbers are suffering, as an exclusive NY1/Baruch College City Poll shows New Yorkers' overall satisfaction with City Hall is slipping. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating is taking a hit.
Just 44 percent of New Yorkers give him positive reviews, down 14 points from February, according to the new NY1/Baruch College City Poll.
The drop is also dragging down what we're calling de Blasio's SAT score, the measure of how the mayor's administration is doing overall. It takes into account New Yorkers' satisfaction with city services, whether residents think the city is on the right track, and the mayor's approval rating.
De Blasio's SAT score is 51 percent. That's a 13 point drop since February.
"This is sort of a story of a glass half full, half empty," said Michey Blum, a Baruch College pollster. "The bad news for de Blasio is that his numbers slipped quite a bit since February. But the good news is, it's still positive."
New Yorkers are divided over whether the city is headed in the right direction. 42 percent say yes, 45 percent no and 10 percent are undecided. Earlier this year, a majority of residents were upbeat about the city's future.
New Yorkers are more positive about the state of city services. 66 percent say they are either very or somewhat satisfied. But even that figure is down from February, when 80 percent said they were pleased.
"There has definitely been a decline," Blum said. "He hasn't plummeted, but there has been sort of a steady, slight decline month after month particularly with white residents, white voters in the city. He's still doing really well with all non-white groups."
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, is faring much better. 55 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job he's doing. That is the same percentage of New Yorkers who have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton.
And then there's Donald Trump, the New Yorker leading the Republican presidential field. This may be home, but New Yorkers do not think highly of the brash businessman. 74 percent have an unfavorable view of him. Republicans in the city are more split. 49 percent like him. 41 percent say they don't.
In response to the NY1/Baruch poll, mayoral spokesperson Amy Spitalnick said, "Here's what matters: NYC had the safest summer in over 20 years; built more affordable housing than at any point in the past 40 years; added 177,000 new jobs since the Mayor took office; provided full-day pre-K for every four-year-old: and just last week, unveiled a sweeping education plan that will raise achievement for all public school kids."