April 1, 2023
NYC Mayor Adams’ approval rating takes a dive in new poll

NYC Mayor Adams’ approval rating takes a dive in new poll

Mayor Adams’ overall approval rating dipped to 37% in a new poll released Wednesday that also found New Yorkers aren’t too pleased with his handling of crime, schools and the city’s fiscal situation, either.

The poll from Quinnipiac University marks the first time Adams’ approval has dipped into the negative realm since taking office in 2022. While 37% approved, the survey found 43% of respondents disapproved of Adams’ performance, and 20% didn’t offer an opinion.

Last May, Adams garnered stronger results, with 43% of people voicing satisfaction with his job performance, 37% disapproving and 20% declining to share their view.

Aside from the overall drop, Adams also didn’t score well when it comes to his handling of specific issues facing the city — key among them crime.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams

“Crime is paramount. Four in ten New Yorkers feel less safe than they did a year ago in the city,” said Tim Malloy, a Quinnipiac polling analyst. “It’s not a good poll for the mayor — a law-and-order mayor — when there are concerns about walking down the street safely in your city.”

When it comes to crime, 57% disapproved of Adams’ handling of the issue, while 42% disapproved of his approach to public schools and 61% didn’t like how he’s handled homelessness. On the city budget, 47% disapproved of Adams work so far.

On crime itself, Quinnipiac found that 66% of voters in the city think crime is a serious problem — down from the 74% who rated it a grave concern in a poll conducted by Quinnipiac last February, the highest percentage since the university first asked that question in 1999.

Despite the most recent shift in perception, crime still remains the top concern among Big Apple voters by far, with 41% of voters polled saying it’s the most urgent issue presently facing the city.

Adams, a former NYPD captain, downplayed the significance of the poll when asked about it Wednesday at an afternoon press conference at City Hall.

“Listen, obviously a new poll, and you and I know polls go up and down, up and down,” he said. “We just got to continue to do what we do, and that’s produce for New Yorkers. I am really pleased with the administration where they are.”

He also drew a parallel to the 2021 campaign, when some polls put him well behind his opponents in a race he prevailed in.

“We’re going to continue to stay focused, no distraction and grind. You heard that on the campaign trail,” he said.

Wednesday’s Quinnipiac poll found that Adams fared better in other areas, though. On the issue of asylum seekers, 65% of those polled approved of Adams’ push to send some migrants seeking sanctuary to upstate New York. NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who Adams appointed, also got decent marks, with 42% approving of her performance and 29% disapproving.

The poll, which surveyed 1,310 registered voters Jan. 26-30, is also notable in how it compares with how former mayors fared in similar polls after having served their first year in City Hall. All three of Adams’ predecessors scored better than Adams a year into their first terms, Malloy noted.

One year into former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term, 49% of people who responded to a similar poll said they approved of his performance, according to Malloy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg rated at 48% approval his first year in, and Mayor Giuliani notched a 46% approval rating.

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