New York City voters are optimistic about the next four years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a poll released Thursday. Credit: Getty Images
After his first weeks in office, New York City voters are optimistic about the next four years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a poll released Thursday.
Over half of city voters approve of the mayor's job performance and 67 percent said they are optimistic about his administration, a Quinnipiac University poll found.
"Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a honeymoon," Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.
The poll of 1,288 city voters, conducted in the last week, revealed that the mayor enjoys a comfortable 53 percent approval rating.
Respondents also support increasing taxes for wealthy New Yorkers to fund universal prekindergarten -- de Blasio's signature campaign proposal -- by 74 to 23 percent.
"When we ask New Yorkers what's their top priority, they say education, jobs, crime, housing. Almost no one says, 'income inequality,'" Carroll said. "But when we ask them specifically about income inequality, they want to rewrite 'The Tale of Two Cities.'"
The poll revealed some potential setbacks for the mayor. Support for a tax increase drops to 55 percent if prekindergarten can be funded by other means, such as through the state's budget.
Most New Yorkers polled also said the mayor shouldn't move to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city.
The poll has a margin of error plus or minus 2.7 percent.