Mayor Bloomberg’s approval sinking in third term

70 percent of voters say that Bloomberg favors Manhattan over outer boroughs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not have a good day yesterday.

Hizzoner was hit with his worst approval ratings in eight years — only 39 percent of New Yorkers approve of the billionaire mayor in his third term.

The Quinnipiac poll released yesterday showed voters frustrated with Bloomberg’s botched snowstorm response and his choice of Cathie Black as education chancellor. The majority of those polled don’t believe Bloomie when he insists he’s not running for president.

“It’s the third-term blahs,” Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll told Metro. “Bad things come together to haunt somebody in the third term.”

Voters complained that the economy, education and budget were still major problems in the city, and 53 percent said they were dissatisfied with New York City life.

“The mayor is making tough choices, which is what people elected him to do,” said the mayor’s spokesman, Stu Loeser.

But Bloomberg can hold one speck of bright light — Manhattan voters approve.

That borough alone gave him high praise, with 55 percent saying he was doing a good job.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter at @AlisonatMetro.


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