de blasio A new Quinnipiac poll shows Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating dropping to 45 precent from the 53 percent he received in January.
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More New Yorkers are happier about Police Commissioner William Bratton and Comptroller Scott Stringer than they are with Mayor Bill de Blasio's first two months in office.

De Blasio still gets a plurality of support from New Yorkers polled in Quinnipiac University's latest poll: 45 percent of those asked approve of his work, while 34 disapprove.


It's nonetheless a quick slip from the 53 percent approval rating de Blasio had in mid January.

"Mayor de Blasio's overall job-approval numbers are off a bit, but still positive," said said Quinnipiac's Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. "And he gets solid marks on the standard pollster traits - leadership, honesty and understands people's problems."

The only issue where the mayor dips below 50 percent is on his handling of taxes, which earned him a 44 percent approval rating.

Bratton, who recently touted a crime reduction in the first two months since he returned to the post as NYPD commissioner, fared better than his boss: 57 percent of voters approve of the top cop.

Similarly, more voters are satisfied with the New York City police. Sixty eight percent of those asked approve of the NYPD, more than any poll in the last year.

New Yorkers also seem to be happy with Comptroller Scott Stringer. Voters gave the former Manhattan borough president high marks — 53 percent approving while only 12 percent disapprove.

The other city leaders didn't fare so well. More than 40 percent of those asked approve of the Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, but both still scored lower than the mayor.

There also remains a significant racial divide in de Blasio's support. Thirty nine percent of white respondents polled approve of the new mayor, while 45 disapprove.

Meanwhile, 60 percent and 47 percent of black and Latino voters approve of de Blasio's job. Even so, support from both groups also dropped from January, when 71 percent of black and 55 percent of Latinos approved.

The poll surveyed a total of 1,234 New York City voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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