A new poll shows that 49 percent of voters approve of the job Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing.  That's compared with 34 percent who disapprove.

The New York Times/New York One/Siena College poll found the mayor gets strong approval ratings for his handling of pre-k, his efforts to expand paid sick leave and his response to the snow this winter.

But New Yorkers don't like his plan to ban horse drawn carriages in the city.

"A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents oppose banning horse drawn carriage rides," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.  "So too do voers from every borough.  Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, black and white, liberals and conservatives also all agree."

De Blasio is viewed favorably by 48 percent of New Yorkers, while 26 percent view him unfavorably.  Twenty five percent say they don't know enough to have an opinion.

"Three months in office and for many New Yorkers the Mayor has not yet formed a firm impression.  One-quarter of voters say they haven't heard enough about de Blasio to have either a favorable or unfavorable view of him," said Greenberg.

The poll includes good news for Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Voters approve of his job performance by a 64 to 22 percent margin.

"Even Republicans give him a 57-30 percent approval rating as he seeks re-election," Greenberg said.

New Yorkers also have a favorable view of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton by a 31 to 6 percent margin.  But 60 percent say they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.


Source:  Siena College

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