Eric Adams currently faces the least positive public image ratings since he became mayor of New York. Nearly two-thirds of voters disapprove of his job leading the Big Apple, marking the worst evaluation ever recorded for the Democratic mayor. According to Quinnipiac, budget cuts and the migrant crisis influenced these findings.
According to the pollster, only 28% approve of Adams' management, against 58% who disapprove and 14% who do not have a formed opinion. The survey interviewed 1,257 registered voters between November 30 and last Monday.
The last time Quinnipiac had recorded such low numbers for the mayor of New York was in 2003, when Michael Bloomberg, then a Republican, earned a 31% positive image, compared to 60% negative.
New poll from Quinnipiac has Adams at 28% approve, 58% disapprove.
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"There's no good news for Mayor Adams in this poll. Not only are voters giving him poor grades on the job he's doing at City Hall, their views on his character have dimmed. As the city faces across-the-board budget cuts while dealing with a migrant crisis, headlines about a federal investigation into the mayor's 2021 campaign and an accusation of sexual assault leveled against him from 30 years ago are taking a toll," said Mary Snow, deputy director of surveys at Quinnipiac University.
"Generally, there's not many things New Yorkers agree on. But they are in sync on a number of issues facing the city right now, including worrying about how the mayor's budget cuts will affect their day-to-day lives. When it comes to a solution, all but Republicans and Staten Island voters support raising taxes on the city's wealthiest residents," Snow added.
The survey comes at a delicate time in Adams' administration, as he faces an FBI investigation into his 2021 campaign finances, as well as an allegation of sexual assault brought against him by a former colleague who worked with Adams for the City of New York.
Regarding the immigration situation, 62% of respondents agreed with a statement by Adams that the wave of immigrants seeking refuge in New York City could destroy the city, while 33% disagreed.
Likewise, eight in 10 voters think the federal government is doing too little to help New York City deal with the surge of immigrants seeking refuge.