New Yorkers Disapprove of Budget Handling
May 21st, 2010

Less than half of New York City voters approve of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg is handling the budget, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

According to the poll, released this morning, 47 percent of voting New Yorkers approve of Bloomberg’s budget tactics, while 44 percent disapprove. The mayor’s overall approval rating fell to 57 from 61 percent in March.

The mayor’s approval rating dip appears to be driven by the city’s budget woes. Earlier this month, the mayor released a $62.9 billion budget that slashes 20 fire companies and could cut 6,700 teachers. At the time, the mayor blamed Albany.

But New Yorkers are taking it out on Bloomberg.

According to the poll, about 90 percent of New York City voters called the city’s budget situation “somewhat serious” or “very serious,” while 45 percent prefer raising taxes as opposed to cutting services. On layoffs, 63 percent of New Yorkers don’t want that either, and half wouldn’t support furloughs for city workers.

A wage freeze is more palatable — 60 percent of voters support it, the poll says.

Other than that, the majority of voters don’t want to see any city service slashed:

* 88 – 10 percent against closing some firehouses;
* 80 – 17 percent against closing some senior centers;
* 69 – 30 percent against reducing garbage collection;
* 71 – 26 percent against increasing public school class size;
* 55 – 43 percent against reducing library hours;
* 53 – 45 percent against reducing street cleaning.

By on May 21, 2010, 1:25 pm
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