Maurice Carroll, Director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute (203) 582-5334 Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

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MAYOR’S APPROVAL RATING AT LOWEST POINT IN 8 YEARS, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; BLOOMBERG’S TIME OFF IS NOBODY’S BUSINESS, VOTERS SAY
New York City voters disapprove 51 – 39 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score since a 51 – 37 percent disapproval November 23, 2003, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Only Manhattan voters approve of Mayor Bloomberg’s job performance, 55 – 34 percent, while disapproval in the other boroughs ranges from 49 – 35 percent in The Bronx to 66 – 27 percent on Staten Island, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Republicans approve 47 – 42 percent, while disapproval is 52 – 39 percent among Democrats and 51 – 40 percent among independent voters. Bloomberg has the lowest score of any citywide elected. Other officials score their highest approval ratings ever:
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44 – 16 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; 54 – 16 percent for City Comptroller John Liu; 55 – 25 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 67 – 20 percent approval, including 57 – 27

percent among black voters. The new Schools Chancellor, Cathleen Black, gets a negative 17 – 49 percent approval rating, with 34 percent undecided. New York City voters give President Barack Obama a 70 – 26 percent job approval. “Is it the snow, the third-term blahs, the weekends away, the presidential chatter? Whatever the explanation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s once-upon-a-time stretch of 70-plus job approval numbers has gone south. This is his first negative number since 2003,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “President Barack Obama’s job approval is inching up in a lot of places. In New York City, it’s zooming. Starting with the lame-duck congressional session, he’s looking better.”

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Quinnipiac University Poll/March 16, 2011 – page 2 Rating the Bloomberg Administration’s overall handling of snow removal this winter: •

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2 percent say excellent; 26 percent say good; 31 percent say not so good; 38 percent say poor. Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the other boroughs, voters say 70 – 22 percent.

Opinions range from 52 – 34 percent in Manhattan to 84 – 11 percent on Staten Island. New York City voters say 72 – 25 percent that where the mayor goes on weekends or vacations is a private matter and the public does not have a right to know. All groups support this opinion by large margins. This is little changed from an 80 – 18 percent finding on this question in a February 4, 2004, Quinnipiac University poll. The media should not follow the mayor and report on his time-off activity, New York City voters say 79 – 17 percent. But when the mayor leaves the city, he should have to say who is in charge, voters say 84 – 13 percent. And voters say 72 – 26 percent that the mayor should report the whereabouts of the person left in charge of the city. By a 56 – 38 percent margin, New York City voters do not believe Bloomberg when he says he is not interested in running for president. Voters say 74 – 18 percent that he would not make a good president, his lowest score ever. The negative rating is shared by Republicans 70 – 25 percent, Democrats 75 – 17 percent and independent voters 74 – 21 percent. But 67 percent of New York City voters say Bloomberg’s involvement in national issues is good for the city, while 28 percent say his involvement distracts him from the day-to-day business of running the city. “Wherever Mayor Mike wants to fly away to is his business, New Yorkers say, just as they said years ago. Leave him alone, they tell the press,” Carroll said. “But when the mayor’s away, voters want to know who’s in charge – and where they are.” From March 8 – 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,115 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 39% 51 10 Rep 47% 42 11 Dem 39% 52 9 Kngs 34% 58 9 Ind 40% 51 10 Man 55% 34 11 Wht 46% 47 7 Qns 35% 55 10 Blk 30% 58 11 StIsl 27% 66 6 Hisp 32% 53 15 Men 42% 48 10 Union HsHld 26% 65 8 Wom 36% 53 11

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 28% 61 11 35% 49 16

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005) APPROVE....... High Low Oct 21 Jul 02 2008* 2003 75 20 6 31 60 8 DIS.. High Jul 02 2003 31 60 8

Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 39 51 10

Nov 23 2010 55 35 11

Jun 30 2010 57 33 10

May 21 2010 57 29 14

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 67% 20 13 Rep 78% 13 9 Dem 66% 22 12 Kngs 70% 18 12 Ind 69% 18 13 Man 69% 17 14 Wht 79% 11 11 Qns 66% 20 14 Blk 57% 27 16 StIsl 74% 15 11 Hisp 63% 28 9 Men 70% 18 12 Union HsHld 66% 20 15 Wom 65% 22 14

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 55% 30 14 57% 30 13

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? (*High also 70% Feb 2010, Mar 2006 & Feb 2006) APPROVE....... High Low May 24 Jan 16 2010* 2007 70 17 13 52 34 14 DIS.. High Jan 16 2007 52 34 14

Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 67 20 13

Nov 23 2010 67 19 14

Jun 30 2010 66 20 14

May 24 2010 70 17 13

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3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cathleen Black is handling her job as New York City Schools Chancellor? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 17% 49 34 Rep 31% 32 37 Dem 14% 52 33 Kngs 17% 52 31 Ind 18% 52 31 Man 21% 37 41 Wht 19% 42 38 Qns 14% 53 32 Blk 13% 56 32 StIsl 8% 56 36 Hisp 17% 57 25 Men 22% 41 37 Union HsHld 11% 61 28 Wom 13% 55 32

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 18% 53 29 18% 48 33

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 44% 16 40 Rep 48% 19 32 Dem 49% 13 38 Kngs 52% 16 33 Ind 39% 20 40 Man 37% 14 49 Wht 41% 14 45 Qns 39% 18 43 Blk 51% 16 34 StIsl 42% 12 46 Hisp 49% 16 35 Men 42% 16 42 Union HsHld 47% 15 38 Wom 46% 16 39

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 41% 26 33 49% 16 35

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate? Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 44 16 40 Nov 23 2010 36 16 48 Jun 30 2010 35 17 48 May 21 2010 34 16 50 Feb 17 2010 37 13 50

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 55% 25 20 Rep 45% 37 18 Dem 64% 17 19 Kngs 56% 25 19 Ind 49% 30 21 Man 57% 23 21 Wht 52% 28 20 Qns 50% 28 23 Blk 60% 23 17 StIsl 50% 30 19 Hisp 55% 21 24 Men 47% 33 21 Union HsHld 57% 28 15 Wom 61% 19 20

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 54% 27 19 59% 24 17

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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker? APPROVE....... High Low Mar 16 Nov 25 2011 2008 55 25 20 40 29 31

Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 55 25 20

Nov 23 2010 50 24 26

Jun 30 2010 45 27 28

May 21 2010 44 26 30

Feb 17 2010 44 28 27

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 54% 16 30 Rep 47% 20 34 Dem 59% 14 28 Kngs 62% 13 25 Ind 52% 17 31 Man 48% 16 36 Wht 51% 14 34 Qns 52% 19 29 Blk 69% 10 21 StIsl 55% 14 31 Hisp 56% 17 27 Men 54% 17 29 Union HsHld 58% 13 29 Wom 55% 15 31

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 54% 19 28 53% 16 31

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller? Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 54 16 30 Nov 23 2010 48 16 37 Jun 30 2010 47 17 36 May 21 2010 49 13 38 Feb 17 2010 44 11 45

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 70% 26 4 Rep 27% 69 4 Dem 87% 10 3 Kngs 68% 30 2 Ind 59% 38 3 Man 77% 19 5 Wht 56% 41 3 Qns 62% 33 5 Blk 91% 6 3 StIsl 54% 44 2 Hisp 79% 18 3 Men 66% 30 3 Union HsHld 75% 23 2 Wom 73% 23 4

HvKids PubSch Brnx Approve Disapprove DK/NA 76% 17 7 82% 12 6

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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? Mar 16 2011 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 70 26 4 Nov 23 2010 66 30 4 Feb 17 2010 72 25 3 Aug 26 2009 76 19 5 Jul 28 2009 74 20 6 Jun 16 2009 79 16 6 Feb 25 2009 78 13 9

8. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? Tot Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 5% 41 33 20 2 Rep 2% 37 35 23 3 Dem 4% 43 33 18 1 Kngs 1% 39 38 20 3 Ind 5% 40 35 20 Man 11% 51 26 11 1 Wht 6% 43 32 17 1 Qns 3% 37 34 26 1 Blk 2% 36 33 27 2 StIsl 2% 37 38 22 1 Hisp 4% 39 31 26 1 Men 4% 44 31 19 2 Union HsHld 4% 38 35 24 1 Wom 5% 39 34 22 1

HvKids PubSch Brnx Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 2% 40 31 26 2 5% 38 29 26 2

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? VERY+SMWHT... High Low Feb 11 Jul 02 1998 2003 18 58 18 5 1 7 23 32 38 1

Mar 16 2011 Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 5 41 33 20 2

Nov 23 2010 6 44 31 19 1

Jun 30 2010 6 43 30 20 1

May 21 2010 7 44 32 16 1

Feb 17 2010 8 51 26 14 1

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9. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today? Tot Economy Total 37% Economy general 5 Unemployment/Jobs 26 Cost of living 4 Housing market/Real estate values 1 Economy other 1 Education Total Education general Teachers Funding education Teacher layoffs Education other Budget Total Budget general Budget cuts/Cuts in services Budget deficits Gov too big/Gov spending Budget priorities Budget other Taxes Total Taxes general Property tax Taxes other Mass Transit Total Quality mass transit/ Public transportation Highway/Traffic congestion Transportation other Crime/Violence general Politicians Total Political corruption Mayor/City leadership Housing Total Housing general Housing Costs/Availability Police general Poverty/Homeless Class inequality Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's Other DK/NA 21% 10 3 3 1 4 12% 4 2 3 1 1 1 5% 3 1 1 5% 3 1 1 3% 3% 1 2 3% 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 3

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10. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg would make a good President or not? Tot Yes No DK/NA 18% 74 8 Rep 25% 70 6 Dem 17% 75 7 Kngs 17% 79 4 Ind 21% 74 5 Man 26% 65 9 Wht 25% 69 6 Qns 16% 72 12 Blk 13% 79 8 StIsl 18% 80 2 Hisp 13% 80 7 Men 21% 72 7 Union HsHld 13% 80 7 Wom 16% 76 8

HvKids PubSch Brnx Yes No DK/NA 16% 78 5 12% 80 8

TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg would make a good President or not? Mar 16 2011 Yes No DK/NA 18 74 8 Nov 23 2010 29 61 9 Mar 12 2008 45 43 12 Jan 09 2008 52 39 9

11. Michael Bloomberg says he is not interested in running for President. Do you believe him or not? Tot Yes/Believe him No DK/NA 38% 56 6 Rep 43% 50 7 Dem 38% 56 6 Kngs 38% 55 6 Ind 40% 55 5 Man 43% 50 7 Wht 43% 52 5 Qns 39% 56 5 Blk 30% 60 9 StIsl 30% 60 10 Hisp 34% 63 3 Men 45% 50 5 Union HsHld 32% 62 6 Wom 33% 61 7

HvKids PubSch Brnx Yes/Believe him No DK/NA 36% 57 7 31% 65 4

12. Do you think the public has a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter? Tot Right to know Private matter DK/NA 25% 72 3 Rep 17% 78 5 Dem 26% 72 2 Kngs 26% 71 2 Ind 27% 70 3 Man 25% 72 3 Wht 23% 75 2 Qns 25% 72 3 Blk 33% 63 4 StIsl 27% 70 3 Hisp 21% 76 3 Men 26% 70 4 Union HsHld 30% 68 3 Wom 25% 73 2

HvKids PubSch Brnx Right to know Private matter DK/NA 24% 71 4 24% 71 5

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TREND: Do you think the public has a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter? Mar 16 2011 Right to know Private matter DK/NA 25 72 3 Feb 04 2004 18 80 2 Mar 27 2002 18 79 3

13. Should the media follow and report on the Mayor when he goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter? Tot Follow and report Private matter DK/NA 17% 79 3 Rep 9% 89 2 Dem 18% 79 3 Kngs 19% 78 3 Ind 21% 76 4 Man 17% 78 4 Wht 15% 82 4 Qns 16% 81 3 Blk 20% 78 2 StIsl 14% 83 3 Hisp 18% 81 1 Men 20% 76 4 Union HsHld 16% 81 2 Wom 15% 82 3

HvKids PubSch Brnx Follow and report Private matter DK/NA 17% 79 3 17% 81 3

TREND: Should the media follow and report on the Mayor when he goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter? Mar 16 2011 Follow & report Private matter DK/NA 17 79 3 Mar 27 2002 12 86 2

14. When Mayor Bloomberg is out of the city, should he have to say who is in charge or not? Tot Yes No DK/NA 84% 13 2 Rep 78% 19 3 Dem 87% 11 2 Kngs 84% 13 4 Ind 83% 14 2 Man 78% 21 1 Wht 83% 15 3 Qns 89% 10 1 Blk 85% 13 3 StIsl 91% 7 2 Hisp 91% 8 1 Men 80% 16 4 Union HsHld 87% 11 2 Wom 88% 11 1

HvKids PubSch Brnx Yes No DK/NA 88% 12 84% 11 5

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15. When Mayor Bloomberg is out of the city, should he have to say the whereabouts of who is in charge or not? Tot Yes No DK/NA 72% 26 3 Rep 65% 32 2 Dem 73% 25 2 Kngs 72% 27 1 Ind 75% 22 3 Man 66% 31 3 Wht 70% 28 3 Qns 76% 20 4 Blk 74% 25 1 StIsl 71% 28 1 Hisp 81% 18 2 Men 71% 27 2 Union HsHld 71% 27 2 Wom 73% 24 3

HvKids PubSch Brnx Yes No DK/NA 71% 26 2 75% 23 3

16. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's involvement in national issues, such as immigration reform and gun control is good for the city because these issues ultimately benefit New Yorkers or do you think this involvement distracts him from the day to day business of running the city? Tot Good for city Distracts from city DK/NA 67% 28 5 Rep 61% 32 7 Dem 72% 25 3 Kngs 65% 31 4 Ind 63% 31 6 Man 78% 18 4 Wht 71% 24 5 Qns 62% 32 6 Blk 65% 29 6 StIsl 62% 31 8 Hisp 63% 35 2 Men 67% 29 4 Union HsHld 68% 29 4 Wom 66% 28 6

HvKids PubSch Brnx Good for city Distracts from city DK/NA 57% 38 5 61% 31 7

17. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the outer boroughs or gives all areas of the city equal attention? Tot Favors Manhattan Equal attention DK/NA 70% 22 8 Rep 65% 30 5 Dem 69% 22 9 Kngs 75% 19 6 Ind 73% 22 5 Man 52% 34 14 Wht 69% 24 7 Qns 76% 18 6 Blk 74% 20 6 StIsl 84% 11 5 Hisp 67% 23 10 Men 67% 24 9 Union HsHld 77% 17 6 Wom 72% 21 7

HvKids PubSch Brnx Favors Manhattan Equal attention DK/NA 77% 14 10 71% 23 6

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TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg favors Manhattan over the outer boroughs or gives all areas of the city equal attention? Mar 16 2011 Favors Manhattan Equal attention DK/NA 70 22 8 Jun 22 2005 62 30 8

18. Thinking about all of the snow storms this winter, how would you rate the job the Bloomberg administration overall has done of snow removal: excellent, good, not so good, or poor? Tot Excellent Good Not so good Poor DK/NA 2% 26 31 38 2 Rep 3% 25 29 41 2 Dem 2% 25 33 38 2 Kngs 1% 20 31 46 3 Ind 3% 27 31 39 Man 4% 38 34 22 2 Wht 3% 31 29 36 1 Qns 1% 23 33 41 1 Blk 1% 20 35 43 1 StIsl 1% 25 29 45 1 Hisp 2% 22 28 47 1 Men 2% 25 31 40 2 Union HsHld 2% 24 31 40 2 Wom 2% 27 32 37 2

HvKids PubSch Brnx Excellent Good Not so good Poor DK/NA 1% 24 25 49 2 2% 28 27 42 1

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