New York City lefty Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected in a landslide with more than 73 percent of the vote last November. Yet after only two months on the job, his approval rating has been cut nearly in half, with only 39 percent of city voters expressing approval of the job he has done so far. As the WSJ notes, this is considerably lower than his predecessor’s approval ratings at this time in his tenure, although he is still personally relatively popular:
“He still [has] a lot to do to convince people that he’s on top of the managing of the city and literally making positive changes—that’s not coming through yet to people,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
If there’s any silver lining in this for the Mayor, it’s that he isn’t the only one feeling the pain. Discontent with incumbent politicians is at a record high around the country, and closer to home, the more centrist Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeing his approval slide as well (though not as fast or as low as de Blasio’s). There’s also still plenty of time for de Blasio to turn things around around by scoring some big victories. It’s too soon for the Mayor or the far-left Democrats he represents to panic.
But this is a brutal start. For a worst-case scenario, consider the rapid slide of President François Hollande—another far-left candidate who swept into office in a landslide. He saw his approval rating crater within months of taking office; it now sits at an atrocious 19 percent.
If De Blasio’s brand of left-wing politics can’t find support in one of the country’s most liberal cities, this movement is in trouble.