Poll: De Blasio approval hits 49 percent
Bill de Blasio's approval rating climbed 10 points in a new poll released by the New York Times, NY1 and Siena College on Monday night.
De Blasio received a 49 percent approval rating, up from 39 percent in the last public poll, with 31 percent of those surveyed disapproving of his job performance and 19 percent claiming to be undecided.
In a separate question, he received a 47 percent favorability grade from the 1,190 city residents, polled by telephone between March 29 and April 3.
Another 23 percent said they hold an unfavorable view of the new mayor, while 29 percent said they have not heard enough.
In one of the more positive responses, 58 percent said he is focused on issues that matter to them, compared to 37 percent who feel his priorities are not in line with theirs.
New Yorkers do not want de Blasio to be too steadfast in his own views: 67 percent said he should compromise his positions to reach accomplishments, while 24 percent want him to stick to his guns.
And most residents are willing to give him more time before making a judgment, with 59 percent saying it is too early in his tenure to rate him.
On the issues he has contended with so far, de Blasio has satisfied New Yorkers with his positions on stop-and-frisk (54 percent approval) and universal pre-kindergarten (73 percent in favor).
But a majority disagree with one of his signature policies on charter schools: 56 percent said they support the city's current process of allowing charters to share space with traditional public schools.
The mayor's poll numbers dipped to a low of 39 percent last month in a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist survey.