New York City divided by race as Sharpton approval drops

August 26, 2014 – New Yorkers Divided By Race On Mayor, Sharpton, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Police Commissioner’s Approval Drops PDF format

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio clings to a 50 – 32 percent job approval rating, marked by a continuing divide between black and white voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Rev. Al Sharpton (Media Credit: MSNBC)

Today’s rating is little changed from a 51 – 28 percent job approval in a June 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, with black approval then at 66 – 14 percent, Hispanic approval at 56 – 17 percent and white voters divided with 41 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving.Today, black voters approve of Mayor de Blasio 65 – 15 percent, with Hispanic approval at 55 – 27 percent and white approval at a negative 36 – 45 percent. The racial divide touches on measures of de Blasio’s character as voters overall say:

  • 53 – 39 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 53 – 39 percent that he understands their problems;
  • 66 – 22 percent that he is honest and trustworthy.

New York City voters approve 55 – 33 percent of the way de Blasio is handling relations between blacks and whites, with black approval at 67 – 22 percent, white approval at 46 – 41 percent and Hispanic approval at 58 – 31 percent. Voters are divided on the way the mayor is handling relations between the police and the community, as 46 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove. Race relations in the city are “generally good,” voters say 50 – 41 percent.”New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gets positive marks on honesty, empathy and leadership. He’s only so-so on most issues, except for a big plus on race relations,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.”He’s had his ups and his downs over the summer, but there’s almost no change in his job approval. White voters are negative; black voters are overwhelmingly positive.”New York City voters approve 48 – 35 percent of the job Police Commissioner William Bratton is doing, down from 57 – 19 percent June 12 and lower than any approval rating for former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly during his 12 years in office.Rev. Al SharptonIn an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 20 percent of New York City voters…

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