Mayor de Blasio begins his reelection campaign with New Yorkers evenly split on his job performance — 47% approve and 47% disapprove, according to a new poll.
And while more New Yorkers say de Blasio does not deserve reelection, he still tops all his potential challengers, the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found.
The biggest threat to de Blasio would be former Council Speaker Christine Quinn — who lost to de Blasio in the 2013 primary — running as an independent. She would get 35% of the vote in a hypothetical general election, compared to 41% for the incumbent.
“Four years ago the mayor trounced Christine Quinn, and this year the Quinnipiac poll says in the early going she’s the only one who seems to have a shot against him. She doesn’t beat him, but she’s in there,” said assistant poll director Maurice Carroll.
De Blasio wins by larger margins over other would-be challengers running as independents: 43% to 34% against city Controller Scott Stringer, 42% to 32% against Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and 43% to 31% over Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
In a Democratic primary where all the potential challengers jump in, 34% of voters choose to de Blasio, to 15% for Quinn, 9% for Stringer, 7% for Diaz and 6% for Adams.
New Yorkers said in the poll, which was conducted after last week’s presidential election, that de Blasio does not deserve reelection by a 49% to 39% margin.
But his 47% approval rating is his highest since January, and up from 42% in August.
“He’s not a terribly popular mayor, but he’s not a terribly unpopular mayor,” Carroll said. “They give him tepid job approval ratings, but you know the line … You can’t beat somebody with nobody.”
De Blasio’s senior campaign advisor, Phil Walzak, said “we are happy to compare his record against anyone.”
“Under Mayor de Blasio, crime is at record lows, jobs are at record highs, and every 4-year-old in our city has access to Universal Pre-K. New York City is freezing rents, expanding pay sick leave and minimum wage for workers, and dramatically reducing stop and frisk in our communities of color,” he said.