Naw… I’m just kidding. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still managing to ring up poll numbers well below those of Congress, Kim Jong-un and most sexually transmitted diseases. And we’re not just talking about the total lack of support for his presidential bid, either. He’s not even popular back home in his own city and state. As far as the POTUS nomination goes, a recent Quinnipiac poll finds that Hizzoner is not just near the back of the pack. He’s once again polling at literally zero percent. (CBS New York)
It seems like Mayor de Blasio isn’t very popular lately. Not at home in New York City and not on the presidential campaign trail either.
According to the latest Siena College poll, only 26 percent of voters in New York State had a favorable opinion of the mayor; 57 percent of New Yorkers had an unfavorable opinion.
The news got even worse for de Blasio and his potential spot in upcoming Democratic debates for president.
A Quinnipiac University poll shows that if the Democratic primary were held today, the mayor and other local candidates are at the bottom of the field.
The “other local candidates” in question are NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Gillibrand joins de Blasio in the zero percent support club. Somewhat embarrassingly, they are both trailing Booker who at least managed to register two percent. (For the record, that two percent showing put Booker over the finish line to qualify for the next debates, along with having received donations from more than 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 from each of 20 or more states.)
In reality, de Blasio was never going to be the nominee, something I’ve been saying since the day he announced. The rest of the candidates aren’t even taking him seriously. If he’d begun to show any juice in this race, they would have already been attacking him for his endless string campaign finance scandals back home and the people currently sitting in jail after admitting they bribed him. But nobody is bothering to waste time on the debate stage or their various campaign stops because he’s not a threat.
What should be more disturbing for the Mayor are those Siena numbers. Carrying a 26% approval rating in New York isn’t a signal that there’s an opening for a GOP challenge, but it most certainly does open the door to a primary bid against him, if not a serious effort to remove him from office prematurely. Given the Big Apple’s crumbling infrastructure problems, disastrous metro service and an exodus of blue-collar workers who can’t afford to live there, it’s probably not all that surprising. Rather than reaching for the Oval Office, perhaps de Blasio should be investing his time in looking for a new gig in the private sector.