Poll: Trump Has Higher Favorability in New York Than de Blasio

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
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June 10, 2019

New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio is viewed favorably by fewer New York state voters than President Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

A Siena College poll showed that 29 percent of New Yorkers view de Blasio favorably, with 53 percent viewing him unfavorably. Trump was viewed favorably by 34 percent, although he had a higher unfavorable rating at 63 percent. Only 3 percent didn't have an opinion on Trump, while 17 percent didn't have one on de Blasio.

De Blasio was underwater with Democrats (39 favorable/45 unfavorable), Republicans (13/70), and Independents (24/58). Trump was viewed unfavorably by wide margins among Democrats (19/77) and Independents (32/65) as well. In keeping with his national popularity with the GOP, however, Trump held a 70/29 split with the state's Republicans.

De Blasio, who entered the 24-candidate Democratic field last month, has tried to brand Trump as "Con Don." When the second-term mayor entered the race, Trump filmed a video welcoming him to the contest while also calling him the worst mayor in the United States and the worst mayor in New York City's history.

New York residents derided de Blasio's decision to enter the race. A group of New York policemen heckled him at his Good Morning America interview, and MSNBC interviewed citizens who ripped his candidacy, with one likening it to an April Fool's joke.

He recently defied mayoral tradition by skipping the Puerto Rican Day Parade in order to campaign in Iowa. In a new Iowa survey from the Des Moines Register and CNN, de Blasio was one of only two candidates to not be chosen by a single respondent as their first or second choice. The other was Miramar, Florida, mayor Wayne Messam, whose town is roughly 80 times smaller than de Blasio's.