More than half of New York City residents are happy with the job Mayor Eric Adams has done during his first two and a half months in office, the results of a new poll show.
Sixty-one percent of New Yorkers approve of Adams’ job performance, according to a Marist poll conducted between March 1 and March 8.
Twenty-four percent of New Yorkers, however, disapprove of the job the former Brooklyn borough president is doing, the poll found, while 15% are not sure how they feel.
The poll surveyed 891 adult New Yorkers via landlines and cell phones. Of the residents surveyed, only 16% said they strongly approved of Adams’ work, with 8% saying they strongly disapproved.
Asked to compare Adams to previous mayors, including former mayors Bill de Blasio, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins, 29% of those who responded said they thought he was a good mayor and 9% said they thought he was an excellent mayor.
Added up, that 38% was comparable to the 39% de Blasio received in a poll Marist conducted not long after he was sworn into office at the beginning of 2014, but it trailed behind Bloomberg’s 50%, Giuliani’s 51% and Dinkins’ 56%.
The poll also found that less than half of New Yorkers — 47% — felt Adams was “changing the Big Apple for the better.” Thirty-four percent felt he was not having any impact,8% felt he was changing it for the worse and 12% were unsure.”
Adams did fare better in the poll than de Blasio did in the poll conducted after he was sworn in. At that time, 20% of registered New York City voters said they felt de Blasio was having a negative impact on the city.
On specific issues, a majority of New Yorkers — 64% — said they approved of Adams’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the omicron variant-fueled spike in January.
Sixty-one percent said they approved of his handling of police-community relations, and 55% and 53% voiced support for his handling of public schools and crime, respectively.
Overall, the poll found that Adams “has broad appeal at this early point in his administration,” Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Director Lee Miringoff said in a statement.
“Unlike his predecessor, Adams is not coming across as a polarizing figure to most city residents,” Miringoff added.