President Trump has higher favorability ratings than Mayor Bill de Blasio does in New York State, according to polling from the Siena College Research Institute.
Released Monday, the Loudonville, NY group revealed that while Trump still has slightly higher unfavorable ratings in the predominantly liberal state, Mayor De Blasio is not far behind. The U.S. President actually beats the New York mayor when survey participants were asked if they thought of each 2020 candidate favorably.
The news will come as a knock to De Blasio, who had hoped to make his mark on next year’s presidential race.
Instead, de Blasio joins Steve Bullock, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Wayne Messam in polling on ZERO per cent in a new CNN/Des Moines Register poll.
According to Siena, de Blasio has a favorability rating of just 29 per cent in his home state, compared with Trump’s 34 per cent.
The pair had unfavorable ratings of 53 per cent and 63 per cent respectively.
Siena’s pollster Steven Greenberg said of the results: “Trump runs close to de Blasio upstate and in the downstate suburbs, although he trails Gillibrand by double digits in both regions. While Gillibrand leads Trump with voters 55 and older by 18 points, de Blasio only leads among those voters by five points. Men support Gillibrand by five points but favor Trump over de Blasio by six points”.
The data also purports to reveal support for marijuana legalization, mandatory child vaccination, and single-payer healthcare, and an “Equal Rights Amendment” to the New York State Constitution.
But New Yorkers are still not as hot as their California counterparts on illegal immigrants.
A majority of those polled (53 per cent) rejected the idea of giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.
Forty-four per cent polled said Donald Trump was doing “Excellent”, “Good”, or “Fair” as president, while 52 per cent said he was doing a “Poor” job.
Of those surveyed, 48 per cent identified as Democrats, 22 per cent as Republicans, and 27 per cent as Independent or “Other”.
The poll also skewed towards New York City (40 per cent vs 26 per cent in the suburbs and 34 per cent Upstate), and towards women (55 per cent to 45 per cent men).