The honeymoon seems to be over for Mayor Eric Adams in the case of New Yorkers’ views on his dealing with of the Big Apple’s vexing crime downside, a survey launched Wednesday reveals.
Crime is the highest concern of 49% of metropolis voters — greater than triple the 15% of respondents who cited reasonably priced housing and 12% homelessness, the Quinnipiac University ballot discovered.
But a majority of Big Apple voters — 54% — now disapprove of Adams’ dealing with of crime, whereas solely 37% of respondents approve.
That’s an enormous drop in help from a Quinnipiac survey in early February, when 35% of voters have been dissatisfied and 49% gave him a thumbs-up.
Adams, a retired transit cop, made decreasing crime the cornerstone of his bid for City Hall. But violent crime has principally worsened throughout his 4 months in workplace.
The souring of the general public notion of Adams on dealing with crime transcends all age teams, party affiliations and boroughs.
In the Bronx, 61% of voters rated him negatively for addressing crime and 71% of Staten Island respondents disapproved.
Among racial teams, 59% of Hispanics and 55% of whites gave Adams poor grades on crime. Black voters have been cut up — 46% approving and 45% disapproving.
Similarly, solely 43% of voters are assured that Adams will cut back gun violence in New York City (8% have been very assured whereas 35% have been considerably assured). And 53% have been both not so assured (30%) or not assured in any respect (23%) he may rein within the gun violence.
The mayor’s total job approval additionally took a success — with 43% of voters approving and 37% disapproving.
In Quinnipiac’s February ballot, 46% of voters accepted of Adams’ job as mayor whereas solely 27% disapproved.
“Mayor Adams gets a positive score on his job performance, but it’s tepid. The biggest weight on his numbers: crime. It’s by far the most urgent issue and voters are holding him accountable,” mentioned Quinnipiac Poll analyst Mary Snow.
She famous the survey comes on the heels of a well-publicized subway capturing whereas total crime has elevated.
Meanwhile, 56% of voters disapproved of Adams’ dealing with of the homeless downside whereas solely 41% of respondents accepted.
Other key findings:
- 86% of voters help having extra cops within the New York City subway system, whereas 12% oppose it.
- A majority assume putting in metallic detectors in New York City’s subway system is a good suggestion.
- Nearly 7 in 10 voters assume riders on buses, subways and commuter trains ought to be required to put on masks. An even greater quantity say they might put on a masks on them even and not using a mandate.
Amid stinging voter disapproval over his dealing with of crime, Adams spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Los Angeles at a know-how panel dialogue hosted by the Milken Institute. He was the one elected official on the panel, joined by different representatives from the monetary tech world.
When requested how he obtained there and who paid for the flights, a City Hall rep mentioned the mayor flew on a business flight — declining to establish the airline — and that the flight was not paid for by taxpayers, though the spokesman refused to say who did pay for it.
Meanwhile, the ballot additionally discovered blended grades for Schools Chancellor David Banks — 34% of voters approve of his efficiency, 31 p.c disapprove, with the rest having no opinion.
Adams spokesman Fabien Levy, in response to the grumpy ballot findings mentioned, “New Yorkers are rightly anxious about crime, which is why public security has been Mayor Adams’ high precedence since day one.
“The mayor launched the new anti-gun unit to focus on getting dangerous guns off the streets, he helped deliver public safety reforms in Albany that many thought were impossible, and he has worked with partners in the federal government to stem the tide of dangerous guns flowing into New York City from other states.”
But the City Hall rep mentioned “reducing crime in the city won’t happen overnight.”
“We are seeing movement and the crime numbers from yesterday reflect that with homicides, shootings, rapes, and hate crimes all down,” Levy mentioned. “Mayor Adams is laser-focused on reversing the failures of the previous administration while fighting back against failed reforms to the state’s justice system and irresponsible laws that flood our city with out of state guns.”
Big Apple gun violence fell final month in comparison with April 2021, though the variety of shootings was nonetheless practically double pre-pandemic ranges — and total metropolis crime continues to surge, NYPD information out this week exhibits.
Major crimes have been up 34.2% total, fueled by jumps in felony assaults, robberies, burglaries and thefts, in keeping with the April crime statistics.
The Quinnipiac Poll, which queried 1,249 metropolis voters from April 28 via May 2, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 proportion factors.