Who's the better New York politician: Bill de Blasio or Donald Trump? | The Tylt
Who's the better New York politician: Bill de Blasio or Donald Trump?
According to the LA Times, a slew of recent polls found the president's unpopularity amongst voters to be almost unprecedented.
The share of Americans with an unfavorable view of Trump is extraordinary: 68% in the most recent Bloomberg poll, 67% in the CNN/ORC survey, 67% in the ABC/Washington Post poll, 65% from Gallup. The 57% unfavorable rating he received in the most recent CBS/New York Times survey looks mild by comparison.
Comparable numbers are difficult to find, particularly over a sustained period. Even during the worst of the Vietnam War, for example, only 38% of Americans in Gallup polls gave an unfavorable rating to President Lyndon B. Johnson, although all public figures and institutions received more favorable rankings in that era.
De Blasio isn't exactly sitting pretty with voters himself. The New York Post reports the mayor didn't receive a single vote of support in an early summer Iowa poll.
Mayor de Blasio didn’t even register in a new Iowa poll that shows former Vice President Biden’s support slipping but Pete Buttigieg surging among the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls in Iowa.
De Blasio, who’s been in Iowa campaigning over the weekend, and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Fla., were the only two candidates in the field of 23 not listed as either a first or second choice for president in the Des Moines Register/ CNN poll released late Saturday.
The New York Times reports a recent poll pitting the two politicians against each other showed neither was particularly popular in their hometown of New York. While President Trump garnered less support overall, experts were quick to point out most New Yorkers are registered Democrats, immediately putting him at a disadvantage. De Blasio, however, cannot claim the same problems.
Mr. de Blasio’s rejection by voters of both parties was striking. “He is underwater with Democrats. He’s also well underwater with New York City voters,” Mr. Greenberg said, calling the showing “horrible” for a Democratic politician.
He said it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of Mr. de Blasio’s unpopularity, but that the mayor has seen a gradual decline since he started talking about running for president early this year. In a similar poll in January, Mr. de Blasio had a 38 percent favorable response and 46 percent unfavorable — a gap of 8 percent, compared to 24 percent today.