5 months into Eric Adams’ tenure as mayor, 49 p.c of New Yorkers cited crime as town’s most pressing challenge adopted by reasonably priced housing and homelessness, with solely 37 p.c of voters approving of the mayor’s efforts to get crime beneath management, a new Quinnipiac College poll launched Wednesday discovered.
Adams’ new dismal numbers on controlling crime, his greatest precedence since turning into mayor in January, have been launched as he spoke at a Milken Institute know-how panel as a part of a three-day journey to Los Angeles. The poll surveyed 1,249 registered New York Metropolis voters between April 28 and Could 2, with a 2.8 p.c margin of error.
Quinnipiac College polling analyst Mary Snow stated that whereas Adams’ total approval ranking of 43 p.c – with a disapproval ranking of 37 p.c and 20 p.c not giving an opinion – is kind of constructive, his efficiency on crime is dragging his numbers down.
“Mayor Adams gets a positive score on his job performance, but it’s tepid,” Snow stated. “The biggest weight on his numbers: crime. It’s by far the most urgent issue and voters are holding him accountable.”
In response to the poll, Adams’ 37 p.c approval ranking – and 54 p.c disapproval ranking – on his dealing with of crime has slipped considerably from the 49 to 35 p.c ranking he acquired from Quinnipiac’s final New York Metropolis poll in early February.
The poll additionally discovered that individuals’s confidence in Adams’ capacity to cut back gun violence in town has decreased over the previous three months. Whereas a majority of respondents – 58 p.c – stated they have been assured Adams may accomplish his key agenda merchandise of controlling crime in February, the new poll numbers confirmed that solely 43 p.c of respondents stated they have been nonetheless assured he may get crime down and 53 p.c stated they aren’t.
Snow positioned a few of the blame for this shift on the N train mass shooting in Sunset park final month and an total uptick in main crimes.
“In the wake of April’s mass shooting on the subway along with an increase in major crimes, confidence slips in the Mayor being able to reduce gun violence,” Snow stated.
Adams’ approval rankings additionally dropped in his dealing with of different key points together with the coronavirus pandemic, public colleges and police-community relations.
On a extra constructive be aware for Adams, 50 p.c of poll respondents assume town’s tourism trade – probably the most essential sectors to town’s economic system previous to the pandemic – will rebound in the subsequent yr. And a majority, 66 p.c, assume town will absolutely recuperate from COVID-19.
“There’s a silver lining tucked in a somewhat bleak snapshot of the city,” Snow stated. “Despite concerns over crime, half of voters expect tourism in New York City to increase over the next year. In the long run, a majority is expressing confidence that the city’s economy will fully bounce back from the losses of the pandemic.”