Friday, January 16, 2015
Poll Finds New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Mayor de Blasio
If you've been reading or listening to the pancake heads who've been dissing New York's Mayor de Blasio, you've been listening to or reading a minority opinion. An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support Mayor de Blasio, not the NYPD's temper tantrum and the narcissistic protest they engaged in at the funerals of the two fallen policemen who were recently shot by a mentally ill man.
Backing de Blasio
A new poll by Quinnipiac University suggests that the city’s voters have seen through the police union’s tactics, and that its temper tantrum will cost it political support. Consider the following findings:
“Police union leader Patrick Lynch’s comments that the mayor’s office had blood on its hands are ‘too extreme,’ voters say 77 – 17 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. There is no party, gender, racial, borough or age group which finds the comments ‘appropriate.'”
“Voters say 47 to 37 percent that Mayor de Blasio’s statements and actions during his 2013 campaign and during his first year in office show he does support police.”
“The recent slowdown in police activity is more of a protest, 56 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say it is because police officers fear for their safety.”
“Voters say 57 to 34 percent that officers should be disciplined if they deliberately are making fewer arrests or writing fewer tickets. Black, white and Hispanic voters all agree.”
“Voters give Patrolmen’s Benevolent Assn. President Patrick Lynch a negative 18 to 39 percent favorability rating and say 43 to 27 percent that he is a mostly negative force in the city.”
New Yorkers Reject the NYPD's Tantrum
Another poll from Quinnipiac shows the mayor’s overall approval up slightly. Friedersdorf runs through more numbers: I worried New Yorkers would punish Mayor de Blasio for losing control, rather than backing him to insist that the NYPD is subservient to the people. I didn’t give New Yorkers enough credit.
Mayor de Blasio will come away from this debacle looking fine, the officers who made the funerals about themselves and not their fallen comrades? Not so much.