Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Hit the road, Jack
From the NY Times:
New Yorkers are having second thoughts about Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s third term.
As for a fourth term? No thanks.
With less than 18 months to go in Mr. Bloomberg’s unexpectedly long mayoral tenure, nearly three-quarters of New Yorkers said he should not have been allowed to run for a third term, according to the latest poll by The New York Times.
Mr. Bloomberg, having persuaded the City Council to approve a change in term limits that paved the way for his re-election in 2009, has presided over city government for more than a decade, and he still gets solid grades. Forty-eight percent of the poll’s respondents approved of his job performance, and 39 percent disapproved, about the same as a year ago.
But asked if they would support Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent, in a hypothetical bid for a fourth four-year stint in City Hall, 65 percent of New Yorkers said they would not vote for the mayor again. One-quarter of voters would vote for him to stay on, and 8 percent said “it depends.” (The mayor, who is 70, has said he has no plans to run again.)