The rise of Bill de Blasio to the top of city politics has raised the question: Is it his policies or something else that have fueled the public advocate's popularity? A survey by The New York Times and Siena College suggested that a vast majority of New York voters favor Mr. de Blasio to be the next mayor despite disagreeing with his positions on education, public safety and other issues.
But a new poll casts doubt on those findings. The survey of 1,475 New Yorkers at all income levels, conducted between July and August, found strong support for Mr. de Blasio's central message of income inequality, with a majority saying they believe that the wealthy have benefited the most under the Bloomberg years.
"[From] some of the other polling, for example what The New York Times reported, the sense was that the public likes de Blasio but doesn't really agree with his policies," said Nancy Rankin, vice president for policy and research at the Community Service Society, which sponsored the poll. "What we're seeing in our survey is something different. We're seeing a real shift in the public's mood."