NYC Mayor Eric Adams is seen in a new study as being soft on crime and having a small possibility of reducing gun violence in the city.
In the study conducted by Quinnipiac University, crime is the top concern of 49% of city voters — more than triple the 15% of respondents who cited affordable housing and 12% homelessness as their major concerns.
A majority of Big Apple voters, 54%, now disapprove of Adams’ handling of crime, while only 37% of respondents approve.
That’s a big drop off in support from an earlier February study by Quinnipiac, which stated that 35% of voters were dissatisfied and 49% gave Adams a passing grade.
Across the city Adams’ numbers are cratering. In the Bronx, 61% of voters rated him negatively for addressing crime and 71% of Staten Island respondents disapproved.
Among racial groups, 59% of Hispanics and 55% of whites gave Adams poor grades on crime. Black voters were split — 46% approving and 45% disapproving.
Other key findings, some of which should concern all New Yorkers:
- 86% of voters support having more police officers in the New York City subway system, while 12% oppose it.
- 56% of voters disapproved of Adams’ handling of the homeless problem while only 41% of respondents approved.
- A majority think installing metal detectors in New York City’s subway system is a good idea.
- Nearly 7 in 10 voters think riders on buses, subways and commuter trains should be required to wear masks. An even higher number say they would wear a mask on them even without a mandate.
Big Apple gun violence fell last month compared to April 2021, although the number of shootings was still nearly double pre-pandemic levels — and overall city crime continues to surge, NYPD data out this week shows.
Major crimes were up 34.2% overall, fueled by jumps in felony assaults, robberies, burglaries and thefts, according to the April crime statistics.
The mayor spent little effort battling crime this week as he was seen Monday getting a mani/pedi in Washington Heights before attending the Met Gala, where he wore a tuxedo with the words “end gun violence” emblazoned in the design, Adams then jetted off to Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a technology panel discussion hosted by the Milken Institute.