New poll crushes Hochul, Adams on crime & punishment

Well the honeymoon is over for Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams as voters give them poor grades in a new city poll.

Roughly 64% of New Yorkers believe Adams is doing a poor or fair job (the lower two of four ratings markers) — and more than half (56%) believe the Big Apple is heading in the wrong direction, the Spectrum News NY1/Siena College poll says.

“If New Yorkers had a honeymoon with Mayor Adams, it was brief and it’s clearly over. Only 29% give him a positive rating for the job he’s doing as mayor, compared to 64% who give him a negative rating,” said Dr. Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute. 

Hochul’s approval figures are only slightly higher, with 54% of those polled describing her job rating as poor or fair.  

About 76% of the 1,000 residents polled are “very concerned” or somewhat concerned that they’ll become a victim of a violent crime in the city, the poll found.

“No governor has done as much as we have, and in as fast a time, to address the specter of crime and gun violence in our streets,” Hochul told reporters Tuesday when asked about the crime fear statistic and her job rating.

“We’re saying we understand people’s anxieties,” she added. “There is a lot of fear all across this nation. Crime has been going up since the pandemic and people are anxious. I understand that. There’s more to do.

In a slap in the face, those polled also ranked Adams’ performance on par with unpopular ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio. When asked, 36% said Adams was doing as well as de Blasio, while 36% said the current mayor was doing a better overall job than his predecessor.

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