A little over two weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the metropolitan region, Quinnipiac University’s polling center surveyed 1,165 registered voters in New York City to get their opinions on politicians’ responses to the storm, and find out what they thought about the storm itself.
Interestingly, New York City voters said Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg did an “excellent” or “good” job, but they give their best marks to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama. When asked who performed the best, 36 percent of responders said Christie, 22 percent said Obama, 15 percent said Cuomo and 12 percent said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg’s last place finish in the poll may reflect what The New York Times reported about his manner — that Bloomberg had trouble connecting with New Yorkers in need following the storm. But Bloomberg’s handling of the emergency, according to the Quinnipiac poll, helps lift his overall approval rating to 56 – 34 percent, his highest grades in more than two years.
“The storm-of-the-century brings out the best in Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.”But that love fest between New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially.”
“While all four leaders get very high marks — it seems a hug or two never hurts,” he continued.
Other key findings:
A total of 86 percent of New York City voters say the overall storm response from first responders was “excellent” or “good.”
- Utility companies — 37 percent “excellent” or “good,” with 58 percent “not so good” or “poor”
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority — 75 percent “excellent” or “good”
- Red Cross — 66 percent “excellent” or “good”
“High marks for the first responders and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,” Carroll said. “But most New Yorkers think the utilities failed their storm-response test.”
The poll also found that 80 percent of New Yorkers support spending billions of dollars in the future to mitigate damage from future storms.