Findings from the July 30-August 4, 2015 Quinnipiac Poll
by Angelo Falcón (August 7, 2015)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is losing support among Latinos, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll conducted July 30-August 4, 2015 among 1,108 New York City self-identified registered voters. Compared to 54 percent of Latinos approving in January the job de Blasio is doing as Mayor, the current poll has that percentage drop to 48 percent. A troubling 76 percent of Latinos fear being a victim of crime under the de Blasio Administration.
During much of his tenure so far, Blacks and Latinos have been his biggest supporters, with Whites giving de Blasio the highest disapproval rates. However, with this current poll, this pattern has changed, with Latinos now joining Whites in giving the Mayor much lower approvals ratings compared to Blacks.
This is in sharp contrast with the high approval rating given by Latinos to New York Governor Cuomo — 72 percent, compared to 62 percent by Blacks and 53 percent by Whites. Asked whether de Blasio or Cuomo best represents one’s political views, Latinos selected Cuomo over de Blasio, while Blacks selected de Blasio and Whites neither.
As to whether or not Mayor de Blasio deserves reelection, Latinos were the most divided, with only 49 percent feeling he should be reelected. A majority of Blacks (58 percent) feel that he should be reelected, while a larger majority of Whites (61 percent) feel he does not deserve reelection.
What are some of the reasons for the decline in Latino support for Mayor de Blasio? According to this poll, it is clear that Latinos are not satisfied with the quality of life in New York City:
- 55 percent of Latinos are dissatisfied with the way things are going in New York City today;
- 81 percent of Latinos rate the city’s quality of life as only fair or poor;
- 80 percent of Latinos feel that the quality of life in New York City has gotten worse or stayed the same compared to a few years ago; and
- 76 percent of Latinos feel that being a victim of crime is something they personally worry about.
In terms of the crime issue:
- A majority of Latinos (53 percent) disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling crime;
- 56 percent of Latinos disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling police-community relations;
- 59 percent of Latinos disapproval of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling the police department; and
- Only 47 percent of Latinos approve of the job Bill Bratton is doing as Police Commissioner.
Finally, the Quinnipiac University Poll continues to define race relations in New York City in simplistic Black-White terms, ignoring the role of the city’s largest racial-ethnic minority, Latinos. While there is general agreement that the city’s Black and Latino communities share many common problems of racial discrimination, being disproportionate victims of police brutality, and so on, this reality is not reflected in this survey and much of the media coverage of social issues facing the city. The result is that the needs and voices of close to one-third of the city’s population are being marginalized or ignored.
The NiLP Report on Latino Policy & Politics is an online information service provided by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). For further information, visitwww.latinopolicy.org. Send comments to [email protected]