The majority of New Yorkers might not think Eric Adams is doing a stellar job as mayor — but they still like his “swag,” a new poll has found.
A Spectrum News NY1/Siena College poll found that 53% of respondents approved of Adams’ leadership style – which the ex-cop himself described as “bragging rights” – compared to 37% who did not.
The result was a rare bright spot in an otherwise bleak outlook that reflects New Yorkers’ growing fears for their personal safety, concerns about crime and homelessness, and a general pessimism about the future.
Just 29% of respondents to the survey rated Adam’s overall job performance as good or excellent, while 64% said he has performed fair or poorly since taking office in January.
“When New Yorkers honeymooned with Mayor Adams, they were short and definitely over,” said Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute.
But a majority of people still seem to appreciate Adam’s approach to being a leader.
“When a mayor brags, the city has to brag,” said the always elegantly dressed mayor at the beginning of his term.
Another piece of good news for the former NYPD captain-turned-politician is that most New Yorkers believe he’s an improvement over his unpopular predecessor, Bill de Blasio.
According to the poll results, a total of 72% of respondents said Adams was doing better or as well as de Blasio.
However, other poll responses suggested that Adams got his job done for him, considering 56% of people said the Big Apple was going in the wrong direction, and 7 in 10 New Yorkers said they hadn’t since the beginning of the year felt less secure pandemic.
Adams was also criticized in the poll for his efforts to combat rising crime rates and rampant homelessness, which were rated “poor” by 45% and 49% of respondents, respectively.
During a Tuesday news conference, Adams tried to downplay the lackluster statistics, arguing that New Yorkers are still in his corner.
“My understanding, correct me if I’m wrong, there was an Excellent, an A, there was a Good, B, there was a C, fair,” he said. “Well, Mommy always told me to try to get an A, but she never told me I failed a C.” I think New Yorkers are looking, they’re like, ‘We’re going to give Eric a chance. We believe he’s fair.’”
He added: “I think, you know, listen, a C isn’t an A. But a C isn’t an F. New Yorkers are tough judges and raters, we all know that. And for a New Yorker to give you a ‘fair’, they say, ‘We’ll watch what you do.’”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/08/new-yorkers-love-mayor-eric-adams-swagger-poll-shows/ Polls show New Yorkers love Mayor Eric Adams’ “Swagger.”