He’s still popular….
But he’s taking hits on crime and other issues….
Mayor Bill de Blasio has stumbled to the worst net approval rating of his tenure, according to a poll released on Wednesday, placing his popularity with New York City voters well behind that of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — his counterpart in a protracted municipal feud.
Forty-four percent of voters approve of the mayor’s performance, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University. The same share of voters disapproves.
With the mayor’s re-election bid more than two years away, 47 percent of voters say Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, does not deserve to stay in office; 41 percent say he does. (A majority of Democrats, though, support his re-election, 53 percent to 35 percent.)
A stark racial divide in Mr. de Blasio’s numbers, long a hallmark of his polling, remains. Sixty-four percent of black voters approve of his work, according to the poll. A majority of white voters, 59 percent, disapprove.
Mr. de Blasio has encountered a series of difficulties in recent months, including the tussle with Mr. Cuomo, also a Democrat, over a disappointing legislative session in Albany, and distressing headlines about a rising murder rate — even as city officials have noted that overall crime continues to fall….