In an exclusive Spectrum News NY1/Siena College poll, New Yorkers say they are pessimistic on New York City’s future as well as its mayor. 56 percent of respondents said New York City is headed in the wrong direction with 7 out of 10 saying they feel less safe now than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic, and 76 percent saying they are either somewhat or very concerned that they’ll be a victim of a violent crime.
The numbers for Mayor Eric Adams are similarly unfavorable, which is surprising considering he has only been on the job for six months. Typically new officials have more of a honeymoon period. 64 percent of respondents rate his job as either fair or poor with only 29 percent saying his job has been good or excellent. His lowest scoring issues are addressing homelessness and crime. 49 percent of respondents said he is doing a poor job on homelessness and 45 percent said he is doing a poor job on crime. It must be noted that those issues predate Adams taking office and thinking that they could be fixed in 6 months is rather unrealistic (Clearly though Adams has yet to instill the confidence that they will be fixed). The mayor scored highest on encouraging tourists to return to New York City. Good news for him as he sees returning tourists and reducing the onerous burdens placed on small business as keys to NYC’s post Covid recovery.
The numbers for Governor Kathy Hochul are slightly better, but still low as she heads for a Primary Election. 54 percent of respondents rated her job performance as either fair or poor with 46 percent of New York City residents (who responded to the poll) saying the State is headed in the wrong direction.