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NYC Mayor Adams falls to 28% approval rating

Hampering public perception of the mayor is an ongoing investigation by federal authorities of allegations that his campaign conspired with the Turkish government to illegally secure foreign contributions.

Published: December 7, 2023 4:54pm

New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has seen his popularity fall considerably amid mounting criticism of his handling of the migrant influx, his announcement of budget cuts, and an ongoing FBI probe of his campaign finances.

The latest Quinnipiac Survey saw Adams earn just 28% approval from New York City voters, while 58% disapproved, the worst score for any New York City mayor in the survey's history. That figure includes 35% approval from Democrats, 49% of whom disapprove. Black voters were the only bloc to offer him positive marks, with 48% approving of him and 38% disapproving.

Hampering public perception of the mayor is an ongoing investigation by federal authorities of allegations that his campaign conspired with the Turkish government to illegally secure foreign contributions. Adams has not been accused of wrongdoing, though the FBI seized his phones in early November. Voters were somewhat divided on the issue, with 22% believing he did something illegal, 30% saying he acted unethically but not illegally, 20% believing him innocent of wrongdoing, and 28% having no opinion.

Compounding the negative views are his recently announced budget cuts to services and the police force, which he attributed to the migrant influx. Eighty-three percent of respondents indicated they were either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the impact of those cuts.

The migrant influx, meanwhile, has seen the mayor struggle to accommodate the more than 110,000 illegals who have arrived at the Big Apple over the past year. Eighty-five percent of respondents indicated they were either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that the city will not be able to accommodate the newcomers. 

In late November, Adams earned 37% approval and 54% disapproval in a Marist College survey.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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