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Poll: New Yorkers think Bloomberg would make the best president. De Blasio? Not so much

January 23, 2019 - 5:35 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If Mayor Bill de Blasio is thinking about running for the Oval Office, he may want to think again.

After all, New Yorkers have a pretty clear idea of which state politician they would like to president, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll's respondents chose their top pick from a list of political leaders "who have announced, or who are rumored to be interested, in running for president, or pushing into the national limelight."

The # 1 pick? Michael Bloomberg, who is rumored to be interested in running for office. Twenty-eight percent of voters said Bloomberg would make the best president of anyone on the list. Bloomberg is the choice of 34 percent of independent voters, 27 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans. He leads among men, with 30 percent, and women, with 26 percent. 

So who was the least favoroable? New York City's own Bill de Blasio, who snagged a dismal 5 percent.

Following Bloomberg, 17 percent said Gov. Andrew Cuomo would make the best president, followed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who snagged 11 percent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez with 7 percent (she's too young to run for office in 2020), and then de Blasio.

"While Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sailed to re-election in November, New Yorkers aren't showing as much enthusiasm about her presidential bid in 2020. Even though she has served in the Senate for a decade, roughly a quarter of New Yorkers say they don't know enough about her to form an opinion. That number jumps to 48 percent among young voters," said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll. 

"Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't register much higher in his favorability rating than Sen. Gillibrand. Democrats in New York, however, think he'd make a better president than anyone else on the list, except Gov. Cuomo, with whom he's neck and neck," Snow added.