By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN – They say no man is an island, but the island of Manhattan may be all that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left.
Bloomberg's citywide approval ratings have fallen to their lowest point since 2003, with Manhattan being the only borough where a majority of voters still support the mayor, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
Throughout the five boroughs, only 39 percent of voters approve of Bloomberg's performance, while 55 percent of Manhattan voters say they are behind the mayor, Quinnipiac found.
"Is it the snow, the third-term blahs, the weekends away, the presidential chatter? Whatever the explanation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's once-upon-a-time stretch of 70-plus job approval numbers has gone south," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement about the poll. "This is his first negative number since 2003."
One reason for the mayor's approval situation may be the perception of favoritism towards Manhattanites.
The vast majority of city voters – 70 percent – agree that the mayor, who lives on the Upper East Side, favors Manhattan over the other boroughs, Quinnipiac reported.
They were also overwhelmingly critical of the mayor's choice for city schools chancellor Cathie Black.