Posted: July 18, 2007 5:33 PM
Poll Shows Bloomberg's Candidacy Would Help Democrats
Although speculation about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s potential presidential candidacy has died down, a recent poll released by Quinnipiac University showed that should he run as an independent, he’ll pull more votes from the Republican candidates than the Democrats.
Another poll by the Marist Institute of Public Opinion, reported by the Boston Globe, showed that while 66 percent of New Yorkers believe Bloomberg has done a good job as mayor, most of them do not see him faring well in the White House.
“A full 54 percent of New York voters don’t want him to run for president in 2008, and 64 percent don’t think he could win as an independent candidate,” reported the Globe. “Put head-to-head-to-head against two fellow New York pols — former Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton — Bloomberg fares poorly, according to the poll. Clinton drew 49 percent of the vote in a hypothetical three-way contest, while Giuliani took 22 percent and Bloomberg 21 percent of the vote.”
Aside from White House speculations, Bloomberg faced a week of disappointing legislative decisions, chronicled in the New York Times’ city blog.
In New York, Bloomberg proposed charging a fee for driving in mid and lower Manhattan in order to reduce traffic congestion. His proposal was shot down by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, among others in Albany.
“I can’t ascribe motives to the lack of action in Albany, but I can definitively say the environment and the future quality of life in New York took a beating,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
At the national level, Bloomberg was one of about 200 mayors across the country unsuccessfully fighting the extension of the Tiahrt Amendment, an initiative that restricts the sharing of gun-tracing data.