NEW YORK Fifty-two percent of New York City
voters say Mayor Michael Bloomberg would make a good president
but only 34 percent would vote for him, a poll released on
By several measures, the Quinnipiac University poll showed
less than majority support for a Bloomberg presidential
campaign by voters who twice sent him to City Hall and still
give him a 73 percent approval rating.
Just sixteen percent would like to see Bloomberg run for
the White House, the poll said.
Political analysts see the billionaire mayor of New York as
a potential independent candidate for president who could
self-finance his campaign, although Bloomberg has repeatedly
said he is not a candidate.
Bloomberg was a Democrat for years, became a Republican to
run for mayor in 2001, and in June dropped his ties with any
party, fueling ideas he was considering a presidential run as
The poll surveyed 1,162 registered voters in the city
January 3-7 amid media coverage of the January 3 Iowa caucuses
and the January 8 New Hampshire primaries in which the major
parties began selecting their candidates for the November 4
By 52 percent to 39 percent, New York City voters said
Bloomberg would make a good president.
But 58 percent said they would "probably not" or
"definitely not" vote for him, while 34 percent told Quinnipiac
pollsters they would "definitely" or "probably" vote for him.
Fifty-one percent of New York City voters said it was "very
likely" or "somewhat likely" he will run versus 45 percent who
said it was "not too likely" or "not likely at all."
Given a choice, 47 percent of New York City voters would
like to see Bloomberg run for governor of the state of New York
while 16 percent would like him to run for president.
Thirty-two percent said "neither."
By a margin of 70 percent to 26 percent, New Yorkers said
he would make a good governor.
Speculation that Bloomberg will run for president is good
for the city, those surveyed said by a margin of 47 percent to
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta, editing by Michelle Nichols
and Vicki Allen)