New Yorkers Like Horses 2-1, But Mixed On Ferrets - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's job approval rating is up to 51 - 28 percent, but the gap between approval by black and white voters persists, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today's approval compares to a 45 - 34 percent approval rating for Mayor de Blasio in a March 18 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and brings him back almost to his 53 - 13 percent score in a January 16 poll.

In today's survey, black voters approve 66 - 14 percent, compared to 60 - 22 percent in March, and Hispanic voters approve 56 - 17 percent, compared to 47 - 28 percent three months ago. White voters are divided, with 41 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving. This compares to a negative 39 - 45 percent approval rating in March. Today's 25-point gap between white and black approval compares to a 21-point gap March 18.

Mayor de Blasio gets high marks on character issues as voters say 58 - 33 percent that he has strong leadership qualities, 59 - 34 percent that he understands their problems and 64 - 23 percent that he is honest and trustworthy.

"Black New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly to make Bill de Blasio the mayor. They liked him in our last poll and they like him even more now. White voters are still split, creating a widening approval gap," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"This probably is not the 'Tale of Two Cities' which the mayor envisioned.

"On all the character traits - leadership, honesty, and empathy - de Blasio scores high."

New York City voters say 58 - 25 percent that media coverage of de Blasio's family has been fair, with agreement across party, gender and racial lines.

Voters also approve 58 - 15 percent of the way the mayor has responded to news media coverage of his family.

"In that dust-up between the mayor and the media over the stories about de Blasio's wife, voters agree with both sides. They say coverage of the mayor's family has been fair, but they also approve of his critique of the media," Carroll said.

Voters approve 57 - 30 percent of the way de Blasio is handling crime, 45 - 31 percent of the way he is handling taxes and 47 - 39 percent of the way he is handling the public schools.

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