NEW YORK — A new wave of protests is threatening to take the spotlight off New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term, with some saying he’s going to be the most vulnerable Republican in the country in 2020, according to a Bloomberg Politics poll released Monday.
New York State Senator and Democrat Chuck Schumer, who has been critical of de Blasio, is one of the poll’s two leading candidates for president.
“There is a very real risk of him not being president,” Schumer told Bloomberg Politics.
“I think that would be very, very bad.
I think it would be a very dangerous presidency.”
The poll found that 53 percent of New Yorkers, compared to 45 percent who think de Blasio will be a strong president, say he’s a weak or fair president, with 34 percent saying he will be an excellent president.
More than half of the respondents say they expect de Blasio to be a weak president, while 31 percent think he will have a good or excellent presidency.
More broadly, 62 percent of respondents said they think dezep is a weak leader, with 29 percent saying they think he is a strong leader.
“A president who is seen as an outsider is a president who will have trouble winning the support of the base,” said Peter Hart, director of the political science department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“The voters that I think are the most important, are people who think the political class has failed, who feel that it’s been a failure.”
The survey was conducted in mid-September and surveyed 1,002 New Yorkers online.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.