New York Daily News

 Updated: January 19, 2017, 7:47 PM

  

 

New Yorkers divided over de Blasio decrying Trump — but comfortable with Cuomo championing city’s causes

BY ERIN DURKIN

Mayor de Blasio quickly came out swinging after Election Day, vowing to fight the incoming President on immigration issues and other contentious policy points. (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

New Yorkers are evenly divided on whether Mayor de Blasio should fight back against the incoming Trump administration or try to make nice, according to a new poll.

But city voters by a large margin say Gov. Cuomo would be more effective at sticking up for New York’s interests under Trump than Hizzoner, the Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found.

Some 46% of New York City voters said de Blasio should try to get along with President-elect Donald Trump, while another 45% said he should be a national leader against Trump’s policies.

De Blasio has taken the more adversarial route so far. While he met with Trump and says he will be willing to work together where they agree, he is set to appear at a rally in resistance to his policies Thursday night — the eve of the inauguration.

In the poll, 67% said Cuomo would be more effective than de Blasio at making sure New York City’s interests are well represented with Republicans in charge of the White House and Congress. Only 21% said de Blasio would be better at it.

Donald Trump has vowed to cut federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" which protect undocumented immigrants. (EVAN VUCCI/AP)

Malloy said Cuomo may have benefited from early chatter that he could run for President against Trump in 2020.

“It is safe to say that Cuomo’s national status and potential as a candidate for office beyond where he is now has put him in the news lately, and may have elevated the opinion of voters as someone who could handle issues on a national and global scale,” he said.

In other poll findings, New Yorkers said they approve by a 54% to 38% of how de Blasio is handling crime.

They also approve 50% to 17% of Police Commissioner James O’Neill’s job performance, and approve 67% to 25% of how city police in general do their jobs.

New Yorkers believe Gov. Cuomo would more effectively take up the city's mantle against the Trump administration. (STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERS)

Nonetheless, 86% of respondents say crime is a very or somewhat serious problem, while 71% say the same of police brutality and 61% of police corruption.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch seized on the results to push his argument that cops should get raises bigger than the city has offered.

“If New Yorkers feel that the city is handling crime well, the credit should go to the New York City police officers who work hard every day despite the lack of support they receive from Mayor de Blasio,” he said.

“The fact that 67% of New Yorkers approve of the way police are doing their jobs is evidence that there is great confidence in the women and men protecting our streets. If the Mayor wants any share of the credit for that success, he first needs to start treating us and paying us like professionals.”