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New York voters overwhelmingly approve of living wage bill : poll
New York Daily News
Tina Moore

December 14, 2011
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Bloomberg slammed by voters in handling of Occupy Wall Street protesters

City voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the city’s living wage bill, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found.

The poll conducted several times each year found that 74% of 1,242 registered voters were in favor of the hotly contested bill.

“They say the government has the obligation to pay a living wage,” said Quinnipiac spokesman Maurice Carroll.

The proposal would force firms that get city tax breaks to pay workers $10 an hour — up from the current $7.25 minimum hourly wage.

The poll also found that 51% of voters disapproved of the way Mayor Bloomberg handled the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park.

At the same time, the protesters got a 52% approval rating, with nearly 75% of voters saying they understood the protesters’ views “very well” or “fairly well.”

“This is pretty bad for Mayor Bloomberg, pretty good for Occupy Wall Street,” Carroll said.

The voters also gave the NYPD a 50% approval rating for handling the protests.

The mayor’s approval rating overall — 49% — remained below 50% for the second poll in a row. He was at 47% in October.

Quinnipiac plans to release a poll on Thursday assessing opinions of the city’s mayoral candidates.

Preliminary numbers show City Controller John Liu’s job approval rating is down amid a probe of fundraising shenanigans, Carroll said.

The not-yet-released poll also asked voters for their opinions on Santa Claus.