Two years in and voters are not happy with Mayor Eric Adams.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday showed Adams’ job approval rating dropping to 28%, the lowest for any mayor since the poll started during former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s first term. Adams' disapproval rate is at 58%.

“This has been a particularly challenging time for Mayor Adams, and it’s reflected in these poll numbers,” Mary Snow, poll assistant director at Quinnipiac University, said.

What You Need To Know

  • Mayor Eric Adams has hit a slump in job approval in a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday

  • Other areas voters demoted Adams on include honesty, trustworthiness and leadership abilities

  • Adams is facing political headwinds that include a federal investigation into his 2021 campaign finances, the ongoing migrant crisis and budget cuts

Adams is facing several challenges both personal and political, including a federal investigation into his 2021 campaign finances, the ongoing migrant crisis and budget cuts.

Voters are starting to view Adams differently.

“They were asked about whether they think the mayor is honest, whether they think he understands the problems of people like them, whether he has strong leadership skills. Those numbers had all been positive at the beginning of his administration. They are all negative now,” Snow said.  

The questions were posed to nearly 1,300 registered voters over the course of Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, with a margin of error of 2.7% points.

Topics in the poll ranged from education to the Israel-Hamas war to the mayor’s leadership qualities and trustworthiness.

Some questions where voters showed major disapproval with the mayor were about the migrant crisis and budget cuts. Voters polled disapproved of the cuts 66% to 22%.

“There are a few things where the numbers are [a] kind of eye-popping and they’re in-sync and one of those numbers is about the migrant crisis where you’re seeing more than 80% that they’re concerned New York City can’t accommodate,” Snow said.

“And also the budget cuts the mayor has proposed. Voters in New York City are concerned this is going to affect their daily lives,” he added.  

Adams is set to travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday to meet with White House officials over the migrant crisis and ask for more funding. Meanwhile, another round of budget cuts is expected in January.

Adams’ job approval has been dipping, according to Quinnipiac polling, since February of this year, when it was negative for the first time at 37% approval.

Voters in the poll were also asked about whether the mayor did anything unethical when it comes to the federal probe into his mayoral campaign and voters seemed to be split on the issue.

“My big takeaway from those numbers is that people still are trying to figure out the facts on this one,” Snow said.  

One voter NY1 spoke to at a recent town hall meeting in East Harlem said he didn’t know about the investigation, and was more concerned with youth programming.

“I like anyone as mayor as long as you’re putting the resources in the community to help and grow and prosper to be productive citizens,” said one attendee at Adams' community conversation Monday night.

The top issues for voters in the poll were affordable housing and crime, followed by immigration, homelessness and inflation.

The last mayor with the lowest approval rating was Bloomberg back in 2003, with approval in the low 30s. He received that approval in his second year in office as well, and went on to serve two more terms.

"Incorrect polls come out every day, but the real numbers cannot be questioned: crime is down, jobs are up, and we continue to deliver billions of dollars into the pockets of working people. There will always be more work to do, but there is no question that this city is in a better place under Mayor Adams' leadership," Fabien Levy, deputy mayor of communications, said in a statement.