Mayor Bloomberg must feel like the nerd in the first two-thirds of a teen comedy. No matter what drastic steps he takes, he just can't get a taste of that sweet, sweet popularity.
Just 40 percent of New Yorkers approve of the mayor's job performance. That's up only slightly from the 39 percent approval rating in a March Quinnipiac University survey, which marked an eight-year-low for Bloomberg. The mayor's numbers have sagged significantly since November.
The public is giving Black's replacement, Dennis Walcott, a relatively favorable reception, with a 31 - 21 percent approval rating, with 48 percent still undecided.
The numbers also show that Bloomberg is less popular than other city elected officials including Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
News of Bloomberg's poor performance comes just after the mayor unveiled a budget that would cut 6,000 teachers.