NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio approval rating has taken a dive.
It is the first poll conducted since the de Blasio administration has come under scrutiny recently, including the federal probe investigating bribery in the NYPD and questions about the mayor's own fundraising.
"Heading into his re-election year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is not in good political shape," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said. "His job approval hits rock bottom and he even is losing ground among black and Hispanic voters."
Just 41 percent of New York City voters approve of de Blasio's job performance; 52 percent say the mayor should not be re-elected.
The sagging numbers potentially provide an opening for perspective challengers. The survey of just over 1,000 New Yorkers shows separate hypothetical matchups between the incumbent Democrat and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. All three come close with Stringer and Adams -- considered relative unknowns -- in a race that would be too close to call.
de Blasio 37% vs. Stringer 36%
de Blasio 35% vs. Adams 34%
de Blasio 37% vs. Diaz Jr. 32%