While 60 percent of those surveyed in the poll by The New York Times, Cornell University and NY1 think Bloomberg has been a good mayor, however, 51 percent said the city is going in the wrong direction and 58 percent disapproved of his getting the law changed to allow a third term.
"I think the city's needs change as time goes on," Deborah Fantera, an architect and Brooklyn resident told the Times in a follow-up interview. "And I also think there's a complacency that happens when someone has been in their position too long."
Bloomberg appears to have a good chance in November because of his great personal wealth -- he has said he is willing to spend $100 million on the campaign -- and because the likely Democratic candidate, Comptroller William Thompson Jr., is almost unknown.
The poll is based on telephone interviews with 683 adults between May 28 and June 3 and has a margin of error of 4 percent.