Poll: Early high marks for de Blasio

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(CNN) – More than two-thirds of New York City voters feel optimistic about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s next four years in office, according to a new poll released Thursday from Quinnipiac University.

Sixty-seven percent of voters say they’re optimistic about his first term, compared to 21 percent who say they’re pessimistic, the poll shows.

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De Blasio is the first new mayor the city has had in 12 years, and the first Democratic mayor in two decades.

Though the mayor has only been in office for a little more than two weeks, 53% of voters approve of the job he’s done so far, while 13% disapprove and 34% are undecided.

His approval is lowest among GOP voters, but the liberal mayor still has a positive rating among Republicans by a margin of 40% to 28%.

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a honeymoon,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

On a side note, the survey was conducted roughly around the same time de Blasio set off an Internet frenzy when he was photographed eating pizza with a fork – a big no-no in the Big Apple.

Quinnipiac interviewed 1,288 New York City voters between January 9-15. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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