Democratic Voters Approve of Mayor Bloomberg, Are Glad He’s Leaving

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  A man votes in the New York City mayoral primary race in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City. Registered voters in New York are voting today in the Democratic and Republican primary races to nominate party candidates for the New York mayoral race.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
27 percent of voters had trouble escaping the voting booths. Photo: Andrew Burton/2013 Getty Images

In the search for clues about the rare, civic-minded New Yorkers who actually voted today, Edison Research conducted exit polls of 1,298 Democrats (there aren’t enough Republicans to poll) as they left their voting sites earlier today. With the caveat that these results are highly unscientific, here’s what they tell us:

51 Percent: Approve of the job Mayor Bloomberg is doing.

73 Percent: Want the city to “change course” from Bloomberg’s policies anyway. 

58 Percent: Think stop-and-frisk “is excessive and results in innocent people being harassed.”

66 Percent: Still think that overturning the ban on term limits was a bad idea. 

30 Percent: Say the most important issue is jobs. 

20 Percent: Say the most important issue is education. 

16 Percent: Say the most important issue is crime. 

30 Percent: Think that schools are better since Bloomberg took office.

30 Percent: Think that schools are worse since Bloomberg took office.