Maybe it’s Mayor de Blasio who ought to change his first name to Amazon.
New Yorkers approve of Amazon bringing its second headquarters to Long Island City far more than they approve of the Hizzoner, a new Quinnipiac University Poll found.
Voters looked favorably on the controversial plan to lure the mega online retailer to Queens by a margin of 57% to 26%.
De Blasio’s garnered a dismal 43% job approval rating, according to the poll.
Respondents were divided when it came to giving Amazon $3 billion in tax breaks and cash grants to come to town — but even that corporate handout polled better than de Blasio, with 46% of those surveyed supporting the incentives and 44% opposed.
“New Yorkers are divided. Overall all, yeah, we approve of Amazon moving to this new headquarters. When it comes to the incentives, we’re divided,” Quinnipiac pollster Mary Snow said.
The deal was announced last month by Gov. Cuomo — who had said he’d change his first name to Amazon to lure the company here — and de Blasio with great fanfare. But it’s also encountered fierce opposition from those who blasted the $3 billion in giveaways, local pols who say they’ve been cut out of the process, and residents who fear the headquarters will raise rents in Long Island City and push out longtime residents.
But the poll found broad support for the deal, including in Queens, where 60% of those polled supported it and just 26% opposed it. Queens residents were also on board with the subsidy packaged, with 55% in support, the highest of any borough polled.
For the minority of voters who were fretting about Amazon’s arrival, housing was the main concern, cited by 31%; transportation fears came in second at 25%.
De Blasio’s overall approval rating was 43%, with 40% disapproving — but voters were even harder on him when it came specifically to Amazon. Just 31% of those polled approve of his handling of the Amazon deal, with 38% disapproving. Cuomo also fared pretty poorly on that front: 34% approved of his handling of the deal and 38% disapproved.