Despite New York's reputation as the bluest of liberal states, Mr. Bloomberg would have a chance. The latest Quinnipiac Poll finds that his approval rating in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City is 74%. Only 19% disapprove. As for what office they would like their popular mayor to run for, New Yorkers say he should aim for the governor's mansion.
If Mr. Bloomberg runs for president, 37% of New York City voters say they "definitely" or "probably" would vote for him, while 54% say they "probably" or "definitely" wouldn't vote for him. That would make it difficult for Hizzoner to win even New York's electoral votes, given upstate New York's historic suspicion of Big Apple mayors.
But the governor's race is another matter. For that office, 60% of New York City residents say they "definitely" or "probably" would vote for him, with 33% saying they "probably" or "definitely" wouldn't.
Says Quinnipiac Poll director Maurice Carroll: "Mayor Bloomberg is like the Energizer Bunny: He keeps running and running. But what is he running for? While the press speculates, the public is divided -- the White House or the Executive Mansion? Albany beats Washington as the favored destination for a post-mayoral Mike."
Even if the White House were his ultimate objective, starting with New York might be his smartest next step.