New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes questions from the press following a Mental Health & Substance Misuse roundtable discussion in Des Moines, Iowa, May 17, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)Too often, those who claim to speak for beleaguered minorities are actually condescending to them.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at zero percent, lagging behind such Democratic titans as Tim Ryan, Andrew Yang, and John Delaney — all of whom garnered 1 percent support in a June Morning Consult poll.
It isn’t so much that people have never heard of de Blasio; it’s that those who are aware of him don’t like what they’ve heard. He has the highest unfavorables of any candidate. Even in New York State, only 29 percent of respondents think well of him compared with 53 percent who don’t. He’s underwater with Democrats as well as Republicans. That makes him nearly as unpopular with New Yorkers as Donald Trump.
A recent Des Moines Register/CNN poll of Iowa voters asking for