When Mayor Bloomberg decided to play hard in the face of Hurricane Irene many muttered that it was to make up for his poor showing during last December's blizzard. And while the storm turned out to be quite deadly elsewhere, it has paid off for Hizzoner. According to a new Quinnipiac poll Bloomberg has bounced back from his poor summer polls. 54 percent of 1,282 voters surveyed approve of Bloomberg's performance compared to 35 percent who don't, an almost exact reversal from his numbers earlier this year.

Interestingly, voters seemed happy enough with Bloomberg's over-the-top Irene reaction that they ignored another one of his recent gaffes: "This survey was conducted after Hurricane Irene and during the storm about Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith's arrest—but maybe that second storm is a tempest in a teapot," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Overwhelmingly, Bloomberg’s handling of Irene gets high marks.”

Another interesting thing in the poll results, which the Times notes, is who Bloomberg is popular with. Our Independent mayor (who used to be a Republican and before that was a Democrat from Boston) is more popular with Democrats than with Republicans and Independents in New York, according to the survey.

Overall though, the lesson to be learned for politicians? Handle an impending natural disaster well and with authority and the people will love you enough to forget about your mistakes. Cathie Black, who?