A year and a half into Mayor Bloomberg's third term, New Yorkers are not loving hizzoner. In March the percentage of voters who thought Bloomberg is doing an "excellent or good job" dipped to 40 percent and today a new Marist poll [PDF] shows another tumble. According to the new poll, he's now down to 39 percent. On the other hand, his disapproval rating also dropped, from 59 percent in March to 58 percent today. That's 35 percent who think he is doing a fair job and 23 percent who think he is doing a poor job. Only 4 percent weren't sure how to rate the mayor (which...really?).

When it comes to specific issues, it is more of the same. A majority (54 percent) disapprove of how Mayor Bloomberg is handling the city's public schools but that is down from the 65 percent who disapproved when we were amidst the Cathie Black mess but still not good. When it comes to the budget, Bloomberg does a little better: Only 46 percent disapprove of how the mayor is handling the city's coppers, while 43 percent approve (11 percent are unsure). And that's a good deal better than in March when 56 percent disapproved of Bloomberg's budgeting. As for the general direction of New York City? 51 percent think the city is moving in the wrong direction while 40 percent think it is on the right road. Nine percent remain unsure. Wonder how many of them will soon be leaving the city...

Finally, when it comes to Bloomberg's legacy, the billionaire from Boston continues to do well. 38 percent of voters think the mayor will be remembered positively (including 10 percent who think he is one of the city's best mayors ever) and 39 percent say his legacy will be about average. Only about 10 percent think that Bloomberg will be remembered as one of the city's worst mayors. Which means that he still has some work to do if he wants to beat Dinkins and Giuliani in the court of public opinion.