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D.C. mayor’s approval rating falls below 50% for the first time in Post poll – NBC4 Washington

According to a Washington Post poll, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s approval rating fell below 50% for the first time in her nine years in office, with the mayor receiving low marks for her handling of the problems of homelessness and crime.

In 2017 and 2019, Bowser’s approval rating was 67%. That dropped to 58% in 2022, and now only 46% of respondents say they approve of her overall job performance.

“I’ve always looked at polls for what they are: a snapshot, a report as such, at any point in time,” Bowser said in Anacostia, where she announced the opening of the county’s second public safety center on Monday.

It received a poor rating of 76% for tackling crime and a poor rating of 72% for homelessness.

“We always work hard, regardless of what the polls say, to deliver results for the people of the District of Columbia,” Bowser said.

“This is what I tell my team every day: People will feel better about crime when crime is better,” she said.

As Bowser celebrated the opening of the new safe commerce hub in Anacostia, she highlighted how crime has dropped since the opening of the first safety hub in Chinatown.

“We have learned some lessons from the Chinatown hub, as we have seen a 15% drop in crime there since we opened the hub, including a 78% drop in violent crime,” Bowser said. “We also connected more than 200 people to DHS and the Department of Behavioral Health through walk-ins.”

There was good news in the poll for Bowser. After convincing Monumental Sports & Entertainment to keep the Washington Capitals and Wizards in DC, 55% of respondents said it is doing a good job improving downtown.

The poll also found the mayor’s approval rating was well below 50% for public schools and affordable housing.