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The Nation

New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch’s approval rating has dropped sharply since his controversial comments about the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the recent New York primary, with his standing suffering most among blacks, according to a poll. The survey, conducted last week for Newsday by the Gallup Organization, found 43% approved of Koch’s performance as mayor, while 42% disapproved and 15% had no opinion. It was the first of five polls conducted for the newspaper in the last year to give Koch an approval rating of less than 50%.


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