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More than half of the city’s residents approve of the job Mayor Nutter is doing midway through his four-year term, according to a poll released this morning.

The survey for Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative (PRI) found that 53 percent of those polled gave Nutter a positive approval rating, compared to 47 percent in April.

Thirty-two percent disapprove, down from 39 percent in April, the poll said.

Noting that Nutter has been wrestling with a budget crisis, the PRI said the poll found that “residents are divided over the wisdom of the sales tax increase enacted last year to resolve the crisis, and they remain split over whether the priority moving forward should be preserving services or holding down taxes.”

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The survey of 1,602 residents was conducted by Abt SRBI Public Affairs, working with Rutgers University Professor Cliff Zukin, between Jan. 8 and Jan. 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

 -Inquirer Staff Report

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