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Here’s what happens when a politician fights Uber

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 4, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photograph by Andrew Burton — Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is slipping. On Wednesday, a Quinnipiac University poll recorded his disapproval rating at a record high of 44%, with approval also at 44%. Almost half of New York City voters said De Blasio didn’t deserve a second term.

In a May Quinnipiac University poll, 40% of voters said they didn’t approve of de Blasio’s job performance. 44% percent did.

The most recent poll was conducted between July 30 and August 4, following a tense July in which Uber Technologies and de Blasio fought bitterly–and publicly–over the future of the car service in New York City. The brouhaha started when City Council and de Blasio called for a year-long cap on vehicles operated by Uber. Uber responded by taking out television advertisements and added a “de Blasio” view on the app that depicted almost no available cars. The company’s New York general manager Josh Mohrer even tried to challenge de Blasio to a public debate.

A de Blasio aide told the Wall Street Journal that the Uber campaign against the mayor could take a large part of the credit for de Blasio’s slippage. It probably didn’t help de Blasio’s image when the city backed down from the proposed cap in exchange for Uber’s participation in a traffic study.

De Blasio still has two years until his next election.