10/19/2011 01:50 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2011

Bloomberg Has 'Lost Focus', Ray Kelly Leads In Mayor Race

New Yorkers might like Mayor Bloomberg as a person, but 52 percent of voters in a recent poll say the Mayor has "lost focus" during his third term in office.

Yet, Bloomberg still received a 54-35 percent job approval rating.

Director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute Maurice Carroll explains:

The job-approval bounce Mayor Michael Bloomberg got from his handling of Tropical Storm Irene has faded. But New Yorkers still like Mayor Mike, whether or not they agree with him.

The loss in focus might be attributed to the controversy that has marred Bloomberg's third term over top aides including Cathie Black, Wendell Walters, and Stephen Goldsmith.

Wednesday's poll had some positive news for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, however, who received high marks with a 66 percent job approval rating and also as a potential candidate for Mayor in 2013. Kelly led the way with 25 percent with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn following at 17 percent. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz got 14 percent.

The statistics echo an earlier poll conducted by the Polling Institute back in July, when 23 percent of voters said they want to see Kelly winning the 2013 election.

Former Mayor Ed Koch reportedly told a crowd at the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association in March that he would back the Police Commissioner if he decided to run in 2013. Paralleling with polls, Koch would then support Christine Quinn if Kelly did not run.