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Mayor Marc Morial remains very popular with a 72% approval rating. This rating is only slightly lower than it was eighteen months ago (April, 1996). The Mayor's popularity is very racially polarized; 85% of blacks approve, while 52% of whites approve. Racial polarization is also basically the same as it was in the spring of 1996, and the slight decline in approval occurred in both racial groups. Racial division is minimal or non-existent on many of the quality of life measures below, yet it is pronounced on mayoral approval. The reasons will be explored later in this report.