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De Blasio, a longtime political operative, remains most comfortable in campaign settings while sometimes stumbling on the nitty gritty of governing. But most observers gave the mayor fairly positive marks for what is often called the nation’s second-toughest political job, behind only the presidency.

“There’s no one born yet who could manage someplace like this on Day One,” said longtime Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf. “He’ll grow into the role.”

“If I were grading, I’d put him in the B/B+ range,” added Sherrill.

“There is a huge learning curve,” Arzt said. “It’ll take him about a year.”

De Blasio, who was not available to be interviewed for this piece, is expected to devote his next 100 days to implementing pre-k, revamping Superstorm Sandy recovery and rolling out an ambitious affordable housing plan.