April 21, 2011 - New Jersey voters want more money for schools, Quinnipiac University Poll finds; But they oppose tax hikes and court-ordered spending

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New Jersey voters support 60 - 36 percent increased spending on all public schools and support 57 - 39 percent increased spending on schools in just the state's poorest areas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But voters say 67 - 28 percent that spending is not the best way to improve public schools and say 53 - 42 percent that the State Supreme Court should not order the State Legislature to increase school funding, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

A total of 97 percent of New Jersey voters say the state's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious." Voter attitudes on budget-related issues are:
  • By 59 - 32 percent voters would rather cut services than raise taxes;
  • Support layoffs for state employees 50 - 43 percent;
  • Support furloughs for state employees 61 - 28 percent;
  • Support a wage freeze for state employees 72 - 23 percent;
  • Support reduced pensions for new state employees 63 - 32 percent;
  • Support a millionaires' tax 52 - 36 percent;
  • Oppose cuts in state aid to public schools 71 - 25 percent;
  • Oppose tax cuts for corporations 55 - 41 percent.
"The State Supreme Court case on school spending could scramble the budget and voter opinions are mixed. They favor spending more on schools but they don't think the court should tell the Legislature to do it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"An unusual pattern: Voters favor spending more on poor school districts but, by a slightly higher margin, they favor spending more on ALL districts."

"On the philosophical point - is more money the best way to improve education - voters give an emphatic 'no,'" Carroll added.

"Yes, we've got a big budget problem, voters say. They'd sooner cut spending than raise taxes. And public employees remain in the crosshairs."

New Jersey voters approve 50 - 46 percent of the way Gov. Christopher Christie is handling the state budget, but disapprove 52 - 44 percent of the way he is handling education. Gov. Christie's proposal to limit school superintendent salaries is a good way to balance the budget, 69 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say it is meddling.

By a 64 - 16 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of public school teachers, but by 45 - 30 percent they have an unfavorable opinion of the New Jersey Education Association. Teachers unions play a negative rather than a positive role in improving education, voters say 51 - 39 percent.

New Jersey voters favor merit pay for good teachers 69 - 27 percent and support Christie's proposal to limit teacher tenure 62 - 32 percent.

"The outlines of Gov. Christopher Christie's new schools plan win approval," Carroll said. "Voters like merit pay and changing tenure to make it easier to get rid of bad teachers. They like the people who teach their kids, but they don't like the teachers union. And they endorse Christie's move to curb school superintendents' pay."

Vouchers, Charter Schools, Slots at Racetracks

Voters oppose school vouchers 56 - 39 percent. Republicans split 49 - 48 percent on vouchers. Men are divided with 50 percent opposed and 46 percent in favor. Women are opposed 61 - 33 percent.

Voters statewide also oppose expansion of charter schools 56 - 36 percent, with no group or region in support.

New Jersey voters also support slot machines at racetracks 53 - 34 percent, with men supporting the move 60 - 31 percent and women in favor 47 - 37 percent.

From April 12 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,532 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling - education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              44%    75%    18%    50%    53%    36%    53%     9%
Disapprove           52     23     79     45     44     60     43     91
DK/NA                 4      2      3      6      4      4      4      1
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Approve              29%    43%    54%    41%    52%    32%    45%
Disapprove           67     53     40     56     44     67     53
DK/NA                 4      4      6      4      3      1      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling education?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Approve              44      47      45
Disapprove           52      48      49
DK/NA                 4       5       6
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling - the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              50%    79%    21%    61%    59%    41%    60%    12%
Disapprove           46     17     74     35     38     53     35     85
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      3      6      5      3
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Approve              34%    51%    63%    43%    56%    40%    51%
Disapprove           64     44     32     54     37     57     47
DK/NA                 2      5      4      3      7      3      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              50      53      52      45
Disapprove           46      41      42      49
DK/NA                 4       5       6       6
 
 
19. How serious do you think New Jersey's budget problems are very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very serious         79%    85%    72%    81%    78%    80%    80%    87%
Smwht serious        18     14     24     17     19     17     18     12
Not too serious       1      -      2      2      1      2      1      1
Not at all serious    1      1      1      -      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Very serious         70%    81%    81%    80%    80%    76%    84%
Smwht serious        27     16     17     18     16     23     14
Not too serious       1      2      -      -      3      -      1
Not at all serious    -      -      -      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: How serious do you think New Jersey's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 20  Aug 12  Nov 11  Dec 11
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2008    2010    2002
 
Very serious         79      82      86      80      67      86      35
Somewhat serious     18      15      13      17      28      13      51
Not too serious       1       2       -       2       2       -      10
Not at all serious    1       1       -       -       -       -       1
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       3       1       3
 
 
20. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Raise taxes          32%     7%    54%    26%    29%    34%    26%    63%
Cut services         59     85     35     66     63     55     66     28
DK/NA                 9      8     11      9      7     11      8     10
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Raise taxes          52%    31%    23%    27%    28%    35%    29%
Cut services         37     60     69     63     64     60     62
DK/NA                11     10      8     10      8      5      9
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 20  Nov 24  Mar 16  Jan 26
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2006    2006
 
Raising taxes        32      26      26      25      23      29      28
Cutting services     59      64      62      62      68      58      57
DK/NA                 9       9      13      13       9      13      16
 
 
 
21. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              50%    67%    34%    57%    59%    42%    57%    20%
Oppose               43     27     60     36     35     51     37     72
DK/NA                 7      6      6      7      6      7      6      8
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              38%    50%    54%    52%    55%    45%    55%
Oppose               54     45     39     42     37     50     40
DK/NA                 8      5      7      6      8      5      5
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose layoffs for state employees?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Support              50      56      54
Oppose               43      38      39
DK/NA                 7       7       7
 
 
22. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - furloughs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              61%    72%    50%    66%    65%    58%    64%    47%
Oppose               28     23     33     24     26     29     27     37
DK/NA                11      5     16      9      9     13      8     17
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              47%    60%    64%    61%    71%    57%    69%
Oppose               30     31     26     27     22     33     24
DK/NA                23      8     10     12      7     10      7
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose furloughs for state employees?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Support              61      65      63
Oppose               28      24      25
DK/NA                11      12      11
 
 
23. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              72%    83%    63%    78%    76%    69%    78%    47%
Oppose               23     14     31     19     20     26     19     49
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      3      5      3      4
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              70%    71%    73%    73%    76%    70%    76%
Oppose               24     24     22     26     19     26     20
DK/NA                 6      4      6      1      5      3      3
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009
 
Support              72      77      78      71      75
Oppose               23      20      19      23      21
DK/NA                 4       3       3       6       4
 
 
24. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for new state workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              63%    81%    48%    68%    68%    57%    72%    36%
Oppose               32     16     44     28     28     35     23     61
DK/NA                 6      3      8      5      4      8      5      3
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              49%    64%    67%    58%    71%    61%    70%
Oppose               47     30     26     34     23     36     25
DK/NA                 3      5      7      8      5      3      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose reducing pension benefits for new state workers?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Support              63      66
Oppose               32      29
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
25. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - the so called millionaires tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              52%    35%    59%    56%    49%    55%    53%    59%
Oppose               36     53     28     33     40     32     36     36
DK/NA                12     12     13     11     11     13     10      6
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              51%    60%    51%    45%    48%    61%    56%
Oppose               34     32     36     41     38     28     30
DK/NA                14      8     13     13     14     10     14
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose the so called millionaires tax?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Support              52      55
Oppose               36      34
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
26. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting overall state aid to public schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              25%    44%    11%    28%    33%    19%    31%    12%
Oppose               71     52     88     67     62     79     66     88
DK/NA                 4      4      1      5      4      3      3      -
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              20%    24%    32%    28%    24%    20%    20%
Oppose               78     74     60     68     73     76     79
DK/NA                 2      2      8      4      2      4      1
 
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose cutting overall state aid to public schools?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Support              25      25
Oppose               71      71
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
27. To help stimulate New Jersey's economy, do you support or oppose tax cuts for corporations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              41%    68%    26%    39%    44%    38%    44%    21%
Oppose               55     29     69     57     54     56     53     69
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      3      6      4      9
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Support              30%    43%    41%    35%    53%    34%    42%
Oppose               60     54     56     62     43     64     55
DK/NA                10      3      4      3      3      2      4
 
TREND: To help stimulate New Jersey's economy, do you support or oppose tax cuts for corporations?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Support              41      47
Oppose               55      48
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
28. The Governor wants to limit school superintendent salaries. Do you think this is a good way to help balance the budget or meddling in local government?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Balance budget       69%    76%    60%    71%    68%    69%    73%    57%
Meddling             27     20     34     26     27     27     23     34
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      5      4      4      8
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Balance budget       61%    71%    67%    67%    73%    69%    68%
Meddling             33     25     28     29     21     28     28
DK/NA                 6      4      5      4      5      3      4
 
TREND: The Governor wants to limit school superintendent salaries. Do you think this is a good way to help balance the budget or do you think it is meddling in local government?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Way to bal bud       69      68      63
Meddling in gov      27      25      31
DK/NA                 5       7       6
 
 
29. Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            64%    57%    73%    63%    62%    66%    66%    61%
Unfavorable          16     23      8     18     15     17     17     14
Hvn't hrd enough     17     16     16     16     19     16     13     25
REFUSED               3      4      3      3      4      2      4      -
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Favorable            66%    65%    66%    57%    66%    75%    72%
Unfavorable          10     15     17     16     20     12     17
Hvn't hrd enough     21     17     11     24     12     12      7
REFUSED               3      3      6      3      2      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21  Nov 11  June 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            64      62      57      56      56
Unfavorable          16      17      23      24      26
Hvn't hrd enough     17      18      18      19      16
REFUSED               3       3       2       1       2
 
 
30. Is your opinion of the state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            30%    11%    52%    23%    28%    32%    27%    48%
Unfavorable          45     68     22     55     53     38     55     15
Hvn't hrd enough     24     20     26     20     19     28     18     37
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      1      1      -
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Favorable            47%    31%    21%    27%    26%    46%    31%
Unfavorable          28     46     57     41     53     37     53
Hvn't hrd enough     24     23     21     31     20     16     15
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21  Nov 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            30      27      27      21      24
Unfavorable          45      44      48      46      50
Hvn't hrd enough     24      28      25      32      25
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1
 
 
31. Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New Jersey's educational system?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Positive             39%    18%    62%    31%    37%    40%    33%    67%
Negative             51     76     27     59     56     47     59     22
DK/NA                10      6     11     10      7     12      9     11
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Positive             47%    39%    36%    39%    34%    53%    39%
Negative             39     54     58     48     53     41     54
DK/NA                14      7      6     12     13      6      8
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New Jersey's educational system?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21  Nov 11  Jan 21  Oct 15
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Positive             39      36      35      36      39      45
Negative             51      52      55      54      48      43
DK/NA                10      12      11      10      12      11
 
 
32. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            69%    76%    67%    68%    76%    63%    69%    68%
Bad idea             27     22     30     27     21     32     27     30
DK/NA                 4      2      3      5      3      5      3      2
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Good idea            68%    70%    67%    68%    70%    60%    76%
Bad idea             26     28     26     26     28     39     22
DK/NA                 6      2      7      6      1      1      2
 
TREND: Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 21  Oct 15
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009
 
Good idea            69      68      67      66      70
Bad idea             27      27      28      31      27
DK/NA                 4       4       5       3       3
 
 
33. Governor Christie wants to limit teacher tenure. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            62%    84%    43%    69%    67%    58%    72%    20%
Bad idea             32     13     50     25     30     34     24     75
DK/NA                 6      3      8      6      4      7      4      4
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Good idea            53%    63%    73%    55%    66%    57%    66%
Bad idea             40     33     25     34     29     38     30
DK/NA                 7      5      2     10      5      5      4
 
TREND: Governor Christie wants to limit teacher tenure. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Good idea            62      62
Bad idea             32      30
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
34. Do you favor or oppose providing parents with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                39%    49%    31%    38%    46%    33%    37%    36%
Oppose               56     48     63     58     50     61     57     56
DK/NA                 6      3      7      4      4      7      5      8
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Favor                38%    37%    40%    38%    41%    28%    39%
Oppose               57     57     53     56     54     71     58
DK/NA                 4      6      6      5      6      1      3
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose providing parents with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 24  Jul 03
                     2011    2011    2009    2001
 
Favor                39      43      43      50
Oppose               56      52      54      43
DK/NA                 6       5       3       7
 
 
35. As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with tax dollars. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New Jersey or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  36%    39%    28%    39%    40%    31%    36%    38%
No                   56     52     63     54     52     60     56     56
DK/NA                 8      9      9      7      8      9      8      6
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Yes                  39%    37%    39%    31%    33%    22%    32%
No                   56     56     49     60     58     72     61
DK/NA                 5      7     13      8      8      6      7
 
TREND: As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with tax dollars. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New Jersey or not?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Jan 21  Nov 24
                     2011    2011    2010    2009
 
Yes                  36      41      40      38
No                   56      50      52      55
DK/NA                 8       8       8       7
 
 
36. Do you think the state legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve the public schools in New Jersey's poorest areas or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  57%    42%    80%    47%    50%    63%    48%    96%
No                   39     53     18     50     46     33     48      4
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      4      4      -
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Yes                  71%    56%    51%    59%    52%    57%    57%
No                   26     40     46     38     43     42     41
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      5      1      2
 
 
37. Do you think the state legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve all of New Jersey's public schools or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  60%    47%    76%    54%    56%    64%    54%    91%
No                   36     50     21     42     41     32     43      7
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      3      4      3      2
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Yes                  73%    62%    56%    57%    54%    64%    69%
No                   24     35     41     39     42     34     29
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      3      2      2
 
 
38. Do you think the state supreme court should order the state legislature to spend more money to improve the public schools or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  42%    25%    64%    31%    37%    46%    30%    88%
No                   53     70     32     64     59     49     64     11
DK/NA                 5      5      4      5      4      5      6      1
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Yes                  58%    46%    24%    44%    35%    46%    45%
No                   40     48     72     52     59     50     52
DK/NA                 2      6      4      4      6      4      3
 
 
39. Do you think spending more money is the best way to improve the public schools or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  28%    13%    48%    18%    22%    34%    19%    66%
No                   67     83     47     76     73     61     76     29
DK/NA                 5      3      5      5      5      5      5      5
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Yes                  39%    33%    18%    27%    22%    26%    27%
No                   56     63     77     67     75     69     68
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      4      5      5
 
 
40. How worried are you that a cut in state aid to schools and the two percent cap on property taxes would hurt the quality of the schools in your district - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very worried         19%     8%    29%    16%    16%    22%    13%    36%
Somewhat worried     26     22     32     25     23     29     27     33
Not too worried      27     29     23     30     28     26     27     12
Not worried at all   25     38     13     28     30     20     30     13
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      3      3      6
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch
 
Very worried         22%    18%    19%    21%    17%    21%    25%
Somewhat worried     34     28     20     23     26     29     25
Not too worried      25     26     30     27     28     25     27
Not worried at all   14     25     29     26     28     22     20
DK/NA                 5      3      2      3      1      2      1
 
 
TREND: How worried are you that a cut in state aid to schools and the two percent cap on property taxes would hurt the quality of the schools in your district, very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011
 
Very worried         19      21
Somewhat worried     26      35
Not too worried      27      23
Not worried at all   25      19
DK/NA                 3       1
 
 
41. Many politicians have proposed allowing slot machines at racetracks. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            53%    61%    53%    52%    60%    47%    56%    43%
Bad idea             34     30     36     33     31     37     33     45
DK/NA                12      9     12     15      9     16     10     13
 
                                          Philly        
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  
 
Good idea            55%    55%    48%    50%    58%    
Bad idea             33     31     35     39     34     
DK/NA                12     13     17     10      8     
 
TREND: Many politicians have proposed allowing slot machines at racetracks. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Apr 21  Feb 10  Aug 20
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Good idea            53      55      47
Bad idea             34      36      43
DK/NA                12       9       9