February 25, 2009 - New York City Voters Want Mayor To Run Schools, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Staten Island Chuck Was Protecting Turf, Voters Say

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By a 55 - 35 percent margin, New York City voters want mayoral control of public schools to continue, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters with children in public schools support mayoral control 57 - 41 percent.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's takeover of the public schools has been a success, voters say 50 - 31 percent, including 52 - 30 percent among parents. Voters approve 50 - 39 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the schools, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. But parents disapprove 55 - 37 percent.

While voters say 58 - 30 percent that they are not satisfied with the quality of public schools in New York City, they are satisfied, 48 - 39 percent with the schools in their neighborhood, the highest rating for local school satisfaction ever measured. Parents are satisfied 53 - 44 percent with their local schools.

By a 67 - 26 percent margin, New York City voters want more charter schools. There is strong support among Republicans, Democrats and independent voters and among black, white and Hispanic voters. Parents want more charter schools 72 - 26 percent.

"New Yorkers, especially parents with kids in school, are feeling better about their local schools, the schools they know, and they're thinking that the Mayor should remain in control of the schools, a decision that must be made by the State Legislature," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"No one's giving Mayor Bloomberg straight A's for handling the schools, but they want him or his successor to keep on trying."

New York City's budget problems are "very serious," 61 percent of voters say, while 34 percent call them "somewhat serious."

Voters approve 54 - 38 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the city budget and the Mayor even ekes out a 46 - 44 percent approval for the way he is handling taxes.

By a 53 - 39 percent margin, New York City voters would rather raise taxes than cut services. Republicans would rather cut services, 66 - 22 percent, while raising taxes is preferred 59 - 34 percent by Democrats and 56 - 39 percent by independent voters.

If taxes must be raised, 49 percent of voters say raise the sales tax, while 22 percent say hike property taxes and 21 percent say raise income taxes.

If cuts must be made, hit culture and recreation, 53 percent of voters say, with 14 percent targeting social services, 7 percent hitting sanitation, 6 percent citing police, 4 percent listing schools and 3 percent listing firefighters.

"Voters have gotten the message that the city's in rough fiscal shape. But they shy away from making cuts in the big ticket items, schools and police," Carroll said.

Voters support 50 - 45 percent raising taxes on business in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) service area and using the money to reduce the amount of increases in transit fares and bridge and tunnel tolls.

But voters oppose 56 - 41 percent setting new tolls on bridges over the East and Harlem Rivers and using the money to offset fare and toll hikes. The toll bridge proposal wins 55 - 42 percent support in Manhattan and 51 - 47 percent support in Staten Island. Opposition is 67 - 29 percent in The Bronx, 59 - 37 percent in Brooklyn and 61 - 38 percent in Queens.

When he bit Bloomberg, Chuck the Groundhog was just defending his Staten Island turf, 61 percent of New Yorkers - including 79 percent of Staten Islanders - say. But 15 percent say Chuck was making a political statement.

"Since there are no term limits for groundhogs, yet, Staten Island Chuck expects to be looking for his shadow again next year. Let the Mayor, whoever he or she may be, beware," Carroll said.

From February 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 984 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. The survey includes 646 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

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

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              78%    29%    91%    72%    68%    90%    83%
Disapprove           13     63      1     16     22      -     12
DK/NA                 9      8      7     12      9      9      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              79%    81%    80%    76%    64%    76%    80%
Disapprove            7     14     12     13     27     15     11
DK/NA                14      5      8     11      9      9      9
 
 
39. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              75%    25%    89%    66%    63%    89%    85%
Disapprove           16     70      3     23     28      1     12
DK/NA                 9      6      8     11      8     10      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              83%    74%    75%    73%    61%    73%    76%
Disapprove            7     17     16     18     32     19     14
DK/NA                 9      8      9     10      7      8     10
 
 
40. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Excellent             1%     1%     1%     -      -      2%     1%
Good                  2      5      2      2      2      1      5
Not so good          25     26     27     20     19     27     33
Poor                 72     68     70     77     78     69     61
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             1%     1%     -      1%     -      1%     -
Good                  2      2      2      3      6      2      3
Not so good          26     30     18     24     24     25     24
Poor                 70     67     79     72     71     71     72
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      2%     1%     -      -      2%     -
Good                  1      3      4      4      3      1      3      2
Not so good          28     23     24     30     25     18     28     22
Poor                 71     74     70     65     72     81     66     76
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      1      -
 
 
41. Would you describe the state of New York City's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6     15      5      5      5      3      9
Not so good          52     45     53     53     54     51     52
Poor                 42     41     42     41     41     45     39
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  5      6      5      7      7      6      6
Not so good          58     51     50     51     54     50     54
Poor                 37     42     45     42     39     44     40
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  4      6      8      6      8      3      6      6
Not so good          53     50     52     52     50     57     48     54
Poor                 43     43     39     42     42     40     45     40
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York City's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2003
 
Excellent             -       1       -       -       1
Good                  6      14      12      10      13
Not so good          52      46      56      45      52
Poor                 42      38      30      44      34
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1
 
 
42. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York City will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           30%    25%    35%    25%    20%    44%    37%
Get worse            32     35     29     35     42     19     23
Stay the same        35     38     34     36     36     33     39
DK/NA                 3      2      2      4      3      3      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           38%    29%    23%    34%    30%    32%    29%
Get worse            28     34     37     26     34     37     28
Stay the same        31     33     37     36     36     30     39
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      1      1      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Get better           31%    26%    34%    38%    27%    22%    40%    23%
Get worse            35     37     24     24     33     46     21     39
Stay the same        33     36     38     34     39     32     34     35
DK/NA                 2      1      5      4      1      -      4      2
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York City will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2003
 
Get better           30      29      24      23      25
Get worse            32      36      45      35      32
Stay the same        35      33      26      38      38
DK/NA                 3       2       5       4       4
 
43. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Excellent             4%     5%     4%     3%     5%     3%     4%
Good                 46     60     41     53     56     36     34
Not so good          33     28     36     31     27     43     37
Poor                 15      7     17     12     11     17     24
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             2%     4%     4%     4%     4%     5%     3%
Good                 35     45     53     42     66     49     44
Not so good          37     33     32     35     24     32     34
Poor                 25     16      9     16      7     13     16
DK/NA                 1      2      2      3      -      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             1%     5%     5%     2%     3%     8%     3%     5%
Good                 51     43     47     30     49     68     34     55
Not so good          32     37     32     42     37     18     41     28
Poor                 15     14     15     24     10      5     21     11
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      1      1      2      2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Feb 25  Nov 26  Feb 27
                     2009    2008    2003
 
Excellent             4       4       5
Good                 46      45      45
Not so good          33      34      35
Poor                 15      15      13
DK/NA                 2       1       2
 
 
44. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Better off           23%    30%    23%    16%    18%    32%    26%
Worse off            52     50     53     58     59     47     48
SAME(VOL)            24     20     23     25     23     20     27
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Better off           22%    25%    29%    17%    17%    27%    20%
Worse off            53     47     51     57     60     50     54
SAME(VOL)            24     27     19     24     23     22     25
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better off           38%    22%    11%    23%    20%    30%    21%    25%
Worse off            39     59     57     50     58     50     54     51
SAME(VOL)            22     19     30     26     21     20     24     23
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      -      2      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Feb 25  Nov 26  Feb 27
                     2009    2008    2003
 
Better off           23      24      31
Worse off            52      56      44
SAME(VOL)            24      19      23
DK/NA                 1       1       2
 
 
45. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           35%    24%    40%    29%    23%    55%    40%
Get worse            15     18     14     13     21      8      8
Stay the same        48     56     44     54     54     35     51
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           46%    32%    29%    38%    30%    36%    33%
Get worse             9     16     18     14     12     13     15
Stay the same        42     49     51     45     58     48     48
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      1      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Get better           47%    33%    26%    38%    35%    34%    38%    32%
Get worse            11     19     13     13     12     20     11     17
Stay the same        41     45     57     46     51     45     47     48
DK/NA                 1      3      3      3      1      -      3      2
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Feb 25  Nov 26  Feb 27
                     2009    2008    2003
 
Get better           35      28      38
Get worse            15      23      11
Stay the same        48      43      49
DK/NA                 3       6       3
 
 
46. By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Better               77%    45%    88%    66%    69%    87%    81%
Worse                 9     32      2     15     14      2     11
Same                 12     18      9     16     14      8      8
DK/NA                 2      4      2      3      3      3      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Better               78%    76%    80%    75%    72%    75%    78%
Worse                 5     12      7      8     17     14      5
Same                 16     10     10     14     10     10     13
DK/NA                 1      3      3      3      1      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better               78%    77%    75%    78%    76%    76%    78%    76%
Worse                12      7      9      8     10      9      7     11
Same                 10     14     12     11     12     13     11     12
DK/NA                 1      1      4      3      2      1      4      1
 
 
47. Congress has passed President Obama's economic stimulus package which includes tax cuts and new federal spending of about 800 billion dollars. Do you support or oppose this economic stimulus package?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              78%    28%    92%    72%    67%    94%    83%
Oppose               18     67      5     25     29      1     17
DK/NA                 4      6      3      3      4      4      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              86%    76%    77%    78%    62%    73%    81%
Oppose               11     18     20     18     34     22     15
DK/NA                 3      6      3      3      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Support              77%    81%    77%    80%    80%    76%    79%    77%
Oppose               20     16     19     16     17     22     18     19
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      3      2      4      4
 
 
48. How confident are you that this economic stimulus package will help solve the nation's economic problems - Very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very confident       12%     4%    16%     6%     5%    21%    19%
Smwht confident      53     16     66     44     46     63     53
Not too confident    21     37     12     32     28     10     17
Not confident at all 12     41      4     18     19      3     11
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      3      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very confident       15%    11%    11%    14%     9%    11%    13%
Smwht confident      57     53     55     53     39     47     58
Not too confident    20     17     23     21     30     24     18
Not confident at all  8     16     10     10     20     16      9
DK/NA                 -      3      1      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very confident        7%    15%    13%    17%     9%     6%    19%     7%
Smwht confident      51     56     54     53     57     55     50     56
Not too confident    25     17     20     19     20     24     20     21
Not confident at all 14     12     10     10     14     13     11     14
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      -      2      1      2
 
 
49. How long do you think it will take for the program to work - less than a year, more than a year, or will it never work?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Less than a year      7%     2%    10%     1%     2%    10%    17%
More than a year     78     51     84     78     75     84     72
Never                13     47      3     19     21      3      9
DK/NA                 2      -      3      2      2      3      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Less than a year      6%     7%     6%     9%     4%     5%     8%
More than a year     84     75     79     78     75     75     80
Never                 8     14     12     12     20     17      9
DK/NA                 1      4      3      1      1      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Less than a year      9%     6%     5%     9%     6%     4%    12%     4%
More than a year     72     80     82     78     80     78     76     79
Never                16     11     11     10     12     16     11     14
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      2      2      3
 
 
50. Do you think the economic stimulus package will help your personal financial situation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  41%    18%    50%    32%    28%    58%    54%
No                   54     76     44     63     66     37     40
DK/NA                 6      5      5      5      6      5      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  47%    38%    39%    43%    36%    39%    42%
No                   48     56     55     50     64     57     51
DK/NA                 4      6      6      7      1      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  34%    47%    41%    53%    38%    30%    52%    32%
No                   61     49     53     41     58     66     42     62
DK/NA                 5      4      7      6      5      5      6      6
 
 
51. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              54%    55%    50%    62%    61%    49%    44%
Disapprove           38     40     40     29     30     44     47
DK/NA                 9      5      9      9      9      7      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              51%    53%    54%    53%    64%    55%    53%
Disapprove           40     39     34     39     33     36     38
DK/NA                 8      8     12      8      4      9      9
 
TREND. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  Oct 22  Sep 9   Jan 28  Sept 9
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2003    2009    2003
 
Approve              54      55      51%     36      33      55      33
Disapprove           38      38      38      51      59      38      59
DK/NA                 9       7      11      13       8       7       8
 
 
52. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              46%    44%    45%    52%    52%    39%    42%
Disapprove           44     50     45     37     38     53     49
DK/NA                10      6     10     11     10      9      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              38%    44%    47%    47%    61%    47%    45%
Disapprove           51     46     42     42     37     43     45
DK/NA                12      9     11     11      1      9     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling taxes?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  Oct 22  May 7   Feb 26
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2003    2003
 
Approve              46      47      45      28      26      32
Disapprove           44      42      44      61      67      59
DK/NA                10      11      11      11      7       8
 
 
53. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Raising taxes        53%    22%    59%    56%    47%    59%    64%
Cutting services     39     66     34     39     45     34     30
DK/NA                 8     12      7      5      8      7      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        65%    51%    55%    50%    39%    45%    59%
Cutting services     31     38     39     44     52     47     33
DK/NA                 5     11      6      6      9      7      8
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Raising taxes        53      46      48
Cutting services     39      39      37
DK/NA                 8      15      15
 
 
54. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, which city tax do you think should be increased - personal income tax, sales tax or property tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Income tax           21%    14%    24%    19%    22%    19%    23%
Sales tax            49     58     49     47     49     57     45
Property tax         22     17     22     25     20     20     27
DK/NA                 7     11      5     10      9      4      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Income tax           23%    16%    28%    20%    20%    22%    20%
Sales tax            53     47     42     54     62     47     51
Property tax         19     28     23     17     11     24     20
DK/NA                 6      9      6      8      7      7      8
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, which city tax do you think should be increased - personal income tax, sales tax or property tax?
                     Feb 25  Nov 25  May 7   Nov 21  Jul 17
                     2009    2008    2003    2002    2002
 
Income tax           21      21      23      19      21
Sales tax            49      44      40      37      30
Property tax         22      24      23      32      35
DK/NA                 7      11      14      12      14
 
 
55. How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very serious         61%    55%    64%    55%    59%    69%    63%
Smwht serious        34     35     33     38     37     29     29
Not too serious       3      6      2      4      3      2      4
Not at all serious    1      1      1      -      -      -      2
DK/NA                 1      2      -      3      1      -      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         64%    56%    66%    58%    65%    61%    60%
Smwht serious        29     36     32     39     32     33     35
Not too serious       5      5      1      2      1      3      3
Not at all serious    3      -      -      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                 -      2      1      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, not at all serious?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27  Nov 21  Jul 17
                     2009    2009    2008    2003    2003    2002    2002
 
Very serious         61      64      66      68      63      60      46
Smwht serious        34      31      28      24      29      29      41
Not too serious       3       3       3       4       5       7       9
Not at all serious    1       1       1       1       1       2       1
DK/NA                 1       1       2       3       2       2       3
 
 
56. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, where do you think city spending should be decreased - public schools, police, firefighters, sanitation, social services or culture and recreation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Public schools        4%     9%     3%     2%     6%     2%     2%
Police                6      -      8      4      4      5     10
Firefighters          3      -      3      3      3      5      1
Sanitation            7      5      7      8      7      7      8
Social services      14     27     12     13     15     13     16
Culture/Recreation   53     55     52     59     55     54     46
DK/NA                13      5     15     10     11     15     16
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Public schools        5%     3%     3%     5%     6%     3%     5%
Police               10      6      6      4      5      9      4
Firefighters          2      3      3      3      1      5      1
Sanitation            6      5      6      8     15      7      6
Social services      14     13     18     12     11     17     12
Culture/Recreation   45     59     50     53     57     50     55
DK/NA                18     10     15     15      5      9     17
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, where do you think city spending should be decreased - public schools, police, firefighters, sanitation, social services or culture and recreation?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28   Nov 25   May 7
                     2009    2009     2008     2008
 
Public schools        4       7       3        4
Police                6       6       7        6
Firefighters          3       2       3        2
Sanitation            7       8       6        8
Social Services      14      12       12       14
Culture/recreation   53      50       51       42
DK/NA                13      16       18       24
 
 
57. If city spending on the public schools must be cut, do you think this will hurt the quality of education in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  85%    63%    91%    84%    78%    94%    90%
No                   13     35      8     15     20      6      8
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      2      -      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  86%    85%    83%    87%    84%    81%    89%
No                   11     13     16     11     16     19      9
DK/NA                 3      2      1      2      -      1      2
 
 
58. (If yes q57) Will it hurt it a lot or only a little?
                     YES/WILL HURT EDUCATION Q57...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
A lot                81%    73%    85%    74%    72%    88%    90%
Only a little        15     25     11     22     22     10      9
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      6      3      1
 
 
59. If Medicaid spending must be cut, do you think this will hurt the quality of health care in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  83%    64%    90%    76%    74%    91%    85%
No                   15     35      8     23     23      8     13
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      1      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  82%    84%    78%    86%    82%    78%    86%
No                   16     15     20     11     17     21     11
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      1      2      2
 
 
60. (If yes q59) Will it hurt it a lot or only a little?
                     YES/WILL HURT HEALTHCARE Q59..................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
A lot                81%    74%    83%    80%    73%    90%    89%
Only a little        15     24     13     16     20      8     11
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      7      2      -
 
 
61. If police spending must be cut, which should be reduced, a focus on quality-of-life offenses or regular patrols?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
QOL offenses         52%    53%    52%    52%    56%    48%    42%
Regular patrols      34     31     36     33     30     37     41
DK/NA                14     16     12     15     14     15     17
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
QOL offenses         50%    50%    58%    48%    55%    55%    49%
Regular patrols      32     34     31     38     33     32     36
DK/NA                18     16     11     14     12     14     15
 
 
62. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed fare increases for buses, subways and trains, and toll hikes for bridges and tunnels. To help reduce the size of these fare and toll hikes would you support or oppose increasing taxes on businesses within the area served by the MTA?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              50%    34%    57%    43%    44%    53%    57%
Oppose               45     62     38     52     50     42     39
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      6      5      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              48%    51%    53%    46%    53%    48%    51%
Oppose               44     43     44     50     45     49     42
DK/NA                 8      6      3      5      3      3      7
 
TREND: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed fare increases for buses, subways and trains, and toll hikes for bridges and tunnels. To help reduce the size of these fare and toll hikes would you support or oppose increasing taxes on businesses within the area served by the MTA?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009
 
Support              50      47
Oppose               45      46
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
63. To help reduce the size of these fare and toll hikes would you support or oppose placing tolls on the East river and Harlem river bridges?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              41%    41%    44%    38%    44%    31%    40%
Oppose               56     55     54     60     53     69     56
DK/NA                 3      5      2      2      3      -      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              29%    37%    55%    38%    51%    39%    43%
Oppose               67     59     42     61     47     59     54
DK/NA                 4      4      3      1      2      2      3
 
TREND: To help reduce the size of these fares and toll hikes would you support or oppose placing tolls on the East River and Harlem River bridges?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009
 
Support              41      36
Oppose               56      61
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
64. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Approve              50%    56%    49%    51%    56%    45%    43%    37%
Disapprove           39     31     40     39     30     46     49     55
DK/NA                11     13     11     10     14      9      8      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              47%    47%    52%    49%    58%    51%    49%
Disapprove           45     41     36     37     33     38     40
DK/NA                 8     12     12     13      8     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Jul 26  Mar 15  Jul 16  May 7
                     2009    2009    2008    2007    2007    2008    2003
 
Approve              50      53      56      52      50      56      35
Disapprove           39      35      32      33      39      32      52
DK/NA                11      13      12      14      11      12      12
 
 
65. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of the public schools in New York City, or are you not satisfied?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Satisfied            30%    41%    31%    22%    32%    28%    30%    40%
Not satisfied        58     48     59     61     52     68     59     57
DK/NA                12     11     10     17     16      4     11      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Satisfied            23%    33%    22%    38%    42%    31%    30%
Not satisfied        68     56     66     47     47     60     56
DK/NA                 8     11     12     15     11      9     14
 
TREND: Are you generally satisfied with the quality of the public schools in New York City, or are you not satisfied? (*Low also 12% on 2/5/04, 3/27/02, 4/20/00 & 3/31/97)
                                                             SATISFIED....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Nov 21  Jul 26  Jan 28  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2008    2007    2007    2009    2004*
 
Satisfied            30      32      29      27      25      32      12
Not satisfied        58      55      59      55      63      55      74
DK/NA                12      14      12      18      12      14      13
 
 
66. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of public schools in your neighborhood, or are you not satisfied?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Satisfied            48%    59%    47%    45%    54%    37%    43%    53%
Not satisfied        39     30     41     39     26     58     46     44
DK/NA                13     11     12     16     20      4     11      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Satisfied            44%    50%    35%    58%    57%    46%    49%
Not satisfied        44     39     45     30     30     41     37
DK/NA                11     11     20     11     13     12     14
 
TREND: Are you generally satisfied with the quality of the public schools in your neighborhood, or are you not satisfied?
                                                             SATISFIED....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Nov 21  Jul 26  Feb 25  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2008    2007    2007    2009    2004
 
Satisfied            48      42      43      40      38      48      27
Not satisfied        39      41      45      40      46      39      56
DK/NA                13      17      12      20      16      13      17
 
 
67. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Success              50%    61%    50%    48%    56%    49%    42%    52%
Failure              31     25     30     34     25     34     42     30
DK/NA                19     13     19     17     19     17     16     18
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Success              44%    46%    53%    55%    58%    51%    50%
Failure              39     32     27     31     24     30     31
DK/NA                17     22     20     14     18     19     18
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Nov 21  Jul 26  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Success              50      47      54      47      51      39
Failure              31      31      26      25      27      34
DK/NA                19      22      20      27      22      27
 
 
68. Mayoral control of the public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think Mayoral control of the public schools should continue or not?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Continue             55%    63%    54%    57%    62%    51%    49%    57%
Stop                 35     24     37     34     26     43     44     41
DK/NA                 9     13      9      9     12      6      7      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Continue             50%    52%    58%    59%    62%    58%    53%
Stop                 40     39     35     29     26     34     36
DK/NA                10      9      7     12     12      8     11
 
 
TREND: Mayoral control of the public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think Mayoral control of the public schools should continue or not?
                     Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009
 
Continue             55      56
Stop                 35      34
DK/NA                 9      10
 
 
69. As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with public funds. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New York City or not?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Yes                  67%    71%    66%    71%    64%    74%    72%    72%
No                   26     20     27     23     27     22     18     26
DK/NA                 8      9      8      6      9      5     10      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  70%    71%    64%    63%    65%    68%    66%
No                   23     24     26     29     27     27     24
DK/NA                 7      6     10      9      7      5      9
 
 
70. In biting Mayor Bloomberg, do you think the groundhog was making a political statement, or was he just defending his Staten Island turf?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Political statement  15%     9%    16%    17%    14%    17%    21%
Defending his turf   61     66     61     60     62     66     51
DK/NA                24     25     23     23     23     17     28
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Political statement  17%    14%    18%    15%    14%    14%    17%
Defending his turf   62     58     58     62     79     61     61
DK/NA                21     29     24     24      7     25     23