March 24, 2009 - Voters Say Mayor Mike Is Cold As His Approval Chills, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; He's A Fat Cat, But Still The Top Cat In Mayor's Race

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cold and businesslike, not warm and friendly, New York City voters say 55 - 30 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The Mayor's approval rating, still over 2 - 1, is 64 - 28 percent, his lowest score in his second term.

The personality finding is consistent among blacks, whites and Hispanics, men and women and in all five boroughs, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Because he is the wealthiest person in New York, Mayor Bloomberg is less able to understand the needs and problems of average New Yorkers, 47 percent of voters say, but 49 percent say his wealth does not affect his ability to understand.

If the 2009 mayoral election were held today:
  • Bloomberg tops New York City Comptroller William Thompson 49 - 35 percent, compared to 50 - 33 percent February 24;
  • Bloomberg beats U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner 46 - 36 percent, compared to 48 - 36 percent last month.
Weiner tops Thompson among Democrats 30 - 23 percent, with 38 percent undecided.

"New Yorkers don't warm up to Mayor Mike, but they give him high marks for doing his job. And they prefer him to either of the Brooklyn guys who say they want his job - Comptroller William Thompson, who's still in the race, and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who's backing down, but catching up to Bloomberg," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Voters split almost evenly on whether the Mayor is too rich to understand the common folk. But by a 62 - 31 percent margin, they have a favorable opinion of him, while most voters know very little about those other two guys who may want to take him on."

The economy is the most important issue in deciding who they will choose for Mayor, 52 percent of New York City voters say, as 21 percent list education, 10 percent cite mass transit and 9 percent say taxes. Only 5 percent list crime.

Voters approve 47 - 40 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the public schools and say 46 - 33 percent that his takeover of the public schools has been a success. Voters with children in the public schools disapprove 54 - 41 percent of Bloomberg's handling of the schools and split 42 - 40 percent on whether the takeover has been a success.

New York City voters say 52 - 37 percent, including 47 - 40 percent among parents, that mayoral control of the public schools should continue.

In separate questions, voters say 53 - 37 percent that the Mayor should share control of the public schools with the City Council, and 50 - 41 percent that he should share control of the schools with the borough presidents.

And by a 62 - 29 percent margin, including 67 - 28 percent among parents of school children, New York City voters support the expansion of charter schools. Support is strong among all political and racial groups and in all the boroughs.

"New York City voters to Albany: Let Bloomberg continue to run the schools. But have him share control with the City Council or the borough presidents," Carroll said.

Voters approve 68 - 25 percent of term limits and disapprove 57 - 39 percent of the City Council action to extend term limits from two four-year terms to three terms. And by a 62 - 31 percent margin, voters want to restore the two-term limit after this year's elections.

"Term limits are good and should be brought back - after Bloomberg's election - New Yorkers say," Carroll said.

New York City voters approve 54 - 34 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the city budget. A total of 94 percent of voters say the city budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious."

From March 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,142 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. The survey includes 766 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 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.

1. (If registered Democrat) As you may know, there will be a New York City mayoral election this year. Thinking about the Democratic primary for mayor, if the 2009 Democratic primary for mayor were being held today and the candidates were Anthony Weiner and William Thompson, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Dems
 
Weiner               30%
Thompson             23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5
DK/NA                38
 
TREND:(If registered Democrat) As you may know, there will be a New York City mayoral election this year. Thinking about the Democratic primary for mayor, if the 2009 Democratic primary for mayor were being held today and the candidates were Anthony Weiner and William Thompson, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS..
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009    2009*
 
Weiner               30      32      30
Thompson             23      22      23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       2       -
DK/NA                38      42      47
 
 
2. If the 2009 election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Weiner               36%    16%    43%    32%    28%    56%    42%
Bloomberg            46     71     41     46     53     30     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      1      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      1      2      2      2      4
DK/NA                15      8     14     17     16     11      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Weiner               39%    47%    29%    31%    30%    35%    37%
Bloomberg            45     34     52     50     62     49     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      2      1      -      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6      1      -      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                10     16     17     17      6     12     17
 
TREND: If the 2009 election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Weiner               36      36      35      34
Bloomberg            46      48      50      50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       1
DK/NA                15      13      12      13
 
 
3. If the 2009 election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Thompson             35%    12%    41%    31%    23%    55%    41%
Bloomberg            49     76     45     49     59     30     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      3      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      1      1      1      1      3
DK/NA                14      9     13     16     16     12      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Thompson             40%    43%    25%    31%    33%    33%    36%
Bloomberg            44     43     57     49     57     51     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      4      1      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      1      -      1      1      2      1
DK/NA                11     13     14     19      9     12     15
 
TREND: If the 2009 election for mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Thompson             35      33      34      34
Bloomberg            49      50      50      49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1       2
DK/NA                14      13      13      14
 
 
4. Is your opinion of - Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            62%    77%    62%    58%    71%    51%    54%
Unfavorable          31     21     31     33     25     40     39
Hvn't hrd enough      3      -      2      4      2      4      5
REFUSED               4      1      4      4      3      5      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            57%    57%    70%    63%    69%    66%    59%
Unfavorable          34     36     26     30     25     28     33
Hvn't hrd enough      3      3      1      4      3      2      4
REFUSED               7      4      2      3      3      4      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            62      62      66     61
Unfavorable          31      32      28     31
Hvn't hrd enough      3       2       3      4
REFUSED               4       4       3      3
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Anthony Weiner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            31%    23%    35%    28%    37%    28%    27%
Unfavorable          13     26     10     14     13      8     15
Hvn't hrd enough     55     49     55     56     48     62     56
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            19%    38%    35%    27%    30%    34%    29%
Unfavorable          11     11     13     13     21     16     10
Hvn't hrd enough     68     50     50     58     48     47     60
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Anthony Weiner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            31      32      34     31
Unfavorable          13      12      10     10
Hvn't hrd enough     55      55      54     57
REFUSED               2       2       2      2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - William Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            25%    16%    28%    22%    19%    39%    27%
Unfavorable           5      9      5      6      5      5      6
Hvn't hrd enough     68     73     66     70     74     55     66
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            25%    29%    21%    23%    28%    28%    23%
Unfavorable           5      6      7      4      5      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     66     65     70     72     67     65     71
REFUSED               3      1      2      1      1      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - William Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27 Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009   2008
 
Favorable            25      22      25     25
Unfavorable           5       5       5      4
Hvn't hrd enough     68      71      69     70
REFUSED               2       1       2      1
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              64%    80%    62%    64%    73%    54%    53%
Disapprove           28     15     29     29     21     35     37
DK/NA                 8      5      9      7      5     11      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              60%    58%    74%    63%    74%    68%    61%
Disapprove           30     35     22     25     21     26     30
DK/NA                10      7      4     12      5      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*also 75% on 10/03/08, 3/12/08, 1/16/07 & 11/17/05)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 21  Oct 21  Jul 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008*   2003
 
Approve              64      65      69      66      75      75     31
Disapprove           28      29      25      27      20      20     60
DK/NA                 8       6       6       7       6       6      8
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              37%    48%    36%    35%    41%    34%    34%
Disapprove           35     24     35     39     28     42     37
DK/NA                28     28     28     27     30     24     29
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              35%    39%    39%    36%    39%    43%    33%
Disapprove           35     36     29     39     38     29     40
DK/NA                30     26     32     26     23     28     27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Feb 26  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2003    2007
 
Approve              37      44      43      43      42      46      33
Disapprove           35      36      36      35      38      27      43
DK/NA                28      20      21      22      20      28      24
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              41%    34%    46%    36%    38%    50%    41%
Disapprove           12     15     11     12      9     14     15
DK/NA                47     51     43     51     53     36     44
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    42%    35%    41%    52%    48%    36%
Disapprove           10     15      9     14      5     11     13
DK/NA                45     43     55     45     42     42     51
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Oct 3   Oct 3   Feb 26
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2003
 
Approve              41      46      48      48      53      53      35
Disapprove           12      11      12      12      13      13      13
DK/NA                47      44      40      40      34      34      52
 
 
10. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very satisfied        8%    13%     7%     7%    11%     4%     7%
Smwht satisfied      45     47     46     46     52     44     32
Smwht dissatisfied   31     27     31     33     27     36     32
Very dissatisfied    14     13     14     13      8     15     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        7%     5%    11%     8%     5%    10%     6%
Smwht satisfied      43     42     54     39     56     45     45
Smwht dissatisfied   32     38     20     36     28     30     32
Very dissatisfied    17     14     15     15      8     13     16
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 28  Nov 25  Oct 21  Feb 11  Jul 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        8       5       8       6      14      18       7
Smwht satisfied      45      44      47      42      46      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   31      33      30      32      24      18      32
Very dissatisfied    14      17      15      18      14       5      38
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
11. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose setting limits on the number of years elected officials can hold office?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favor                68%    67%    69%    69%    65%    74%    68%
Oppose               25     25     26     24     29     19     25
DK/NA                 6      8      5      8      6      7      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favor                69%    69%    65%    71%    65%    67%    69%
Oppose               25     27     26     23     26     28     23
DK/NA                 6      5      9      6      9      5      7
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose setting limits on the number of years elected officials can hold office?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27  Oct 21  Oct 3   Jul 16  Mar 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2001
 
Favor                68      70      69      62      65      71      67
Oppose               25      25      25      29      29      23      28
DK/NA                 6       5       6       9       6       6       5
 
 
12. As you may know, the City Council extended term limits from two to three terms for New York City elected officials. Do you approve or disapprove of this extension of term limits?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              39%    51%    38%    36%    45%    33%    33%
Disapprove           57     46     58     58     51     63     62
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      4      4      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              32%    36%    44%    37%    58%    40%    38%
Disapprove           62     60     50     60     37     56     57
DK/NA                 7      4      6      3      5      4      5
 
TREND: As you may know, the City Council extended term limits from two to three terms for New York City elected officials. Do you approve or disapprove of this extension of term limits?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              39      38      42
Disapprove           57      56      56
DK/NA                 5       5       3
 
 
13. Do you think the two-term limit should be restored after the 2009 New York City elections or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  62%    57%    63%    62%    54%    70%    72%
No                   31     39     29     30     40     25     19
DK/NA                 7      4      7      8      6      5      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  67%    65%    57%    64%    55%    59%    65%
No                   26     30     34     28     40     35     27
DK/NA                 8      5      9      8      5      6      8
 
TREND: Do you think the two-term limit should be restored after the 2009 New York City elections or not?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  62      63      61
No                   31      31      33
DK/NA                 7       6       6
 
 
14. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is - warm and friendly or cold and businesslike?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Warm/friendly        30%    34%    31%    26%    28%    28%    31%
Cold/businesslike    55     46     57     57     56     54     62
DK/NA                15     20     13     17     16     18      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Warm/friendly        33%    29%    32%    27%    21%    28%    31%
Cold/businesslike    56     56     51     57     60     60     52
DK/NA                10     15     16     16     19     12     17
 
TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is - warm and friendly or cold and business like?
                     Mar 24  Feb 4
                     2009    2004
 
Warm/Friendly        30      20
Cold/Businesslike    55      66
DK/NA                15      13
 
 
15. How much does this matter to you - a lot, some, only a little, or not at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
A lot                30%    27%    31%    30%    25%    37%    39%
Some                 25     25     25     26     24     24     23
Only a little        19     15     19     21     20     16     18
Not at all           24     33     23     21     29     21     20
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      2      2      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A lot                39%    34%    20%    32%    21%    28%    31%
Some                 21     24     26     26     34     24     26
Only a little        17     18     24     17     19     22     17
Not at all           22     23     29     23     25     25     24
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      1      2      2
 
TREND: How much does this matter to you - a lot, some, only a little, or not at all?
                     Mar 24  Feb 4
                     2009    2004
 
A lot                30       42
Some                 25       22
Only a little        19       14
Not at all           24       18
DK/NA                 2        4
 
 
16. As you may know, Mayor Bloomberg is the wealthiest person in New York. Do you think his wealth makes him less able to understand the needs and problems of average New Yorkers or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  47%    31%    50%    46%    36%    59%    63%
No                   49     66     47     49     61     38     35
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      3      3      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  51%    52%    38%    50%    40%    42%    51%
No                   44     45     60     45     59     54     46
DK/NA                 6      4      2      5      1      4      3
 
 
17. There is a proposal to eliminate the political party label, such as Democrat or Republican, from the ballot in elections for city officials, such as Mayor or Council member. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Good idea            30%    25%    23%    47%    32%    24%    29%
Bad idea             58     65     65     42     55     67     61
DK/NA                12     10     12     11     13      9     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            25%    34%    25%    33%    31%    30%    30%
Bad idea             64     54     63     56     56     61     56
DK/NA                11     12     12     11     13      9     14
 
TREND: There is a proposal to eliminate the political party label, such as Democrat or Republican, from the ballot in elections for city officials, such as Mayor or Council member. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jul 2
                     2009    2009    2003
 
Good idea            30      36      37
Bad idea             58      55      55
DK/NA                12       9       7
 
 
18. Mayor Bloomberg has said that he is going to run for reelection and might run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat. Would you like to see him run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Independent          35%    30%    32%    48%    40%    29%    29%
Republican           13     38     10      9     14     10     11
Democrat             19      6     28      6     14     21     28
DK/NA                33     27     31     38     32     39     32
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Independent          27%    33%    40%    36%    41%    36%    34%
Republican           11     12     10     16     18     13     13
Democrat             25     22     16     17     15     19     20
DK/NA                38     33     35     31     25     33     33
 
TREND: Mayor Bloomberg has said that he is going to run for reelection and might run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat. Would you like to see him run as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24  Jan 27
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Independent          35      41      30
Republican           13      11      10
Democrat             19      19      23
DK/NA                33      29      36
 
 
19. (If registered Republican) Do you think Michael Bloomberg deserves to run as a Republican, or do you think he should do something specific to earn it?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Deserves to run      47%
Should earn it       32
DK/NA                22
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) Do you think Michael Bloomberg deserves to run as a Republican, or do you think he should do something specific to earn it?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Mar 24  Feb 24
                     2009    2009
 
Deserves to run      47      42
Should earn it       32      44
DK/NA                22      14
 
 
20. As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent millions of dollars of his own money to be elected Mayor and says he will do the same in this year's race for Mayor. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance his campaign. Or B) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg has an unfair advantage and looks like he is trying to buy the election?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
A) Free of special
 interests           50%    67%    47%    52%    59%    36%    43%
B) Unfair/Buying
 election            42     27     44     42     34     56     53
DK/NA                 8      6      8      6      7      8      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A) Free of special
 interests           46%    46%    60%    46%    57%    52%    48%
B) Unfair/Buying
 election            48     47     34     44     36     41     44
DK/NA                 6      7      7     11      7      7      8
 
TREND: As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent millions of dollars of his own money to be elected Mayor and says he will do the same in this year's race for Mayor. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance his campaign. Or B) By financing his own campaigns Bloomberg has an unfair advantage and looks like he is trying to buy the election?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24 Jan 27  Mar 30
                     2009    2009   2009    2005
 
A) Free of special
   interests         50      57     54      47
B) Unfair/Buying
   election          42      37     40      45
DK/NA                 8       6      6       8
 
 
21. Which of the following will be the single most important issue in your vote in the general election for mayor this year - the economy, education, crime, taxes or mass transit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Economy              52%    43%    54%    52%    51%    47%    56%
Education            21     16     24     14     17     25     28
Crime                 5      9      4      7      5      7      6
Taxes                 9     26      5      9     13      5      3
Mass transit         10      5      9     15     11     11      5
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   1      -      1      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                 2      -      2      2      3      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Economy              56%    45%    59%    51%    47%    53%    51%
Education            20     26     18     19     13     16     24
Crime                 7      5      3      6      9      6      5
Taxes                 6      8      7     10     25     10      8
Mass transit          7     12      9     10      4     11      8
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   1      2      1      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      2      3      2
 
TREND: Which of the following will be the single most important issue in your vote in the general election for mayor this year - the economy, education, crime, taxes or mass transit?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24
                     2009    2009
 
Economy              52      53
Education            21      19
Crime                 5       7
Taxes                 9      12
Mass transit         10       7
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   1       2
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 
22. If Michael Bloomberg is reelected Mayor, do you think New York City's economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           30%    39%    30%    28%    34%    24%    26%
Get worse            10      6      9     12      6      9     17
Stay the same        53     50     53     54     51     59     52
DK/NA                 8      5      8      6      9      7      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           22%    29%    36%    28%    29%    33%    27%
Get worse            11     10     10      9     14      8     12
Stay the same        62     53     46     55     48     52     53
DK/NA                 5      8      8      8     10      7      8
 
TREND: If Michael Bloomberg is reelected Mayor, do you think New York City's economy will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Mar 24  Feb 24
                     2009    2009
 
Get better           30      32
Get worse            10      12
Stay the same        53      47
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              54%    65%    53%    55%    63%    42%    45%
Disapprove           34     23     36     32     24     47     42
DK/NA                12     13     11     12     13     10     12
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              52%    48%    63%    50%    66%    60%    49%
Disapprove           34     39     26     38     23     31     36
DK/NA                14     13     11     12     11      9     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  Oct 22  Jan 28  Sept 9
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2003    2009    2003
 
Approve              54      54      55      51%     36      55      33
Disapprove           34      38      38      38      51      38      59
DK/NA                12       9       7      11      13       7       8
 
 
24. 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        52%    24%    60%    52%    49%    61%    52%
Cutting services     37     73     28     38     41     29     38
DK/NA                11      3     12     10     10     10     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        53%    56%    59%    44%    42%    49%    55%
Cutting services     35     34     29     46     45     42     32
DK/NA                12     10     12     10     14     10     12
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Raising taxes        52      53      46      48
Cutting services     37      39      39      37
DK/NA                11       8      15      15
 
 
25. 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
 
Personal income tax  28%    15%    31%    28%    32%    23%    27%
Sales tax            39     50     37     40     40     41     38
Property tax         24     20     27     21     19     27     26
DK/NA                 9     16      6     11      9      8      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Personal income tax  20%    32%    32%    26%    27%    29%    28%
Sales tax            37     42     29     44     50     39     39
Property tax         30     18     32     21     15     23     24
DK/NA                13      9      8      9      8      9      9
 
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?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  May 7   Nov 21  Jul 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2003    2002    2002
 
Income tax           28      21      22      21      23      19      21
Sales tax            39      49      43      44      40      37      30
Property tax         24      22      24      24      23      32      35
DK/NA                 9       7      10      11      14      12      14
 
 
26. 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         65%    55%    69%    63%    61%    71%    72%
Smwht serious        29     35     27     32     33     23     24
Not too serious       3      7      2      3      3      4      3
Not at all serious    -      1      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         66%    66%    70%    65%    51%    67%    64%
Smwht serious        28     29     26     29     46     28     31
Not too serious       3      3      2      5      2      4      3
Not at all serious    -      1      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 3      2      2      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious (*also 95% on 1/28/09)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25  May 7   Feb 25  Jul 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2003    2009*   2002
 
Very serious         65      61      64      66      68      61      46
Smwht serious        29      34      31      28      24      34      41
Not too serious       3       3       3       3       4       3       9
Not at all serious    -       1       1       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                 2       1       1       2       3       1       3
 
 
27. 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        5%    11%     5%     4%     6%     6%     8%
Police                8      2      8     13      5     12     11
Firefighters          2      -      3      1      2      4      1
Sanitation            8      5      9      6      7      8     10
Social services      13     27     11     14     15      9     15
Culture/recreation   48     47     47     50     51     45     39
DK/NA                15      7     17     13     14     16     16
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Public schools       11%     4%     5%     5%     3%     6%     5%
Police                6     12      8      7      6     10      7
Firefighters          -      4      2      2      1      4      1
Sanitation            9      7      8      9      5      8      8
Social services      12     10     12     18     21     18     10
Culture/recreation   46     49     46     47     53     43     52
DK/NA                17     14     20     13     11     13     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?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28   Nov 25   May 7
                     2009    2009    2009     2008     2003
 
Public schools        5       4       7       3        4
Police                8       6       6       7        6
Firefighters          2       3       2       3        2
Sanitation            8       7       8       6        8
Social Services      13      14      12       12       14
Culture/recreation   48      53      50       51       42
DK/NA                15      13      16       18       24
 
 
28. 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              47%    64%    45%    47%    56%    42%    41%    41%
Disapprove           40     21     43     39     26     49     52     54
DK/NA                13     15     12     13     18      9      7      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    51%    50%    42%    55%    55%    41%
Disapprove           44     39     34     45     34     32     46
DK/NA                15     11     16     13     11     13     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Jul 26  Jul 16  May 7
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2007    2008    2003
 
Approve              47      50      53      56      52      56      35
Disapprove           40      39      35      32      33      32      52
DK/NA                13      11      13      12      14      12      12
 
 
29. 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              46%    57%    46%    44%    52%    41%    37%    42%
Failure              33     21     34     33     23     37     50     40
DK/NA                22     22     20     23     25     22     12     18
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Success              39%    48%    43%    45%    59%    54%    39%
Failure              38     33     27     34     28     28     36
DK/NA                23     18     29     21     13     19     24
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Nov 21  Jul 26  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Success              46      50      47      54      47      51      39
Failure              33      31      31      26      25      27      34
DK/NA                22      19      22      20      27      22      27
 
 
30. 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             52%    64%    51%    52%    59%    48%    43%    47%
Stop                 37     25     38     39     29     39     49     40
DK/NA                12     11     11      8     13     12      8     13
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Continue             46%    54%    55%    48%    54%    59%    46%
Stop                 42     36     30     41     34     29     42
DK/NA                12     10     15     11     12     12     12
 
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?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Continue             52      55      56
Stop                 37      35      34
DK/NA                12       9      10
 
 
31. Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the city council or not?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Yes                  53%    46%    55%    55%    48%    53%    57%    51%
No                   37     43     35     36     41     35     34     42
DK/NA                11     11     11      9     11     12      9      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  67%    48%    46%    55%    59%    47%    57%
No                   22     41     43     35     33     42     32
DK/NA                11     11     11     10      8     10     11
 
 
32. Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the borough presidents or not?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Yes                  50%    41%    53%    50%    42%    57%    62%    52%
No                   41     50     38     43     49     34     33     42
DK/NA                 8      9      9      6      9      9      5      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    53%    40%    51%    49%    44%    55%
No                   32     39     49     42     44     48     36
DK/NA                 8      8     10      7      7      7      9
 
 
33. 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                  62%    69%    62%    60%    59%    66%    67%    67%
No                   29     25     30     28     31     27     24     28
DK/NA                 9      5      9     11      9      7      9      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  62%    62%    62%    61%    66%    63%    61%
No                   25     31     28     31     26     29     29
DK/NA                13      7     11      8      8      9     10
 
TREND: 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?
                     Mar 24  Feb 25
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  62      67
No                   29      26
DK/NA                 9       8