June 17, 2009 - Give Mayor Control Of Schools, With Council, Beeps, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; 'Don't Know' Has Big Lead In Comptroller, Advocate Races

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Mayoral control of New York City public schools should continue, City voters say 56 - 32 percent, with support from all political and racial groups, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But when voters are asked if the Mayor should share control of the schools with the City Council, they agree 52 - 37 percent, with only Republicans objecting by the same 52 - 37 percent margin, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. When asked if the Mayor should share control of the schools with the borough presidents, voters agree 49 - 41 percent. Democrats agree 54 - 37 percent while Republicans object 51 - 41 percent and independent voters split 44 - 46 percent.

New York City voters approve 51 - 37 percent of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools. Approval is 55 - 32 percent among whites and 54 - 36 percent among Hispanics. Black voters split 46 - 45 percent. Voters also say 49 - 29 percent that his takeover of the public schools has been a success. Bloomberg gets a 52 - 23 percent thumbs up from whites, 47 - 35 percent from blacks and 49 - 32 percent from Hispanics.

"With the current three-ring circus in Albany, it's hard to predict what will happen with any legislation, including extending mayoral control of the schools. When we ask the question one way, New Yorkers want their state legislators to extend Mayor Michael Bloomberg's control of the public schools," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But when we ask if the Mayor should share control with the City Council or the borough presidents, voters say yes to that, too. Of course the idea of sharing sounds good, but it gets to the very heart of the argument about mayoral control," Carroll said.

Former Public Advocate Mark Green leads the Democratic primary field to return to his old seat with 35 percent, followed by Norman Siegal with 14 percent, Brooklyn City Council member Bill de Blasio with 10 percent and Queens City Council member Eric Gioia with 5 percent. Another 34 percent are undecided.

Queens City Council member John Liu tops the Democratic primary pack in the City Comptroller's race with 19 percent, followed by Queens City Council member Melinda Katz with 13 percent, Brooklyn City Council member David Yassky with 10 percent and Queens City Council member David Weprin with 5 percent. In this race, 50 percent are undecided.

"Once upon a time, campaigns for all the citywide jobs attracted attention. Now, New Yorkers only pay attention to the mayoral race," Carroll said.

"Mark Green's long record in various public offices helps give him a lead for public advocate. But Norman Siegal and Council member Bill de Blasio hit double digits.

"Controller is a big job, with big responsibilities. But half of New York voters don't know enough about the candidates to pick one. Those who do know give Council member John Liu an edge over Council members Melinda Katz, David Yassky or David Weprin."

New York City voters approve 64 - 31 percent of the job police city-wide are doing, and approve 71 - 24 percent of the job police in their community are doing.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 63 - 22 percent approval rating.

"The friendly-fire death of Officer Omar Edwards hasn't cut into approval of the police, except among black New Yorkers, who disapprove 58 - 35 percent of the job police are doing," Carroll said.

From June 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,396 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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.

2. (If registered Democrat) If the 2009 Democratic primary for Public Advocate were being held today and the candidates were Mark Green, Norman Siegal, Bill de Blasio and Eric Gioia, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS...................
                     Tot    Wht    Blk    Hisp    Men    Wom
 
Green                35%    33%    39%    32%     34%    35%
Siegal               14     13     17      9      16     12
de Blasio            10     14      7      7      11      9
Gioia                 5      7      2      7       6      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2       -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      3       2      2
DK/NA                34     30     36     41      31     36
 
 
3. (If registered Democrat) If the 2009 Democratic primary for Comptroller were being held today and the candidates were Melinda Katz, David Weprin, John Liu and David Yassky, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS...................
                     Tot    Wht    Blk    Hisp    Men    Wom
 
Katz                 13%    13%    15%    16%     10%    15%
Weprin                5      8      2      3       7      5
Liu                  19     12     25     19      23     16
Yassky               10     11      4     11      11      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      2       -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      5       3      3
DK/NA                50     53     51     45      46     52
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              63%    80%    59%    68%    80%    46%    57%
Disapprove           22     12     26     19     11     40     21
DK/NA                14      9     15     13     10     14     22
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              64%    56%    67%    66%    73%    64%    63%
Disapprove           22     27     19     20     19     22     22
DK/NA                15     17     14     14      8     13     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? (*also 70% on 2/3/06)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  Feb 24  Jan 27  Nov 25  Mar 9   Jan 16  Jan 16
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2006*   2007    2007
 
Approve              63      64      67      62      70      52      52
Disapprove           22      20      19      23      17      34      34
DK/NA                14      16      14      16      13      14      14
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              51%    62%    51%    51%    55%    46%    54%
Disapprove           37     28     39     36     32     45     36
DK/NA                12     11     10     13     13     10      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              58%    45%    54%    52%    50%    55%    48%
Disapprove           35     40     33     38     40     34     40
DK/NA                 7     15     13     10     10     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  May 7   May 7
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2003    2003
 
Approve              51      47      50      53      56      35      35
Disapprove           37      40      39      35      32      52      52
DK/NA                12      13      11      13      12      12      12
 
 
21. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Success              49%    57%    47%    51%    52%    47%    49%
Failure              29     26     31     25     23     35     32
DK/NA                22     18     22     23     25     18     19
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Success              51%    44%    50%    50%    52%    54%    44%
Failure              30     31     25     28     31     26     32
DK/NA                19     24     25     22     17     20     24
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                             SUCCESS.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 16  Jul 16  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007
 
Success              49      46      50      47      54      54      39
Failure              29      33      31      31      26      26      34
DK/NA                22      22      19      22      20      20      27
 
 
22. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Continue             56%    64%    55%    57%    59%    48%    57%
Stop                 32     28     34     31     29     40     34
DK/NA                12      8     11     12     13     13      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Continue             54%    51%    61%    59%    50%    61%    51%
Stop                 36     35     25     32     40     29     36
DK/NA                10     14     14      9     10     11     13
 
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?
                     Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Continue             56      52      55      56
Stop                 32      37      35      34
DK/NA                12      12       9      10
 
 
23. Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the city council or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  52%    37%    57%    50%    45%    60%    59%
No                   37     52     33     40     42     31     33
DK/NA                11     11     10     10     13      8      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  47%    55%    46%    57%    53%    50%    53%
No                   42     34     42     33     40     41     34
DK/NA                11     11     11     11      6      8     13
 
TREND: Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the city council or not?
                     Jun 17  Mar 24
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  52      53
No                   37      37
DK/NA                11      11
 
 
24. Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the borough presidents or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  49%    41%    54%    44%    38%    59%    59%
No                   41     51     37     46     50     34     34
DK/NA                10      8      9      9     12      7      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  51%    50%    44%    52%    48%    47%    51%
No                   43     40     44     38     44     46     37
DK/NA                 6     10     11     10      8      8     11
 
TREND: Do you think the mayor should share control of the public schools with the borough presidents or not?
                     Jun 17  Mar 24
 
Yes                  49      50
No                   41      41
DK/NA                10       8
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              64%    86%    58%    69%    82%    35%    62%
Disapprove           31     12     37     27     13     58     34
DK/NA                 5      1      5      4      4      7      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              62%    55%    71%    65%    82%    67%    61%
Disapprove           33     41     24     31     15     28     34
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      4      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  May 8   Mar 13  Mar 15  Feb 7   Apr 20  Apr 20
                     2009    2008    2008    2007    2002    2000    2000
 
Approve              64      51      60      60      76      43      43
Disapprove           31      43      33      33      18      48      48
DK/NA                 5       6       7       6       6       9       9
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              71%    87%    67%    76%    86%    51%    62%
Disapprove           24     13     28     22     11     44     31
DK/NA                 4      -      5      3      3      5      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              64%    68%    73%    76%    77%    72%    70%
Disapprove           31     29     21     19     19     23     26
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      4      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job? (*also low 65% on 10/02/1997)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16  Feb 7   Apr 20  May 8
                     2009    2008    2007    2007    2002    2000*   2008
 
Approve              71      66      68      67      79      65      66
Disapprove           24      30      27      29      18      28      30
DK/NA                 4       4       5       5       3       6       4
 
 
27. Do you generally think of the police more as friends, more as enemies, or don't you think of them in either of these ways?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Friends              33%    51%    31%    32%    44%    23%    29%
Enemies              11      5     12     10      3     21     12
Neither              54     43     55     57     51     52     57
DK/NA                 3      1      3      1      2      5      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Friends              30%    31%    32%    35%    42%    34%    32%
Enemies              13     13      9     10      2     13      9
Neither              53     52     56     53     55     51     56
DK/NA                 4      3      2      3      1      2      3
 
TREND: Do you generally think of the police more as friends, more as enemies, or don't you think of them in either of these ways?
                                                             FRIENDS.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 17  May 8   Jan 16  Apr 13  Jun 23  Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2009    2008    2007    2006    2005    2002    2000
 
Friends              33      34      36      45      42      47      32
Enemies              11      11       9       7       7       4      10
Neither              54      53      53      46      48      46      56
DK/NA                 3       2       2       2       3       2       2