June 30, 2010 - Bloomberg Unscathed By New York City Budget Cuts, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; City Workers Aren't Doing Fair Share, Voters Say

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is unhurt - and unhelped - by the recent announcement of a city budget with some service cuts, with a 57 - 33 percent overall approval rating and a negative 45 - 47 percent approval for his handling of the city budget, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 57 - 29 percent approval for Mayor Bloomberg, with a 47 - 44 percent approval for his handling of the budget in a May 21 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

New York City voters disapprove 52 - 25 percent of the City Council's handling of the budget and disapprove 36 - 29 percent of Council Speaker Christine Quinn's work on the budget. But Speaker Quinn still gets a 45 - 27 percent overall approval rating, compared to 44 - 26 percent May 21.

Union workers are not doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems, voters say 56 - 31 percent. Even Democrats say 49 - 36 percent that union workers aren't doing their share. Voters in union households back union workers 50 - 42 percent.

Anti-union sentiment ranges from 50 - 36 percent in The Bronx to 66 - 19 percent in Manhattan and is equally strong among men and women.

"It seems to be open season on public employees. New Yorkers think they're not doing their fair share to help with the city's budget woes. Even union households are mixed on this issue," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The budget didn't help - or hurt - anyone's approval numbers. Bloomberg still comes out plus on job approval but he's rated negative on handling the budget. Council Speaker Christine Quinn's budget performance comes out worse than his and the City Council overall worse than either of them," Carroll added.

New York City voters approve 47 - 17 percent of the job City Comptroller John Liu is doing, with 36 percent undecided, and approve 35 - 17 percent of the job Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is doing, with 48 percent undecided.

"Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu are starting to establish public personalities. A lot of New Yorkers still don't know enough about them to give them job- approval ratings but the 'don't know' responses are shrinking a little," Carroll said.

A total of 92 percent of New York City voters still say the city's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious," compared to 90 percent May 21.

Voters oppose layoffs for city employees 68 - 27 percent, but support furloughs 51 - 36 percent, and back a wage freeze for these workers 62 - 33 percent. Even union households back a wage freeze 57 - 38 percent.

No layoffs for public school teachers, voters say 82 - 16 percent. But by a very narrow 50 - 47 percent margin, voters support a wage freeze for teachers. Union households split 49 - 49 percent on a teacher wage freeze.

Voters also oppose 63 - 32 percent reducing pension benefits for city workers. Only Republicans back the idea, 50 - 47 percent.

"We're as worried as ever about the city budget, but we still balk at layoffs. Employee furloughs and a wage freeze win public support," Carroll said.

"Teachers, whose union looks like the bad guys across the Hudson in New Jersey, do marginally better than their municipal co-workers, in the New York City poll."

From June 21 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,183 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              57%    65%    56%    58%    68%    41%    54%    49%
Disapprove           33     31     33     34     25     46     32     41
DK/NA                10      3     11      8      7     13     14     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              57%    53%    62%    55%    59%    60%    54%
Disapprove           34     38     28     33     32     33     34
DK/NA                10      9     10     12      9      8     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 30  May 21  Mar 23  Feb 17  Oct 21  Jul 2   Jul 2
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2008*   2003    2003
Approve              57      57      61      61      75      31      31
Disapprove           33      29      27      30      20      60      60
DK/NA                10      14      12       9       6       8       8
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              66%    80%    65%    68%    79%    54%    58%    64%
Disapprove           20     12     21     20     10     32     25     26
DK/NA                14      9     14     12     11     14     17     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              60%    67%    64%    69%    77%    68%    65%
Disapprove           27     20     20     17     16     22     19
DK/NA                13     14     15     14      7     10     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? (*High also 70% Feb 2010, Mar 2006 & Feb 2006)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 30  May 24  Feb 18  Jul 28  May 24  Jan 16  Jan 16
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2010*   2007    2007
Approve              66      70      70      67      70      52      52
Disapprove           20      17      16      20      17      34      34
DK/NA                14      13      14      13      13      14      14
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              37%    36%    39%    38%    39%    40%    34%    33%
Disapprove           41     39     41     43     36     45     44     52
DK/NA                22     25     20     19     26     15     22     15
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              39%    35%    40%    36%    37%    42%    33%
Disapprove           45     41     38     40     46     36     46
DK/NA                16     24     22     23     17     22     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 24  Feb 26  May 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2003    2010
Approve              37      30      39      37      44      46      30
Disapprove           41      48      40      35      36      27      48
DK/NA                22      22      21      28      20      28      22
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              35%    35%    38%    33%    33%    42%    36%    37%
Disapprove           17     22     15     20     17     18     18     18
DK/NA                48     43     47     47     50     40     46     45
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              31%    39%    33%    35%    38%    37%    34%
Disapprove           20     17     18     13     18     19     15
DK/NA                48     44     49     51     44     45     50
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010
Approve              35      34      37
Disapprove           17      16      13
DK/NA                48      50      50
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              45%    37%    50%    42%    47%    50%    42%    43%
Disapprove           27     37     22     34     27     28     23     34
DK/NA                28     26     29     23     27     22     35     23
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              43%    42%    49%    46%    46%    40%    49%
Disapprove           24     30     26     27     27     35     20
DK/NA                33     28     25     27     26     24     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Feb 24  Jan 27  Mar 14  Nov 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2007    2008
Approve              45      44      44      42      43      51      40
Disapprove           27      26      28      25      23      12      29
DK/NA                28      30      27      33      34      37      31
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              47%    37%    51%    44%    43%    58%    45%    52%
Disapprove           17     31     13     20     17     13     24     16
DK/NA                36     32     36     36     40     29     32     31
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              48%    48%    40%    50%    54%    52%    42%
Disapprove           15     19     22     12     13     17     17
DK/NA                38     33     37     39     33     31     41
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010
Approve              47      49      44
Disapprove           17      13      11
DK/NA                36      38      45
 
 
7. 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?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Very satisfied        6%     8%     7%     4%     8%     4%     4%     4%
Smwht satisfied      43     39     45     43     49     39     37     41
Smwht dissatisfied   30     26     29     30     27     31     36     33
Very dissatisfied    20     26     19     21     15     25     22     21
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      2      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Very satisfied        6%     4%     9%     6%     2%     7%     5%
Smwht satisfied      39     44     45     42     40     45     41
Smwht dissatisfied   33     27     29     29     34     28     31
Very dissatisfied    21     23     15     21     21     18     22
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      4      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
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Jul 28  Jun 16  Feb 11  Jul 2
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    1998    2003
Very satisfied        6       7       8       8       8      18       7
Smwht satisfied      43      44      51      51      51      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   30      32      26      26      27      18      32
Very dissatisfied    20      16      14      14      13       5      38
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              45%    55%    42%    49%    57%    30%    42%    37%
Disapprove           47     39     50     42     34     62     52     56
DK/NA                 9      6      8      9      9      8      7      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              35%    43%    49%    47%    48%    53%    38%
Disapprove           55     50     41     43     44     40     52
DK/NA                 9      7     10     10      8      8     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget? (*High also 55% Jan 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Feb 17  May 7
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2003
Approve              45      47      55      54      54      55      28
Disapprove           47      44      35      34      38      35      63
DK/NA                 9       9      10      12       9      10       9
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling the city budget?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              29%    28%    30%    29%    28%    32%    29%    25%
Disapprove           36     43     35     36     29     41     42     45
DK/NA                35     30     35     35     42     28     29     30
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              29%    26%    32%    27%    32%    32%    26%
Disapprove           38     38     31     39     36     39     34
DK/NA                33     36     37     34     32     29     41
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the City Council is handling the city budget?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Approve              25%    25%    27%    23%    27%    27%    22%    23%
Disapprove           52     52     50     56     44     57     60     58
DK/NA                23     22     23     21     29     16     17     19
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Approve              22%    25%    29%    24%    27%    28%    23%
Disapprove           54     53     45     55     55     53     51
DK/NA                24     22     26     21     18     19     26
 
 
11. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Raising taxes        48%    20%    58%    44%    43%    49%    56%    51%
Cutting services     36     70     25     40     46     31     26     36
DK/NA                16     10     17     15     12     20     18     13
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Raising taxes        49%    49%    54%    46%    33%    45%    52%
Cutting services     30     36     31     39     54     42     30
DK/NA                21     15     15     16     13     13     18
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Nov 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2008
Raising taxes        48      45      43      52      53      46      48
Cutting services     36      40      45      37      39      39      37
DK/NA                16      14      13      11       8      15      15
 
 
12. How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, not at all serious?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Very serious         65%    61%    65%    66%    61%    73%    70%    71%
Smwht serious        27     29     27     29     33     23     20     24
Not too serious       4      6      6      3      3      3      6      2
Not at all serious    2      4      1      1      -      1      4      2
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      -      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Very serious         70%    67%    63%    60%    75%    62%    68%
Smwht serious        24     24     30     32     22     30     25
Not too serious       4      5      5      4      2      4      4
Not at all serious    1      2      1      4      1      3      1
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      -      2      1
 
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? (*High also 95% Jan 2009)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Feb 25  Jul 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009*   2002
Very serious         65      60      53      65      61      61      46
Smwht serious        27      30      39      29      34      34      41
Not too serious       4       6       5       3       3       3       9
Not at all serious    2       1       1       -       1       1       1
DK/NA                 1       2       1       2       1       1       3
 
 
13. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - layoffs for city employees?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              27%    49%    21%    33%    38%    14%    21%    19%
Oppose               68     49     74     60     56     80     78     76
DK/NA                 5      3      4      7      6      5      1      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              18%    27%    36%    27%    19%    35%    20%
Oppose               78     67     60     68     76     59     76
DK/NA                 4      6      4      5      5      6      4
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose layoffs for city employees?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010
Support              27      32      32
Oppose               68      63      63
DK/NA                 5       6       5
 
 
14. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - furloughs for city employees?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              51%    61%    47%    55%    56%    49%    44%    43%
Oppose               36     31     39     32     33     37     46     47
DK/NA                13      8     14     13     11     15     10     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              51%    46%    57%    50%    48%    56%    46%
Oppose               36     37     32     35     45     33     39
DK/NA                13     16     10     15      7     12     15
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose furloughs for city employees?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010
Support              51      50      50
Oppose               36      41      34
DK/NA                13       9      16
 
 
15. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - a wage freeze for city workers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              62%    78%    57%    70%    72%    48%    53%    57%
Oppose               33     20     38     25     24     47     42     38
DK/NA                 5      2      5      6      4      4      6      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              56%    60%    68%    61%    64%    69%    56%
Oppose               38     34     29     33     32     26     38
DK/NA                 6      6      3      6      4      5      5
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose a wage freeze for city workers?
                     Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010
Support              62      60      63
Oppose               33      35      31
DK/NA                 5       5       6
 
 
16. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for city workers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              32%    50%    24%    42%    42%    22%    24%    21%
Oppose               63     47     72     50     52     76     73     75
DK/NA                 5      3      4      7      6      3      3      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              21%    33%    42%    32%    22%    40%    26%
Oppose               75     62     53     63     74     57     68
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      4      4      6
 
 
17. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - layoffs for public school teachers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              16%    39%     9%    19%    24%    10%     6%    13%
Oppose               82     61     89     78     73     90     93     86
DK/NA                 2      -      2      3      3      -      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              13%    18%    17%    13%    13%    20%    12%
Oppose               84     79     81     85     84     78     86
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      2      2      2
 
 
18. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - a wage freeze for public school teachers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Support              50%    64%    45%    58%    59%    42%    39%    49%
Oppose               47     35     52     38     38     57     60     49
DK/NA                 3      1      3      4      4      1      1      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Support              44%    47%    51%    54%    57%    55%    46%
Oppose               54     49     46     42     42     42     51
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      1      3      3
 
 
19. Do you think union workers are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
Yes                  31%    24%    36%    23%    27%    37%    29%    50%
No                   56     69     49     67     60     50     61     42
DK/NA                13      7     15     10     12     13     10      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
Yes                  36%    33%    19%    34%    35%    31%    30%
No                   50     54     66     55     52     58     55
DK/NA                14     13     15     11     14     11     14
 
TREND: Do you think union workers are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?
                     Jun 30  May 7
                     2010    2003
Yes                  31      41
No                   56      47
DK/NA                13      13