May 11, 2011 - Bad Grades On Schools Keep Bloomberg Approval Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Expect New Schools Chancellor To Do A Good Job

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Plagued by low grades for his handling of public schools and the city budget, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets a negative 40 - 49 percent approval rating from voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares with Mayor Bloomberg's negative 39 - 51 percent approval rating in a March 16 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Today, New York City voters disapprove 64 - 25 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling public schools, unchanged from March 16, shortly before he fired Schools Chancellor Cathleen Black. Voters with children in public schools disapprove 78 - 20 percent.

New Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gets a 31 - 21 percent approval rating, with 48 percent still undecided. But voters say 50 - 32 percent that Walcott will improve the quality of education in the next three years.

"Mayor Mike, you said you wanted to be the 'Education Mayor,' but New Yorkers don't think you've learned how to do it. They give you a low grade on education and they think your takeover of the schools has been a flop," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Even the removal of an historically unpopular schools chancellor doesn't seem to be moving the approval needle.

"After just a few weeks in office, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott isn't getting rave reviews, but voters are hopeful. And maybe Mayor Bloomberg is hopeful that he and Walcott can polish up the Bloomberg legacy.

"Only 3 percent of New Yorkers think Bloomberg's third term is better than the first two, while 48 percent say it's about the same and 47 percent say it's worse."

New York City voters say 50 - 42 percent that Bloomberg has lost focus in his third term.

Still, voters like Mayor Bloomberg more than they like his policies:
  • 33 percent like him as a person and like his policies;
  • 28 percent like him, but not his policies;
  • 7 percent like his policies, but not him;
  • 26 percent don't like him or his policies.
"After nine years, voters seem to like Bloomberg more as a person," Carroll added.

New York City voters say 57 - 23 percent that the mayor's takeover of the public schools has been mainly a failure rather than a success.

Voters disapprove 52 - 36 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the city budget, although 90 percent say the city's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious." Opinion on budget-related issues are:
  • Voters say 56 - 34 percent they would rather raise taxes than cut services;
  • Voters oppose city employee layoffs 66 - 28 percent;
  • Voters support city employee furloughs 45 - 39 percent;
  • Voters support a wage freeze for city workers 59 - 37 percent;
  • Voters oppose reduced pension benefits for new city workers 48 - 44 percent.
By a 53 - 18 percent margin, New York City voters have a favorable opinion of public school teachers, but split 43 - 44 percent on whether teacher unions are playing a positive or negative role in improving public schools.

Teacher layoffs should be based on performance rather than seniority, New York City voters say 82 - 13 percent. All groups support this idea by similarly strong margins.

"Bloomberg has won the public opinion fight over LIFO. Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers think teacher layoffs should be based on performance, not seniority, that last-in-first-out should not be the rule," Carroll said.

All other city-wide officials have high approval ratings:
  • 52 - 24 percent for Council Speaker Christine Quinn;
  • 57 - 14 percent for City Comptroller John Liu, his highest score ever;
  • 40 - 18 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
From May 4 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 962 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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


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              40%    41%    38%    48%    50%    31%    31%    30%
Disapprove           49     50     51     43     41     57     58     62
DK/NA                10      9     11      9      8     12     11      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%    26%    40%    56%    41%    20%    46%    35%
Disapprove           60     62     50     36     50     62     44     54
DK/NA                 8     12     10      8      9     17      9     11
 
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
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  Oct 21  Jul 02  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2008*   2003    2003
 
Approve              40      39      55      57      75      31      31
Disapprove           49      51      35      33      20      60      60
DK/NA                10      10      11      10       6       8       8
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              31%    25%    32%    31%    29%    40%    26%    29%
Disapprove           21     22     22     18     14     20     36     25
DK/NA                48     53     46     51     57     40     38     46
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              30%    27%    29%    33%    35%    27%    32%    30%
Disapprove           32     25     17     22     23     24     20     23
DK/NA                38     48     54     45     42     49     48     47
 
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              40%    41%    42%    36%    40%    43%    40%    44%
Disapprove           18     23     16     21     14     20     24     19
DK/NA                42     37     42     43     47     37     36     37
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              37%    49%    42%    39%    35%    34%    38%    42%
Disapprove           22     17     20     13     22     16     18     18
DK/NA                41     34     38     49     42     49     44     40
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              40      44      36      35      34      37
Disapprove           18      16      16      17      16      13
DK/NA                42      40      48      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              52%    41%    59%    46%    54%    58%    41%    50%
Disapprove           24     37     16     32     25     19     29     25
DK/NA                24     22     25     22     21     23     31     25
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    60%    49%    54%    52%    43%    48%    56%
Disapprove           28     24     24     22     24     26     28     20
DK/NA                25     17     26     24     24     31     24     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Mar 16  Nov 25
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2008
 
Approve              52      55      50      45      44      55      40
Disapprove           24      25      24      27      26      25      29
DK/NA                24      20      26      28      30      20      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              57%    54%    58%    59%    51%    62%    54%    56%
Disapprove           14     23     12     11     13     15     17     14
DK/NA                30     24     30     30     36     23     28     30
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              57%    61%    63%    50%    56%    45%    58%    55%
Disapprove           24     13     11     14     16     18     15     13
DK/NA                19     25     26     35     28     37     27     32
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              57      54      48      47      49      44
Disapprove           14      16      16      17      13      11
DK/NA                30      30      37      36      38      45
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              73%    19%    91%    64%    61%    95%    79%    72%
Disapprove           23     80      6     29     36      3     18     24
DK/NA                 3      1      3      7      3      3      3      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              85%    81%    73%    76%    72%    51%    68%    78%
Disapprove           11     17     24     22     23     39     29     18
DK/NA                 4      2      2      2      5     10      3      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Feb 17  Aug 26  Jun 16  Nov 23
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
 
Approve              73      70      66      72      76      79      66
Disapprove           23      26      30      25      19      16      30
DK/NA                 3       4       4       3       5       6       4
 
 
8. 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%     3%     7%     5%     8%     3%     7%     3%
Smwht satisfied      44     38     46     45     50     47     35     42
Smwht dissatisfied   28     31     26     33     28     29     33     30
Very dissatisfied    20     28     19     15     14     21     23     22
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      -      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        6%     6%     6%    11%     3%     5%     8%     5%
Smwht satisfied      35     36     43     52     47     29     44     44
Smwht dissatisfied   39     28     31     22     28     44     27     30
Very dissatisfied    19     29     18     14     22     16     20     19
DK/NA                 -      -      2      1      1      5      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
                     May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 11  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        6       5       6       6       7      18       7
Smwht satisfied      44      41      44      43      44      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   28      33      31      30      32      18      32
Very dissatisfied    20      20      19      20      16       5      38
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
9. Which one of the following statements comes closest to the way you feel about Michael Bloomberg - A) I like Michael Bloomberg as a person and I also like most of his policies B) I like Michael Bloomberg as a person but I don't like most of his policies C) I don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person but I do like most of his policies D) I don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person and I also don't like most of his policies
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Person/Policies      33%    32%    32%    37%    42%    24%    28%    19%
Person/Not policies  28     27     30     21     22     37     28     32
Policies/Not person   7      9      6      7      8      5      6     10
Not Pol/Not person   26     27     26     25     23     27     34     34
DK/NA                 6      4      5     10      5      7      4      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Person/Policies      31%    24%    31%    45%    32%    21%    36%    30%
Person/Not policies  33     31     32     22     31     17     25     31
Policies/Not person   2      4      7      9      6      7      8      5
Not Pol/Not person   31     32     24     21     29     36     25     28
DK/NA                 3      9      7      3      3     20      6      6
 
 
10. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg is doing a better job in his third term than he did in his first two terms, a worse job, or about the same job as he did in his first two terms?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Better job            3%     4%     4%     3%     2%     5%     5%     3%
Worse job            47     54     46     44     43     49     46     61
About the same       48     41     48     52     52     46     45     36
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      3      1      3      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Better job            5%     5%     3%     3%     4%     1%     5%     2%
Worse job            49     48     47     43     46     54     45     48
About the same       44     46     49     51     46     43     49     47
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      4      2      1      3
 
 
11. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg has lost his focus or kept his focus during his third term?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Lost focus           50%    51%    50%    49%    40%    58%    57%    58%
Kept focus           42     44     42     39     52     34     35     34
DK/NA                 8      5      8     11      8      8      8      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Lost focus           60%    61%    45%    46%    50%    54%    45%    54%
Kept focus           34     32     44     50     41     36     46     39
DK/NA                 5      7     11      4      9     10      9      8
 
 
12. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's involvement in national issues, such as immigration reform and gun control - is good for the city because these issues ultimately benefit New Yorkers or do you think this involvement distracts him from the day to day business of running the city.
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good for city        59%    42%    63%    61%    60%    61%    55%    51%
Distracts from city  33     53     29     31     32     30     35     37
DK/NA                 8      5      8      8      8      8     10     12
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good for city        61%    64%    60%    66%    48%    55%    58%    59%
Distracts from city  32     30     31     27     41     36     35     30
DK/NA                 7      6      9      7     11      9      6     10
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's involvement in national issues, such as immigration reform and gun control is good for the city because these issues ultimately benefit New Yorkers or do you think this involvement distracts him from the day to day business of running the city?
                     May 11  Mar 16
                     2011    2011
 
Good for city        59      67
Distracts from city  33      28
DK/NA                 8       5
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              25%    34%    22%    27%    32%    20%    19%    16%
Disapprove           64     55     68     61     53     72     73     78
DK/NA                11     10     10     12     15      8      8      7
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              20%    23%    20%    32%    26%    22%    31%    19%
Disapprove           78     71     67     54     64     70     58     69
DK/NA                 1      6     13     14     10      7     11     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools? (*Low Approve also 25% Mar 2011) (**High Disapprove also 64% Mar 2011)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     May 11  Mar 18  Nov 23  Jul 29  Jul 29  May 11  May 11
                     2011    2011    2010    2009    2009    2011*   2011**
 
Approve              25      25      41      57      57      25      25
Disapprove           64      64      48      30      30      64      64
DK/NA                11      11      11      13      13      11      11
 
 
17. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Success              23%    30%    20%    29%    29%    14%    24%    15%
Failure              57     54     63     49     47     65     67     69
DK/NA                19     16     17     22     24     21      9     16
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Success              21%    19%    19%    30%    24%    26%    30%    17%
Failure              65     65     60     50     57     56     51     63
DK/NA                14     16     22     20     19     18     19     20
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                             SUCCESS.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Jul 29  Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jul 29  May 11
                     2011    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2011
 
Success              23      56      49      46      50      56      23
Failure              57      24      29      33      31      24      57
DK/NA                19      20      22      22      19      20      19
 
 
18. During the next three years, do you expect New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to make substantial progress or not in improving the quality of education in the public schools in New York City?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  50%    38%    54%    44%    46%    59%    49%    50%
No                   32     44     27     39     34     24     38     37
DK/NA                18     19     19     16     20     17     13     12
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  59%    58%    45%    43%    58%    45%    44%    55%
No                   24     25     35     34     29     35     38     27
DK/NA                17     17     19     22     12     20     18     18
 
 
19. 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              36%    38%    36%    38%    48%    27%    25%    26%
Disapprove           52     52     52     52     39     59     66     63
DK/NA                12      9     13      9     13     14      9     12
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              30%    21%    37%    48%    37%    24%    44%    29%
Disapprove           65     66     51     40     51     66     46     57
DK/NA                 5     13     12     12     12     10     10     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget? (*High also 55% Jan 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Feb 17  May 07
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010*   2003
 
Approve              36      37      45      47      55      55      28
Disapprove           52      53      47      44      35      35      63
DK/NA                12      10       9       9      10      10       9
 
 
20. 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        56%    25%    64%    57%    47%    68%    59%    56%
Cutting services     34     68     25     36     43     17     33     33
DK/NA                11      6     11      7     10     15      8     11
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        60%    53%    56%    61%    57%    37%    53%    58%
Cutting services     31     34     35     33     30     44     39     29
DK/NA                 9     14      9      6     13     18      9     12
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                             RAISE TAXES...
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  May 11  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2010
 
Raising taxes        56      49      48      45      43      56      43
Cutting services     34      35      36      40      45      34      45
DK/NA                11      16      16      14      13      11      13
 
 
21. 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         59%    61%    63%    50%    50%    64%    70%    56%
Smwht serious        31     30     29     39     41     23     24     32
Not too serious       6      7      6      9      6     10      5      8
Not at all serious    1      -      2      2      -      1      1      3
DK/NA                 1      3      1      1      2      1      -      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         63%    68%    59%    52%    64%    48%    53%    66%
Smwht serious        25     24     30     40     28     38     37     26
Not too serious       7      5      8      6      5      8      7      6
Not at all serious    4      2      1      -      2      1      3      -
DK/NA                 -      -      1      2      1      4      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? (*High also 95% Jan 2009)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Feb 25  Jul 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2002
 
Very serious         59      51      65      60      53      61      46
Smwht serious        31      38      27      30      39      34      41
Not too serious       6       8       4       6       5       3       9
Not at all serious    1       2       2       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                 1       2       1       2       1       1       3
 
 
22. 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              28%    53%    21%    33%    41%    12%    24%    17%
Oppose               66     40     75     60     53     84     71     78
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      6      4      6      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              21%    13%    31%    36%    26%    23%    37%    19%
Oppose               77     79     64     56     71     71     58     74
DK/NA                 2      8      5      8      3      6      5      6
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose layoffs for city employees?
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              28      27      27      32      32
Oppose               66      67      68      63      63
DK/NA                 6       5       5       6       5
 
 
23. 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              45%    64%    40%    48%    50%    36%    45%    35%
Oppose               39     25     42     39     37     47     37     54
DK/NA                16     11     18     13     13     17     18     11
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              41%    39%    45%    47%    46%    42%    49%    41%
Oppose               43     41     37     41     38     43     39     39
DK/NA                16     20     17     12     16     15     12     20
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose furloughs for city employees?
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              45      45      51      50      50
Oppose               39      40      36      41      34
DK/NA                16      15      13       9      16
 
 
24. 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              59%    73%    55%    61%    66%    54%    52%    47%
Oppose               37     24     40     37     31     41     43     49
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      3      5      6      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              50%    56%    56%    64%    62%    51%    61%    57%
Oppose               44     40     40     32     34     42     38     36
DK/NA                 6      5      4      4      4      7      2      6
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose a wage freeze for city workers?
                     May 11  Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              59      61      62      60      63
Oppose               37      33      33      35      31
DK/NA                 4       5       5       5       6
 
 
25. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for new city workers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              44%    66%    36%    52%    60%    31%    33%    38%
Oppose               48     32     55     42     36     57     59     57
DK/NA                 7      2      9      6      4     12      8      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              41%    36%    46%    54%    39%    45%    53%    37%
Oppose               54     58     44     40     57     46     43     53
DK/NA                 5      6     10      7      4      9      4     10
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for new city workers?
                     May 11  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Support              44      50
Oppose               48      44
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
26. Is your opinion of New York City's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Favorable            53%    35%    58%    53%    53%    49%    53%    67%
Unfavorable          18     34     14     22     21     18     16     15
Hvn't hrd enough     26     29     26     24     24     30     27     15
REFUSED               3      2      3      2      3      3      4      3
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            69%    47%    55%    52%    54%    55%    50%    55%
Unfavorable          19     24     18     18     14     21     20     17
Hvn't hrd enough     12     27     25     24     28     23     27     25
REFUSED               -      2      2      6      3      1      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of New York City's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     May 11  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Favorable            53      54
Unfavorable          18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     26      25
REFUSED               3       4
 
 
27. Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New York City's educational system?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Positive             43%    27%    49%    43%    40%    56%    39%    52%
Negative             44     69     37     47     49     30     46     35
DK/NA                13      5     14     10     11     15     15     14
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Positive             55%    49%    42%    35%    51%    41%    40%    47%
Negative             37     37     45     54     37     40     50     38
DK/NA                 8     14     13     11     12     19     10     15
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you believe the teacher's union is playing a positive or a negative role in improving New York City's educational system?
                     May 11  Mar 18  Sep 22  Feb 12
                     2011    2011    2005    1998
 
Positive             43      46      48      45
Negative             44      41      29      32
DK/NA                13      13      22      23
 
 
28. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay - so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good idea            66%    70%    67%    64%    69%    65%    60%    50%
Bad idea             31     29     29     32     26     32     38     46
DK/NA                 3      1      4      3      4      4      2      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            59%    60%    67%    70%    66%    64%    67%    65%
Bad idea             40     34     30     26     32     35     28     33
DK/NA                 1      6      3      4      3      1      5      2
 
TREND: Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay - so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 11  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Good idea            66      63
Bad idea             31      33
DK/NA                 3       4
 
 
29. Some people have suggested that firing public school teachers should be made easier. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good idea            59%    81%    55%    62%    72%    47%    45%    52%
Bad idea             34     17     37     30     22     46     45     39
DK/NA                 7      2      7      8      5      7     10      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            56%    48%    60%    67%    56%    58%    63%    55%
Bad idea             40     45     31     28     36     36     32     35
DK/NA                 5      7      9      5      8      6      5      9
 
TREND: Some people have suggested that firing public school teachers should be made easier. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 11  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Good idea            59      54
Bad idea             34      40
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
30. If public school administrators need to lay off teachers, do you think they should lay off teachers based on their performance or based on seniority?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Seniority            13%    13%    12%    14%    12%    13%    15%    23%
Performance          82     86     83     80     85     83     78     68
DK/NA                 5      1      4      6      4      4      7      9
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Seniority            11%    16%    13%    13%    12%    12%    15%    11%
Performance          84     77     83     84     81     85     80     84
DK/NA                 6      6      4      3      7      3      4      5
 
TREND: If public school administrators need to lay off teachers, do you think they should lay off teachers based on their performance or based on seniority?
                     May 11  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Seniority            13      16
Performance          82      78
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
31. When Michael Bloomberg leaves office, do you think that the next mayor should retain complete control of the public schools, should share control with an independent school board, or should give up all control of the public schools?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Retain control       18%    24%    14%    21%    24%    10%    23%    12%
Share control        58     49     63     54     57     65     48     57
Give up control      17     20     16     19     13     19     21     23
DK/NA                 7      7      7      6      6      6      8      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Retain control        9%    15%    14%    26%    17%    13%    22%    14%
Share control        60     52     62     60     52     64     56     59
Give up control      24     21     16     11     23     19     16     19
DK/NA                 6     12      8      3      8      5      6      8
 
TREND: When Michael Bloomberg leaves office, do you think that the next mayor should retain complete control of the public schools, should share control with an independent school board, or should give up all control of the public schools?
                     May 11  Jul 16  Jul 26
                     2011    2008    2007
 
Retain control       18      29      28
Share control        58      55      51
Give up control      17       8       9
DK/NA                 7       7      11