June 14, 2012 - Fire School Workers Who Touch Kids, 92% Of New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Big Racial Gap As Voters Oppose Stop & Frisk

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New York City voters say 92 - 6 percent, including 91 - 8 percent among public school parents, that school officials should have the power to fire any school employee convicted of improperly touching a student, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Support is over 90 percent among almost every group.

School officials should have the power to immediately remove from student contact any employee accused of touching a student, voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll 82 - 14 percent. Again, there is strong support from all groups.

New York City voters have a 44 - 25 percent favorable opinion of public school teachers, including 50 - 24 percent among parents of public school students.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gets a 37 - 35 percent job approval rating.

There is a 30-point racial gap as New York City voters overall oppose stop and frisk 51 - 43 percent. White voters support the practice 56 - 39 percent while black voters oppose it 69 - 21 percent. Hispanic voters also are opposed 51 - 42 percent.

This compares to 49 - 46 percent opposition March 13.

"When it comes to protecting their kids, New Yorkers want quick and simple solutions: If a school worker is accused of touching a student in the wrong way, get that worker away from kids. If a school worker is convicted of touching a student, give him or her the ax. Forget the arbitration and the rubber room; get the offender out the door," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Stop and frisk is a very divisive issue between black and white voters, but a bare majority disapproves."

New York City voters approve 61 - 26 percent of the job Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing, compared to 66 - 23 percent May 10.

Voters approve 59 - 32 percent of the job New York City police are doing, compared to 63 - 31 percent last month.

Possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view should be decriminalized, voters say 59 - 36 percent. White voters, 66 - 30 percent, are stronger in support of decriminalization than black voters, 58 - 35 percent, or Hispanic voters, split at 50 - 48 percent.

"Dropping those minor arrests for pot possession is a good idea, voters think," Carroll said. "Overall, voters still think the police, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, are doing a good job."

New York City voters are divided on whether they want an Atlantic City type casino in the city, with 46 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed. Men support the idea 54 - 37 percent while women are opposed 48 - 38 percent. Black voters support it 56 - 28 percent while white voters split 46 - 46 percent and Hispanic voters split 42 - 42 percent.

Among those who want a New York City casino:
  • 24 percent say put it in Manhattan;
  • 24 percent pick Queens;
  • 16 percent say go to Brooklyn;
  • 13 percent want it in Staten Island;
  • 11 percent say The Bronx is the place.
New York City voters support a "Living Wage" bill 76 - 18 percent, including 56 - 39 percent among Republicans. Support is stronger among all other groups.

Voters reject 50 - 42 percent the argument that a "Living Wage" bill will cause local businesses to reduce the number of people they hire.

"New Yorkers are lukewarm, at best, about building a big casino in the city," Carroll said. "Some are against casinos and some are against a casino here."

From June 6 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,093 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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, Virginia 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.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              61%    85%    58%    60%    67%    56%    78%    44%    56%
Disapprove           26      8     29     27     24     28     14     41     28
DK/NA                13      7     13     13      9     17      8     15     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    58%    49%    65%    63%    71%
Disapprove           25     27     34     21     28     20
DK/NA                11     15     17     14     10      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              57%    61%    60%    64%    67%
Disapprove           31     24     26     25     22
DK/NA                11     15     13     11     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 14  May 10  Mar 13  Feb 09  Dec 14  May 12  Jan 16
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2007
 
Approve              61      66      64      62      66      71      52
Disapprove           26      23      25      24      24      17      34
DK/NA                13      10      11      14      11      13      14
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              37%    35%    39%    34%    39%    35%    35%    44%    34%
Disapprove           35     31     36     36     32     38     32     32     43
DK/NA                28     34     25     30     28     28     33     24     23
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              36%    38%    34%    41%    37%    38%
Disapprove           35     37     42     35     39     27
DK/NA                29     26     23     24     24     35
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              35%    31%    37%    42%    44%    30%    41%    41%
Disapprove           38     38     28     37     36     43     33     41
DK/NA                27     30     34     21     20     26     26     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 14  May 10  Mar 14  Feb 08  Dec 14  Mar 14  May 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2011
 
Approve              37      39      43      34      33      43      31
Disapprove           35      34      31      37      34      31      21
DK/NA                28      27      26      29      33      26      48
 
 
13. As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            76%    56%    84%    71%    75%    78%    71%    83%    83%
Bad idea             18     39     13     21     21     16     22     14     13
DK/NA                 5      4      3      8      4      7      7      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            77%    75%    76%    81%    73%    80%    75%    76%    71%
Bad idea             17     20     18     15     23     15     22     19     21
DK/NA                 5      5      7      4      4      5      3      5      8
 
TREND: As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea? (* "As you may know, there is a proposal in the New York City Council")
                     Jun 14  May 11  Dec 14
                     2012    2012    2011*
 
Good idea            76      74      74
Bad idea             18      18      19
DK/NA                 5       7       7
 
 
14. Do you think that a living wage law will cause businesses in New York City to reduce the number of people they hire, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  42%    64%    36%    46%    41%    43%    43%    38%    40%
No                   50     30     56     48     51     48     48     55     49
DK/NA                 8      6      8      6      8      9      8      6     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  40%    45%    45%    35%    44%    49%    39%    40%    40%
No                   53     45     47     58     50     46     54     52     47
DK/NA                 7     10      9      8      5      4      7      7     12
 
 
15. Do you support or oppose the creation of a non-indian casino in New York City, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              46%    54%    44%    47%    54%    38%    46%    56%    42%
Oppose               43     40     44     41     37     48     46     28     42
DK/NA                12      5     12     12     10     14      7     16     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              42%    50%    48%    51%    44%    43%
Oppose               46     38     41     39     44     45
DK/NA                12     12     12     10     11     12
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Support              50%    42%    38%    52%    56%    51%    43%    41%
Oppose               37     47     50     36     35     35     45     47
DK/NA                14     11     12     12     10     14     12     12
 
 
16. (If support casino in NYC q15) In which New York City borough would you want to see a casino built: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, or Staten Island?
                     SUPPORT CASINO Q15
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Manhattan            24%    25%    24%
Queens               24     27     21
Brooklyn             16     14     18
Bronx                11     10     12
Staten Island        13     12     15
DK/NA                12     12     11
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              59%    86%    54%    65%    65%    53%    76%    37%    51%
Disapprove           32     13     37     28     27     36     19     54     34
DK/NA                 9      1      9      7      7     11      5     10     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              63%    54%    53%    59%    62%    67%
Disapprove           28     37     40     33     29     24
DK/NA                 9      9      7      8     10      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              50%    60%    59%    64%    66%
Disapprove           40     33     31     25     31
DK/NA                11      7     10     12      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 14  Mar 13  Feb 09  Dec 14  Oct 17  Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2002    2000
 
Approve              59      63      62      62      61      76      43
Disapprove           32      31      30      33      33      18      48
DK/NA                 9       6       8       4       6       6       9
 
 
18. As you may know, there is a police practice known as stop and frisk, where police stop and question a person they suspect of wrongdoing and, if necessary, search that person. Do you approve or disapprove of this police practice?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    78%    33%    50%    50%    36%    56%    21%    42%
Disapprove           51     22     60     45     47     54     39     69     51
DK/NA                 6      1      7      4      3      9      4     10      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              42%    45%    40%    39%    45%    48%
Disapprove           53     47     55     56     50     44
DK/NA                 5      8      5      5      6      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              41%    42%    33%    49%    66%
Disapprove           47     51     59     48     33
DK/NA                12      7      7      3      1
 
TREND: As you may know, there is a police practice known as stop and frisk, where police stop and question a person they suspect of wrongdoing and, if necessary, search that person. Do you approve or disapprove of this police practice?
                     Jun 14  Mar 13
                     2012    2012
 
Approve              43      46
Disapprove           51      49
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
19. Do you think the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view should be decriminalized in New York state, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Decriminalize    59%    52%    62%    62%    62%    55%    66%    58%    50%
No                   36     46     35     31     33     39     30     35     48
DK/NA                 5      3      3      7      5      6      4      7      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Decriminalize    64%    52%    62%    64%    58%    54%
No                   30     44     35     32     37     37
DK/NA                 6      4      3      4      5      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Yes/Decriminalize    45%    62%    66%    55%    58%
No                   49     32     27     41     39
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      4
 
 
20. Is your opinion of New York City's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            44%    41%    49%    39%    47%    41%    47%    46%    37%
Unfavorable          25     36     20     31     24     26     23     23     26
Hvn't hrd enough     25     21     26     24     24     27     26     27     28
REFUSED               5      2      5      6      5      6      4      4      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            51%    35%    48%    44%    46%    39%
Unfavorable          25     25     25     28     25     23
Hvn't hrd enough     19     34     24     25     21     32
REFUSED               5      6      3      2      8      6
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Favorable            41%    45%    41%    47%    53%    57%    45%    50%
Unfavorable          25     21     25     30     29     20     27     24
Hvn't hrd enough     25     29     29     19     14     16     24     22
REFUSED               9      5      6      4      3      7      4      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of New York City's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Jun 14  May 10  Mar 14  Feb 08  May 11  Mar 18
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011
 
Favorable            44      51      50      47      53      54
Unfavorable          25      20      21      22      18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     25      27      24      26      26      25
REFUSED               5       3       5       5       3       4
 
 
 
21. If a school employee is accused of improperly touching a student, do you think New York City school officials should have the power to immediately remove that employee from contact with any student or don't you think they should be able to do that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Shld have power  82%    82%    81%    84%    78%    85%    78%    85%    87%
No/Should not        14     12     15     10     16     12     17     10     11
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      6      4      5      5      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Shld have power  80%    85%    85%    85%    83%    74%
No/Should not        14     13     14     11     11     18
DK/NA                 6      3      1      4      5      8
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Yes/Shld have power  87%    80%    78%    82%    86%    80%    83%    80%
No/Should not        12     14     15     14     10     14     12     14
DK/NA                 1      6      7      5      5      6      5      6
 
 
22. Do you think New York City school officials should have the power to fire any school employee convicted of improperly touching a student, or don't you think they should be able to do that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Able to fire     92%    93%    91%    93%    92%    91%    93%    91%    94%
No/Should not         6      6      7      5      6      6      5      7      5
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Able to fire     93%    91%    95%    95%    93%    86%
No/Should not         5      8      5      5      4     11
DK/NA                 2      2      -      -      2      4
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Yes/Able to fire     91%    91%    93%    91%    91%    93%    94%    91%
No/Should not         7      8      3      7      8      5      6      8
DK/NA                 3      1      4      1      1      2      1      1
 

Demographic Summary