March 27, 2002 - Mayor Is Doing A Good Job, So Let Him Take Vacations, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Split On Mayor's School Takeover
By a 62 - 16 percent margin, with 22 percent undecided, New York City voters approve of the job Michael Bloomberg is doing as Mayor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

White voters approve of the Mayor 70 - 10 percent, while black voters approve 58 - 20 percent and Hispanic voters approve 58- 21 percent.

In a February 6 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, Bloomberg got a 65 - 6 percent approval, with 29 percent undecided.

The public does not have a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or weekend trips, New York City voters say 79 - 18 percent. And 86 percent say the media should not follow Bloomberg when he goes out of town.

If they could go along, 36 percent of New Yorkers would prefer to join the Mayor in Bermuda, while 19 percent pick London; 10 percent pick Vail and 8 percent pick Westchester.

From March 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

"Bon voyage, Mayor Mike! Your neighbors say 4 - 1 that where you spend your down time is none of our business. 'Leave the guy alone,' New Yorkers tell the media," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Bloomberg has edged up in voter support for his plan to take over the public schools: 45 percent say it's a good idea, while 43 percent say it's a bad idea, with 12 percent undecided. That compares to 43 - 47 percent in a February 6 Quinnipiac University poll. White voters back mayoral control of the schools 51 - 36 percent, while black voters oppose it 55 - 30 percent and Hispanic voters split 46 - 46 percent.

Only 12 percent of voters are satisfied with the quality of schools citywide, while 78 percent are dissatisfied. New Yorkers split 39 - 42 percent on whether they are satisfied with their neighborhood schools.

In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 26 percent of New York City voters blame the Board of Education most for problems in the public schools; 13 percent blame the Mayor and 12 percent blame the parents.

If the Mayor takes over, public schools will get "much better," 16 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say they will get "somewhat better;" 10 percent say they will get "somewhat worse;" 7 percent say they will get "much worse," and 26 percent say schools will stay "about the same."

By an 87 - 10 percent margin, New York City voters say teacher salaries should be increased.

"Bloomberg is just shy of three months in office and he's closer in terms of public support to that long-frustrated goal of New York City mayors, taking over the public schools," Carroll said. "We see a distinct split between black and white voters on this issue.

"Letting the Mayor run the schools probably would result in educational improvements, many New Yorkers say. But just as many say it won't change anything, or might make matters worse."

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and nationwide as a public service and for research.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?

                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 62% 76% 62% 58% 70% 58% 58% 66% 59%

Disapprove 16 7 16 19 10 20 21 14 17

DK/NA 22 17 22 23 20 22 21 20 24

8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  In pub sch


Approve 46% 61% 42% 48% 49% 43% 47% 50% 43% 41%

Disapprove 28 13 32 28 21 36 33 26 30 42

DK/NA 26 26 25 24 30 21 20 24 27 17

9. Do you think the public has a right to know where the Mayor goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?

                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Right to know 18% 14% 19% 17% 16% 15% 17% 20% 16%

Private matter 79 84 78 81 80 83 82 79 80

DK/NA 3 3 3 3 4 2 1 1 4

10.Should the media follow and report on the Mayor when he goes on vacation or on weekend trips, or is this a private matter?

                 Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Follow & report 12% 8% 12% 13% 9% 12% 13% 15% 9%

Private matter 86 90 86 85 87 86 86 83 88

DK/NA 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 3

11. If Mayor Bloomberg invited you along for the weekend would you rather go to his home in -- Bermuda, London, Westchester, or Vail, Colorado?

                 Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Bermuda 36% 33% 39% 35% 34% 39% 36% 40% 33%

London 19 16 18 21 21 16 15 20 18

Westchester 8 7 9 6 5 9 12 6 10

Vale, Colorado 10 15 8 11 12 7 9 12 8

DK/NA 27 28 26 27 27 29 27 22 31

13. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of the public schools in New York City, or are you not satisfied?
                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Satisfied 12% 17% 12% 10% 10% 10% 14% 13% 11% 19%

Not satisfied 78 70 79 80 74 82 80 76 79 78

DK/NA 10 14 9 10 15 8 6 11 10 3

14. Who should take most of the blame for the problems of the public schools in New York City?
                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Administrators 3% 3% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% Chancellor 6 6 7 4 4 7 8 7 6 9 School boards 2 3 2 2 4 1 1 3 2 1

Board Of Ed 26 32 25 29 30 19 26 28 25 24

Teachers 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 - Teacher union 1 4 - 1 2 - - 2 0 -

Parents 12 11 11 13 10 17 10 10 13 9 Students 1 2 - 1 - 1 1 1 1 1

Mayor 13 11 14 12 9 18 15 12 14 17 Governor 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 3 State Leg 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 Elected official 2 - 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 3

Government 4 2 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 5

Other 10 7 9 12 9 10 11 11 9 12

DK/NA 16 14 18 14 18 14 15 13 19 14

15. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of the public schools in your neighborhood, or are you not satisfied?

                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Satisfied 39% 45% 39% 36% 43% 30% 40% 38% 40% 49%

Not satisfied 42 39 42 41 30 54 48 44 39 49

DK/NA 19 16 19 22 27 16 12 18 21 3

16. Some have suggested that the Board of Education be abolished, with complete control of New York City schools turned over to the Mayor -- Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Good idea 45% 65% 40% 47% 51% 30% 46% 50% 41% 45%

Bad idea 43 28 48 39 36 55 46 41 45 47

DK/NA 12 7 11 14 13 14 8 9 14 9

17. If the Board of Education was abolished and complete control of New York city schools was turned over to the Mayor, do you think that the public schools in New York City would get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

IF BETTER OR WORSE:Would you say much better/worse, or somewhat better/worse?

                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Much better 16% 27% 13% 17% 17% 12% 17% 18% 14% 11% Smwht better 28 36 27 26 33 22 26 28 28 28

Much worse 7 3 8 8 4 13 8 7 8 11 Smwht worse 10 7 11 9 9 11 10 8 11 14

Stay same 26 19 28 25 23 31 28 27 25 26

DK/NA 13 8 12 15 15 11 11 11 14 9



18. Do you favor or oppose raising teacher salaries in the New York City public schools?
                                                                     Have kids
                Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom  in pub sch


Favor 87% 80% 91% 82% 85% 90% 90% 86% 88% 87%

Oppose 10 17 7 13 11 8 9 11 9 10

DK/NA 3 3 2 4 4 2 1 3 3 3