May 19, 1999 - Schools Are Bad, But Keep Board Of Education, New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac College Poll; Mayor Gets An 'A' For Fighting Crime, 'F' For Education
By a 70 - 21 percent margin, New York City voters say it's a "bad idea" to eliminate the Board of Education and turn control of public schools over to the Mayor and City Council, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

And by a 70 - 21 percent margin, voters say the Board of Education, not the Mayor, should control the public schools budget.

By a 70 - 18 percent margin, New York City voters are not satisfied with the quality of public schools in the city, and by a 47 - 36 percent margin, they are not satisfied with public schools in their neighborhood.

And 58 percent of voters who have children in public schools say they would rather place them in private or parochial schools, if they could afford it.

"New Yorkers don't think the schools are doing a good job. And most parents would like to get their kids out of the public schools," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"But they don't want the Mayor and the City Council running the schools. Traditionally, Americans don't like politicians getting involved in the schools. New Yorkers seem to be following that tradition."

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's overall approval is a negative 44 - 48 percent, stopping a slide that had dropped his approval to 40 - 51 percent in an April 8 Quinnipiac College Poll.

The mayor gets a 66 - 30 approval for the way he handles crime, and a negative 31 - 59 percent approval for his handling of education.

The Mayor gets a 35 - 32 favorability rating, with 29 percent mixed and 2 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form a opinion.

School Chancellor Rudolph Crew's favorability is 41 - 7 percent, with 24 percent mixed and 27 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

"In the Battle of the Rudy's, this first round goes to Schools Chancellor Rudolph Crew," Carroll said. "Since he took office in '93, the Mayor consistently has scored high on fighting crime and low on education. When education is the hot issue in the city, as when Giuliani was in a battle with former Schools Chancellor Ramon Cortines, the Mayor's overall approval is low."

New York City voters split 48 - 46 percent in their support for school vouchers. If vouchers are available, voters say 57 - 39 percent that they should be permitted for religious schools.

White voters oppose vouchers 42 - 53 percent, while black voters support them 49 - 45 percent, a statistical tie, and Hispanic voters support vouchers 63 - 28 percent.

"New Yorkers are ambivalent about school vouchers in general, but if vouchers were available, voters have no problem using them in for religious schools," Carroll said.

By a 63 - 25 percent margin, New York City says it's a "bad idea" to eliminate community school boards.

"New Yorkers don't vote in community school board elections, but they don't want to eliminate the local boards. They don't think the schools are doing a good job, but they don't like any of the proposals floated so far to change things," Carroll said.

From May 10 - 17, Quinnipiac College surveyed 714 New York City residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent. The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rudolph Giuliani is handling his job as Mayor?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Approve 44% 61% 16% 28% 31% 40%

Disapprove 48 32 80 61 60 51

DK/NA 8 7 4 11 8 9



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling crime?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Approve 66% 78% 41% 64% 60% 60%

Disapprove 30 19 52 33 35 32

DK/NA 5 4 7 4 5 8



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling education?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Approve 31% 38% 15% 27% 26% 37%

Disapprove 59 49 79 67 67 49

DK/NA 11 14 7 5 7 14



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling relations between blacks and whites?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Approve 26% 38% 6% 16% 18% 24%

Disapprove 65 52 90 76 75 65

DK/NA 9 10 3 8 7 11



5. Is your opinion of Schools Chancellor Rudolph Crew favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Favorable 41% 42% 52% 34% 47% 43%

Unfavorable 7 7 3 5 7 10

Mixed 24 23 25 25 25 26

Hvn't hrd engh 27 28 19 33 20 20

REFUSED(VOL) 1 - 1 2 1 1



6. Is your opinion of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Apr 8
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Favorable 35% 51% 10% 17% 23% 36%

Unfavorable 32 20 61 31 38 43

Mixed 29 29 27 41 32 20

Hvn't hrd engh 2 1 1 10 5 1

REFUSED(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 1



7. Are you generally satisfied with the quality of public schools in New York City, or are you not satisfied?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Feb 18
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Satisfied 18% 19% 13% 21% 26% 14%

Not satisfied 70 62 84 75 72 76

DK/NA 12 19 3 4 2 11



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

                                                         Pub. sch.  Feb 18
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1999


Satisfied 36% 41% 28% 30% 39% 30%

Not satisfied 47 37 67 64 59 56

DK/NA 16 22 5 6 1 14



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

                                                         Pub. sch.  Mar 31
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1997


Good idea 21% 26% 6% 20% 18% 30%

Bad idea 70 63 90 71 76 61

DK/NA 9 11 4 9 7 9



10. Who do you think should control the New York City public schools budget - the Mayor or the Board of Education?

                                                         Pub. sch.  Mar 31
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents    1997


Mayor 21% 29% 8% 14% 15% 31%

Board of Ed. 70 59 90 80 79 54

DK/NA 9 12 3 6 7 15



11. There is a proposal to abolish the community school boards in New York City. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                         Pub. sch.
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents


Good idea 25% 32% 10% 19% 16%

Bad idea 63 53 85 74 73

DK/NA 11 16 5 6 11



12. Some people have suggested that parents should be given government funded school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private school. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                         Pub. sch.
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents


Good idea 48% 42% 49% 63% 46%

Bad idea 46 53 45 28 45

DK/NA 6 5 6 9 9



13. If school vouchers are available, should parents be able to use them for schools run by religious organizations, or not?

                                                         Pub. sch.
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His    parents


Yes 57% 58% 58% 49% 56%

No 39 39 36 44 38

DK/NA 4 3 6 7 5



16. (Parents of public school children only asked...) If money were not an issue, would you keep your child in public school or would you send him or her to either parochial or private school?

                                          Nov 20, 1996
                           Pub. sch.      Pub. sch.
                           parents        parents


Keep in public school 39% 32%

Send to private school 58 67

DK/NA 4 1