September 22, 2005 - Schools Flunk, But Bloomberg Gets Good Grades, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Education Is Top Priority In Mayor's Race
By a 66 - 21 percent margin, New York City voters are not satisfied with the quality of public schools, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Over the last three years, this level of dissatisfaction has ranged from 71 to 78 percent.

But voters give Mayor Michael Bloomberg a 52 - 33 percent approval rating for the way he is handling education, his highest marks on this issue. Chancellor Joel Klein gets a mixed 40 - 33 percent approval rating, with 27 percent undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

By a 48 - 29 percent margin, voters say the teachers' union plays a positive rather than negative role in improving New York City's educational system.

"Mayor Bloomberg said New Yorkers should rate him on just one thing - how he handles the public schools. They give him about a C-plus," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Overall, the public schools get a failing grade. As bad as this looks, prior scores were even worse. The teachers union - which is squabbling with the Mayor over their contract - gets a positive score. Not high, but on the plus side.

Education is "very important" in deciding how they will vote for Mayor, 84 percent of New York City voters say, with 12 percent who say "somewhat important."

Crime is "very important" as an issue, 73 percent of voters say, with 20 percent who say "somewhat important."

Taxes are "very important" to 67 percent of voters, and "somewhat important" to 23 percent.

"New Yorkers care about crime and taxes, but they care even more about the way their kids are taught," Carroll said.

Twelve percent of New York City voters are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in the city, with 51 percent who are "somewhat satisfied," 22 percent who are "somewhat dissatisfied" and 13 percent who are "very dissatisfied."

From September 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,504 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

5. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very satisfied 12% 22% 10% 12% 16% 5% 10% Smwht satisfied 51 61 50 55 58 48 43 Smwht dissatisfied 22 10 24 20 17 25 30 Very dissatisfied 13 6 15 11 7 20 16 DK/NA 2 - 2 1 1 2 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very satisfied 11% 10% 14% 13% 16% 16% 9% Smwht satisfied 49 50 54 51 54 54 49 Smwht dissatisfied 21 24 18 23 23 18 25 Very dissatisfied 18 14 11 12 7 10 15 DK/NA 1 2 3 1 - 2 2

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?

                        Sep 22  Jul 19  Mar 31  Jan 19  Nov 10  Jul 20  Jun 9
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2004    2004    2004


Very satisfied 12 11 5 10 8 7 9 Smwht satisfied 51 55 49 50 50 49 46 Smwht dissatisfied 22 22 28 24 26 26 25 Very dissatisfied 13 10 16 14 15 17 18 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 1 1



14. In deciding how to vote for Mayor this November, how important will crime be to you? Very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very important 73% 84% 73% 68% 66% 84% 84% Smwht important 20 16 19 26 26 12 9 Not too imprtant 5 1 6 4 6 2 4 Not important at all 1 - - 1 1 - - DK/NA 1 - 1 1 - 1 2

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very important 82% 75% 58% 77% 85% 68% 78% Smwht important 13 19 32 18 10 24 17 Not too imprtant 3 5 8 4 6 6 4 Not important at all - - 2 - - 1 - DK/NA 2 1 1 - - 1 1



15. In deciding how to vote for Mayor this November, how important will education be to you? Very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very important 84% 74% 87% 80% 75% 93% 90% Smwht important 12 19 10 16 19 6 8 Not too imprtant 2 5 2 3 4 1 1 Not important at all 1 2 1 2 2 - 1 DK/NA - - 1 - - - -

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very important 91% 85% 76% 86% 82% 77% 89% Smwht important 7 11 19 10 15 16 9 Not too imprtant 1 3 3 3 2 4 2 Not important at all - 1 3 1 1 2 - DK/NA 1 - - - - - -



16. In deciding how to vote for Mayor this November, how important will taxes be to you? Very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very important 67% 78% 64% 67% 57% 79% 78% Smwht important 23 20 25 23 30 16 14 Not too imprtant 7 - 8 7 9 4 5 Not important at all 2 1 2 3 3 - 1 DK/NA 1 1 1 - 1 1 2

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very important 74% 69% 51% 72% 82% 62% 71% Smwht important 15 23 34 22 14 26 21 Not too imprtant 7 6 11 4 4 8 6 Not important at all 1 2 4 1 - 3 1 DK/NA 2 - 1 1 - 1 1



19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg is handling the public schools?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Approve 52% 77% 46% 56% 57% 49% 45% Disapprove 33 14 37 33 29 37 41 DK/NA 14 10 16 11 14 14 14

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 47% 48% 57% 56% 55% 57% 49% Disapprove 36 36 28 33 33 31 35 DK/NA 17 16 15 11 11 12 16

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg is handling the public schools? (* = ...of the way "Michael" Bloomberg...)

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Sep 22  Apr 1   Oct 22  Sep 9   May 7   Sep 22  May 7
                        2005    2004    2003*   2003*   2003*   2005    2003*


Approve 52 42 36 41 35 52 35 Disapprove 33 45 49 47 52 33 52 DK/NA 14 13 14 12 12 14 12



20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Approve 40% 54% 37% 41% 44% 38% 33% Disapprove 33 25 36 32 28 41 37 DK/NA 27 22 27 27 28 21 30

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 35% 40% 40% 43% 35% 43% 37% Disapprove 34 35 26 37 37 33 33 DK/NA 31 25 34 20 28 23 30

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Sep 22  Apr 1   Nov 25  Jul 2   May 7   Feb 26  Nov 25
                        2005    2004    2003    2003    2003    2003    2003


Approve 40 36 35 39 37 46 35 Disapprove 33 35 33 33 34 27 33 DK/NA 27 29 33 28 29 28 33



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Satisfied 21% 32% 18% 21% 20% 17% 25% Not satisfied 66 52 69 68 64 74 67 DK/NA 13 16 12 11 16 9 8

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Satisfied 22% 20% 13% 26% 35% 25% 18% Not satisfied 69 68 68 64 56 65 68 DK/NA 8 12 19 10 9 11 14

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

                        Sep 22  Feb 5   Oct 22  Jul 18  Mar 27  Mar 1   Aug 3
                        2005    2004    2003    2002    2002    2001    2000


Satisfied 21 12 14 16 12 14 16 Not satisfied 66 74 72 71 78 75 71 DK/NA 13 13 14 13 10 11 13



22. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Positive 48% 37% 53% 44% 43% 54% 52% Negative 29 46 24 34 34 24 28 DK/NA 22 17 23 22 23 23 20

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Positive 49% 49% 41% 51% 56% 49% 48% Negative 30 28 30 31 28 32 27 DK/NA 21 24 29 17 16 19 25

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?

                        Sep 22  Feb 12
                        2005    1998


Positive 48 45 Negative 29 32 DK/NA 22 23