April 15, 2004 - Take Money From Rich Schools To Help Poor Schools, NY State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Support Gay Civil Unions, But Not Marriage
To help poorer school districts in New York State, 53 percent of voters prefer taking money from richer school districts, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 24 percent prefer increasing state taxes while 9 percent say increase local taxes.

Support for taking money from richer districts is consistent among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds, and ranges from 48 percent among suburban and upstate urban voters to 56 percent among New York City voters.

To address the court order requiring New York State to improve education in New York City schools, 8 percent of voters statewide say state funding should be increased for New York City schools, while 86 percent say state education funding should be increased for all under-achieving schools in the state.

"Call it the Robin Hood strategy. New York State voters would take from the rich school districts to help the poor. This is not a partisan issue: 53 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats feel this way," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"And despite what the judges are saying about helping New York City schools, voters say help all under-achieving schools."

The quality of education at their local schools is better than most other schools in the state, 35 percent of voters statewide say, as 19 percent say worse than other schools and 36 percent say their schools are about the same as other schools statewide.

State funding for their local schools should be increased, 58 percent of voters say, with 35 percent saying keep the state funding the same.

By a 51 - 41 percent margin, New York State voters say it's a "good idea" to use video lottery terminal gambling receipts to pay for education. Gay Marriage

New York State voters support 52 - 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. Republicans oppose civil unions 52 - 40 percent as Democrats favor them 58 - 33 percent and independent voters favor civil unions 55 - 37 percent.

But voters statewide oppose gay marriage 55 - 37 percent. Republican opposition is at 70 - 25 percent, as Democrats split 45 - 46 percent and independent voters oppose gay marriage 54 - 38 percent.

While they are against gay marriage, New York State voters oppose 59 - 34 percent amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

"New York State voters, driven by New York City's 58 - 34 percent support for same-sex civil unions, are more liberal than the rest of the nation on this hot-button topic," Carroll said. "But even New York City voters oppose gay marriage.

"There is a clear majority that feels we don't have to tamper with the Constitution to address this issue."

From April 5 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,279 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

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

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

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                       Very   Smwht   Smwht   Very
                       sat    sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Apr 15,2004 4 42 32 21 1 Nov 6, 2003 4 42 30 23 1 Oct 2, 2003 5 39 32 24 1 Jun 25, 2003 4 33 37 25 1 Apr 23, 2003 5 32 32 29 2 Feb 12, 2003 4 40 33 22 1 Dec 19, 2002 7 44 27 21 - Sep 26, 2002 8 54 23 14 1 Jan 24, 2002 12 58 21 8 1 Dec 27, 2000 13 57 20 8 1 Mar 25, 1998 12 55 23 9 1 Feb 25, 1998 13 60 20 7 1 Dec 10, 1997 9 51 27 12 1



TREND: How would you rate the quality of New York State's public schools? Very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                           
                         Very       Fairly     Fairly     Very
                         good       good       bad        bad        DK/NA
                           
Apr 15,2004              10         46         23         14          7
Feb 15, 2001             12         49         18         13          8
Jun 18, 1998             10         52         22         10          6 




TREND: How would you rate the quality of public schools in your community? Very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                           
                         Very       Fairly     Fairly     Very
                         good       good       bad        bad        DK/NA


Apr 15,2004 29 40 15 11 5 Feb 15, 2001 33 40 13 8 6 Jun 18, 1998 33 43 12 6 5

17. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Very satisfied 4% 10% 1% 3% 4% 4% 2% Smwht satisfied 42 50 37 41 41 42 36 Smwht dissatisfied 32 26 37 33 34 31 39 Very dissatisfied 21 13 23 23 20 22 21 DK/NA 1 2 2 - 2 1 2

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very satisfied 3% 3% 3% 3% 7% Smwht satisfied 24 36 33 42 58 Smwht dissatisfied 38 34 36 34 24 Very dissatisfied 35 25 28 20 10 DK/NA - 1 1 1 2



18. New York State has not had a budget since April 1, the start of the fiscal year. Do you think that the state's failure to pass a budget is a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Very serious problem 43% 35% 49% 42% 39% 47% 47% Smwht serious 39 39 36 41 38 40 38 Not very serious 11 15 9 11 14 8 11 Not a problem at all 5 7 4 4 7 3 4 DK/NA 2 4 1 2 3 2 -

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very serious problem 49% 48% 48% 45% 31% Smwht serious 34 36 35 39 45 Not very serious 11 8 9 9 16 Not a problem at all 4 5 5 5 6 DK/NA 2 3 3 2 1



19. How would you rate the quality of New York State's public schools - very good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Very good 10% 15% 7% 10% 11% 9% 13% Fairly good 46 57 43 44 48 45 47 Fairly bad 23 15 29 23 23 23 24 Very bad 14 9 15 12 12 15 12 DK/NA 7 5 6 10 7 7 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very good 14% 17% 16% 3% 10% Fairly good 48 58 55 32 55 Fairly bad 21 13 15 34 20 Very bad 13 7 9 22 8 DK/NA 4 6 5 9 7



20. How would you rate the quality of public schools in your community - very good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Very good 29% 47% 20% 26% 30% 28% 32% Fairly good 40 34 44 40 37 42 41 Fairly bad 15 11 17 15 14 15 13 Very bad 11 4 12 13 13 10 11 DK/NA 5 4 6 6 6 5 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very good 32% 39% 37% 12% 44% Fairly good 36 45 42 37 39 Fairly bad 16 8 10 22 10 Very bad 13 5 7 20 5 DK/NA 4 4 4 9 2



21. In your opinion, how much does the amount of money spent on a public school student's education affect the quality of his or her education - a great deal, some, not much or not at all?
                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Great deal 54% 44% 63% 50% 50% 58% 55% Some 31 40 25 34 33 29 29 Not much 9 10 7 10 11 7 10 Not at all 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 DK/NA 3 3 3 2 2 3 1

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Great deal 48% 49% 48% 61% 52% Some 36 37 36 25 32 Not much 7 7 7 9 12 Not at all 4 4 4 3 4 DK/NA 5 4 4 2 1



22. Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New York State's educational system?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Positive 48% 40% 56% 47% 46% 50% 61% Negative 35 45 26 36 37 32 27 DK/NA 17 15 18 17 16 17 12

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Positive 44% 43% 43% 53% 50% Negative 38 38 38 30 37 DK/NA 18 19 19 17 13



23. The state is under court order to improve education in New York City schools. Do you think that state funding for education should be increased only for New York City schools, or should the state also increase funding for other schools in the state where achievement is low?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Only NYC 8% 5% 11% 7% 8% 8% 8% Statewide 86 90 84 85 85 88 89 DK/NA 6 5 5 7 7 5 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Only NYC 3% 3% 3% 15% 5% Statewide 91 91 91 78 92 DK/NA 5 6 6 7 3



24. Do you think the quality of education that the public school children in your district are receiving is better, worse, or about the same as most other public school children in the state?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Better 35% 43% 29% 35% 33% 36% 42% Worse 19 11 25 17 20 19 21 About the same 36 37 33 38 36 36 32 DK/NA 10 8 13 10 11 9 5

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Better 28% 38% 35% 21% 55% Worse 15 6 9 38 8 About the same 47 47 47 27 31 DK/NA 10 9 9 13 6



25. Do you think state funding for the public schools in your district should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Increased 58% 43% 74% 51% 52% 64% 60% Decreased 2 2 1 3 2 2 1 Kept the same 35 52 19 42 41 30 36 DK/NA 4 3 6 4 5 4 3

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Increased 57% 44% 48% 78% 45% Decreased 2 3 3 2 3 Kept the same 37 49 45 15 51 DK/NA 5 4 4 6 1



26. To raise more money for poorer school districts, would you prefer: increasing state taxes, increasing local taxes, or taking some of the state funding from richer school districts?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Increase state taxes 24% 23% 28% 22% 25% 23% 26% Increase local taxes 9 9 8 9 10 7 8 Take from rich schls 53 53 52 54 48 57 54 DK/NA 15 16 12 16 17 13 12

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Increase state taxes 22% 23% 22% 24% 27% Increase local taxes 9 9 9 7 11 Take from rich schls 48 53 52 56 48 DK/NA 21 16 17 13 14



27. The state has proposed using video lottery terminals or VLTs to raise money to help pay for education. As you may know, VLTs are ATM type machines people can use to play the lottery. Do you think using VLTs to help pay for education is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Good idea 51% 54% 50% 52% 51% 52% 52% Bad idea 41 40 41 43 42 41 44 DK/NA 8 6 9 6 8 8 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Good idea 59% 50% 53% 53% 45% Bad idea 39 41 41 38 47 DK/NA 2 8 7 8 9



28. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to form civil unions, giving them many of the legal rights of married couples?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Support 52% 40% 58% 55% 49% 54% 57% Oppose 40 52 33 37 43 38 35 DK/NA 8 8 8 7 9 7 8

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 40% 41% 40% 58% 62% Oppose 52 48 49 34 34 DK/NA 8 11 10 8 4



29. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Support 37% 25% 45% 38% 34% 40% 41% Oppose 55 70 46 54 59 52 49 DK/NA 8 6 9 8 7 8 10

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 29% 31% 30% 42% 42% Oppose 64 61 62 49 53 DK/NA 7 8 8 9 5



30. Would you support or oppose amending the United States Constitution to ban same sex-marriage?
                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds


Support 34% 44% 27% 34% 36% 32% 31% Oppose 59 49 65 61 58 60 61 DK/NA 7 8 8 5 6 8 8

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 37% 39% 39% 28% 35% Oppose 53 53 53 65 61 DK/NA 10 8 8 7 4