February 15, 2001 - New York Voters Back More Money For City Schools Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Found Voting Easy, But Want Better System
State spending on New York City schools should be increased, 60 percent of New York State voters say in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Funding should be kept the same, say 27 percent of voters, and 4 percent say cut funding for city schools.

Support for increased state funds for city schools is:
  • 63 - 28 percent among suburban voters;
  • 82 - 13 percent in New York City;
  • 41 - 37 percent upstate.
Money affects the quality of education "a great deal," according to 49 percent of voters, while 32 percent say money matters "some;" 11 percent say "not much" and 4 percent say "not at all."

"New York City schools are likely to get more state money, either by court order or legislative action, and that's a good thing according to New York City and suburban voters, and even among 41 percent of upstaters," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New York voters soundly reject the argument that the quality of education isn't affected by the level of spending on schools."

Looking at schools statewide, 12 percent of New Yorkers say they are "very good," while 49 percent say they are "fairly good;" 18 percent say they are "fairly bad" and 13 percent say they are "very bad."

Schools in their own community are "very good," 33 percent say, while 40 percent say they are "fairly good;" 13 percent say they are "fairly bad" and 8 percent say they are "very bad." Election Reform

A total of 88 percent of New York State voters say they are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with their experience in the election booth last November. A total of 87 percent say they found voting "very clear" or "somewhat clear."

By a 90 - 7 percent margin, however, New Yorkers say the federal government should encourage a national standard for voting, and by a 65 - 29 percent margin, voters say all polling places in the country should close at the same time.

Support is a lukewarm 48 - 44 percent for moving election day to a weekend so people could vote either Saturday or Sunday.

And voters oppose 50 - 46 percent allowing people to register on election day.

Ending private contributions to congressional campaigns and replacing it with government financing also gets 47 - 41 percent support.

"All of the mixed-up people must have moved to Florida. New York voters seem to know their way around a voting machine," Carroll said.

"Overwhelmingly, voters would like to see Washington help states tidy up their voting procedures."

From February 6 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,412 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
13. People use different methods to vote throughout the country - such as paper ballots and voting machines, among others. Thinking about the method that you used to vote in this past election, would you say you were very satisfied with this method of voting, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very sat 62% 72% 46% 63% 72% 57% 59% 67% 40% 60% 63%

Smwht sat 26 21 34 24 19 28 28 25 29 26 25

Smwht dissat 7 5 9 9 7 7 9 6 15 8 7

Very dissat 4 1 10 3 2 6 3 3 14 5 4

DK/NA 1 1 1 - - 1 1 1 1 1 -

14. How clear or confusing did you find this method of voting? Would you say it was very clear, somewhat clear, somewhat confusing or very confusing?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very clear 67% 76% 54% 69% 80% 60% 67% 72% 44% 69% 66%

Smwht clear 20 16 25 19 14 23 21 19 25 19 20

Smwht confusing 10 7 15 9 5 13 10 8 20 10 10

Very confusing 3 1 5 3 1 4 2 1 10 2 4

DK/NA - - 1 - - - - - 1 - -

15. How confident are you that your vote was accurately counted - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very con 64% 72% 54% 64% 76% 59% 62% 68% 43% 66% 62%

Smwht con 25 22 30 26 20 26 30 24 29 24 27

Not too con 7 3 12 8 3 11 5 5 21 6 8

Not con at all 2 1 3 1 - 2 2 1 5 2 2

DK/NA 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

16. Do you think the federal government should or should not encourage a uniform method for voting that would be used in every voting place in the country?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Yes/Should 90% 88% 91% 94% 87% 93% 91% 90% 89% 88% 92%

No/Should not 7 9 5 5 8 6 6 7 8 10 5

DK/NA 3 3 4 1 5 1 2 3 3 2 3

17. Some people have suggested that election day should be changed from Tuesday to an entire weekend so that people would be able to vote on either Saturday or Sunday. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Good idea 48% 43% 60% 42% 34% 58% 49% 43% 71% 47% 50%

Bad idea 44 49 35 48 58 36 43 48 25 45 44

DK/NA 8 7 6 10 8 6 8 8 5 8 7

18. Do you favor or oppose setting a uniform nationwide poll closing time on the night of a Presidential election, so that all polling places across the country close at the same time?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favor 65% 68% 66% 59% 64% 67% 66% 64% 77% 63% 66%

Oppose 29 26 28 34 31 27 27 29 22 31 27

DK/NA 7 7 6 7 5 7 6 7 2 6 7

19. Do you favor or oppose allowing people to register to vote on election day?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favor 46% 41% 59% 38% 33% 56% 44% 42% 70% 43% 48%

Oppose 50 54 37 59 62 41 52 54 28 53 47

DK/NA 4 5 5 3 5 4 4 4 1 4 5

20. Some people have suggested ending private contributions to congressional campaigns, and having the government finance congressional campaigns through voluntary contributions from taxpayers. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Good idea 47% 44% 50% 48% 41% 50% 51% 47% 49% 48% 47%

Bad idea 41 43 38 40 49 40 36 40 44 41 40

DK/NA 12 12 12 12 10 11 13 12 7 11 13

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

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very good 12% 16% 5% 14% 14% 12% 11% 13% 6% 12% 12%

Fairly good 49 57 38 50 55 47 49 51 39 49 49

Fairly bad 18 15 26 13 14 21 17 16 21 18 18

Very bad 13 8 21 12 9 14 13 10 28 13 13

DK/NA 8 5 11 11 8 6 10 9 5 8 9

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

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very good 33% 37% 15% 49% 41% 30% 31% 38% 16% 34% 33%

Fairly good 40 45 37 36 40 39 42 40 45 40 40

Fairly bad 13 10 23 5 9 16 11 11 18 13 13

Very bad 8 5 14 6 5 11 8 6 18 9 8

DK/NA 6 3 11 4 5 4 8 6 3 5 6

23. 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?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Great deal 49% 45% 57% 48% 40% 59% 44% 47% 64% 49% 49%

Some 32 35 24 37 36 27 37 35 18 31 32

Not much 11 13 10 9 16 7 12 11 10 12 10

Not at all 4 3 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 4

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

24. Do you think that state spending on New York City public schools should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Increased 60% 41% 82% 63% 45% 76% 53% 54% 89% 54% 65%

Decreased 4 6 2 4 6 2 6 4 1 5 3

Kept the same 27 37 13 28 40 15 31 31 8 32 23

DK/NA 9 17 3 5 9 7 11 11 2 10 9