December 9, 2004 - New York State Voters Back $5.6 B School Bill 2 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Get Money From Rich Districts, Sales Tax, Voters Say
By a 61 - 31 percent margin, New York State voters agree with a court panel's finding that New York City schools should get an additional $5.6 billion per year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support ranges from 47 - 43 percent among upstate voters, to 62 - 28 percent in the suburbs to 76 - 19 percent among New York City voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters statewide also feel 76 - 18 percent that New York City should pay for at least some of the increased school spending. Even New York City voters say 62 - 30 percent that they should pay some of the bill.

And 90 percent of voters say funding should be increased for others schools in the state where achievement is low. Results are consistent in all regions and among all political parties.

"It might look different when they get the bill, but for now, New Yorkers from Montauk to Jamestown agree with the court-appointed panel's finding that New York City school children should get billions in extra help," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Voters also are telling Albany to make sure troubled schools throughout the state, not just in New York City, get more money."

By a 68 - 26 percent margin, voters support spending some of the additional school money to increase teacher salaries.

Voters say 54 - 40 percent that it's a "bad idea" to rely on slot machines at race tracks, off-track betting parlors and elsewhere to pay for increased school aid.

"Most politicians like to tap gambling to raise money, because it avoids having to vote for a tax hike. Most voters don't like the gambling solution," Carroll said.

If slot machines don't raise enough money, 50 percent of voters say cut state funding to rich school districts to help poor districts; 22 percent say increase state taxes and 10 percent say increase local taxes.

And if a tax hike is needed, 38 percent of voters say raise the sales tax, with 29 percent who say raise the state income tax and 15 percent who say raise local property taxes.

"Call it the Robin Hood solution: Don't raise taxes; take from the rich instead," Carroll said. "If taxes must be raised, voters want to start with the sales tax."

From December 3 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,186 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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

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
                           
                        Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                        sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Dec 9, 2004 3 39 32 24 2 Sep 14, 2004 5 42 33 18 2 Aug 11, 2004 4 37 34 23 1 Jun 16, 2004 3 41 35 20 1 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: One solution to the court order for more funds for poor school districts would be to raise money by installing slot machines at racetracks, off track betting parlors, and elsewhere.

Do you think it is a good idea or bad idea to depend on gambling to help fund poor school districts?

                        Good    Bad     
                        idea    idea    DK/NA


Dec 9, 2004 40 54 6 Jun 16, 2004 35 62 4



TREND: Suppose slot machines don't raise enough money. 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? (* Aug 11 - slot machine reference omitted from question)

                        Incrs   Incrs   From
                        StTx    LocTx   Rich    DK/NA


Dec 9, 2004 22 10 50 18 Aug 11, 2004* 19 8 56 17 Jun 16, 2004 20 7 56 18



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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very satisfied 3% 6% 1% 1% 2% 3% Smwht satisfied 39 48 36 37 38 40 Smwht dissatisfied 32 27 34 33 34 31 Very dissatisfied 24 17 27 27 24 24 DK/NA 2 1 2 2 2 2

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Very satisfied 1% 2% 2% 4% 2% 3% 2% Smwht satisfied 30 32 32 41 50 41 31 Smwht dissatisfied 38 35 35 26 35 34 22 Very dissatisfied 31 29 30 26 11 21 42 DK/NA - 1 1 3 1 2 3



18. A court appointed panel has found that an additional 5.6 billion dollars must be spent on New York City's public school students every year to give them a sound basic education. Do you agree or disagree with the panel's finding?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Agree 61% 42% 76% 58% 57% 64% Disagree 31 49 17 34 35 28 DK/NA 8 9 7 8 8 8

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Agree 46% 47% 47% 76% 62% 55% 81% Disagree 44 42 43 19 28 36 16 DK/NA 10 10 10 4 10 10 3



19. Do you think that all of the money for this additional spending on New York City schools should come from the state or should New York City also contribute some money?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Only from state 18% 14% 23% 17% 17% 20% NYC also 76 81 72 78 79 75 DK/NA 5 5 5 5 5 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Only from state 13% 8% 10% 30% 16% 15% 33% NYC also 85 88 87 62 79 80 65 DK/NA 2 3 3 8 5 5 2



20. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Only NYC 5% 6% 6% 4% 6% 5% All low achievement 90 90 91 91 90 91 DK/NA 4 4 3 5 5 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Only NYC 4% 1% 2% 9% 6% 4% 8% All low achievement 95 94 94 86 90 91 92 DK/NA 2 4 4 5 4 5 -



21. Would you support or oppose using some of the additional spending on New York City schools for increasing teacher salaries?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 68% 56% 80% 65% 67% 69% Oppose 26 37 16 29 28 25 DK/NA 6 7 4 6 5 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Support 49% 51% 50% 85% 74% 62% 84% Oppose 42 39 40 12 24 32 14 DK/NA 9 10 10 3 2 7 2



22. One solution to the court order for more funds for poor school districts would be to raise money by installing slot machines at racetracks, off track betting parlors, and elsewhere. Do you think it is a good idea or bad idea to depend on gambling to help fund poor school districts?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Good idea 40% 39% 39% 41% 46% 35% Bad idea 54 55 56 54 49 58 DK/NA 6 7 5 5 4 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Good idea 41% 42% 42% 33% 47% 43% 26% Bad idea 56 50 52 61 48 51 72 DK/NA 3 8 7 6 5 5 2



23. Suppose slot machines don't raise enough money. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Increase state tax 22% 19% 26% 19% 23% 21% Increase local tax 10 16 6 11 11 9 Take from rich 50 49 53 49 48 52 DK/NA 18 16 15 22 18 18

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Increase state tax 21% 19% 19% 25% 21% 21% 31% Increase local tax 9 10 9 7 14 11 6 Take from rich 53 52 53 52 44 48 49 DK/NA 18 19 19 16 21 20 14



24. If a tax increase is needed to raise enough money for poorer school districts, which would you prefer; raising the state sales tax, raising the state income tax or raising local property taxes?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Raise sales tax 38% 44% 32% 41% 44% 33% Raise income tax 29 26 35 26 26 31 Raise property tax 15 13 17 13 14 15 DK/NA 18 18 16 19 16 20

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk Raise sales tax 42% 43% 43% 29% 43% 40% 38% Raise income tax 29 27 27 32 28 28 28 Raise property tax 16 12 13 19 10 14 19 DK/NA 13 18 17 20 19 18 15