January 20, 2000 - New York Voters Back 3 - 1 Pataki Plan To Help Teachers, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds, Mayor Keeps Slight Lead In Senate Race
New York State voters back 72 - 20 percent a proposal by Gov. George Pataki to use state funds to pay college tuition for students who agree to become teachers in public schools where students perform poorly, according to a Quinnipiac College poll released today.

Voters also back 71 - 21 percent using state funds to pay college tuition for students who agree to become teachers in any New York State public school, the independent Quinnipiac College Poll finds.

And 56 percent of voters say state funding for New York City public schools should be increased, while 5 percent say it should be decreased and 31 percent say it should be kept the same.

Support for the two teacher tuition proposals is strong among upstate, suburban and New York City voters.

Support for increased state funding for New York City public schools is 43 percent upstate, 76 percent in the City and 52 percent in the suburbs.

"There's nothing like money in the pocket to stimulate people's generosity. New York is sitting on a big budget surplus and voters give a big yes to Gov. Pataki's proposal to give financial help to college students who agree to teach in the toughest schools," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"In fact, they go the Governor one better and say help students who promise to teach in any public school in the state."

"Should New York City's share of the state school dollar be increased? Naturally, New York City voters think so. But so do a good number of upstaters and suburbanites. Where's that `New York City against the world' spirit we hear so much about?" Carroll asked. Senate Race

Despite the big move to Chappaqua and the appearance on David Letterman, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has been unable to break New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's thin 46 - 42 percent lead in their still-undeclared race for the U.S. Senate.

That number is unchanged from Quinnipiac College polls in October, November and December.

Men back the Mayor 54 - 33 percent, while all women back the First Lady 49 - 38 percent.

But Giuliani gets 46 percent of the white women vote, while Clinton gets 41 percent.

By a 41 - 30 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Giuliani, with 24 percent mixed and 5 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. This is up from Giuliani's 35 - 28 percent favorability rating December 16.

Clinton's favorability is 37 - 36 percent, with 23 percent mixed and 3 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Her favorability December 16 was 32 - 35 percent.

"Mayor Giuliani moved slightly ahead of Mrs. Clinton late last year and that's where they stand today," Carroll said.

"Clinton and Giuliani are so well known now -- with only a handful of voters saying they don't know enough to form an opinion -- that nothing in the news seems to affect the status of their campaign to be."

From January 11 - 17, Quinnipiac College surveyed 812 New York State registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 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.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Approve 60% 65% 51% 66% 84% 48% 57% 69% 53% Disapprove 29 25 36 27 10 41 31 24 34 DK/NA 11 11 13 7 6 11 12 7 13



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve            66%    58%    76%    66%    35%    88%    64%    64%    67%
Disapprove         30     38     19     30     59      9     31     32     28
DK/NA               4      4      5      4      6      3      5      4      5




4. Is your opinion of State Controller H. Carl McCall favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Favorable 28% 26% 32% 28% 19% 31% 32% 34% 23% Unfavorable 3 3 4 3 5 1 4 4 3 Mixed 7 8 4 9 10 6 7 8 7 Hvn't hrd enough 60 62 57 59 64 60 56 53 66 DK/NA 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2



5. Is your opinion of State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Favorable 26% 23% 28% 28% 20% 27% 31% 31% 21% Unfavorable 7 6 6 10 11 4 6 8 7 Mixed 19 21 19 16 20 17 20 18 20 Hvn't hrd enough 46 48 46 45 47 49 41 42 51 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 1



6. Is your opinion of Governor George Pataki favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Favorable 50% 57% 38% 52% 77% 37% 44% 56% 43% Unfavorable 21 15 27 21 5 32 21 17 24 Mixed 24 23 26 25 15 25 29 23 26 Hvn't hrd enough 4 3 7 2 2 4 5 3 6 DK/NA 1 1 2 - - 2 1 1 1



4. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for United States Senator from New York -- a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


A lot 38% 34% 39% 41% 44% 34% 37% 44% 32% Some 37 38 34 39 34 39 38 33 41 Only a little 19 22 18 15 19 21 18 17 21 None at all 6 6 7 5 3 6 7 6 6 DK/NA - - 1 - - - - - 1



5. Is your opinion of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Favorable 37% 32% 47% 32% 13% 58% 33% 30% 43% Unfavorable 36 41 24 43 67 12 39 43 30 Mixed 23 22 25 23 17 26 25 23 24 Hvn't hrd enough 3 4 4 2 3 3 3 4 3 REFUSED - - - - - 1 - 1 -



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

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Favorable 41% 39% 34% 54% 66% 24% 43% 47% 37% Unfavorable 30 19 46 27 9 44 29 27 32 Mixed 24 31 19 18 20 25 23 22 25 Hvn't hrd enough 5 11 1 1 4 6 5 4 6 REFUSED - - - - - 1 - - -



7. If the election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Hillary Rodham Clinton the Democrat, and Rudolph Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                   Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Rodham Clinton 42% 37% 57% 31% 11% 69% 37% 33% 49% Giuliani 46 50 32 55 79 21 49 54 38 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 2 4 2 1 2 4 4 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 DK/NA 8 7 6 10 6 8 8 6 9



28. Governor Pataki has proposed using state funds to provide college tuition assistance to students who agree to become teachers in New York public schools where students are performing poorly. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Good idea 72% 69% 77% 68% 66% 77% 70% 74% 69% Bad idea 20 23 12 25 25 15 21 18 22 DK/NA 9 8 11 7 9 8 8 8 9



28. How about using state funds to provide college tuition assistance to students who agree to teach in any New York public school. Do you think this

                  Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Good idea 71% 69% 75% 69% 67% 79% 66% 74% 68% Bad idea 21 23 15 26 25 14 25 19 22 DK/NA 8 9 10 5 8 6 9 7 10



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

                  Tot    Ups    NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom


Increased 56% 43% 76% 52% 37% 69% 55% 52% 59% Decreased 5 7 2 6 5 4 5 5 5 Kept the same 31 39 16 34 45 22 33 34 28 DK/NA 8 11 5 7 13 5 7 8 8