September 21, 2015 - New York State Voters Nix Mayoral Control Of Schools, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Trust Unions More Than Governor On Schools Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York State voters say 52 - 36 percent that the New York City mayor should not have control of the public schools in the city, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York City voters support mayoral control of the public schools 54 - 40 percent, with opposition at 58 - 23 percent upstate and 61 - 27 percent among suburban voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Democrats support mayoral control of the schools 51 - 37 percent with opposition at 65 - 24 percent among Republicans and 57 - 31 percent among independent voters.

Voters statewide trust the teachers' unions more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo to improve education in New York State 54 - 31 percent. Support for the unions is strong among all groups except New York City voters, who back the unions over Cuomo slightly 47 - 43 percent.

Students should be allowed to refuse to take standardized tests "designed to measure how well they are learning," 48 percent of voters say, while 47 percent say students should not be allowed to refuse these tests.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio both have challenges on the education front," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "The governor keeps butting heads with the teachers' unions and New York State voters side with the unions.

"While New York City voters want their mayor to control their public schools, the issue is decided in Albany by the State Legislature. And those legislators, many of whom don't like Mayor de Blasio to start with, answer to voters who don't want him to keep control of the schools."

New York State voters say 69 - 26 percent that teacher pay should not be based on how well students perform on standardized tests. Opposition is strong in all party, gender, age and regional groups.

By a similar 67 - 28 percent margin, voters say teacher tenure should not be based on test scores.

Standardized tests are not an accurate way to measure how well students are learning, voters say 65 - 31 percent, with strong agreement among all groups.

New York State voters say 51 - 41 percent that there should be more charter schools. Support is 58 - 35 percent in New York City, with upstate voters divided 46 - 44 percent and suburban voters divided 47 - 44 percent.

Voters support 52 - 43 percent providing state income tax credits to individuals or companies which donate money to private schools, including religious schools.

By a larger 65 - 32 percent, voters support a $500 state income tax credit for parents with an annual income of $60,000 or less who pay tuition for their children to attend private schools, including religious schools. Support is strong among all groups.

From September 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,366 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

35. Who do you trust more to improve education in New York State, Governor Cuomo or the teachers' unions?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Cuomo                31%    32%    32%    34%    34%    28%    25%    30%    33%    36%
Teachers' unions     54     46     59     53     49     59     68     56     51     46
DK/NA                14     22      8     13     17     12      7     15     16     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                19%    43%    32%
Teachers' unions     64     47     51
DK/NA                17     10     17
 
 
36. Do you think teacher - pay should or should not be based on how well their students perform on standardized tests?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Should               26%    32%    22%    29%    34%    19%    24%    26%    27%    28%
Should not           69     65     73     67     62     76     72     70     71     65
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      4      5      4      4      2      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               24%    29%    27%
Should not           73     66     69
DK/NA                 3      5      4
 
 
37. Do you think teacher - tenure should or should not be based on how well their students perform on standardized tests?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Should               28%    32%    24%    32%    33%    23%    24%    29%    27%    30%
Should not           67     65     70     61     61     72     72     69     68     59
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      6      5      4      3      5     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               26%    32%    24%
Should not           69     63     67
DK/NA                 5      5      8
 
 
38. How much should these tests count in a teacher evaluation: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, or not at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
100%                  4%     5%     4%     2%     4%     3%     -      2%     6%     6%
75%                  14     13     16     15     12     16     17     10     13     14
50%                  28     31     24     33     32     26     27     28     30     30
25%                  29     30     29     28     30     29     33     32     28     24
Not at all           23     19     25     20     20     25     22     26     22     20
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      -      1      2      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
100%                  3%     5%     3%
75%                  11     18     14
50%                  30     30     23
25%                  29     28     31
Not at all           25     18     27
DK/NA                 2      1      2
 
 
39. Do you think standardized tests are or are not an accurate way to measure how well students are learning?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Accurate         31%    32%    31%    33%    38%    24%    27%    30%    34%    31%
No/Not accurate      65     63     65     61     57     72     70     68     62     59
DK/NA                 5      6      4      6      5      5      4      3      4     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Accurate         28%    36%    27%
No/Not accurate      67     61     67
DK/NA                 5      4      6
 
 
40. Do you think students should or should not be allowed to refuse to take standardized tests designed to measure how well they are learning?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Should               48%    47%    48%    43%    48%    48%    59%    48%    48%    39%
Should not           47     49     47     52     48     46     37     49     47     53
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      4      6      4      3      5      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               51%    45%    47%
Should not           45     51     43
DK/NA                 3      4      9
 
 
41. As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with public funds. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New York State or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  51%    52%    49%    51%    51%    51%    56%    53%    53%    46%
No                   41     38     45     42     41     40     36     39     42     41
DK/NA                 9     10      6      8      8     10      8      8      5     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  46%    58%    47%
No                   44     35     44
DK/NA                10      7     10
 
 
42. As you may know, in New York City the mayor has control of the public schools. Mayoral control of the New York City public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think mayoral control of the New York City public schools should continue or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Continue             36%    24%    51%    31%    40%    31%    42%    35%    34%    29%
Stop                 52     65     37     57     50     54     44     50     56     58
DK/NA                12     11     12     12      9     15     14     15     10     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Continue             23%    54%    27%
Stop                 58     40     61
DK/NA                19      6     12
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose providing state income tax credits for individuals and companies which donate money to private schools, including religious schools?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              52%    59%    49%    52%    53%    51%    62%    52%    50%    46%
Oppose               43     36     46     43     42     44     35     41     45     48
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      5      5      3      7      5      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              52%    52%    51%
Oppose               44     42     42
DK/NA                 4      6      7
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose providing $500 state income tax credits for parents with an annual income of $60,000 or less who pay tuition for their children to attend private schools, including religious schools?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              65%    70%    62%    69%    65%    66%    72%    70%    64%    56%
Oppose               32     28     35     27     34     30     26     27     34     36
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      2      4      2      2      2      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              64%    69%    63%
Oppose               33     30     32
DK/NA                 3      2      5
 

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