June 4, 2015 - NY State Voters Back Tax Help For Private Schools 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; State Voters Oppose Mayoral Control Of NYC Schools Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York State voters support 66 - 30 percent providing $500 state income tax credits for parents making up to $60,000 per year and who pay tuition for children to attend private schools, including religious schools, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support is 73 - 23 percent among New York City voters, 60 - 37 percent upstate and 67 - 30 in the suburbs, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Voters also support 55 - 40 percent providing tax credits to individuals and companies which donate to private schools, including religious schools. Democrats are divided with 49 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed, but other party, gender, regional and income groups support the measure, including 60 - 36 percent in New York City.

New York State voters oppose 55 - 34 percent allowing the New York City mayor to continue control of the city's public schools. New York City voters are divided on mayoral control, with 48 percent in favor and 44 percent opposed. Opposition is 59 - 23 percent upstate and 64 - 28 percent in the suburbs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio gets a negative 28 - 40 percent favorability rating, with a 46 - 41 percent positive in New York City and negative grades of 12 - 29 percent upstate and 27 - 57 percent in the suburbs.

"Supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and by religious leaders, there's a late push for tax breaks for contributors to private and parochial schools and tax breaks for parents. Voters like the ideas, especially the tax break for parents," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "New York City voters like the tax break for parents 3-1.

"What upstate and suburban voters don't like is giving New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued control of public schools in his city."

New York State voters disapprove 59 - 30 percent of the way Gov. Andrew Cuomo is handling education. Voters trust the teachers' unions more than the governor, 54 - 30 percent, to improve education in New York.

Voters have a dim view of standardized tests to measure student performance, saying:
  • 64 - 30 percent that these tests are not an accurate way to measure how well students are learning;
  • 51 - 45 percent that students should be allowed to refuse to take these tests;
  • 69 - 26 percent that teacher pay should not be based on student test scores;
  • 65 - 29 percent that teacher tenure should not be based on standardized test scores.
New York State voters support an expansion of charter schools 53 - 39 percent, with the strongest support, 62 - 33 percent, among New York City voters.

"Rating teachers on how their pupils do on standardized tests is a bad idea, New Yorkers think," Carroll said. "As a matter of fact, voters don't trust those tests to be an accurate measure of teachers' performance. A bare majority say kids should be allowed to opt out of the tests."

Minimum Wage

Voter's support 71 - 27 percent raising the $8.75 per hour minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in New York State. Support is 92 - 6 percent among Democrats and 71 - 27 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 56 - 41 percent.

Offered several options, voter choices are:
  • 21 percent to raise the minimum wage above $8.75 but less than $10.50 per hour;
  • 32 percent to increase the minimum wage to $10.50;
  • 35 percent to increase the minimum wage above $10.50;
  • 11 percent for no increase.
New York State voters support 61 - 34 percent raising the minimum wage in New York City to $11.50 per hour. Support is 72 - 25 percent among city voters, 48 - 42 percent upstate and 63 - 35 percent in the suburbs. Voters statewide oppose 53 - 42 percent raising the New York City minimum wage to $13 per hour. City voters support the $13 level 58 - 39 percent, with opposition at 64 - 27 percent upstate and 59 - 40 percent in the suburbs.

From May 28 - June 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,229 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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.

13. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            46%    31%    60%    45%    46%    47%    41%    48%    49%
Unfavorable          41     56     27     45     45     38     37     41     43
Hvn't hrd enough     10     10     12      7      8     13     21      9      5
REFUSED               2      3      1      3      1      2      1      2      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            35%    54%    52%
Unfavorable          53     31     39
Hvn't hrd enough     10     13      6
REFUSED               2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 63% Apr 2009 and Feb 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 04  Mar 23  Dec 23  Aug 20  May 21  Jun 24  Jun 04
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2009*   2015
 
Favorable            46      47      52      55      55      63      46
Unfavorable          41      43      33      36      30      15      41
Hvn't hrd enough     10       8      12       6      11      20      10
REFUSED               2       2       3       3       3       2       2
 
 
14. Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Favorable            28%     6%    48%    24%    28%    29%    32%    31%    24%
Unfavorable          40     60     24     42     42     38     24     43     45
Hvn't hrd enough     29     30     27     30     28     30     43     23     28
REFUSED               3      3      2      4      2      3      2      3      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            12%    46%    27%
Unfavorable          29     41     57
Hvn't hrd enough     56     11     12
REFUSED               3      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 04  Mar 23  Dec 23  Feb 12
                     2015    2015    2014    2014
 
Favorable            28      31      33      31
Unfavorable          40      42      36      24
Hvn't hrd enough     29      25      29      44
REFUSED               3       2       3       2
 
 
15. Who do you think most closely represents your political views, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, or neither?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Cuomo                23%    15%    29%    25%    22%    25%    17%    23%    28%
de Blasio            20      5     36     14     18     21     26     22     15
Neither              53     78     32     57     58     49     52     53     54
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      2      5      5      3      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                20%    22%    31%
de Blasio             9     35     13
Neither              67     38     54
DK/NA                 3      4      2
 
TREND: Who do you think most closely represents your political views, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, or neither?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18  Dec 23
                     2015    2015    2014
 
Cuomo                23      26      31
de Blasio            20      22      20
Neither              53      50      44
DK/NA                 3       3       5
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - education?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              30%    25%    38%    30%    31%    30%    30%    30%    32%
Disapprove           59     64     52     61     57     61     58     60     58
DK/NA                11     11     11     10     12     10     11     10     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              21%    40%    29%
Disapprove           70     47     59
DK/NA                 8     13     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling education?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18  May 30  Feb 16
                     2015    2015    2012    2012
 
Approve              30      28      47      45
Disapprove           59      63      31      42
DK/NA                11       9      22      13
 
 
24. The minimum wage is currently $8.75 an hour in New York State, and is set to rise to $9 an hour at the end of the year. Would you support or oppose an increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour in New York State?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              71%    41%    92%    71%    68%    74%    75%    71%    72%
Oppose               27     56      6     27     31     22     23     27     27
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      1      3      2      2      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              60%    81%    74%
Oppose               39     16     24
DK/NA                 1      3      2
 
TREND: The minimum wage is currently $8.75 an hour in New York State, and is set to rise to $9 an hour at the end of the year. Would you support or oppose an increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour in New York State?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Support              71      73
Oppose               27      24
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
25. Which comes closest to your point of view: there should be no increase in the minimum wage, there should be an increase in the minimum wage but not as high as $10.50 an hour, there should be an increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, or there should be an increase in the minimum wage higher than $10.50 an hour?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
No increase          11%    24%     1%    10%    16%     7%    14%    11%     9%
Increase < $10.50    21     42      9     22     20     22     18     19     22
Increase to $10.50   32     26     32     38     31     33     29     32     36
Increase > $10.50    35      7     57     30     33     37     38     37     32
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
No increase          18%     6%     8%
Increase < $10.50    27     13     24
Increase to $10.50   31     31     36
Increase > $10.50    23     49     32
DK/NA                 1      1      -
 
 
26. How about in New York City; would you support or oppose a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour in New York City?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              61%    28%    83%    61%    59%    62%    67%    63%    57%
Oppose               34     67     13     33     37     32     30     34     35
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      4      6      3      3      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              48%    72%    63%
Oppose               42     25     35
DK/NA                10      3      2
 
TREND: How about in New York City; Would you support or oppose a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour in New York City?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Support              61      68
Oppose               34      27
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
27. Would you support or oppose a minimum wage of $13.00 an hour in New York City?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              42%    10%    65%    38%    39%    44%    47%    45%    37%
Oppose               53     87     32     56     57     50     50     51     56
DK/NA                 5      3      3      6      4      6      3      4      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              27%    58%    40%
Oppose               64     39     59
DK/NA                 8      4      2
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a minimum wage of $13.00 an hour in New York City?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Support              42      47
Oppose               53      47
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
28. 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  35-54  55+
 
Cuomo                30%    33%    31%    28%    33%    27%    24%    29%    33%
Teachers' unions     54     45     57     58     50     58     66     58     47
DK/NA                16     22     12     14     17     15     10     13     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                24%    37%    29%
Teachers' unions     60     49     53
DK/NA                17     14     18
 
TREND: Who do you trust more to improve education in New York State, Governor Cuomo or the teachers unions?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Cuomo                30      28
Teachers' unions     54      55
DK/NA                16      17
 
 
29. 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  35-54  55+
 
Should               26%    30%    22%    27%    30%    22%    26%    23%    29%
Should not           69     66     72     69     65     74     70     74     66
DK/NA                 4      4      6      3      5      4      4      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               28%    28%    20%
Should not           69     66     76
DK/NA                 4      6      3
 
TREND: Do you think teacher pay should or should not be based on how well their students perform on standardized tests?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Should               26      25
Should not           69      71
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
30. 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  35-54  55+
 
Should               29%    30%    26%    29%    31%    27%    30%    26%    30%
Should not           65     64     67     67     62     68     68     68     62
DK/NA                 6      7      6      4      7      5      2      6      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               27%    33%    26%
Should not           67     60     70
DK/NA                 6      8      3
 
TREND: Do you think teacher tenure should or should not be based on how well their students perform on standardized tests?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18
                     2015    2015
 
Should               29      30
Should not           65      65
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
31. 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  35-54  55+
 
100%                  5%     4%     7%     4%     5%     5%     3%     4%     7%
75%                  13     17     12     13     13     13     16     14     11
50%                  31     36     27     31     33     29     39     26     34
25%                  27     24     31     26     27     27     31     30     23
Not at all           21     18     20     24     20     23     11     26     22
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      3      1      2      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
100%                  3%     8%     2%
75%                  12     15     11
50%                  31     31     32
25%                  26     24     33
Not at all           25     19     20
DK/NA                 2      3      1
 
 
32. 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  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Accurate         30%    32%    30%    30%    33%    27%    33%    25%    32%
No/Not accurate      64     62     63     64     61     67     64     70     59
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      6      7      3      5      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Accurate         27%    34%    28%
No/Not accurate      68     59     66
DK/NA                 6      7      6
 
 
33. 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  35-54  55+
 
Should               51%    46%    50%    54%    50%    52%    54%    58%    45%
Should not           45     52     47     42     47     43     44     38     50
DK/NA                 4      2      3      4      3      4      2      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Should               56%    45%    52%
Should not           40     50     46
DK/NA                 4      5      2
 
 
34. 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  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  53%    61%    51%    53%    54%    53%    52%    55%    52%
No                   39     31     41     41     38     40     39     40     39
DK/NA                 8      8      8      6      8      7      9      5      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  47%    62%    50%
No                   44     33     42
DK/NA                 9      6      8
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jun 04  Mar 18  Feb 16
                     2015    2015    2012
 
Yes                  53      50      48
No                   39      41      42
DK/NA                 8       9      11
 
 
35. 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  35-54  55+
 
Continue             34%    18%    48%    31%    37%    31%    47%    30%    30%
Stop                 55     71     41     57     52     57     46     60     57
DK/NA                12     10     12     11     11     12      7     10     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Continue             23%    48%    28%
Stop                 59     44     64
DK/NA                18      7      8
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jun 04  Jun 23
                     2015    2009
 
Continue             34      51
Stop                 55      33
DK/NA                12      17
 
 
36. 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  35-54  55+
 
Support              55%    74%    49%    53%    53%    57%    59%    51%    57%
Oppose               40     24     46     43     44     37     39     45     37
DK/NA                 5      2      5      4      3      6      2      4      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              52%    60%    53%
Oppose               43     36     42
DK/NA                 5      4      5
 
 
37. 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  35-54  55+
 
Support              66%    72%    68%    65%    66%    67%    72%    67%    64%
Oppose               30     25     28     34     32     29     27     30     32
DK/NA                 3      3      4      1      3      4      1      2      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              60%    73%    67%
Oppose               37     23     30
DK/NA                 3      3      3