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October 21, 2013
Poll: NYers divided on whether charter schools should pay rent
For the last month, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota has argued vociferously that Democrat Bill de Blasio doesn’t speak for the majority of New…
March 14, 2012
Poll: Voters don't trust city's teacher ratings but do back release
New York City voters by and large do not trust the teacher ratings released late last month. But most wouldn't mind if future assessments of teachers' quality were also made public, according to a poll whose results were released this morning. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University last week, asked 964 New Yorkers about teacher evaluations both in theory and in practice. It found that just 20 percent of voters said they trusted the city's "recently released teacher evaluations" known as Teacher Data Reports, and nearly half said the results were flawed. (The ratings, which had massive margins of error, were not actually used to evaluate teachers.) But 58 percent said they approved in theory of releasing the results of teacher evaluations to the public. The poll's findings suggest voters simply haven't made up their minds about the role that teacher evaluations should play even as battles over new evaluations have dominated the headlines in recent months. Just a third of poll respondents said they thought teachers who score low on evaluations should be fired, a use that advocates of new evaluations have championed. But 54 percent said they thought top-rated teachers should be rewarded with additional pay, something Mayor Bloomberg has suggested and the UFT has opposed. And 84 percent said they thought performance should trump seniority if the city needed to lay off teachers, a policy position that Bloomberg made his priority last spring, to no avail.
February 8, 2012
Poll: NYers don't trust Bloomberg to protect students' interests
New York City residents won't be appointing Mayor Bloomberg as students' chief lobbyist any time soon. Nearly twice as many New Yorkers trust the teachers union to protect students' interests than they do Bloomberg, according to a new poll out of Quinnipiac University. Bloomberg's approval rating on schools has hovered around 25 percent since early 2011, according to the poll. The poll, conducted Jan. 30-Feb. 5, found that 56 percent of registered voters in New York City say they trust the union more to go to bat for students. Less than a third, 31 percent, said they trust Bloomberg more. (The poll of 1,222 registered voters had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.) Among households containing public school students, the split was even more pronounced. Just 21 percent of those voters picked Bloomberg, and 69 percent chose the teachers union. Parents' backed the union more often than even households with union members. The news comes in an education-packed poll conducted after a month in which in a showdown over new teacher evaluations led Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo each to ratchet up rhetoric against teachers and their unions. The poll found that the percentage of New Yorkers with favorable opinions of teachers had fallen, from 54 percent last March to 47 percent now. But while a different poll earlier this week found high approval for Cuomo's school policies, a set of questions designed to assess New Yorkers' feelings about a slate of policy initiatives Bloomberg proposed during his State of the City address last month elicited mixed results.
December 14, 2011
Poll: As NYers get to know Walcott more, they like him less
Eight months on the job has done little to boost Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott's image in the eye of New Yorkers. A Quinnipiac poll released today shows Walcott's approval rating as essentially unchanged since he became chancellor in April. But his disapproval rating is way up. According to the poll, 33 percent of New Yorkers approve of Walcott's handling of his job. That's up just 2 points from a similar poll in May, a month after he became chancellor. During the same period, his disapproval rating swung from from 21 percent to 34 percent. His disapproval rating among public school parents rose from 32 percent to 45 percent. It appears that many of the people who have made up their minds about Walcott since April have decided they do not approve of his job performance.
November 23, 2010
Poll: New Yorkers aren't ready for Chancellor Cathie Black
A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning found that most New Yorkers do not think publishing executive Cathie Black is qualified to run the city's school system. Her approval rating dropped further when voters with children in the public schools were polled. Sixty-two percent of parents with children in the public school system disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's choice for the next chancellor and 63 percent say Black isn't qualified. Fifty-one percent of voters in general think she's not fit for the job. A majority of voters, 64 percent, think that experience in education is important for whoever manages the city's school system. "Do New Yorkers approve of the Black appointment? Does she have the right experience? No and no, voters say," said Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll in a statement.
February 17, 2010
After a big dip last spring, Klein’s approval rate rises slightly
The shuttering of 19 city schools does not appear to have had a significant impact on public support for the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein have steered city schools, according to new poll results released today. The poll, released today by Quinnipiac University, reported that 39 percent of New Yorkers approve Klein's handling of the schools. That's up two points from March 2009, when Klein's approval rating dropped seven points to 37 percent in the midst of a heated public discussion of Klein's tenure. Klein's current rates of support are lowest in Queens and the Bronx, the two boroughs where the Department of Education is set to close the highest number of schools. The poll also asked whether respondents would support increasing public school class size as a way of helping balance the city budget. Three-quarters answered no, with the highest rates of opposition among black and Hispanic respondents and among women. A chart tracking Klein's approval rates since February 2003 is below the jump:
March 24, 2009
Sinking public approval for mayor's school efforts, chancellor
Public support for Bloomberg's school control is at its lowest point since 2003, and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's approval rating has also taken a hit, according to poll results released today. After a month packed with contentious public hearings about Klein's tenure as chancellor, his approval rating dropped 7 points, to 37 percent, according to a new poll out of Quinnipiac University. His approval rating is lowest among blacks, Hispanics, residents of the Bronx, and women. It's also just four points higher than his all-time low, posted two years ago just after mid-year school bus route changes frustrated parents citywide. Approval for how Mayor Bloomberg is handling the public schools has also dropped, to 47 percent from 50 percent a month ago, giving him the lowest approval rating on his education efforts since May 2003. Just 46 percent of New Yorkers said they thought the mayor's takeover of the public schools has been a success. Public school parents rated the mayor the worst: Just 41 percent of them said they approved of the job he's doing, and 54 percent said they disapproved. The poll indicates that the public still supports the idea of mayoral control. A majority, 52 percent, said the school governance structure should continue after June 30, when the law creating it is set to expire.
February 25, 2009
Nearly three-quarters of parent voters want more charter schools
Yesterday's Quinnipiac poll results showed the chancellor's popularity holding steady. But no one would call him popular — his approval rating has never broken the 50 percent mark. Not true for charter schools. The poll results Quinnipiac released today show that 67 percent of registered voters in New York City want to see more charter schools open. Among public school parents, the number rose to 72 percent. Support for an expansion was highest in Brooklyn and the Bronx, where charters are prevalent. One caveat: Only registered voters were polled. In a city of immigrants, many public school parents are not registered to vote. As far as I can tell, this is the first time Quinnipiac has asked about charters.
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