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NY1 Exclusive Poll: NYers Want Mayor To Share Control Of City Schools

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With mayoral control of schools up for renewal next month, an exclusive NY1 poll finds 61 percent of New Yorkers want Mayor Bloomberg to share control of the public school system. That’s twice the number of those who want the mayor to retain sole control. But that doesn’t mean they think Bloomberg’s tenure as educator-in-chief has been an outright failure: Our poll finds nearly half of New Yorkers say the mayor’s education record is mixed. About a third of respondents say it’s been successful and 15 percent say it’s been a failure.

POLL RESULTS

1. Do you think mayoral control of the public schools has been:

A success29%
A failure15%
A mixed record46%
Not sure10%
Refuse0%

2. Do you think the mayor should:

Continue to have sole control of the schools30%
Share control of the schools61%
Not sure8%
Refuse1%

Here are the findings of NY1 pollster Mickey Blum:

New Yorkers want the mayor to share control of the NYC public schools: 61% favor curtailing mayoral control, twice as many who want the mayor to retain sole control (30%).

Majorities of New Yorkers of both sexes, all ages, incomes, education levels, religions, races and ethnicity, and borough of residence want the mayor to share control, including 63% of those with children in public school.

New Yorkers may want to change public school governance but they’re not highly critical of the mayor’s stewardship: 46% say mayoral control has had a mixed record, while 29% deem it a success, double the 15% who consider mayoral control a failure.

Majorities or pluralities of new Yorkers across demographic, socio-economic and residential lines give mayoral control mixed reviews (except a 42% plurality of Latinos who deem mayoral control a success), while every group considers mayoral control a success rather than a failure (except blacks who narrowly consider it a failure, 22% - 19%).

Methodology

This telephone poll of a random sample of 754 New York City residents (including 595 registered voters), was conducted for NY1 by Baruch College Survey Research, from May 12-16,2009.

The sample was based on an RDD design which draws numbers from all existing telephone exchanges in the five boroughs of New York City, giving all phone numbers, listed and unlisted, a proportionate chance of being included. Respondents were randomly selected within the household, and offered the option of being interviewed in Spanish. The overall sample results were weighted demographically and geographically to population data. The estimated average sample tolerance for data from the survey is +/- 3.6percentage points for the full sample at the 95% confidence level. That is, the chances are about 19 out of 20 that if all households with telephones were surveyed with the same questionnaire, the results of the complete census would not be found to deviate from the poll findings by more than 3.6 points for all adults. Differences among subgroups not noted above should not be used. Sampling is only one source of error. Other sources of error may include question wording, question order and interviewer effects.

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