New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should not be able to extend his control over the city's public schools, New Yorkers say in a new Quinnipiac University poll.
Voters living outside the city itself are against his having control, while city residents are divided, the poll of 1,667 New York state voters shows:
- Upstate voters oppose, 50-22 percent;
- Suburban voters against, 51-36 percent;
- New York City voter, 46 percent agree, 43 percent oppose.
"Since this issue is decided by the state legislature, not the New York City Council, Mayor de Blasio will have to press his case in Albany," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said.
The poll was released just days after de Blasio was blasted in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal
, by Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, for his proposed disciplinary program
for schools, which is scheduled to go into effect later this month.
Also in the poll, which carried a 2.4-point margin of error, New York voters agreed that all elected officials should be voted out so the government can start with a new slate and "end political corruption in Albany," but still gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo his highest job performance rating in nearly two years:
- Vote all officials out: 48-34 percent;
- Corruption "very" or "somewhat serious': 86 percent;
- Believe steps will be taken on ethics, agree 50-38 percent;
- Cuomo's job performance, 51-38 percent;
- Cuomo's job performance, New York City voters: 60-28 percent;
- Cuomo's performance, upstate, 38-50 percent;
- Cuomo's performance, suburbs, 58-32 percent.
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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