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5/13: 6 In 10 Want Schools Out of Bloomberg’s Hands

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5/13: 6 In 10 Want Schools Out of Bloomberg’s Hands

Although 51% of registered voters in New York City approve of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg is handling the city’s public schools, six in ten believe the mayor should no longer run the city’s school system.  Instead, they think the responsibility should be given to a citywide panel.  32% of voters, on the other hand, want the power to remain with Bloomberg.

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So, does this mean voters think the quality of New York City’s public schools has gotten worse?  Not necessarily.  Compared with the proportion who thinks the schools have taken a turn for the worse, a larger proportion believes the schools have improved.  36% report the schools are on an upswing while 20% say they have deteriorated since Bloomberg has been mayor.  A third — 33% — say the quality has remained about the same during his tenure.

Table: Bloomberg on Public Schools
Table: Control of Public Schools
Table: Quality of Public Schools

Marist Poll Methodology

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Complete May 13, 2009 NYC Poll Release and Tables

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  1. Sue

    August 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Wow. 51% is a pretty large percentage of people wanting to remove the mayor from being in charge of the school system. I wonder if it’s fairing any better under the new mayor.

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