September 28, 2011
9/28: Better Scores on Bloomberg’s Handling of NYC Public Schools, But…
NY1/Marist New York City Poll
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is receiving slightly better grades on his handling of the New York City public schools. 48% of registered voters disapprove of how the mayor is handling the issue while 41% approve. 11% are unsure.
Although 48% of voters disapprove of how Bloomberg is dealing with the issue, fewer voters now have this view. In August, a majority — 54% — thought the mayor was failing the city’s public schools while 36% said he was doing a good job. One in ten — 10% — was unsure.
- Fewer Brooklyn voters have a negative view of how Bloomberg is handling the city’s schools. 47% currently have that impression while 55% thought this way in August.
- In the Bronx, 52% disapprove of how Bloomberg is handling the public schools while 62% said the same last month.
- 42% of Manhattan voters think the mayor needs to do better when it comes to the education system. 50% shared this opinion in August.
- Half of voters in Queens and Staten Island — 50% — disapprove of the mayor’s handling of the New York City public schools while 52% said the same in NY1-Marist’s previous survey.
City’s Top Educator Still Unknown to More than One in Five Residents
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott needs to work on his name recognition. When it comes to his job approval rating, 31% of residents now give Walcott high marks. Included here are 3% who believe he is doing an excellent job and 28% who say he is doing a good one. 38% report Walcott is doing a fair job in his position while 9% rate him poorly. A notable 22% have either never heard of Walcott or are unsure how to rate him.
In NY1-Marist’s survey earlier this month, 28% of adults in New York City thought Walcott was doing an above average job, 33% gave him average grades, and 13% thought he fell short. About one in four residents — 26% — were unsure how to rate him at that time.
There has also been little change on the rating of the public schools themselves. 43% of city dwellers describe the schools in their community as excellent — 7% — or good — 36%. 30% think they are fair, 18% give their neighborhood schools a poor rating, and 9% are unsure how to rate them.
When reported earlier this month, the same proportion of adults — 43% — thought well of their local public schools, 28% rated them as fair, and 19% thought they fell short. 10%, at the time, were unsure how to rate them.