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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quinnipiac Poll: Black Not Right For School System

New poll out from Quinnipiac that has Bloomberg's approval rating hitting a five year low.

The poll also shows people overwhelmingly disapprove of Bloomberg's pick of Cathie Black for schools chancellor.

Here are the numbers:

New York City voters say 64 - 26 percent that a schools chancellor needs education experience more than management experience, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters say 51 - 26 percent that Cathleen Black, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nominee to be schools chancellor, does not have the right kind of experience for the job, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Another 23 percent are undecided.

By a smaller 47 - 29 percent margin, with 25 percent undecided, New York City voters disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's appointment of Ms. Black. Voters with children in public schools disapprove of the appointment 62 - 25 percent and say 63 - 21 percent that Black does not have the right experience.

New York City voters approve 55 - 35 percent of the job Mayor Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score since a 55 - 36 percent rating June 22, 2005.

Voters disapprove 48 - 41 percent of the way Bloomberg is handling the public schools and say 63 - 25 percent that they are dissatisfied with public schools citywide. Voters also are dissatisfied 46 - 38 percent with public schools in their own community.


New York City voters say 61 - 29 percent that Bloomberg would not make a good president and think 57 - 29 percent that he will not run for president. Voters say 65 - 24 percent that talk of Bloomberg-for-president is "political gossip" rather than a "serious political movement." The so-called movement comes up short among every political or racial group and in every borough.

Bloomberg's approval rating is still quite high at 55%. Nonetheless the trajectory of his approval is downward. The poll also has a majority saying Klein's tenure as chancellor has been a success (46%-35%.) That's an interesting number because voters disapprove of the way Bloomberg has been running schools 48%-41%. So a bit contradictory.

Overall, this poll is not a good one for Bloomberg. Though his approval is still high, it continues to fall. New Yorkers overwhelmingly don't think Bloomberg would make a good president and don't want him to run. And people disapprove of both how he has been handling his signature policy, education, and his choice to replace Klein.

Looking closely at the poll, Mayor Moneybags, who has handled the Klein/Black affair with much arrogance and disdain for teachers, parents, students and other city politicians, had better watch out.

He remains fairly popular but it won't take too many more situations like the Klein/Black affair to take him below 50%.

And then the sharks will smell blood and pounce.

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