"The survey shows that most New Yorkers believe that the current public education system is average, with one in four calling it a failure.
However, New Yorkers support bold education reforms—many of which were started by the Bloomberg administration and are beginning to show results—including the expansion
of charter schools, increased accountability for teachers and schools, and a diminished role for the teachers’ union."—Marcus Winters,
The poll found mixed results with regard to the overall performance of New York City schools today: 27% of respondents say that they are excellent or good, 39% fair,
and 25% poor.
Two-thirds of respondents agree that principals should have the authority to select the teachers and other staff who work in their schools; just 20% disagree.
Almost three-quarters of respondents (73%) say teacher compensation should be based, in part, on teacher performance in the classroom. Those with children under 17 (
80%) and African-Americans (79%) are among the most positive on this proposal.
An overwhelming majority (86%) of respondents think parents should have more options when choosing their children’s schools. Among African-Americans (96%) and
parents of children under 17 (90%), support is even higher.
"Thanks to rising costs (especially public-sector personnel costs) and slowing tax collections, the city faces a budget scenario that will make it difficult for the next mayor
to maintain basic services, much less spend additional money in ways that New Yorkers indicate they would like to see. At the same time, thanks to slowing economic growth and
increases in federal, state, and local taxes, the city’s tax burden relative to its economy is at a 20-year high, which will make raising taxes difficult, if not
counterproductive. All this makes it imperative that the next mayor control costs."—Steven Malanga, senior editor, City Journal
"Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers agree the city isn’t doing enough to encourage job creation by businesses large or small. If the city is to compete effectively for
the jobs and investments of the future, the next mayor needs to identify tax reduction as an ongoing strategic priority."—E. J. McMahon, senior fellow
More than six in ten respondents feel that the city administration is not doing enough to encourage increased hiring by major corporations in New York City (63%).
Six in ten respondents agree that city employees should “contribute to their own health insurance premiums on the same basis as private-sector workers.”
Respondents are split in their opinions about city employees’ benefits, with 44% saying the retirement age and employee contributions to health care and retirement
savings should be raised, while 40% say city employees deserve their current benefits.
Majorities of respondents say that elementary and secondary education (59%), higher education (53%), and health and welfare (51%) receive too little funding.
When asked if they would be willing to pay more in taxes to increase the budgeted level of funding for these areas, a majority of respondents agreed only for
elementary and secondary education (55%).
The only area in which a plurality of respondents say the current allocation is too much is government administration (45%), while just 15% say this funding is too
little. More than three-quarters of respondents say taxes should not rise to pay for more funding for government administration (78%).
"Our poll makes clear that a great many New Yorkers under estimate how much subsidized housing the city already has. It may be hard to believe, but the problem with the city’s housing market is not that we have too little ‘affordable ’ housing but that we have too much."—Howard Husock, vice president, policy research
A majority of respondents say that public housing provides free housing indefinitely (53%), while only one-quarter say it serves as a ladder from poverty to the working class (26%). A significant percentage (22%) say they are not sure.
One-half of respondents think additional government services should be spent on improving and expanding the city’s public housing stock, while 36% disagree.
One-third of all respondents think that 24% of New York City housing is protected from market pricing, while 22% think that 46% is protected, one in ten thinks that 62% is protected, and 8% think that 75% is protected. More than one-quarter of respondents are not sure.
Public Safety and Quality of Life
"A strong majority of New Yorkers support New York’s proactive policing and want it continued. The next mayor should understand that the city’s economic vitality and the safety of its residents depend on continuing the policing policies that have given New York the longest and steepest crime drop on record."—Heather Mac Donald, senior fellow
Two-thirds of respondents approve of the way the New York City police are doing their job, while 30% disapprove. A majority of respondents (56%) say they trust the police, while 31% say they do not and 13% are not sure.
While 31% of respondents agree that the NYPD is the main reason that the quality of life in New York City has improved, more than half say other factors have been more influential (56%).
Infrastructure and Transportation
"New Yorkers have clearly noticed the impact of ever-higher spending on pensions and health benefits on the ground and underground: the city’s transportation system is not capable of serving the needs of New Yorkers, particularly New Yorkers in the outer boroughs. As New Yorkers don’t want to pay more in taxes for this service, the city, as well as the state and its agencies, must better prioritize their spending and investment."—Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow
Only 21% of respondents feel that the outer boroughs are adequately served by public transportation and 62% say investments should be made to expand existing services and create new ones. More than two-thirds of Brooklyn (67%) and Staten Island (73%) residents think additional investment is warranted.
Opinions about services provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are split—and quite similar, with more than four in ten respondents saying these organizations provide excellent or good services (43% and 47%, respectively), while a similar percentage rate these authorities as fair or poor (47% and 48%, respectively).
Mayor Bloomberg's tenure
Mayor Bloomberg’s policies on police and fighting crime are the most popular among New Yorkers, with 41% of respondents in favor of continuing these policies, 41% in favor of continuing the policies with some modifications, and just 11% wanting to see these policies not carried out at all. The least popular policies of Bloomberg’s administration are those related to taxes and the budget. Just 22% of respondents would like to see these policies continue, while 48% want modifications to the tax and budget policies and 19% want these policies discontinued.
Zogby Analytics Poll Methodology
Zogby Analytics was commissioned by [the Manhattan Institute] to conduct a hybrid live telephone and online survey of [1008 New York City Likely Voters] 2/25/13 thru 3/11/13.
Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for  is +/- [3.1] percentage points.