More than two thirds of New York City voters are optimistic about the next four years under de Blasio’s Administration, a 67 – 21 margin, with black residents the most optimistic, at 80 – 6 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Hispanic voters also show high optimism at 76 – 9 percent. Overall, everyone is feeling pretty good about the next four years with de Blasio, except Republicans, who are divided 44 – 45 percent.
“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a honeymoon,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. But, he added, “As warmly as the de Blasio family was greeted in the campaign and on inauguration day, only about a quarter of voters want Chirlane McCray to have a major role at City Hall.”
Only 27 percent of New York City voters, including 31 percent of women and 23 percent of men, say the mayor’s spouse should have a major role in shaping policy. Another 36 percent, with 34 percent of women and 39 percent of men, say she should have a minor role. And 30 percent of voters, with 28 percent of women and 33 percent of men, say she should have no role.
Support is 74 – 23 percent to increase taxes on households making more than $500,000 per year if the money is used to fund pre-kindergarten for all New York City children.
Support drops to 55 – 37 percent to increase taxes on the wealthy if other funds are found for universal pre-k.