A Quinnipiac poll shows that New York voters oppose New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to ban horse-drawn carriages and support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's universal prekindergarten plan over the mayor's plan, Politicker writes.
The poll found that despite months of lobbying and demonstrations by the mayor and his allies for his Universal Pre-K plan, voters still prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to pay for universal pre-K by using existing state money, over de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on the highest income earners.
De Blasio in the past has criticized Quinnipiac's question on the subject, saying the phrasing was the equivalent of asking, "'Would you like a bowl of free candy?' To which most people would say, 'Yes.'"
The mayor also can't seem to win on either side of the public school/charter school debate, with 49 percent of voters saying they disapprove of the job he is doing on education, versus 38 percent who approve. Even more—55 percent—of pubic school parents disapprove.
The Quinnipiac survey also found that 64 percent of those polled want to keep the horse-drawn carriages in New Yew York City, versus 24 percent who want to ban them.
"On an issue that has generated an immense amount of interest — with celebrities speaking loudly on both sides — voters reject almost 3-1 Mayor de Blasio's opposition to horse-drawn carriages," pollster Maurice Carroll said.