Angry New Yorker

Thursday, December 09, 2004
Proof That 4 out of 5 Dentists Prefer Quinnipiac University?

More "proof" that polls should be abandoned. runs with a poll that concludes, according to, that "New Yorkers across the state overwhelmingly agree with a court-appointed panel’s recommendation to give the city’s public schools billions in extra funding, according to a new survey." The press release and poll results from Quinnipiac are available here and it's chock-full of non-sequiter goodness, though my favorite is a quote from Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, who wry observes:
"It might look different when they get the bill, but for now, New Yorkers from Montauk to Jamestown agree with the court-appointed panel's finding that New York City school children should get billions in extra help"
Gee, ya think? If it isn't costing you anything in the here and now, nearly everyone's for more spending from some nebulous "other" -- everyone except fiscal conservatives that is, which is a rare breed in this state indeed.

One point not noted by NY1, because it doesn't fit in with the ra-ra NYC-boosterism mantra, is that the same poll indicates that 24% of the respondents answers "very dissatisifed" to the question of "[i]n general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?"

18. A court appointed panel has found that an additional 5.6 billion dollars must be spent on New York City's public school students every year to give them a sound basic education. Do you agree or disagree with the panel's finding?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom

Agree 61% 42% 76% 58% 57% 64%
Disagree 31 49 17 34 35 28
DK/NA 8 9 7 8 8 8

UpState..... UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub Wht Blk

Agree 46% 47% 47% 76% 62% 55% 81%
Disagree 44 42 43 19 28 36 16
DK/NA 10 10 10 4 10 10 3

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