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FOR RELEASE: FEBRUARY 24, 2011
 
BASE TEACHER FIRINGS ON MERIT, NEW YORKERS SAY 7-1,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;VOTERS LIKE TEACHERS BUT NOT THEIR UNIONS
If school systems must lay off teachers, the layoffs should be based on performance, notseniority, New York State voters say 85 – 12 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll releasedtoday.Support for performance-based layoffs is strong among all groups, including 75 – 20percent among voters in households with a union member, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.   Voters with children in public school back performance-basedlayoffs 90 – 7 percent.By a 50 – 22 percent margin, New York State voters have a favorable opinion of publicschool teachers, with 25 percent who haven’t heard enough about them to form an opinion.Parents of public school students have a 60 – 22 percent favorable opinion.But voters say 51 – 39 percent that teachers’ unions play a negative rather than a positiverole in improving the state’s educational system.  Public school parents say 56 – 37 percent thatteachers’ unions play a negative role while voters in union households say 50 – 44 percent thatteachers’ unions play a positive role.“By a huge majority, voters from every group oppose LIFO – last-in-first-out,” saidMaurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “Voters, especiallyvoters with kids in public school, want to keep the best teachers on the job, and to heck withseniority.“All those ads by the teachers’ union may not be working exactly as planned:  NewYorkers like the people who teach their kids, but they don’t like the union that placed the ads.”
Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
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Quinnipiac University Poll/February 24, 2010 – page 2
“And voters reject by almost 2-1 margins some fundamental pillars of teacher contracts:They support 64 – 33 percent merit pay for outstanding teachers and they say 62 – 33 percent itshould be easier to fire bad teachers,” Carroll added.A total of 63 percent of New York State voters are “very concerned” or “somewhatconcerned” that Albany’s focus on the state budget deficit might prevent passage of ethicsreform legislation.  This concern is shared by all groups in all areas of the state.Similarly, a total of 56 percent of voters are “very concerned” of “somewhat concerned”that focus on the state budget might prevent passage of non-partisan redistricting legislation.Again concern is shared by all groups and regions.“Will focus on the budget imperil the chances of changes in ethics rules?  Voters areworried,” Carroll said.  “They’re worried, too, about the chances of non-partisan legislative andcongressional re-districting.”
Same-Sex Marriage
New York State voters support 54 – 39 percent legislation that would allow same-sexcouples to marry.  This compares to 56 – 37 percent support in a January 27 QuinnipiacUniversity poll.In today’s survey, same-sex marriage wins 68 – 23 percent support among Democratsand 56 – 38 percent support among independent voters.  Republicans oppose the measure65 – 31 percent.  The measure wins support among upstate, suburban and New York City votersby similar margins.  Men support it 52 – 43 percent while women support it 56 – 35 percent.Support for same-sex marriage is:
62 – 35 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old;
64 – 29 percent among voters 35 to 49 years old;
52 – 42 percent among voters 50 to 64 years old;
Voters over 65 are opposed 48 – 42 percent.“Everyone supports same-sex marriage, except Republicans and senior citizens,” Carrollsaid.From February 15 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,457 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and thenation as a public service and for research.
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For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, orfollow us onTwitter.
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