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NEW YORK VOTERS BACK CUOMO’S NO-TA PRE-K PLAN, !UINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS" VOTERS CLOSER SOUL MATES TO GOV T#AN MAYOR DE BLASIO
By a 47 – 37 percent margin, including 49 – 40 percent among New York City voters, all New York tate voters !ack "ov# $ndrew Cuomo%s plan &or universal pre'kindergarten wit( no new ta)es over New York City *ayor Bill de Blasio%s plan to &und pre'+ wit( a city income ta) (ike on (ig('income &amilies, according to a ,uinnipiac -niversity poll released today# .oters support 7/ – 00 percent state &unding in general o& universal pre'+, t(e independent ,uinnipiac 1+23N'u('pe'ack4 -niversity poll &inds, wit( support at 59 – 35 percent among 6epu!licans, 97 – 7 percent among 8emocrats and 73 – 03 percent among independent voters# $ total o& 79 percent o& voters say universal pre'+ would !e :very e&&ective; or :somew(at e&&ective; in improving education &or all New York tate c(ildren# $ total o& 74 percent say universal pre'+ would !e very or somew(at e&&ective in putting poor c(ildren :on a pat( out o& poverty#; .oters say 55 – 40 percent t(at pre'kindergarten education s(ould !e optional, not mandatory# 2omen say optional 57 – 4/ percent and men say optional 59 – 39 percent# Backing "ov# Cuomo%s no'ta) pre'+ plan are 6epu!licans, /0 – 00 percent, independent voters 49 – 37 percent, men 44 – 37 percent, women, 49 – 37 percent, upstate voters 43 – 3/ percent and su!ur!an voters 50 – 34 percent# 8emocrats !ack de Blasio%s plan 49 – 39 percent# :<ust a!out everyone in t(is most li!eral o& states likes universal pre'kindergarten and t(ey t(ink – overw(elmingly – t(at kids will learn and t(at it will (elp t(em out o& poverty,; said *aurice Carroll, director o& t(e ,uinnipiac -niversity =olling 3nstitute# :But voters pre&er "ov# $ndrew Cuomo%s no'new'ta)es approac( to New York City *ayor Bill de Blasio%s ta)'t(e'ric( plan to pay &or t(ose new classes#; -$%&'-

!)*..*/*(+ U.*0'&1*-2 P%,,<F'9&)(&2 12, 2014 = /(3' 2 :>(e mayor made (is argument again in (is tate'o&'t(e'City speec(# 3t will !e interesting to see (ow a mayor elected wit( a (uge margin o& a small turnout &ares wit( up'&or' election state o&&icials,; Carroll added# 3n an open'ended ?uestion, allowing &or any answer, a total o& 09 percent o& New York tate voters list t(e economy or @o!s or wages as t(e top priority &or "ov# Cuomo and t(e tate Aegislature# $ total o& 79 percent list education or education &unding# >(is group includes 7 percent w(o speci&ically said pre'+indergarten or early c(ild(ood education# $ total o& 70 percent list priorities related to ta)es and only 0 percent list income ine?uality or class ine?uality# Bnvironmental concerns outweig( economic !ene&its as New York tate voters oppose 45 – 47 percent drilling &or natural gas in t(e *arcellus (ale# u!ur!an voters support drilling !y a slim 44 – 40 percent margin, w(ile New York City voters are opposed 49 – 35 percent# -pstate voters are divided wit( 4/ percent in &avor o& drilling and 45 percent opposed# Cuomo is :dragging (is &eet; to avoid making a decision on (ydraulic &racturing, 35 percent o& voters say, w(ile 03 percent say (e is :care&ully evaluating t(e issue,; wit( 37 percent undecided# -pstate voters say 45 – 04 percent t(e governor is dragging (is &eet# C)%$% %& >' B,(1*% "ov# Cuomo most closely represents t(eir political views, 44 percent o& New York tate voters say, w(ile 07 percent line up wit( *ayor de Blasio, leaving 09 percent undecided# Cuomo wins more (earts and minds among every party, gender and regional group e)cept New York City voters, w(o identi&y wit( de Blasio 44 – 39 percent# :2(o do voters &eel more at (ome wit( p(ilosop(icallyC Cuomo (as t(e edge over de Blasio, e)cept in New York City,; Carroll said# Drom De!ruary / – 70, ,uinnipiac -niversity surveyed 7,499 New York tate voters wit( a margin o& error o& EF' 0#5 percentage points# Aive interviewers call land lines and cell p(ones# >(e ,uinnipiac -niversity =oll, directed !y 8ouglas c(wartG, =(#8#, conducts pu!lic opinion surveys in =ennsylvania, New York, New <ersey, Connecticut, Dlorida, 3owa, H(io, .irginia, Colorado and t(e nation as a pu!lic service and &or researc(# F%& $%&' *.?%&$(-*%., 0*1*- ;--/:<<@@@:A)*..*/*(+:'>)</%,,*.3, +(,, 42056 782-7201, %& ?%,,%@ )1 %. T@*--'&:

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8. Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? Tot (avorable #nfavorable 1vn't hrd enough RE(#$E )*+ ., ,, . Rep *)+ ),/ . em ,-+ ,* * Ind .)+ .,0 ) !en ),+ .0 ). "om ./+ .. ,8 . AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub *)+ *8 2/ * 0*+ .. ., ) .8+ )/ )) .

.3. "hat do you thin4 should be the top priority for 5overnor 'uomo and the $tate 6egislature in .3*,? Tot E7onomy85eneral9 :obs;#nemployment "ages;!inimum "age E7onomy8<ther9 In7ome ine=uality 'lass ine=uality Budget85eneral9 5overnment spending Ta>es85eneral9 ?roperty ta>es Ta>es8<ther9 Edu7ation85eneral9 (unding;$pending edu7ation ?re@A;Early 7hildhood ed Edu7ation8<ther9 #nions 85eneral9 'rime;$afety 5un Issues;?oli7y;'ontrol 1ealth7are $o7ial Issues;$o7 $ervi7es ?overty;1omelessness 1ousing;Affordable housing !ariBuana Roads;Infrastru7ture Environment 1ydro@fra74ing 'aring about people 5ovt 'orruption;Ethi7s <ther A;%A 0+ .* * * * * ) * *3 * * *) * * ) * * ) ) * * * . * * . * * 8

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)*. "ho do you believe most 7losely represents your politi7al vieCs, 5overnor AndreC 'uomo or %eC &or4 'ity !ayor Bill de Blasio? Tot 'uomo de Blasio A;%A ,,+ ./ .8 Rep ,)+ *) ,, em ,0+ ,* *, Ind ,/+ .. )* !en ,,+ ..8 "om ,0+ .2 .AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub ,0+ *2 ))8+ ,, *8 0,+ *./

).. o you support or oppose the state government funding universal pre@A edu7ation, so that all %eC &or4 $tate 7hildren 7an attend pre@s7hool? Tot $upport <ppose A;%A /2+ .3 , Rep 0-+ )0 2 em -*+ / ) Ind /)+ .) , !en /0+ .* , "om /8+ *8 , AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub /)+ .) , 8)+ *) , /.+ ., )

)). 1oC effe7tive do you thin4 universal pre@A Could be in improving edu7ation for %eC &or4 $tate 7hildrenD very effe7tive, someChat effe7tive, not so effe7tive, or not effe7tive at all? Tot Eery effe7tive ,,+ $mCht effe7tive ), %ot so effe7tive %ot effe7tive at all *3 A;%A ) Rep .2+ )0 *, .* , em 2*+ )* , . . Ind )8+ )/ *. *3 ) !en )2+ )/ ** *. , "om 0*+ )* 8 / . AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub ,*+ )0 ** *3 ) 0.+ )3 / / , )8+ )/ *3 *, *

),. 1oC effe7tive do you thin4 universal pre@A Could be in helping to put poor 7hildren on a path out of povertyD very effe7tive, someChat effe7tive, not so effe7tive, or not effe7tive at all? Tot Eery effe7tive $mCht effe7tive %ot so effe7tive %ot effe7tive at all A;%A )0+ )*3 *) ) Rep .*+ )) *2 .2 ) em 0.+ ), ) . Ind ./+ ,, *. *, ) !en ))+ )/ *. *0 ) "om )/+ ,* 8 *3 ) AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub )*+ )*. *0 ) ,)+ )2 ) ).+ )*, *0 *

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)0. 5overnor AndreC 'uomo Cants to pay for pre@A for all %eC &or4 $tate 7hildren Cithout raising ta>es by using e>isting state funds. %eC &or4 'ity !ayor Bill e Blasio Cants to pay for pre@A for %eC &or4 'ity 7hildren by raising %eC &or4 'ity in7ome ta>es on households earning more than F033,333 saying that if state funding gets 7ut, pre@A for %eC &or4 'ity 7hildren Cill still be funded. o you thin4 that %eC &or4 'ity should raise these ta>es to fund %eC &or4 'ity pre@A or do you thin4 that %eC &or4 $tate should fund stateCide pre@A Cithout raising ta>es? Tot %&' ta> funds pre@A %&$ funds C;no ta> B<T1 8E<69 %EIT1ER 8E<69 A;%A )2. )/+ ,/ ) / 2 Rep .3+ 23 . *) , em ,-+ ), * 2 Ind )/+ ,8 . 8 0 !en )/+ ,, ) 2 "om )/+ ,) 0 2 AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub )2+ ,) ) *3 8 ,3+ ,) ) 2 ),+ 03 ) 8 0

o you thin4 pre@A edu7ation should be mandatory or optional? Tot Rep .8+ 28 , em 0/+ ,* ) Ind )2+ 2* ) !en )8+ 0) "om ,2+ 0* ) AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub )8+ 0, ,8+ ,) ,*+ 0/ .

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)/. $ome people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the !ar7ellus $hale be7ause of the e7onomi7 benefits. <thers say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the !ar7ellus $hale be7ause of the environmental impa7t. "hi7h 7omes 7loser to your point of vieC? Tot rilling %o drilling A;%A ,*+ ,0 *, Rep 22+ ., ** em .8+ 02 *0 Ind ,*+ ,0 *) !en 03+ ,3 *3 "om ))+ ,*/ AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub ,2+ ,0 )0+ ,8 */ ,,+ ,3 *2

TRE% G $ome people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the !ar7ellus $hale be7ause of the e7onomi7 benefits. <thers say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the !ar7ellus $hale be7ause of the environmental impa7t. "hi7h 7omes 7loser to your point of vieC? RI66I%5...... 1igh 6oC Aug ** !ar .3 .3** .3*) ,/ ,. *. ),2 *,

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)8. "hi7h 7omes 7loser to your point of vieCD 5overnor 'uomo is 7arefully evaluating the issue of hydro@fra74ing, or 5overnor 'uomo is dragging his feet and trying to avoid ma4ing a de7ision on the issue of hydro@fra74ing, or don't you have an opinion on that? Tot 'arefully evaluating .)+ ragging his feet )0 %o opinion )/ A;%A 0 Rep *0+ ,)* 0 em )*+ .) ,. , Ind *-+ )8 )/ 2 !en .,+ ,* )3 0 "om ..+ .,) 2 AREA............. #p$tat %&' $ub .,+ ,0 ./ , ..+ .2 ,0 / .)+ ). )2

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