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NYers more positive about mayoral control than about mayor

A majority of New Yorkers think mayoral control should continue after the June 30 deadline for state legislators to decide the fate of the 7-year-old school governance structure.

A new poll out of Quinnipiac University found that 56 percent of New Yorkers think mayoral control should continue. The poll also found that 34 percent of New Yorkers want to see mayoral control of the city’s schools end this summer.

At least some of the people polled are doing what’s advised by Learn NY, the group lobbying in favor of mayoral control, and separating their views on the current public schools administration from their opinion of mayoral control. The same poll found that only 47 percent of New Yorkers consider Mayor Bloomberg’s takeover of the schools a success.

One other interesting data point: Only 50 percent of women want to maintain mayoral control, while 63 percent of men do.

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