Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Back Black

A near majority of New Yorkers disapprove of the appointment of Cathie Black as schools chancellor, a Quinnipiac University poll out this morning finds.

Forty-seven percent of those polled say Black should not head city schools, while 62 percent of those with children in public schools disapprove of Bloomberg picking her. And 64 percent of those surveyed say a chancellor needs education experience more than management experience, while 51 percent say Black lacks the right kind of experience for the job.

“Do New Yorkers approve of the Black appointment?  Does she have the right experience?  No and no, voters say.  The only positive sign for her is that about one quarter of voters don’t know enough to say whether they approve or disapprove of her appointment.  So there’s some room for the spinners to make Bloomberg’s case,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The nomination of Black for schools chief seems to be bringing down Bloomberg’s numbers as well. Only 55 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job he is doing, his lowest numbers since the end of his first term.

“The City Hall spin machine better shift into high gear.  So far, all the negative news stories are murdering Cathleen Black – and not doing Mayor Michael Bloomberg much good, either,” Carroll said. “Overwhelmingly, voters would sooner put an educator than a business executive at the head of the class.”

Police commissioner Ray Kelly has the highest approval rating of all New York citywide officials, with a 67 percent mark. Council speaker Christine Quinn gets a thumbs up by 50 percent of New Yorkers, followed by John Liu at 48 percent and Bill de Blasio at 36 percent.

  Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Back Black