Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Oppose New School Chancellor Choice

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Oppose New School Chancellor Choice

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, introduces the new Chancellor of Public Schools, Cathie Black, during a news conference at City Hall in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not convinced New Yorkers that magazine executive Cathie Black is the right person to head the city's public school system.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 51 percent of New York City voters surveyed said Black does not have the right experience to be chancellor.

Just 26 percent said she does and 23 percent were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Black is the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines. Because she has no educational credentials, she would need a waiver from the state Education Department to serve as chancellor.

An eight-member advisory panel will weigh her qualifications at a meeting Tuesday in Manhattan.

Meantime, the poll found that Bloomberg is unhurt - and unhelped - by the recent announcement of a city budget with some service cuts, with a 57 - 33 percent overall approval rating and a negative 45 - 47 percent approval for his handling of the city budget.

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