New York Times/Siena Poll Shows Resounding Majority of New York City Voters Want More Public Charter Schools

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 4, 2013
Contact: CJ Macklin, 518-390-5592,

New York Times/Siena Poll Shows Resounding Majority of New York City Voters Want More Public Charter Schools

New York, NY – The New York Times/Siena College Poll released today shows a resounding majority of New York City likely voters favor creating more public charter schools. Support is bipartisan and citywide, extending to every ethnic, religious, age and income group, and among supporters of both major party mayoral candidates.

The survey, showing a 56-34 percent support for more charter schools, comes just days before thousands of families, teachers and community leaders will rally on the Brooklyn Bridge next Tuesday to communicate a simple message to city and state leaders: charter school families need your support.

Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, said:

“This poll shows that a resounding majority in New York City supports charter schools and wants more of them. This is what we hear from parents every day: charters help students break the cycle of poverty and walk the path to success in life. More good schools mean more opportunity for all children to get a great public education.”

“It’s clear that those in charge of our children’s education should listen to the people and help grow the charter community so all children can have access to a better future.”

The poll asked: “Do you support or oppose creating more charter schools?”  (Q19c)

The survey said charter support extends to all five boroughs and all age, ethnic and religious groups; political parties; educational backgrounds and income levels. Bill DeBlasio supporters favor more charters by 53-38 percent. Joseph Lhota supporters favor more charters by 67-21 percent. In union households, the issue is tied 46-46.

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.

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