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Congestion Pricing Gets Low Marks From Voters; Majority Want Armed Cops in Schools

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Between Brooklyn and Manhattan via Lucas.Klappas on Flickr

In the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, 955 New Yorkers voiced their opinions on congestion pricing and school safety.

The survey placed congestion pricing, which would charge drivers to enter congested zones of the city, up against a tax on millionaires, and voters put the burden squarely on the millionaires to fund transit improvements. When choosing between the two options, 66% want a tax on millionaires, and 75% overall support raising taxes on anyone making over one million dollars. Congestion pricing was panned by those surveyed, with only Manhattan residents eeking out support with a 50% approval. Compare this to the lowest approval in the Bronx, where 61% disapprove of a congestion pricing plan. Despite these numbers, 85% of voters still rated traffic congestion as a very or somewhat serious problem facing the city.

Schools have been a sore subject under de Blasio, and the trend continues as survey respondents rated school quality and safety. Voters were not satisfied with the quality of NYC public schools, at 58% not satisfied overall and 64% not satisfied in the Bronx and Staten Island. When asked if schools were safe, 53% responded "safe", with the highest numbers in Manhattan and the lowest in the Bronx. Voters support putting police officers or armed security guards at schools citywide. Results were similar to the safe/unsafe ratings, with 56% saying armed guards should be stationed at schools.

Do your views line up with those in the survey? Read the full results from Quinnipiac and leave a comment below.

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