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Poll intensifies Cuomo-deBlasio debate over pre-K funding

A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund pre-kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s proposal.

The Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor deBlasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.

Cuomo, who does not support the plan to tax the rich, says upstate cities don’t have enough wealthy to finance pre-K in their cities, and so using state funds is better.  

“A lot of cities don’t have that kind of economic base,” Cuomo said. “They don’t have those numbers of millionaires.”

DeBlasio, who stood by his plan in a budget address, took issue with the premise of the poll’s question, saying it was the equivalent of asking “would you like a bowl of free candy?”

DeBlasio says it is progress that the debate has now evolved from if there should be  pre-K is a good idea, to how universal pre-kindergarten can happen.

Quinnipiac's Mickey Carroll said, in a statement,“Quinnipiac University always provides the complete wording of every question in its public opinion polls.  In more than 20 years, no one has challenged the fairness of a question.  Quinnipiac University stands behind its record of fairness and accuracy.”