NYC School Chancellor Faring Better Than Predecessors

A new poll suggests that after most of a year on the job, 34% of the public believe that New York City's School Chancellor Dennis Walcott is doing a bad job, writes Tina Moore and Rachel Monahan at the New York Daily News.

This shows an increase in disapproval, as the number is up from 21% who were polled last May, after just a month since he took the job.

Chancellor Walcott's approval rating rose 2% since May, with 33% of voters approving of his work.

An embarrassing 48% of the public claimed to not even know who Walcott was back last May, but now only a third of people claim to not know who he was.

Advocates of Walcott note that despite the increase in disapproval, he is still far more popular than his predecessors.

Former Schools Chancellor Cathie Black had an approval rating of just 17% shortly before her post ended in April. While almost half of voters disapproved of Black's predecessor, Joel Klein, a year the left the post.

The poll released this week also found that almost three quarters of the 1,242 registered voters who were questioned favored the hotly contested so-called "living wage" bill.

"They say the government has the obligation to pay a living wage," said Quinnipiac spokesman Maurice Carroll.

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