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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have competing plans to fund pre-K programs. Photo: Office of the NY Governor
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have competing plans to fund pre-K programs. Photo: Office of the NY Governor

Poll: Pre-K tax hike not as popular as NY funds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new poll finds more support among New York City voters for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to pay for prekindergarten with existing state funds than Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal for a tax increase.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds 49 percent of voters support funding pre-K without raising taxes versus 40 percent who favor de Blasio's proposed tax hike on wealthier city residents. Voters statewide supported using existing state funds over a city tax increase, 47 percent to 37 percent.

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De Blasio is trying to rally support for his plan amid opposition in Albany from Cuomo and a key Republican legislative leader.

The poll of 1,488 voters was conducted Feb. 6-10. It has a statewide margin of error of 2.5 percentage points and 4.7 percentage points in the city.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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