Poll: New Yorkers like De Blasio’s pre-K plan, tax cuts

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A young de Blasio supporter. (via Rob Bennett for New Yorkers for de Blasio)
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New Yorkers largely support Bill de Blasio's plan to increase income taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this morning.

The new tax, which would require approval in Albany, was backed by 63 percent of respondents, compared to 32 percent who opposed it, among 1,337 voters across the state who were surveyed between Nov. 20 and 24.

Opinions split along party lines: Democrats support the tax hike by an 81-15 margin, while Republicans oppose it 58-39.

De Blasio's proposal would raise income taxes on New York City residents who earn over $500,000, which requires approval from both the legislature in Albany, where the State Senate is partially controlled by Republicans, and the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has emphasized his desire to cut taxes in next year's budget.

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Cuomo is up for re-election in 2014, along with every member of the state legislature, which could complicate the chances of a tax increase.

The mayor-elect has said he'll mount a public pressure campaign in Albany, showcasing widespread support for his plan.

Quinnipiac's poll showed support across different regions: 68-30 in the city, 55-42 in the suburbs and 64-29 upstate, the poll found.

The same set of New Yorkers ranked cutting taxes as a higher priority for Cuomo and the state legislature than public education. Reducing taxes polled second only to job creation.