Only 2 Percent of New Yorkers Think Income Inequality Should Be Mayor’s Top Priority

by Alec Torres

Though Bill de Blasio spent his mayoral campaign focusing on the “inequality crisis” facing New York City, few New Yorkers think inequality should be the mayor’s main focus.

In a recent Quinnipiac poll, voters in New York were asked what the mayor’s top priority should be. Twenty percent said education should top the mayors list, followed by 13 percent for jobs and 9 percent for crime and safety and affordable housing. Only 2 percent of respondents said either “income inequality” or “class inequality” should be the mayor’s focus. Another 2 percent said the minimum wage.

However, when asked about income inequality in particular, 83 percent of voters said income inequality is either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, with 66 percent of voters saying that New York’s municipal government should attempt to reduce income inequality.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 points.