According to Mr. de Blasio's pollster, Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, polling on universal pre-K public acceptance "was somewhere in the 70s, and no, it didn't change [throughout the campaign].
Ms. Greenberg, a devoted Yankees fan, has helped Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, ex-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Minnesota Gov.
Mark Dayton steer their way to office, and this pollster is now having a nice New York moment.
says that, although the issue always polled well, Mr. de Blasio's commitment to it transcended that fact.
"First of all, the mayor came to run for mayor with the explicit goal of inequality in New York City being the driving force in the campaign.
And so, it's within that context that the universal prekindergarten issue became so important, as an indicator of his
values … but also because of the role universal prekindergarten can play in reducing inequality," she
An early believer in the campaign, she
explained that pre-K "started off as a priority from the beginning, day one. ...
This is one where it really wasn't poll-driven.
It's a happy coincidence that it's also incredibly popular.
added about the mayor, "I've
never seen a poll result make him back down from any position that he