By Rich Lamb

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is shrugging the portion of a Marist College poll showing his schools chancellor, Cathie Black, getting a 17 percent approval rating.

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The mayor is pointing to the 53 percent of parents in the same poll that gave their local schools an excellent or good rating. Bloomberg said those numbers show “a majority of the people are happy with the schools.”

“The thing that came out of that poll was that I think the question really is not what a poll says. The question is ‘what does the real world say?’ People are moving into our public schools as opposed to running away from them,” Bloomberg said.

Of the 17 percent who praised Black in the poll were 2 percent who say she is doing an excellent job and 15 percent who say she is doing a good one.

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Thirty four percent give Black fair grades while 27 percent rated her poorly. Twenty three percent were unsure how to rate Black  or said they have never heard of the schools chancellor.