Poll: Voters want say on term limits

October 21, 2008 8:26:42 AM PDT
A new poll finds New Yorkers overwhelmingly believe the City Council should not have the power to extend term-limits for officeholders. That should be up to the public, respondents say. The Quinnipiac survey of registered voters finds that, by a margin of 89 to 7 percent, they prefer a referendum over letting the council decide.

The 51-member council is considering a bill that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pushing. He wants another four years in office and is trying to change the law so that he can have a chance at a third term.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, also finds that voters oppose giving elected officials the option of a third term. That margin is much closer, at 51 to 45 percent.