December 10, 2001 - Americans Love New York Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 66 Percent Would Visit Soon If They Could
Americans rank New York City as the number one tourist city in the nation and 66 percent say they would visit the Big Apple in the next year if they had the time and money, according to the first-ever Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 13 percent of American adults list New York as the major U.S. city they would most like to visit, followed by San Francisco and Las Vegas with 6 percent each, and Orlando, Honolulu and Los Angeles with 5 percent each.

Twenty-two percent of Americans plan to visit New York City in the next year or so, 65 percent of them solely for pleasure, and 66 percent say they would visit New York City in the next year or so if they could afford it and had the vacation time.

"From sea to shining sea, Americans give high marks to New Yorkers in general - and to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in particular - in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New York is the only city that scores in double digits when we asked Americans to volunteer where they'd like to spend vacation time."

Among the poll's findings:
  • 40 percent have a "very positive" image of New York and 37 percent have a "somewhat positive" image, while 15 percent have a "somewhat negative" or "very negative" image;
  • 43 percent rate New York as an "excellent" or "good" place to live, while 51 percent rate it "not so good" or "poor;"
  • 85 percent rate New York as an "excellent" or "good" place to visit, while 12 percent rate it "not so good" or "poor;"
  • 61 percent have a "better" impression of New Yorkers after the September 11 terrorist attacks, while 2 percent have a "worse" impression and 35 percent say "about the same;"
  • 68 percent have a favorable opinion of Mayor Giuliani, while 3 percent have an unfavorable opinion, with 9 percent mixed and 20 percent saying they haven't heard enough about him;
  • Americans split 48 - 45 percent on whether New York should host the 2012 Summer Olympics;
  • By a 72 - 22 percent margin, Americans say the World Trade Center should be rebuilt;
  • By a 65 - 23 percent margin, Americans say it's a "good idea" for Congress to hold a symbolic one-day session in New York City.
Another major terrorist attack in New York City in the near future is "very likely," 10 percent say, while 32 percent say it is "somewhat likely;" 36 percent say it is "not very likely," and 16 percent say it is "not likely at all."

A major terrorist attack in their own community in the near future is "very likely," 6 percent say, while 19 percent say it is "somewhat likely;" 35 percent say it is "not very likely," and 37 percent say it is "not likely at all."

A major terrorist attack somewhere in the U.S. in the near future is "very likely," 31 percent say, while 43 percent say it is "somewhat likely;" 17 percent say it is "not very likely," and 7 percent say it is "not likely at all."

From November 29 - December 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,410 adults nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
1. If you could afford it and had the vacation time, what major city in the United States would you most like to visit in the next year or so?
                                           
                     Tot      Men      Wom 


Anchorage, AK 2% 1% 2% Atlanta, GA 1 1 1 Boston, MA 1 1 1

Chicago, IL 3 3 2 Dallas, TX 1 1 1 Daytona, FL 1 1 1

Denver, CO 2 2 1 Honolulu, HI 5 6 4 Los Angeles, CA 5 5 4

Las Vegas, NV 6 6 5 Miami, FL 4 6 2 Maui, HI 1 1 1

New York City, NY 13 10 16 New Orleans, LA 3 2 3 Orlando, FL 5 5 5

Pheonix, AZ 1 1 2 San Diego, CA 2 3 2 San Francisco, CA 6 6 6

Seatle, WA 3 3 3 Tampa, FL 1 1 1 Washington, DC 3 2 4

None, Don't like cities 3 3 3 Other 22 22 22 DK/NA 7 6 8

4. Have you ever been to New York City?
                                           
                     Tot      Men      Wom 


Yes 47% 47% 47% No 53 53 53 DK/NA - - -

5. (If "yes" Q4) How long has it been since your last visit? A few weeks, a few months, a few years, or longer than that?

                     Have been to NYC Q5..
                     Tot      Men      Wom


Few weeks 7% 9% 6% Few months 14 16 13 Few years 41 39 43 Longer 37 35 38 DK/NA - - -

6. Do you expect to go to New York City in the next year or so or not?

                     Tot      Men      Wom 


Yes 22% 23% 21% No 76 75 77 DK/NA 2 2 2

6. (If "yes" Q6) Would it be for business or pleasure or both?

                     Expect to go to NYC Q6
                     Tot      Men      Wom 


Business 10% 16% 5% Pleasure 65 57 74 Both 24 27 21 DK/NA - - -

7. In general, do you have a positive or a negative image of New York City? Would you say very or somewhat positive/negative?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Very Positive 40% 40% 41% 48% 32% Somewhat positive 37 36 38 34 40

Somewhat negative 9 10 9 9 10 Very negative 6 6 6 5 7

DK/NA 7 8 7 4 11

8. How would you rate New York City as a place to live - would you say excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 8% 8% 7% 6% 8% Good 35 33 36 33 36

Not so good 31 30 32 34 29 Poor 20 21 19 20 21

DK/NA 6 7 5 6 7

9. How would you rate New York City as a place to visit ...?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 45% 42% 48% 54% 36% Good 40 41 39 35 45

Not so good 8 9 7 7 9 Poor 4 5 3 3 6

DK/NA 2 2 2 - 4

10. How would you rate New York City on the friendliness of its people - would you say excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 16% 16% 16% 17% 14% Good 48 47 48 53 43

Not so good 14 15 13 18 12 Poor 6 6 6 7 6

DK/NA 16 15 16 6 25

11. How would you rate New York City on being clean and not having dirty streets...?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 7% 6% 7% 8% 6% Good 39 38 40 44 34

Not so good 24 26 22 29 19 Poor 10 12 9 11 9

DK/NA 20 19 22 8 32

12. How would you rate New York City on being safe ...?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 8% 10% 6% 9% 7% Good 40 43 36 42 36

Not so good 32 29 35 34 31 Poor 13 11 14 10 16

DK/NA 8 7 9 6 10

13. How would you rate New York City on its cultural activities ...?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 53% 52% 54% 64% 43% Good 32 34 30 27 36

Not so good 4 4 5 4 4 Poor 1 2 1 - 2

DK/NA 9 9 9 4 14

14. How would you rate New York City on its tourist attractions - would you say excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 57% 56% 58% 63% 51% Good 32 31 33 30 34

Not so good 4 5 3 3 5 Poor 2 3 2 1 4

DK/NA 5 5 5 3 7

15. How would you rate New York City on its response to the September 11 terrorist attacks ...?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Excellent 74% 74% 75% 78% 71% Good 16 17 15 16 17

Not so good 5 3 6 3 6 Poor 3 3 2 1 4

DK/NA 2 2 2 1 3

16. If you could afford it and had the vacation time, would you go to Times Square in New York City for New Years Eve this year or not?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 39% 40% 37% 34% 43% No 61 60 62 66 56 DK/NA - - 1 - 0

17. If you could afford it and had the vacation time, would you visit New York City in the next year or so or not?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 66% 64% 68% 69% 63% No 33 35 31 29 36 DK/NA 1 1 2 1 2

18. Is your opinion of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Favorable 68% 72% 65% 78% 60% Unfavorable 3 3 2 2 2 Mixed 9 8 9 9 7 Hvn't hrd enough 20 15 24 10 30 REFUSED 1 1 1 - 1

19. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, is your image of New York City better, worse, or about the same?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Better 42% 44% 40% 44% 39% Worse 5 4 7 5 5 About the same 52 52 52 50 54 DK/NA 1 1 1 - 1

20. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, do you think New York City is a more safe place to visit, less safe, or about as safe?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


More safe 28% 32% 25% 28% 28% Less safe 13 10 15 10 15 About as safe 57 55 58 60 53 DK/NA 3 3 3 1 4

21. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, is your impression of the people in New York City better, worse, or about the same?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Better 61% 60% 62% 65% 58% Worse 2 1 2 1 2 About the same 35 37 33 32 37 DK/NA 3 2 3 2 3

22. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, are you more likely to visit New York City, less likely to visit New York City, or about as likely to visit New York City?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


More likely 19% 20% 18% 18% 21% Less likely 17 12 21 14 20 About as likely 62 65 59 68 57 DK/NA 2 2 1 1 2

23. How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be another terrorist attack in New York City causing large numbers of lives to be lost? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Very likely 10% 12% 8% 9% 10% Smwht likely 32 27 37 32 32

Not very likely 36 39 34 38 36 Not likely at all 16 18 15 16 17

DK/NA 5 4 7 5 6



24. How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in your community causing large numbers of lives to be lost? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Very likely 6% 5% 7% 4% 7% Smwht likely 19 13 24 19 18

Not very likely 35 33 36 38 32 Not likely at all 37 47 27 36 38

DK/NA 4 1 6 3 4

25. How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing large numbers of lives to be lost? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Very likely 31% 28% 33% 29% 32% Smwht likely 43 41 44 42 44

Not very likely 17 21 13 20 14 Not likely at all 7 9 4 6 7

DK/NA 3 1 5 3 3

26. President Bush promised 20 billion dollars to New York City in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. Do you think this is too much money for New York City, too little, or about the right amount?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Too much money 10% 11% 9% 9% 12% Too little money 14 14 13 15 11 About right amount 63 63 63 59 67 DK/NA 13 11 14 17 9

27. There is a proposal for Congress to hold a symbolic one-day session in New York City next year. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Good idea 65% 66% 65% 64% 66% Bad idea 23 24 22 25 23 DK/NA 11 10 13 11 11

28. Some have suggested that New York City should host the 2012 summer Olympics. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Good idea 48% 53% 43% 46% 48% Bad idea 45 39 50 46 44 DK/NA 8 8 8 8 8

29. Do you think the World Trade Center should be rebuilt in some form, or not?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 72% 75% 70% 74% 72% No 22 19 24 21 21 DK/NA 6 6 6 5 7

30. If the World Trade Center were rebuilt in some form, how likely do you think it is that there would be another terrorist attack against it? Very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Very likely 10% 7% 12% 8% 11% Smwht likely 29 26 33 26 32

Not very likely 36 38 33 39 33 Not likely at all 20 25 16 21 20

DK/NA 5 4 6 5 5

31. How do you feel about flying in an airplane? Would you tell me whether you're afraid of it, whether it bothers you slightly, or whether you're not at all afraid of it?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Afraid to fly 20% 12% 27% 16% 23% Bothers slightly 24 19 28 26 20 Not at all afraid 55 67 44 56 55

DK/NA 2 2 2 2 2

32. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, are you more likely to travel by plane, less likely to travel by plane, or about as likely to travel by plane?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


More likely 9% 10% 7% 9% 8% Less likely 25 18 31 22 28 About as likely 65 70 60 67 63

DK/NA 1 1 1 2 1

33. As a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, have you cancelled any plane trips?
                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 5% 4% 6% 6% 4% No 95 96 94 94 96 DK/NA - - - - 0

34. As a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, have you cancelled any trips to New York City?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% No 98 98 98 98 99 DK/NA - - - - 0

35. As a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, have you planned any trips to New York City?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


Yes 7% 7% 7% 11% 4% No 92 93 92 89 96 DK/NA - - - - 0

36. In general, do you think New York City is about as safe as other big cities, less safe, or more safe?

                                                Been to NYC
                     Tot      Men      Wom      Yes      No


About as safe 69% 67% 71% 73% 66% Less safe 14 14 14 11 17 More safe 16 18 14 16 15 DK/NA 1 1 1 - 2