April 22, 2011 - Xanadu Is Ugly, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; But Xana-Don't Spend Tax Dollars To Fix It

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Among New Jersey voters who know anything about the Xanadu project in The Meadowlands, 79 percent agree with Gov. Christopher Christie that it's ugly and 8 percent say it's attractive, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Men say it's ugly 83 - 7 percent and women agree 75 - 10 percent.

The 43 percent of voters who know about Xanadu are narrowly divided about the project's future as 46 percent say it should go forward and 41 percent say it should be abandoned, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But voters oppose 77 - 15 percent spending state money to redo the Xanadu exterior. All political and regional groups and men and women agree.

"New Jersey voters say it's Xana-don't," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Xanadu, that oddly shaped, oddly colored structure in The Meadowlands, isn't familiar to most New Jerseyans, which probably is good news.

"Those who do know about it agree with Gov. Christopher Christie that it's a visual atrocity."

From April 12 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,532 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.


42. Have you heard or read anything about the Xanadu project?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  43%    48%    36%    49%    48%    39%
No                   55     49     62     51     51     60
DK/NA                 1      3      2      1      1      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  46%    56%    56%    11%    39%
No                   52     43     43     87     59
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2
 
 
43. (If heard q42) Do you think the Xanadu project should go forward or be abandoned?
                     HEARD OR READ Q42.....................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Go forward           46%    46%    48%    44%    51%    40%
Be abandoned         41     46     32     45     40     42
DK/NA                13      8     20     11      9     18
 
 
44. (If heard q42) Would you describe Xanadu as attractive or ugly?
                     HEARD OR READ Q42.....................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Attractive            8%     6%    11%     8%     7%    10%
Ugly                 79     85     74     80     83     75
DK/NA                13      9     15     12     10     16
 
 
45. (If heard q42) Do you think the state should or should not spend money to redo the Xanadu exterior?
                     HEARD OR READ Q42.....................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Should               15%    16%    17%    13%    15%    15%
Should not           77     80     71     80     80     74
DK/NA                 7      3     12      7      4     11