August 30, 2007 - New York City Support For Congestion Pricing Slips, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Call Federal Fund Promise Meddling

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Traffic congestion in New York City is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, 89 percent of city voters say, but voters oppose congestion pricing 57 - 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to 52 - 41 percent opposition in a July 26 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In this latest survey, Manhattan voters support congestion pricing 54 - 36 percent. Voters in the other boroughs oppose it:
  • 61 - 30 percent in Queens;
  • 60 - 34 percent in Brooklyn;
  • 74 - 21 percent in The Bronx;
  • 56 - 39 percent in Staten Island. Men oppose congestion pricing 54 - 40 percent while women oppose it 59 - 32 percent.
But New York City voters support congestion pricing 57 - 38 percent if the money is used to prevent an increase in mass transit fares and bridge and tunnel tolls. This compares to 58 - 36 percent conditional support July 26. When congestion pricing is linked to fares and tolls, support ranges from a negative 45 - 50 percent in Staten Island to 68 - 26 percent in Manhattan.

"Congestion pricing is a bad idea, most New Yorkers say, unless politicians use the proceeds to prevent transit-fare increases. Then a majority support the idea," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Because of a promise by the federal government to provide $354 million if congestion pricing is adopted, 35 percent of voters are more likely to support the idea.

But 51 percent of New York City voters say the promise of federal funding with conditions is "federal meddling in a municipal decision."

"'Don't tread on me' ought to be the message on the city flag. A majority of New Yorkers think it's federal meddling when Washington promises transit aid with strings - only if the city approves congestion pricing," Carroll said.

From August 21 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,192 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

12. The Bloomberg administration has suggested using congestion pricing to reduce traffic in New York City by charging a fee for vehicles that drive south of 86th Street in Manhattan. Do you support or oppose the Bloomberg administration's congestion pricing plan?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Support 36% 31% 37% 37% 43% 29% 34% Oppose 57 63 56 58 50 63 61 DK/NA 8 6 7 5 8 8 5

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 21% 34% 54% 30% 39% 40% 32% Oppose 74 60 36 61 56 54 59 DK/NA 5 6 10 9 5 6 9

TREND: The Bloomberg administration has suggested using congestion pricing to reduce traffic in New York City by charging a fee for vehicles that drive south of 86th Street in Manhattan. Do you support or oppose the Bloomberg administration's congestion pricing plan?

                        Aug 30  Jul 26
                        2007    2007


Support 36 41 Oppose 57 52 DK/NA 8 6



13. Would you support congestion pricing if the money were used to prevent an increase in mass transit fares and bridge and tunnel tolls?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 57% 49% 59% 55% 56% 53% 55% No 38 46 35 42 38 41 40 DK/NA 5 5 6 3 6 5 5

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 47% 57% 68% 55% 45% 59% 55% No 49 38 26 40 50 37 39 DK/NA 4 5 6 5 5 4 6

TREND: Would you support congestion pricing if the money were used to prevent an increase in mass transit fares and bridge and tunnel tolls?

                        Aug 30  Jul 26
                        2007    2007


Yes 57 58 No 38 36 DK/NA 5 6



14. The federal government has promised $354 million to New York City for transit improvements - but only if congestion pricing is adopted. Does this make you more likely to approve of congestion pricing or do you think this is federal meddling in a municipal decision.

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


More likely to approve 35% 31% 37% 34% 40% 27% 30% federal meddling 51 59 49 55 47 61 57 DK/NA 14 10 14 11 12 13 13

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More likely to approve 19% 31% 51% 34% 37% 38% 33% federal meddling 67 53 37 52 53 51 51 DK/NA 14 16 12 13 10 11 16



15. How much of a problem do you think traffic congestion is in New York City? A very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very serious 55% 50% 54% 61% 60% 50% 55% Smwht serious 34 37 34 30 32 34 32 Not too serious 8 10 8 7 5 10 10 Not a problem 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 DK/NA 2 3 3 1 2 4 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very serious 51% 58% 51% 57% 55% 52% 58% Smwht serious 33 31 41 31 30 37 31 Not too serious 14 8 4 8 8 8 8 Not a problem - 2 2 1 3 1 2 DK/NA 2 1 2 3 3 2 2

TREND: How much of a problem do you think traffic congestion is in New York City? A very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?

                        Aug 30  May 24  Jan 18
                        2007    2007    2007


Very serious 55 59 55 Smwht serious 34 31 34 Not very serious 8 7 6 Not at all 1 2 2 DK/NA 2 2 2