November 27, 2007 - New Yorkers Like Pope And Welcome His Visit, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Many Would Like To Attend Yankee Stadium Mass

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New York City voters say 70 - 15 percent that Pope Benedict XVI's planned visit is good for the city, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Catholics agree 88 - 9 percent.

Nine percent of New York City voters have a "very favorable" opinion of Pope Benedict, while 47 percent have a "favorable" opinion, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Another 16 percent have an "unfavorable" opinion, and 7 percent say "very unfavorable."

Voters approve 36 - 24 percent, with 41 percent undecided, of the job the Pope is doing. Catholics approve 62 - 22 percent.

And 29 percent of New Yorkers, including 60 percent of Catholics, would like to attend the Pope's mass at Yankee Stadium.

"Welcome, Your Holiness. Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers applaud the Pope's plans to visit the city," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Most New Yorkers don't know Pope Benedict XVI as well as they knew his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, so his favorability and approval are just OK. Maybe that will change in April.

"As the song says, 'If you can make it here...'"

From November 13 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,007 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 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.

30. As you may know, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to visit New York City in April of 2008. Do you think this is a good thing for the city or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Good thing 70% 78% 69% 67% 71% 70% 68% Not a good thing 15 13 15 19 14 16 15 DK/NA 15 8 16 14 14 14 17

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Good thing 69% 70% 66% 71% 81% 72% 69% Not a good thing 13 14 21 14 14 14 16 DK/NA 18 16 14 15 5 14 15

CATHOLIC............................... ATTEND SERVICES Tot Men Women Weekly

Good thing 88% 92% 85% 91% Not a good thing 9 5 12 6 DK/NA 3 4 3 2



31. Is your opinion of Pope Benedict XVI very favorable, favorable, unfavorable, or very unfavorable?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very favorable 9% 17% 8% 8% 9% 9% 10% Favorable 47 54 46 44 42 54 53 Unfavorable 16 11 18 14 18 10 16 Very unfavorable 7 3 7 6 8 6 6 DK/NA 21 15 20 28 24 20 15

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very favorable 11% 10% 5% 8% 19% 8% 10% Favorable 51 46 36 53 64 52 43 Unfavorable 10 12 26 16 5 15 16 Very unfavorable 7 6 9 7 2 7 7 DK/NA 21 26 25 16 10 18 24

CATHOLIC............................... ATTEND SERVICES Tot Men Women Weekly

Very favorable 19% 17% 20% 25% Favorable 63 69 58 64 Unfavorable 10 6 13 6 Very unfavorable 1 2 1 1 DK/NA 7 6 8 5



32. Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Pope Benedict is doing as leader of the Catholic Church?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Approve 36% 57% 32% 30% 38% 31% 37% Disapprove 24 13 25 29 25 16 35 DK/NA 41 30 43 42 38 52 28

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 39% 35% 23% 39% 65% 37% 35% Disapprove 20 21 36 23 8 25 23 DK/NA 42 44 41 39 27 39 43

CATHOLIC............................... ATTEND SERVICES Tot Men Women Weekly

Approve 62% 63% 62% 73% Disapprove 22 22 22 16 DK/NA 16 15 16 11



33. While he is in New York City, Pope Benedict is expected to conduct mass in Yankee Stadium. Would you like to attend this service?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 29% 34% 29% 25% 24% 30% 41% No 66 65 65 69 73 63 55 DK/NA 5 1 6 6 4 8 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 31% 29% 20% 33% 40% 27% 31% No 61 66 78 61 58 68 65 DK/NA 8 5 2 6 2 6 4

CATHOLIC............................... ATTEND SERVICES Tot Men Women Weekly

Yes 60% 58% 61% 70% No 38 38 38 28 DK/NA 2 4 1 2