January 10, 2008 - NYC Voters Back Congestion Pricing, If It Helps Transit, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Strong Opposition To East River Bridge Tolls

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New York City voters oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal 58 - 37 percent, but they would support congestion pricing 60 - 37 percent if money from the plan is used to improve mass transit in and around the city, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Manhattan voters support congestion pricing in general 52 - 42 percent. Opposition in the other boroughs ranges from 58 - 36 percent in Queens to 74 - 22 percent in Staten Island.

Voter support for congestion pricing, if the money is used to improve transit, ranges from 51 - 47 percent in Staten Island to 70 - 27 percent in Manhattan, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

A total of 91 percent of New York City voters say traffic congestion is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in the city.

But by a 69 - 25 percent margin, voters oppose placing tolls on the free East River bridges as a way to reduce traffic. Even Manhattan voters oppose this measure 55 - 36 percent.

If they had to choose between congestion pricing or East River bridge tolls, voters prefer congestion pricing 43 - 35 percent, with 22 percent undecided.

"Traffic is a horrendous problem, New Yorkers agree. But they reject all the ideas that are being talked about to ease it. Voters remain firm in their opposition to congestion pricing, but they would support it if - IF - the money is used to improve mass transit, " said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"And when they dust off that old idea to toll the East River bridges - fuhgeddaboutit. That idea even makes congestion pricing look good," Carroll added.

New York City voters say 54 - 42 percent that congestion pricing would unfairly tax people who live outside of Manhattan. Manhattan voters disagree with that claim 57 - 38 percent.

Voters oppose 60 - 35 percent a proposal to reduce traffic by raising parking meter rates in Manhattan. Opposition ranges from 55 - 38 percent in Manhattan to 70 - 24 percent in The Bronx.

"For good measure, New Yorkers don't like another idea that's emanated from the Congestion Pricing Commission - raising parking meter charges," Carroll said.

From January 3 - 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,162 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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.

15. 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                 37%     38%     36%     39%     44%     28%     29%
Oppose                  58      59      59      53      50      66      69
DK/NA                    5       3       5       8       6       7       3
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Support                 30%     32%     52%     36%     22%     40%     34%
Oppose                  67      61      42      58      74      55      61
DK/NA                    3       7       6       5       4       5       6
 
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?
                        Jan 10  Nov 19  Aug 30  Jul 26
                        2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Support                 37      33      36      41
Oppose                  58      61      57      52
DK/NA                    5       6       8       6
 
 
16. Would you support congestion pricing if the money were used to improve mass transit in and around New York City?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     60%     56%     61%     63%     60%     55%     67%
No                      37      43      36      34      37      42      30
DK/NA                    3       1       3       3       3       3       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     57%     56%     70%     61%     51%     61%     59%
No                      39      42      27      36      47      37      37
DK/NA                    4       2       3       3       1       2       4
 
 
17. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - Congestion pricing would unfairly tax people who live outside of Manhattan.
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Agree                   54%     54%     53%     56%     51%     61%     55%
Disagree                42      41      44      39      44      34      43
DK/NA                    4       5       3       5       5       6       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Agree                   58%     60%     38%     56%     64%     53%     55%
Disagree                37      34      57      41      36      43      40
DK/NA                    5       6       4       3       1       4       5
 
 
TREND: Do you you agree or disagree with the following statement - Congestion pricing would unfairly tax people who live outside of Manhattan.
                        Jan 10  Nov 19  May 24  Jan 18
                        2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Agree                   54      54      59      57
Disagree                42      42      36      37
DK/NA                    4       4       5       7
 
 
18. 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?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Very serious            52%     48%     53%     53%     52%     53%     51%
Smwht serious           39      41      38      41      42      35      39
Not very serious         6       6       7       4       5       8       7
Not a problem at all     2       2       2       1       0       3       3
DK/NA                    1       3       1       1       1       1       1
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Very serious            58%     44%     52%     54%     60%     52%     52%
Smwht serious           36      45      41      35      34      40      39
Not very serious         5       8       4       7       6       7       6
Not a problem at all     -       2       2       2       -       1       2
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       -       0       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?
                        Jan 10  Nov 19  Aug 30  May 24  Jan 18
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Very serious            52      52      55      59      55
Smwht serious           39      35      34      31      34
Not very serious         6       9       8       7       6
Not at all               2       2       1       2       2
DK/NA                    1       2       2       2       2
 
 
19. A commission is considering recommending having tolls placed on the East River bridges to reduce traffic in New York City. Do you support or oppose having tolls placed on the East River bridges?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Support                 25%     24%     26%     25%     32%     18%     21%
Oppose                  69      69      67      68      62      75      71
DK/NA                    7       7       6       7       6       7       8
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Support                 20%     19%     36%     25%     23%     24%     25%
Oppose                  76      75      55      68      73      72      66
DK/NA                    4       7       9       7       3       4       9
 
 
20. If you had to choose between having tolls placed on the East River bridges or Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan, which would you prefer?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Tolls                   35%     35%     36%     33%     33%     38%     45%
Congestion pricing      43      43      42      46      48      35      37
DK/NA                   22      22      21      21      19      27      18
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Tolls                   41%     31%     33%     33%     49%     29%     40%
Congestion pricing      35      44      51      42      27      50      37
DK/NA                   24      25      15      25      24      22      23
 
 
21. The commission is also considering recommending raising parking meter rates in Manhattan to reduce traffic in New York City. Do you support or oppose raising parking meter rates in Manhattan?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Support                 35%     34%     34%     36%     40%     25%     31%
Oppose                  60      62      61      59      54      72      64
DK/NA                    5       4       5       5       6       3       6
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Support                 24%     36%     38%     37%     32%     38%     32%
Oppose                  70      59      55      59      67      59      62
DK/NA                    6       6       7       4       1       4       6