November 25, 2008 - City's In Bad Shape, But We Want Our Rebate, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Mayor's Approval Drops From Super-High To Very High

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New York City's budget problems are "very serious," 66 percent of voters say, and 28 percent say they are "somewhat serious," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But by a relatively small 52 - 43 percent margin, New York City voters oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to cancel a $400 property tax rebate. Homeowners want the money 54 - 44 percent, and renters agree 50 - 42 percent.

Despite a nine-point drop in his approval rating, Mayor Bloomberg has double-digit leads over two announced challengers, in an early look at the 2009 Mayoral race.

New York City voters approve 66 - 27 percent of the job Mayor Bloomberg is doing, down from a record high 75 - 20 percent approval in an October 21 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll. This is the first time in more than two years the Mayor's approval has dropped below 70 percent.

If the 2009 mayoral election were held today:
  • Bloomberg tops New York City Comptroller William Thompson 49 - 34 percent;
  • Bloomberg beats U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner 50 - 34 percent.
"New York City voters like Mayor Michael Bloomberg a little less, but still a lot," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "And even as Mayor Mike turns Scrooge and tries to cancel the $400 property tax rebate, he starts his third-term reelection drive with comfortable leads over his top two challengers so far."

"Because New Yorkers believe the City is in tough financial shape, opposition to the plan to cancel the $400 property tax rebate is less than one would expect. Voters seem to accept the fact that taxes will go up."

By a 72 - 25 percent margin, New York City voters favor restoration of the commuter tax on suburbanites who work in the City. Support is strong among all groups.

Placing tolls on the free East River crossings is a "bad idea," New York City voters say 68 - 28 percent. Even Manhattan voters oppose it 55 - 38 percent.

"Taxing the folks from the suburbs is a no-brainer for the voters who don't have to pay," Dr. Schwartz said. "Tolls on the East River crossings? 'Fuhgeddaboutit.'"

Voters believe 54 - 35 percent that budget problems are serious enough that it is necessary to raise taxes, and 54 - 38 percent that they are serious enough that service cuts will be necessary.

If taxes must be raised to balance the city budget, voter preferences are:
  • 44 percent for the sales tax;
  • 24 percent for the property tax;
  • 21 percent for the income tax.
If services must be cut to balance the city budget, voter preferences are:
  • 51 percent for culture and recreation;
  • 12 percent for social services;
  • 7 percent for police;
  • 6 percent for sanitation;
  • 3 percent for firefighters;
  • 3 percent for schools.
The Mayor leads Thompson 44 - 40 percent among Democrats, 63 - 19 percent among Republicans and 60 - 24 percent among independent voters. White voters back Bloomberg 60 - 22 percent, as do Hispanics 45 - 39 percent, while black voters go with Thompson 47 - 37 percent. The Mayor has double-digit leads in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island and leads 44 - 39 percent in Brooklyn and 46 - 39 percent in The Bronx.

Bloomberg leads Weiner 45 - 40 percent among Democrats, 67 - 17 percent among Republicans and 56 - 26 percent among independent voters. The Mayor leads 60 - 26 percent among white voters, and 42 - 39 percent among black voters, while Hispanic voters go 44 percent for Weiner and 42 percent for Bloomberg. The Mayor has double-digit leads in Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island and leads in Brooklyn 43 - 40 percent.

From November 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,594 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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 or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were Anthony Weiner the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Weiner               34%    17%    40%    26%    26%    39%    44%
Bloomberg            50     67     45     56     60     42     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      1      2      1      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                13     11     12     14     12     13     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Weiner               36%    40%    25%    37%    26%    33%    35%
Bloomberg            47     43     59     49     53     52     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      1      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      -      4      1      1
DK/NA                13     13     13     13     13     12     14
 
 
2. If the 2009 election for Mayor were being held today, and the candidates were William Thompson the Democrat and Michael Bloomberg the Independent, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Thompson             34%    19%    40%    24%    22%    47%    39%
Bloomberg            49     63     44     60     60     37     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      1      2      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      2      2      1
DK/NA                14     14     13     13     14     13     14
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Thompson             39%    39%    27%    32%    23%    34%    33%
Bloomberg            46     44     55     52     53     52     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                12     14     15     13     18     11     16
 
 
3. Is your opinion of -- Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            61%    70%    59%    66%    71%    55%    56%
Unfavorable          31     25     33     26     25     37     33
Hvn't hrd enough      4      4      5      4      2      5      7
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      2      3      4
 
 
4. Is your opinion of -- Anthony Weiner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            31%    24%    34%    29%    37%    24%    28%
Unfavorable          10     18      7     12     14      8      5
Hvn't hrd enough     57     56     57     57     47     63     67
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      4      1
 
 
5. Is your opinion of -- William Thompson favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Favorable            25%    18%    28%    22%    20%    39%    21%
Unfavorable           4      9      3      3      5      3      2
Hvn't hrd enough     70     71     68     74     73     56     77
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      2      2      -
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              66%    74%    63%    73%    73%    62%    59%
Disapprove           27     22     29     22     21     28     32
DK/NA                 7      4      8      5      6      9      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              62%    61%    74%    67%    63%    69%    63%
Disapprove           30     33     20     24     31     26     28
DK/NA                 8      6      7      9      7      5      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? * also 75% on 10/03/08, 3/12/08, 1/16/07 & 11/17/05
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 21  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Oct 21  Jul 2
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008*   2003
 
Approve              66      75      75      71      70      75     31
Disapprove           27      20      19      22      22      19     60
DK/NA                 7       6       6       6       8       6      8
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              62%    77%    60%    62%    75%    48%    55%
Disapprove           23     12     25     21     10     38     27
DK/NA                16     10     15     17     15     14     19
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              44%    60%    66%    67%    74%    67%    58%
Disapprove           32     26     16     21     17     22     23
DK/NA                23     14     18     12     10     11     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? * also 70% on 2/3/06
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7&8 Mar 13  Mar 9   Jan 16
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2006 *  2007
 
Approve              62      61      60      59      62      70      52
Disapprove           23      25      27      30      28      17      34
DK/NA                16      14      13      11      10      13      14
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              43%    47%    43%    43%    42%    46%    46%
Disapprove           35     32     36     33     32     41     31
DK/NA                22     21     21     23     26     13     23
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              50%    37%    45%    45%    44%    50%    38%
Disapprove           33     40     29     36     32     30     38
DK/NA                17     23     27     19     24     20     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Mar 13  Feb 26  Mar 15
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2003    2007
 
Approve              43      42      44      37      40      46      33
Disapprove           35      38      37      41      39      27      43
DK/NA                22      20      19      22      21      28      24
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              43%    31%    46%    41%    44%    43%    38%
Disapprove           17     27     16     17     15     20     19
DK/NA                40     43     38     42     40     37     43
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    40%    43%    45%    43%    42%    44%
Disapprove           14     21     15     15     21     19     16
DK/NA                41     39     42     39     36     39     41
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Mar 13  Oct 3   Feb 26
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2003
 
Approve              43      49      45      48      45      49      34
Disapprove           17      16      17      18      18      16      17
DK/NA                40      35      38      33      37      35      49
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              40%    36%    42%    37%    44%    33%    39%
Disapprove           29     33     28     32     27     38     25
DK/NA                31     31     30     31     29     28     36
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              32%    39%    43%    43%    35%    39%    40%
Disapprove           35     30     25     30     29     34     26
DK/NA                33     31     32     27     36     27     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Mar 13  Mar 14  Nov 25
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2008
 
Approve              40      48      44      43      48      51      40
Disapprove           29      22      25      30      15      12      29
DK/NA                31      29      31      27      37      37      31
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              48%    42%    50%    46%    43%    62%    43%
Disapprove           12     18     11     12      9     13     14
DK/NA                40     39     39     43     47     25     43
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    47%    48%    50%    43%    53%    43%
Disapprove           14     14      6     13     16     11     13
DK/NA                41     39     45     36     41     35     44
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Mar 13  Oct 3   Feb 26
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2003
 
Approve              48      53      51      51      44      53      35
Disapprove           12      13      13      16      11      13      13
DK/NA                40      34      36      33      46      34      52
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the city council is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              41%    42%    42%    39%    42%    38%    42%
Disapprove           41     40     41     40     37     49     37
DK/NA                19     18     18     21     21     13     21
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              35%    38%    41%    44%    51%    40%    42%
Disapprove           48     42     35     42     32     45     37
DK/NA                17     20     23     15     17     16     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the city council is handling its job? * also 50% on 3/13/08
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Nov 25  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 7   Mar 13  Oct 3   Nov 25
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2008*   2008
 
Approve              41      50      43      47      50      50      41
Disapprove           41      31      38      38      29      31      41
DK/NA                19      18      18      16      21      18      19
 
 
13. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very satisfied        6%     6%     6%     8%     9%     4%     2%
Smwht satisfied      42     52     40     45     51     35     38
Smwht dissatisfied   32     24     34     31     27     39     36
Very dissatisfied    18     18     19     16     13     22     24
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        4%     5%     9%     5%     4%     8%     5%
Smwht satisfied      37     38     52     42     39     47     38
Smwht dissatisfied   30     36     28     34     35     33     32
Very dissatisfied    29     20     10     18     20     12     24
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Nov 25  Oct 21  Oct 3   Jul 16  May 8   Nov 19  Apr 12
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2006
 
Very satisfied        6      14      12       9       8      12      12
Smwht satisfied      42      46      48      48      47      53      56
Smwht dissatisfied   32      24      23      26      28      22      22
Very dissatisfied    18      14      16      15      16      11       9
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       -       2       1
 
 
14. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today?
                                   Tot
 
Economy Total                      53%
 Economy general                   20
 Unemployment/Jobs                 21
 Stock market                       3
 Minimum wage too low               1
 Cost of living                     5
 Business leaving/Outsourcing       1
 Housing market/Real estate values  1
 Foreclosures/
 Mortgage crisis                    1
 
Budget Total                       10%
 Budget general                     3
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services       2
 Budget deficits                    3
 Budget priorities                  1
 Budget other                       1
 
Education Total                     7%
 Education general                  3
 Funding education                  3
 Education other                    1
 
Mass Transit Total                  7%
 Quality mass transit
  /Public transport                 6
 Highway traffic/congestion         1
 
Housing Total                       4%
 Housing general                    1
 Housing Costs/Availability         2
 Rent control/Stabilization         1
 
Taxes Total                         3%
 Taxes general                      2
 Property tax                       1
 
Crime Total                         3%
 Crime/Violence general             3
 
Police Total                        2%
 Police general                     1
 Police brutality/Racism            1
 
Poverty/Homeless                    1%
 
Healthcare Total                    1%
 Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's         1
 
Politicians Total                   1%
 Mayor/Cityleadership               1
 
Quality of life                     1%
Terrorism general                   1%
 
Other                               2%
DK/NA                               2%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today?
                                    Nov 25   Jul 26  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 8   Feb 2
                                    2008     2006    2006    2006    2006    2006
 
Budget/Spending Total               10%       1%      2%      2%      1%      1%
 Budget general                      3        1       1       1       1       1
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services        2        -       1       -       -       -
 Budget deficits                     3        -       -       -       -       -
 Budget priorities                   1        -       -       1       -       -
 Budget other                        1        -       -       -       -       -
 
Crime Total                          3%      10%     12%     11%     12%     11%
 Crime/Violence general              3        9      10       8      10       9
 
Economy Total                       53%      11%     11%     14%     11%     15%
 Economy general                    20        2       3       3       1       3
 Unemployment/jobs                  21        4       4       5       5       7
 Stock market                        3        -       -       -       -       -
 Minimum wage too low                1        -       -       -       -       1
 Cost of living                      5        5       4       6       5       4
 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing      1        -       -       -       -       -
 Housing mrkt/Real estate values     1
 Forclosures/Mtg crisis              1
 
Education Total                      7%      16%     19%     24%     25%     25%
 Education general                   3       11      15      19      20      20
 Funding education                   3        2       2       2       3       3
 Education other                     1        1       -       1       -       -
 
Healthcare Total                     1%       2%      1%      1%      2%      1%
 Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMO's    1        2       1       1       2       1
 
Housing Total                        4%       9%     12%     10%     10%     11%
 Housing general                     1        -       1       1       2       3
 Housing Costs/Availability          2        8      11       8       8       7
 Rent control/Stabilization          1        1       -       1       -       1
 
Police Total                         2%       2%      1%      1%      1%      -
 Police general                      1        1       1       1       1       -
 Police brutality/Racism             1        1       -       -       -       -
 
Politicians/Campaigns Total          1%       2%      2%      -       3%      -
 Mayor/City leadership               1        1       1       -       1       -
 
Poverty/Homeless                     1%       2%      1       2       3       3
Quality of life                      1%       1       -       -       -       -
 
Taxes Total                          3%       2%      2%      3%      3%      3%
 Taxes general                       2        1       2       2       2       2
 Property tax                        1        1       -       1       1       1
 
Terrorism/Security Total             1%      12%     10%      6%      6%      6%
 Terrorism general                   1        8       6       3       3       3
 Security/Safety                     -        4       4       3       3       3
 
Transportation Total                 7%       9%      2%      3%      3%      4%
 Better mass trans/Public trans      6        3       2       1       1       2
 Traffic congestion (roads/highways) 1        4       -       1       -       1
 
Other                                2        3       5       5       6       6
DK/NA                                2        3       4       6       5       5
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              51%    59%    49%    58%    64%    41%    42%
Disapprove           38     31     40     32     26     50     45
DK/NA                11     10     11      9     11      9     13
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    45%    62%    54%    53%    59%    45%
Disapprove           49     46     25     34     38     33     42
DK/NA                10      9     13     12      9      8     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                     Nov 25  Oct 22  Sep 9   May 7   Feb 26  Nov 21  Jul 17
                     2008    2003    2003    2003    2003    2002    2002
 
Approve              51%     36      33      28      35      34      47
Disapprove           38      51      59      63      54      53      32
DK/NA                11      13       8       9      10      14      21
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Approve              45%    49%    44%    49%    57%    34%    35%
Disapprove           44     43     45     39     32     54     53
DK/NA                11      7     11     12     11     13     12
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              35%    40%    57%    47%    44%    50%    41%
Disapprove           54     49     29     43     51     41     46
DK/NA                11     11     15     11      5      9     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling taxes?
                     Nov 25  Oct 22  May 7   Feb 26
                     2008    2003    2003    2003
 
Approve              45      28      26      32
Disapprove           44      61      67      59
DK/NA                11      11       7       8
 
 
20. Would you describe the state of New York City's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      -      -      -
Good                 12     18     11     13     17      9     10
Not so good          56     54     57     59     56     55     59
Poor                 30     25     32     26     26     35     30
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      -      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      0%     0%     0%     -      -      0%
Good                 11     11     14     11     18     16      9
Not so good          52     55     57     61     55     58     55
Poor                 36     33     27     28     27     25     35
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York City's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27
                     2008    2003    2003
 
Excellent             -       -       1
Good                 12      10      13
Not so good          56      45      52
Poor                 30      44      34
DK/NA                 1       1       1
 
 
21. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York City will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Get better           24%    23%    26%    19%    16%    31%    38%
Get worse            45     41     45     47     56     38     29
Stay the same        26     28     25     29     24     27     29
DK/NA                 5      8      4      5      4      4      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Get better           35%    25%    16%    25%    25%    20%    27%
Get worse            34     43     57     46     35     49     42
Stay the same        26     26     23     26     33     26     26
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      8      5      5
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York City will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27
                     2008    2003    2003
 
Get better           24      23      25
Get worse            45      35      32
Stay the same        26      38      38
DK/NA                 5       4       4
 
 
22. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer: Raising taxes or Cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Raising taxes        48%    22%    53%    44%    43%    56%    49%
Cutting services     37     67     30     43     44     29     30
DK/NA                15     11     16     13     13     15     21
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        52%    50%    53%    42%    29%    45%    50%
Cutting services     29     35     35     43     53     44     32
DK/NA                18     16     12     15     18     12     18
 
 
23. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, which city tax do you think should be increased: Personal income tax, Sales tax or Property tax ?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Income tax           21%    15%    23%    20%    23%    22%    20%
Sales tax            44     56     41     44     41     49     44
Property tax         24     17     25     27     26     22     20
DK/NA                11     12     10      9     10      7     15
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Income tax           23%    20%    22%    23%    17%    24%    19%
Sales tax            46     45     33     50     50     40     47
Property tax         20     23     36     18     23     29     21
DK/NA                11     13      9      8     11      7     14
 
24. How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very serious         66%    56%    67%    66%    57%    75%    72%
Smwht serious        28     37     28     28     37     20     22
Not too serious       3      5      4      2      3      3      4
Not at all serious    1      -      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         71%    64%    63%    69%    57%    63%    68%
Smwht serious        25     29     30     27     36     31     27
Not too serious       1      5      5      2      4      5      2
Not at all serious    1      1      -      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      2      2      2
 
TREND: How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, not at all serious?
                     Nov 25  May 7   Feb 27  Nov 21  Jul 17
                     2008    2003    2003    2002    2002
 
Very serious         66%     68      63      60      46
Smwht serious        28      24      29      29      41
Not too serious       3       4       5       7       9
Not at all serious    1       1       1       2       1
DK/NA                 2       3       2       2       3
 
 
25. Do you believe that New York City's budget problems are serious enough that it is necessary to have a tax increase?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  54%    35%    59%    51%    53%    56%    55%
No                   35     59     31     35     36     36     34
DK/NA                11      6     10     14     11      8     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  56%    55%    58%    55%    31%    53%    55%
No                   33     36     28     37     54     38     33
DK/NA                12      8     14      8     15      9     12
 
 
26. Do you believe that New York City's budget problems are serious enough that it is necessary to cut some city services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  54%    65%    52%    59%    67%    46%    40%
No                   38     27     41     34     26     46     50
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      7      8     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  48%    52%    55%    57%    62%    62%    48%
No                   42     42     35     36     33     32     43
DK/NA                10      6     10      8      6      6      9
 
 
27. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, where do you think city spending should be decreased - public schools, police, firefighters, sanitation, social services or culture and recreation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Public schools        3%     6%     3%     3%     4%     4%     1%
Police                7      4      8      6      5      8     11
Firefighters          3      3      3      2      2      4      2
Sanitation            6      3      7      6      6      6      7
Social services      12     19     11     15     14     10     12
Culture/recreation   51     51     50     53     54     49     44
DK/NA                18     12     19     15     15     19     23
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Public schools        2%     3%     4%     3%     3%     4%     2%
Police               11      5     11      3     11      9      6
Firefighters          4      4      2      1      2      3      2
Sanitation            5      6      4     10      7      6      6
Social services      11     11     13     15     13     15     10
Culture/recreation   40     53     48     55     57     47     53
DK/NA                27     19     18     13      7     15     20
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, where do you think city spending should be decreased - public schools, police, firefighters, sanitation, social services or culture and recreation?
                     Nov 25   May 7
                     2008     2003
 
Public schools        3%       4
Police                7        6
Firefighters          3        2
Sanitation            6        8
Social services      12       14
Culture/recreation   51       42
DK/NA                18       24
 
 
28. Do you think that New York State suburban residents who work in New York City should pay a New York City income tax to help cover the cost of city services or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  72%    57%    74%    74%    71%    73%    75%
No                   25     38     24     24     27     24     21
DK/NA                 3      5      3      2      2      3      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  78%    70%    70%    73%    68%    74%    70%
No                   19     28     25     26     29     24     26
DK/NA                 2      3      5      1      3      2      4
 
TREND: Do you think that New York State suburban residents who work in New York City should pay a New York City income tax to help cover the cost of city services or not?
                     Nov 25  Feb 27
                     2008    2003
 
Yes                  72%     73
No                   25      25
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
29. Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the free East River bridges. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Good idea            28%    23%    29%    28%    33%    24%    23%
Bad idea             68     73     67     69     63     73     72
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      4      2      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            28%    21%    38%    25%    38%    27%    29%
Bad idea             71     75     55     73     58     71     66
DK/NA                 1      4      8      2      4      2      5
 
TREND: Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the free East River bridges. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Nov 25  Jan 18  Feb 27  Mar 28
                     2008    2007    2003    2002
 
Good idea            28      17      31      19
Bad idea             68      78      65      76
DK/NA                 4       5       4       6
 
 
30. To help with New York City's budget problems, there is a proposal to cancel a $400 property tax rebate mailed to homeowners at about this time every year. Do you support or oppose this proposal to cancel a $400 property tax rebate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Support              43%    37%    43%    47%    56%    33%    36%
Oppose               52     58     52     48     41     63     54
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      3      4     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              35%    42%    56%    38%    31%    46%    40%
Oppose               59     54     36     57     65     50     54
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      4      4      6
 
                     HOME
                     OWNERS Renters
 
Support              44%    42%
Oppose               54     50
DK/NA                 2      7