July 29, 2009 - New York City Voters Like Car-Free Times Square, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bloomberg Gets Almost 2-1 Backing To Run Schools

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Banning cars on Broadway, creating a pedestrian mall from Times Square to Herald Square is a good idea, New York City voters say 58 - 34 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Support ranges from 66 - 27 percent among Manhattan voters to 50 - 44 percent among Bronx voters.

By a smaller 48 - 46 percent margin, voters say the city should create more pedestrian malls. But voters say 57 - 38 percent that they don't want such a mall in their neighborhood, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The two-month experiment has attracted 44 percent of New Yorkers, who say they've spent time on Times Square.

Looking at other transit issues:
  • 52 percent of New York City voters say subway service is "excellent" or "good;"
  • 56 percent say bus service is "excellent" or "good."
Mass transit has gotten better in the last five years, 25 percent of voters say, while 20 percent say it has gotten worse and 50 percent see no change. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority does an "excellent" or "good" job notifying riders of service interruptions, 41 percent of voters say, while 54 percent say "not so good" or "poor."

"Times Square with lawn chairs instead of cars is a nice idea, most New Yorkers say, but NIMBY," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway and bus service gets passing grades from most New Yorkers. Ever listen to a public announcement in a subway station? Ever understand it? Most New Yorkers think the MTA should do better telling us about service delays."

New York City voters say 70 - 26 percent that recent MTA fare hikes are not justified. But voters oppose two possible ways to limit future fare hikes:
  • 67 - 27 percent against placing tolls on free East River bridges;
  • 55 - 40 percent against congestion pricing. Opposition among mass transit users is 50 - 46 percent.
Getting to work, 23 percent of New Yorkers drive; 25 percent use subways; 11 percent take the bus; 14 percent use a subway/bus combination and 6 percent take a commuter train.

Even as the MTA announced that the 2nd Avenue Subway would be delayed, 78 percent of New Yorkers are "not too confident" or "not confident at all" that it will be built on time.

And 64 percent of voters are "not too confident" or "not confident" at all that the extension of the Number 7 subway line to the West Side will be built on time.

"When we started this poll, it seemed a good idea to ask if New Yorkers were confident the 2nd Avenue subway would be built on time. Then the MTA gave us the official answer: No," Carroll said. "We haven't heard from the MTA yet, but we have the public judgment on the Number 7 extension's chance of finishing on time. Again: No."

Control of the Schools

New York City voters approve 57 - 30 percent of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's handling of public schools and say 56 - 24 percent that the Mayor's takeover of the schools has been a success. These are Bloomberg's highest scores on both questions.

Voters say 57 - 30 percent that the Mayor should maintain control of the public schools, also the strongest support so far. Support ranges from 50 - 33 percent in Brooklyn to 65 - 24 percent in Manhattan. Black voters back mayoral control 48 - 39 percent, while white voters back Bloomberg's bid 63 - 25 percent and Hispanic voters back the Mayor 61 - 30 percent.

"The biggest opponents of mayoral control of the schools are state senators from Manhattan and Brooklyn, but two-thirds of Manhattan voters and more than 50 percent of Brooklyn voters say let the Mayor do it," Carroll said.

From July 21 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,290 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.

23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Approve              57%    62%    58%    58%    59%    55%    59%    55%
Disapprove           30     21     31     29     26     35     30     39
DK/NA                13     17     11     13     15     10     11      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              62%    49%    65%    58%    50%    64%    52%
Disapprove           30     34     24     28     40     27     32
DK/NA                 8     17     12     14     10      9     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 29  Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jul 29  May 7   May 7
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2003    2003
 
Approve              57      51      47      50      57      35      35
Disapprove           30      37      40      39      30      52      52
DK/NA                13      12      13      11      13      12      12
 
 
24. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Success              56%    55%    57%    57%    58%    54%    57%    56%
Failure              24     22     24     24     21     27     25     33
DK/NA                20     24     19     19     21     20     18     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Success              58%    48%    62%    60%    49%    62%    51%
Failure              27     25     20     22     35     22     26
DK/NA                15     27     18     18     16     16     23
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg's take-over of the public schools has been a success or failure?
                                                             SUCCESS.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 29  Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28  Jul 29  Mar 15
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2007
 
Success              56      49      46      50      47      56      39
Failure              24      29      33      31      31      24      34
DK/NA                20      22      22      19      22      20      27
 
 
25. Mayoral control of the public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think mayoral control of the public schools should continue or not?
                                                                      HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   PubSch
 
Continue             57%    62%    56%    61%    63%    48%    61%    52%
Stop                 30     24     32     29     25     39     30     38
DK/NA                12     14     12     10     12     13      9     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Continue             61%    50%    65%    57%    54%    64%    52%
Stop                 33     33     24     30     36     28     32
DK/NA                 6     16     11     13     10      8     16
 
TREND: Mayoral control of the public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think mayoral control of the public schools should continue or not?
                     Jul 29  Jun 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Continue             57      56      52      55      56
Stop                 30      32      37      35      34
DK/NA                12      12      12       9      10
 
 
26. How would you rate the quality of subway service in New York City - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Excellent             5%     8%     4%     5%     7%     3%     4%     5%
Good                 47     46     47     51     55     41     37     48
Not so good          26     23     27     24     22     33     26     28
Poor                 14      9     15     12      6     17     28     17
DK/NA                 8     14      6      8     10      7      5      1
 
                                                                      Sbway
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom    UsersQ31
 
Excellent             2%     6%     5%     5%     6%     5%     5%     6%
Good                 41     45     52     51     47     53     43     47
Not so good          28     28     24     24     19     23     27     28
Poor                 19     16     13     11     10     13     15     19
DK/NA                 9      5      6      9     18      6      9      -
 
 
27. How would you rate the quality of bus service in New York City - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Excellent             6%     4%     7%     6%     7%     6%     7%     7%
Good                 50     53     51     50     52     48     44     49
Not so good          22     21     23     18     20     26     25     26
Poor                 10      5     10     12      6     13     16     12
DK/NA                11     17      9     14     14      7      8      6
 
                                                                      Bus
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom    UsersQ31
 
Excellent             7%     4%     9%     7%     4%     7%     6%     8%
Good                 52     47     53     53     42     51     50     49
Not so good          20     25     22     18     28     19     24     28
Poor                 13     11      8     10     10     10     10     13
DK/NA                 8     14      8     11     17     13     10      1
 
 
28. How would you rate the quality of Long Island Railroad and Metro North commuter train service in New York City - excellent, good, not so good, or poor? (* n less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting the findings of this group because of the large margin of error.)
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Excellent             6%     5%     6%     7%     6%     7%    10%     7%
Good                 38     37     43     33     37     40     40     42
Not so good           7      8      6      9      7      6     10      8
Poor                  2      1      2      3      2      2      3      3
DK/NA                46     49     44     48     48     44     37     41
 
                                                                      Rail*
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom    UsersQ31
 
Excellent             7%     6%     5%     9%     1%     7%     6%    17%
Good                 39     28     48     44     28     38     39     40
Not so good           4      8      7      8      7      8      6     14
Poor                  2      2      2      3      -      3      2      2
DK/NA                47     56     37     37     65     44     48     27
 
 
29. Compared to 5 years ago, do you think transit service in New York City has gotten better, worse, or stayed about the same?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Better               25%    25%    24%    27%    25%    24%    27%    24%
Worse                20     13     21     21     16     23     22     24
Stayed about same    50     53     50     45     53     46     49     49
DK/NA                 5      9      4      7      6      7      1      2
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Better               21%    19%    27%    32%    25%    26%    23%
Worse                24     21     19     19     14     19     21
Stayed about same    47     55     50     44     52     50     49
DK/NA                 7      5      4      5      9      4      6
 
 
30. (If Worse q29) Who do you blame more - the MTA or the state legislature?
                     WORSE Q29......
                            PubTrnst
                     Tot    UsersQ31
 
MTA                  56%    59%
Legislature          21     19
BOTH EQUALLY(VOL)    17     16
DK/NA                 6      7
 
 
31. How do you get to work? Do you take a subway, bus, commuter train or drive?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Subway               25%    15%    27%    22%    27%    18%    25%
Bus                  11      9     12     10      7     12     20
Commuter train        6      3      7      5      3      7     10
Drive                23     40     18     27     23     28     16
SUBWAY&BUS(VOL)      14      8     17     14     11     19     15
DK/NA                21     25     20     23     29     16     13
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Subway               15%    31%    35%    19%     7%    28%    23%
Bus                  14      8     13      9     12     10     11
Commuter train        4      6      6      6      6      6      5
Drive                32     20     10     31     38     27     20
SUBWAY&BUS(VOL)      17     15     13     14     11     12     16
DK/NA                18     21     23     21     27     18     24
 
 
32. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has raised fares for subways, buses and commuter trains. Do you think this was justified or not justified?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Justified            26%    27%    26%    25%    38%    14%    13%    25%
Not justified        70     66     71     70     57     81     83     71
DK/NA                 4      7      3      6      5      5      4      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Justified            18%    21%    33%    29%    28%    31%    22%
Not justified        77     74     61     69     70     66     73
DK/NA                 6      5      6      2      2      4      5
 
 
33. In order to limit future fare increases, would you support or oppose placing tolls on the free East River bridges?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Support              27%    19%    30%    26%    37%    16%    21%    32%
Oppose               67     78     63     68     58     76     73     62
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      4      8      6      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              19%    24%    43%    19%    36%    26%    28%
Oppose               77     69     53     74     56     70     64
DK/NA                 4      7      4      7      9      4      8
 
 
34. In order to limit future fare increases, would you support or oppose congestion pricing, where car and truck drivers are charged a fee for entering certain areas of Manhattan?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Support              40%    23%    43%    44%    43%    31%    40%    46%
Oppose               55     72     52     53     52     62     56     50
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      5      7      3      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              29%    38%    55%    36%    37%    41%    39%
Oppose               67     56     42     59     55     56     54
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      8      3      7
 
 
35. How would you rate the job the MTA does in letting people know about service interruptions - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Excellent             5%     8%     5%     3%     5%     5%     6%     6%
Good                 36     40     36     31     37     35     35     39
Not so good          33     30     34     37     34     32     32     31
Poor                 21     10     21     23     18     22     25     23
DK/NA                 5     11      4      6      7      5      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent             3%     5%     5%     6%     7%     7%     3%
Good                 36     40     30     37     35     39     33
Not so good          34     29     38     32     31     29     36
Poor                 22     22     23     19     14     20     22
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6     13      5      6
 
 
36. How confident are you that the 2nd Avenue subway line will be completed on time - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Very confident        2%     2%     2%     2%     1%     3%     3%     3%
Smwht confident      12      9     14     13      9     13     19     13
Not too confident    33     35     33     30     33     32     35     32
Not confident at all 45     43     44     48     51     41     39     46
DK/NA                 8     11      6      8      6     11      4      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very confident        2%     2%     2%     2%     4%     4%     1%
Smwht confident      15     13     11     10     12     12     12
Not too confident    29     34     31     35     32     30     35
Not confident at all 46     41     51     44     41     47     44
DK/NA                 8     10      4      8     12      7      9
 
 
37. How confident are you that the Number 7 subway line extension will be completed on time - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Very confident        3%     4%     3%     3%     2%     4%     5%     4%
Smwht confident      21     14     23     18     18     21     27     21
Not too confident    32     33     31     32     32     30     32     31
Not confident at all 32     31     32     32     35     30     27     33
DK/NA                13     18     11     13     14     15      9     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very confident        3%     2%     3%     4%     3%     5%     1%
Smwht confident      20     21     17     23     23     20     21
Not too confident    33     33     30     31     29     32     31
Not confident at all 32     30     37     29     27     32     31
DK/NA                12     14     13     12     19     11     15
 
 
38. As you may know, New York City recently banned cars, trucks and buses on Broadway from Times Square to Herald Square, making that section of Broadway a pedestrian mall. Do you think this was a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Good idea            58%    43%    62%    58%    58%    57%    62%    62%
Bad idea             34     47     31     35     35     34     31     31
DK/NA                 8     10      7      7      8      9      7      7
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            50%    58%    66%    56%    59%    60%    57%
Bad idea             44     32     27     35     36     34     33
DK/NA                 6      9      8      9      6      6     10
 
 
39. Do you think New York City should create more such pedestrian malls around the city or not?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Yes                  48%    29%    52%    50%    49%    47%    49%    50%
No                   46     63     43     43     45     47     46     46
DK/NA                 6      8      5      7      6      6      5      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  45%    47%    56%    43%    46%    49%    47%
No                   48     45     39     52     48     44     48
DK/NA                 6      8      5      5      6      7      6
 
 
40. Would you like a pedestrian mall in your neighborhood?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Yes                  38%    28%    42%    36%    39%    35%    42%    42%
No                   57     68     53     61     57     59     52     55
DK/NA                 5      4      5      3      4      5      6      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  38%    40%    46%    31%    29%    38%    38%
No                   57     56     51     64     63     59     56
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      8      3      6
 
 
41. Have you spent any time on the Broadway pedestrian mall?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
Yes                  44%    40%    45%    43%    42%    41%    48%    54%
No                   55     60     54     56     57     58     50     45
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      2      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  38%    41%    57%    41%    41%    47%    42%
No                   62     58     43     58     57     53     57
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
42. Which comes closer to your point of view - closing Broadway was a good way to reduce the number of cars in the area and give people more room to walk around, or, closing Broadway was a waste of tax dollars and creates more traffic?
                                                                      PubTrnst
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   UsersQ31
 
More room            58%    43%    63%    55%    58%    59%    56%    62%
Waste of taxes       35     49     31     37     36     34     35     33
DK/NA                 7      8      6      7      7      7      9      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
More room            51%    57%    65%    58%    58%    61%    56%
Waste of taxes       42     37     28     35     34     34     36
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      8      6      8