August 27, 2009 - New Yorkers Don't Believe Gound Zero Promises, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Free Crosstown Buses A Good Idea, Voters Say

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By margins of up to 2-1, New York City voters do not believe projections by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey that key redevelopment targets at Ground Zero will be met, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

A total of 40 percent of New York City voters say redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is going "very well" or "somewhat well," while 53 percent say "somewhat badly" or "very badly," the highest negative score since the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll began asking this question in 2002.

A total of 63 percent of Manhattan voters say the work is going "somewhat badly" or "very badly." Bronx voters give the most favorable score, with 49 percent saying "very well" or "somewhat well."

Asking New Yorkers about specific target dates, the survey finds:
  • 61 - 28 percent do not believe that the first phase of the 9/11 Memorial will be ready by September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attack;
  • 63 - 25 percent do not believe that the Freedom Tower will be built by December 2013;
  • 47 - 41 percent do not believe that the World Trade Center Transit Hub will be ready by June, 2014.
While voters in all five boroughs are skeptical, the overall disbelief is strongest in Manhattan and Staten Island and lowest in Brooklyn.

"Do New Yorkers believe anything the Port Authority tells them? The answer is 'no.' It's just a matter of degree," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They don't expect to have any part of Ground Zero ready by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack."

"We're getting fed up with the continual lack of progress at Ground Zero. And we think it's important that there be some signs of movement this year," Carroll added.

Visible progress this year in the development of Ground Zero is "very important" or "somewhat important," 77 percent of voters say.

And 25 percent say the pace of development makes them "ashamed" to be New Yorkers, while 18 percent say "proud" and 55 percent say they don't feel proud or ashamed. This is the highest number of New Yorkers who say they are "ashamed" since the question was first asked in 2006.

Free Cross-town Buses

Allowing people to ride cross-town Manhattan buses for free is a good idea, New York City voters say 69 - 25 percent. Support is strong across the political spectrum and in every borough, ranging from 65 - 27 percent in The Bronx to 72 - 21 percent in Manhattan.

While they like the idea, voters say 60 - 30 percent that it was a campaign promise to help Mayor Michael Bloomberg win reelection, rather than a sincere proposal. This sentiment is shared by Republicans, Democrats and independent voters.

"New Yorkers, even New Yorkers who don't live in Manhattan, like Mayor Mike's idea of free cross-town buses," Carroll said. "Of course, they know it's reelection time and they are a little skeptical of Mayor Bloomberg's motives in making the free bus proposal."

From August 18 - 24, 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.

26. What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going - would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very well             8%     8%     9%     7%     6%     8%    14%
Somewhat well        32     27     36     29     25     40     41
Somewhat badly       28     31     26     32     33     23     25
Very badly           25     28     22     27     30     19     15
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      5     10      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very well             7%     8%     8%     8%     6%     7%     8%
Somewhat well        42     33     26     30     37     27     36
Somewhat badly       26     25     30     31     32     29     28
Very badly           17     25     33     24     18     31     19
DK/NA                 8     10      3      7      6      5      8
 
TREND: What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going? Would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly? (*Low also 40% Jul 2006)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 27  Nov 15  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 9   Mar 28  Aug 27
                     2009    2006    2006    2006    2006    2002    2009*
 
Very well             8      11       9       8      10      28       8
Somewhat well        32      39      31      36      33      50      32
Somewhat badly       28      28      30      27      28      12      28
Very badly           25      17      22      20      19       2      25
DK/NA                 7       6       9       9      10       9       7
 
 
27. How important is it to you that there be visible progress in the development of Ground Zero this year - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Very important       46%    53%    45%    45%    45%    42%    59%
Smwht important      31     28     33     27     31     33     24
Not too important    15     11     16     15     16     17     11
Not important at all  7      7      5     11      6      5      6
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      3      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very important       39%    41%    42%    56%    55%    44%    47%
Smwht important      33     30     31     31     26     29     31
Not too important    20     16     18      9     14     16     15
Not important at all  6     11      7      2      4      8      6
DK/NA                 2      3      1      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: How important is it to you that there be visible progress in the development of Ground Zero this year - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     Aug 27  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 9
                     2009    2006    2006    2006
 
Very important       46      40      43      42
Smwht important      31      31      31      36
Not too important    15      18      15      14
Not important at all  7      10       9       6
DK/NA                 2       2       2       2
 
 
28. Does the pace of development at Ground Zero make you feel proud to be a New Yorker, ashamed to be a New Yorker, or don't you feel either of these ways?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Proud                18%    18%    20%    14%    11%    21%    31%
Ashamed              25     40     21     28     32     17     18
Not either           55     42     56     55     55     58     51
DK/NA                 2      -      3      3      2      4      -
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Proud                21%    18%    11%    22%    22%    16%    20%
Ashamed              18     26     23     30     29     30     22
Not either           61     53     64     46     48     52     57
DK/NA                 1      3      3      2      1      2      2
 
TREND: Does the pace of development at Ground Zero make you feel proud to be a New Yorker, ashamed to be a New Yorker, or don't you feel either of these ways?
                     Aug 27  Jul 12  Apr 12
                     2009    2006    2006
 
Proud                18      21      20
Ashamed              25      16      17
Not either           55      60      59
DK/NA                 2       3       3
 
 
29. The Port Authority says the first phase of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero will be ready by September 11th, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attack. Do you believe the first phase of the Memorial will be ready on time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  28%    22%    31%    28%    29%    27%    31%
No                   61     71     58     62     62     60     60
DK/NA                10      7     10     11      9     12      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  24%    29%    29%    30%    30%    29%    28%
No                   64     58     63     62     62     64     60
DK/NA                12     13      8      8      8      7     12
 
 
30. Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that the Freedom Tower will be built by December 2013?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  25%    18%    28%    24%    17%    34%    32%
No                   63     71     60     66     71     52     59
DK/NA                12     12     12     10     12     14      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  29%    25%    20%    28%    20%    21%    28%
No                   60     60     68     64     68     70     58
DK/NA                11     15     12      8     12      9     14
 
 
31. Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that the World Trade Center Transit Hub will be ready by June 2014?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Yes                  41%    33%    46%    36%    35%    46%    53%
No                   47     53     41     54     51     40     38
DK/NA                13     14     13     10     14     14      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  40%    41%    36%    46%    35%    39%    42%
No                   47     45     51     43     54     51     43
DK/NA                13     14     13     11     11      9     15
 
 
32. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed allowing people to ride cross-town Manhattan buses for free. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Good idea            69%    63%    70%    70%    70%    68%    75%
Bad idea             25     32     24     22     23     26     21
DK/NA                 6      5      6      8      7      6      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            65%    71%    72%    66%    72%    67%    70%
Bad idea             27     24     21     27     23     27     22
DK/NA                 8      6      7      7      4      6      7
 
 
33. Do you think this was a sincere proposal by Mayor Bloomberg or a campaign promise to help him win reelection?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp
 
Sincere              30%    38%    28%    31%    38%    21%    26%
Campaign promise     60     55     62     60     51     71     63
DK/NA                10      7     10      9     10      9     11
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Sincere              24%    30%    36%    27%    29%    27%    32%
Campaign promise     71     58     54     64     57     63     58
DK/NA                 5     12     10      9     14     10     10