July 28, 2011 - New Yorkers Would Shop At Walmart 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 9/11 Museum Should Be Free, Voters Say Almost 4-1

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New York City voters say 69 - 27 percent they would shop at a Walmart in the city if it were convenient, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Democrats and voters in union households want to shop Walmart by similarly high margins.

Voters say 63 - 32 percent that city officials should allow Walmart to open stores in New York City. Again, support among Democrats and union households is similar to the total.

This compares to a March 18 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll in which voters said 68 - 29 percent they would shop at Walmart and said 57 - 36 percent that city officials should let Walmart in.

Today, voter opinions about some of the issues surrounding Walmart are:
  • 72 agree strongly or somewhat that Walmart's lower prices benefit New Yorkers who would shop there;
  • 70 agree strongly or somewhat that Walmart's lower prices hurt smaller businesses;
  • 51 percent agree strongly or somewhat that Walmart doesn't pay enough.
Only 25 percent of New York City voters currently shop at Walmarts near the city.

"Support for allowing Walmart to open in the Big Apple is growing, while the number of would-be shoppers remains constant at more than 2-1," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Voters agree with both the negative and positive claims made about the retail giant, but even in union households, New Yorkers say a bargain's a bargain."

New York City voters say 75 - 20 percent that the National September 11 Memorial Museum should be free. Support is high in every group and in every borough.

Even among the 20 percent who support a fee, 86 percent say the proposed $25 admission to the 9/11 Museum is too high.

"The 9/11 Memorial, which opens in a few weeks, is free, and New Yorkers think the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which opens next year, should be free as well," Carroll said. "And just about everyone says that $25 admission charge which was floated recently is too high."

City Worker Layoffs, Wage Freeze

New York City voters say 77 - 16 percent that public worker layoffs should be based on job performance, not seniority. Even voters in union households back performance-based layoffs 66 - 25 percent. Attitudes on other city workers issues are:
  • Voters oppose a wage freeze 57 - 33 percent;
  • Wages and benefits are "about right," 40 percent say, while 33 percent say too low and 17 percent say too high;
  • Workers should not pay more for their pensions, voters say 49 - 38 percent;
  • Workers should not pay more for their health care, voters say 58 - 32 percent;
  • Workers should have to wait until age 65 to collect pensions, voters say 51 - 44 percent;
  • Voters say 45 - 39 percent that public employees are doing their fair share to ease the city's financial problems.
"If Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to emulate Gov. Andrew Cuomo in squeezing government employees, he's got a heavy lift," Carroll said. "New Yorkers don't approve of a job freeze or of requiring higher health-care or pension contributions. They think city workers' pay is either too low or just about right." Bike Lanes

Support for bike lanes is up a few pedal strokes as 59 percent of New York City voters say bike lanes are good because they are greener and healthier while 35 percent say they are bad because they increase traffic.

That compares to 56 - 39 percent support in a May 12 Quinnipiac University poll.

Support for bike lanes is over 60 percent in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx and 55 - 39 percent in Queens. Staten Islanders say 53 - 38 percent bike lanes are bad.

"Warmer weather brings out more cyclists and more support for bike lanes - except on Staten Island," Carroll said.

From July 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,234 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
25. How much have you heard or read about the expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City - a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
A lot                38%    40%    38%    36%    41%    39%    34%    44%
Some                 34     29     35     36     37     34     28     36
Not much             15     21     13     17     13     14     17     14
Nothing at all       12      7     13     10      9     12     21      5
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A lot                40%    34%    43%    39%    33%    36%    43%    33%
Some                 31     38     30     33     39     32     34     35
Not much             15     18     15     14     16     16     12     18
Nothing at all       12     11     11     13     12     16     10     13
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A lot                32%    39%    44%    38%
Some                 35     38     32     33
Not much             15     13     15     16
Nothing at all       17      9      8     12
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1
 
TREND: How much have you heard or read about the expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City - A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Jul 28  May 12
                     2011    2011
 
A lot                38      37
Some                 34      37
Not much             15      16
Nothing at all       12      10
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
26. As you may know, there has been an expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) This is a good thing because it's greener and healthier for people to ride their bicycle, or B) This is a bad thing because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic.
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
A) Good thing        59%    44%    63%    55%    49%    58%    66%    58%
B) Bad thing         35     55     30     36     44     34     29     36
DK/NA                 7      1      6      9      7      8      5      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A) Good thing        61%    63%    60%    63%    55%    38%    61%    57%
B) Bad thing         35     28     34     31     39     53     33     36
DK/NA                 4      9      6      6      6      8      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    HEARD OR READ Q25..
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    LotSm  NtMchNothing
                                               
A) Good thing        66%    65%    55%    49%    57%    62%
B) Bad thing         30     30     39     42     36     31
DK/NA                 4      6      5      9      6      7
 
TREND: As you may know, there has been an expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) This is a good thing because it's greener and healthier for people to ride their bicycle, or B) This is a bad thing because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic.
                     Jul 28  May 12  Mar 18
                     2011    2011    2011
 
A) Good thing        59      56      54
B) Bad thing         35      39      39
DK/NA                 7       5       6
 
 
27. Based on your own observation, are the bicycle lanes being widely used or not, or don't you know?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Widely used          29%    19%    32%    27%    25%    34%    33%    31%
Not widely used      42     47     39     46     45     41     36     42
Don't know           28     33     28     26     30     25     29     27
REFUSED               1      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Widely used          32%    22%    37%    36%    23%    15%    30%    29%
Not widely used      44     36     40     40     42     65     43     40
Don't know           22     42     23     23     34     20     26     30
REFUSED               2      -      -      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    HEARD OR READ Q25..
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    LotSm  NtMchNothing
                                                
Widely used          40%    31%    28%    18%    32%    21%
Not widely used      39     47     45     37     43     39
Don't know           20     21     26     44     24     39
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Based on your own observation, are the bicycle lanes being widely used or not, or don't you know?
                     Jul 28  May 12
                     2011    2011
 
Widely used          29      26
Not widely used      42      44
Don't know           28      29
REFUSED               1       -
 
 
30. Do you think the wages and benefits for New York City public employees are too high, too low, or about right?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Too high             17%    33%    10%    26%    23%     8%     9%     8%
Too Low              33     18     38     26     23     46     40     38
About right          40     43     40     39     43     36     40     47
DK/NA                11      6     12      9     11     10     10      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Too high             17%     7%    20%    19%    19%    16%    21%    14%
Too Low              36     41     36     30     27     32     29     36
About right          36     42     33     38     47     44     44     36
DK/NA                12      9     12     13      7      7      6     14
 
 
31. Do you think there should be a wage freeze for New York City public employees or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  33%    47%    27%    41%    38%    19%    36%    21%
No                   57     46     63     51     53     75     56     73
DK/NA                 9      8     10      8      9      6      8      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  35%    27%    36%    34%    33%    36%    37%    30%
No                   59     65     56     56     57     53     56     59
DK/NA                 6      8      7     10     10     11      7     11
 
 
32. Do you think New York City public employees should pay more for their pensions or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  38%    47%    32%    51%    47%    25%    31%    30%
No                   49     48     53     38     40     65     58     64
DK/NA                13      5     15     11     13     10     11      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  36%    36%    37%    42%    41%    29%    49%    30%
No                   54     54     49     40     49     65     42     54
DK/NA                10     10     14     18     10      7      9     16
 
 
33. Do you think New York City public employees should pay more for their health care or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  32%    45%    24%    45%    40%    17%    25%    23%
No                   58     49     64     47     48     76     64     71
DK/NA                10      6     12      8     12      6     10      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  25%    27%    32%    35%    31%    29%    39%    26%
No                   71     63     59     52     59     66     53     62
DK/NA                 5     10      9     13     10      5      8     12
 
 
34. Do you think New York City public employees should be required to wait until they are 65 to collect their pensions or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  51%    62%    45%    61%    58%    42%    43%    35%
No                   44     38     50     33     36     55     55     62
DK/NA                 5      -      5      7      6      2      2      3
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    43%    50%    59%    51%    37%    54%    48%
No                   54     50     45     34     44     62     42     45
DK/NA                 4      7      5      7      5      1      4      6
 
 
35. Do you think New York City public employees are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  45%    33%    51%    39%    42%    52%    52%    61%
No                   39     53     34     47     42     34     36     27
DK/NA                15     14     15     14     16     14     12     11
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    44%    45%    43%    46%    53%    45%    45%
No                   44     38     40     39     39     42     45     35
DK/NA                15     17     15     18     15      5     10     20
 
 
36. If New York City officials need to lay off public employees, do you think they should lay off workers based on their performance or based on seniority?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Seniority            16%    18%    17%    14%    15%    19%    16%    25%
Performance          77     78     76     80     78     76     77     66
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      7      5      7      9
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Seniority            17%    21%    14%    12%    17%    23%    18%    15%
Performance          79     69     79     80     76     76     77     76
DK/NA                 4     10      7      8      7      1      5      9
 
 
37. Do you think people should have to pay to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  20%    19%    20%    20%    21%    16%    21%    20%
No                   75     72     76     75     73     82     76     76
DK/NA                 5      8      4      5      5      2      3      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  19%    15%    22%    22%    19%    15%    21%    19%
No                   79     82     74     71     75     80     75     75
DK/NA                 2      3      4      7      7      5      4      6
 
 
38. (If "Yes" q37) The National September 11 Museum is considering charging admission of up to $25. Do you think $25 would be too much to charge, too little, or about right?
                       SHOULD PAY Q37....
                     Tot     Men    Wom
 
Too much             86%     80%    92%
Too little            3       7      -
About right           9      11      6
DK/NA                 2       2      2
 
 
39. Do you currently shop at a Walmart near New York City?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  25%    26%    25%    21%    18%    31%    33%    24%
No                   74     73     74     79     81     69     67     75
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  40%    33%    22%    16%    30%    31%    23%    27%
No                   60     67     77     83     69     69     76     73
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  27%    31%    20%    20%    28%    30%    26%    20%
No                   73     69     80     79     72     69     73     79
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
TREND: Do you currently shop at a Walmart near New York City?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  25      24
No                   74      76
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
40. Do you think New York City elected officials should allow Walmart to open stores in NYC or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  63%    73%    63%    62%    61%    66%    71%    62%
No                   32     23     33     32     34     30     27     36
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      5      4      2      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  74%    64%    63%    61%    62%    73%    63%    63%
No                   25     32     31     34     32     25     33     31
DK/NA                 2      4      6      5      6      2      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  66%    63%    63%    64%    72%    64%    58%    60%
No                   32     35     32     28     22     34     37     37
DK/NA                 2      2      5      8      6      2      5      3
 
TREND: Do you think New York City elected officials should allow Walmart to open stores in New York City or not?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  63      57
No                   32      36
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
41. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - Walmart's lower prices benefit New Yorkers who would shop there. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       44%    47%    42%    46%    42%    43%    54%    40%
Agree somewhat       28     35     27     27     29     31     24     28
Disagree somewhat     9      6     10      8     10      8      7      8
Disagree strongly    13      8     14     12     14     11     10     16
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      5      7      5      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       49%    42%    44%    46%    40%    52%    45%    42%
Agree somewhat       26     28     30     26     32     16     27     29
Disagree somewhat     9     10     10      7      9      9      9      9
Disagree strongly    11     15     10     14     14     16     15     12
DK/NA                 5      5      7      8      5      8      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K 
 
Agree strongly       50%    44%    42%    40%    45%    45%    41%    42%  
Agree somewhat       27     25     30     30     27     29     28     27   
Disagree somewhat     8      9      9      9     10      8     11      7   
Disagree strongly    12     18     14      9     12     13     13     20   
DK/NA                 3      4      5     11      5      5      7      3   
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - WalMart's lower prices benefit New Yorkers who would shop there. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       44      41      34
Agree somewhat       28      33      36
Disagree somewhat     9       8       9
Disagree strongly    13      12      15
DK/NA                 6       6       6
 
 
42. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - Walmart's lower prices hurt smaller businesses in the surrounding neighborhood. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       47%    42%    49%    44%    50%    45%    44%    50%
Agree somewhat       23     28     20     26     24     21     24     22
Disagree somewhat    13     12     14     12     13     14     15     13
Disagree strongly    11     12     11     12      8     12     15     11
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      5      8      3      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       54%    41%    49%    51%    49%    28%    52%    43%
Agree somewhat       16     26     19     21     23     36     22     23
Disagree somewhat    15     15     13      9     13     19     10     15
Disagree strongly    10     13     11     13      9     13     12     11
DK/NA                 5      5      7      6      6      5      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K 
 
Agree strongly       51%    57%    47%    34%    44%    44%    51%    57%  
Agree somewhat       24     17     25     24     18     25     20     23   
Disagree somewhat    14     13     13     14     17     15     13      9   
Disagree strongly     9     11     10     15     14     12     11      8   
DK/NA                 2      1      5     13      7      3      5      3   
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - WalMart's lower prices hurt smaller businesses in the surrounding neighborhood. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       47      47      51
Agree somewhat       23      21      23
Disagree somewhat    13      12      13
Disagree strongly    11      14       8
DK/NA                 6       6       5
 
 
43. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - Walmart doesn't pay its workers enough in wages and medical benefits. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       39%    19%    45%    35%    38%    43%    34%    46%
Agree somewhat       12     16     11     10     16      8      7     11
Disagree somewhat    11     15      9     15     11      9     14     10
Disagree strongly     6     15      5      7      7      5      8      7
DK/NA                31     35     30     33     28     35     36     26
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       43%    46%    35%    45%    39%    23%    43%    36%
Agree somewhat        8      4     15     12     13      4     11     12
Disagree somewhat     9     13     13      9     11     14     13     10
Disagree strongly     4      4      7      7      4     15      7      5
DK/NA                35     33     30     27     32     44     26     36
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K 
 
Agree strongly       37%    49%    39%    35%    37%    40%    45%    45%  
Agree somewhat       10     12     13     10     13     12     10     14   
Disagree somewhat    16      9     10     11     11     11     15     10   
Disagree strongly     2      6     10      9      6      5      3      6   
DK/NA                35     24     28     35     33     32     27     25   
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement - WalMart doesn't pay its workers enough in wages and medical benefits. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       39      35      45
Agree somewhat       12      12      12
Disagree somewhat    11      11       7
Disagree strongly     6       8       7
DK/NA                31      33      29
 
 
44. Would you shop at a Walmart in New York City if it were convenient for you to do so?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  69%    76%    68%    68%    64%    75%    76%    64%
No                   27     20     29     28     33     21     23     31
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      4      1      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  74%    73%    71%    64%    68%    77%    68%    70%
No                   19     23     26     32     28     23     29     25
DK/NA                 7      5      4      4      5      -      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME... 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K 
 
Yes                  77%    70%    67%    68%    79%    74%    64%    61%  
No                   21     27     32     27     17     24     32     36   
DK/NA                 2      3      2      6      4      3      4      3   
 
TREND: Would you shop at a Walmart in New York City if it were convenient for so?
                     Jul 28  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  69      68
No                   27      29
DK/NA                 4       3