September 12, 2011 - New Yorkers Feel Much Better About 9/11 Recovery, Quinnipiac University Polls Find; Bloomberg Approval Gets A Big Gust From Irene

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Lower Manhattan recovery efforts are going "very well" or "somewhat well," 60 percent of New York City voters say in a Quinnipiac University poll released today, up from 40 percent in an August 27, 2009, survey.

New Yorkers are less skeptical about promised deadlines for completion of key Lower Manhattan projects, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:
  • 42 percent believe One World Trade Center will be complete by December 2013, compared to 25 percent in August 2009;
  • 46 percent believe the World Trade Center Transit Hub will be ready by June 2014, compared to 41 percent two years ago;
  • 36 percent say the pace of development makes them proud to be a New Yorker, up from 18 percent two years ago.
New Yorkers say 43 - 34 percent that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has played a positive role in World Trade Center redevelopment, compared to a split 32 - 33 percent in an April 12, 2006, Quinnipiac University poll.

By a larger 61 - 21 percent margin, voters say Mayor Michael Bloomberg played a positive role in redevelopment, compared to 67 - 19 percent April 12, 2006.

"As the World Trade Center rebuilding moves along, New Yorkers are comfortable with the pace. But 74 percent say it's very important or somewhat important to see progress this year," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"And a lot of New Yorkers won't believe it until they see One World Trade Center and the Transit Hub up and running."

"We think Mayor Michael Bloomberg played a positive role in the Ground Zero rebuilding," Carroll added. "The Port Authority gets more credit than five years ago. Note that this survey was conducted right after the Port Authority announced a very unpopular toll hike."

Seventy percent of New York City voters plan to visit the 9/11 Memorial, which opens to the public today, with consistent interest in every borough and racial group and among men and women. And 75 percent plan to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which opens next year.

But voters say 71 - 23 percent that the Museum should not charge admission. Among that 23 percent who favor admission, 84 percent say a proposed $25 ticket price is too high.

Mayor Bloomberg's Approval

With the wind of Hurricane Irene in his sails, Mayor Bloomberg is cruising to a 54 - 35 percent job approval rating, up from 45 - 43 percent July 27 and Bloomberg's best score since the Christmas blizzard.

Democrats approve 57 - 31 percent, better than the Republican approval of 55 - 39 percent and the independent voter rating of 51 - 40 percent. The mayor's score ranges from a negative 39 - 56 percent in Staten Island to a high of 65 - 24 percent in Manhattan.

New York City voters approve 86 - 10 percent of Bloomberg's handling of preparations for Hurricane Irene. Support is equally strong in all boroughs.

And voters approve 90 - 8 percent of the mayor's decision to order evacuations in advance of Hurricane Irene. Support is strong among all groups.

Even voters in neighborhoods under the evacuation order approve of it 84 - 15 percent.

"Maybe it was the decisive preparations for Irene - Bloomberg's job approval has moved up nicely. As usual, Manhattan likes him best of all," Carroll said.

"This survey was conducted after Hurricane Irene and during the storm about Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith's arrest - but maybe that second storm is a tempest in a teapot.

"The critics cried 'overkill!' But most people agreed with the mayor, 'better safe than sorry.' Overwhelmingly, Bloomberg's handling of Irene gets high marks."

From September 1 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,282 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.


1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              54%    55%    57%    51%    62%    47%    47%    44%
Disapprove           35     39     31     40     29     41     39     46
DK/NA                11      6     12      9      9     13     14     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    53%    65%    51%    39%    50%    56%
Disapprove           39     35     24     37     56     39     32
DK/NA                13     12     11     13      5     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 3 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 12  Jul 27  May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Oct 21  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2008*   2003
 
Approve              54      45      40      39      55      75      31
Disapprove           35      43      49      51      35      20      60
DK/NA                11      12      10      10      11       6       8
 
 
2. 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?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very satisfied        9%    10%    11%     8%    13%     6%     5%     5%
Smwht satisfied      45     39     46     47     50     37     41     39
Smwht dissatisfied   29     31     28     29     23     35     34     33
Very dissatisfied    15     18     13     16     13     21     16     22
DK/NA                 2      1      2      -      1      1      3      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        5%     8%    18%     7%     3%     9%     9%
Smwht satisfied      41     44     49     47     39     44     46
Smwht dissatisfied   32     32     23     29     32     31     27
Very dissatisfied    20     17      9     14     26     14     17
DK/NA                 1      1      2      3      1      2      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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 12  Jul 27  May 11  Mar 16  Nov 23  Feb 11  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        9       8       6       5       6      18       7
Smwht satisfied      45      45      44      41      44      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   29      29      28      33      31      18      32
Very dissatisfied    15      17      20      20      19       5      38
DK/NA                 2       1       1       2       1       1       1
 
 
3. Regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg's policies, would you say you like or don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Like                 59%    61%    62%    54%    60%    60%    57%    51%
Don't Like           21     24     19     25     23     20     19     28
DK/NA                20     15     19     21     17     20     23     21
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Like                 58%    61%    62%    58%    44%    58%    59%
Don't Like           22     21     16     23     33     23     20
DK/NA                20     18     22     19     24     19     21
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg's policies, would you say you like or don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person?
                     Sep 12  Jul 27
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 59      64
Don't Like           21      20
DK/NA                20      16
 
 
4. And regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Michael Bloomberg's policies?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Like                 52%    53%    56%    48%    60%    41%    48%    40%
Don't Like           39     43     35     42     32     49     43     51
DK/NA                 9      4      8     10      9     10      9      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Like                 52%    51%    59%    49%    40%    54%    50%
Don't Like           38     39     32     44     55     41     38
DK/NA                10     10     10      7      5      6     11
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Michael Bloomberg's policies?
                     Sep 12  Jul 27
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 52      49
Don't Like           39      45
DK/NA                 9       6
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's handling of preparations for Hurricane Irene?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              86%    88%    88%    85%    88%    81%    86%    85%
Disapprove           10     11      8     10      8     15      8     10
DK/NA                 4      1      4      5      4      4      6      5
 
                                                                      EVAC AREA
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom    Yes Q7
 
Approve              85%    87%    85%    85%    89%    82%    89%    78%
Disapprove            9     10     10     11     10     13      7     18
DK/NA                 6      3      5      4      1      4      4      5
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's decision to order the evacuation of several New York City neighborhoods in preparation for Hurricane Irene?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              90%    93%    93%    84%    90%    89%    89%    89%
Disapprove            8      6      5     13      7      8      9      7
DK/NA                 3      1      2      3      3      3      2      3
 
                                                                      EVAC AREA
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom    Yes Q7
 
Approve              93%    88%    89%    89%    90%    86%    92%    84%
Disapprove            6      8      8      8      8     11      5     15
DK/NA                 1      4      3      2      1      3      2      1
 
 
7. Do you live in a neighborhood which was under an evacuation order?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  11%    10%    10%    10%    11%     9%    11%    12%
No                   88     89     89     90     88     90     89     87
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                   6%    13%    13%     8%    14%    12%     9%
No                   92     86     86     92     85     87     90
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
 
8. How would you rate the job New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Excellent            18%    21%    17%    17%    24%    13%    13%    12%
Good                 50     54     54     45     52     52     49     47
Not so good          17     16     15     19     11     19     21     22
Poor                  8      4      6     12      6      8     10     11
DK/NA                 7      4      7      6      6      9      7      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Excellent            15%    22%    21%    12%    12%    19%    17%
Good                 59     46     49     55     45     48     52
Not so good          12     14     17     19     30     17     16
Poor                 10      9      5      7     11     10      6
DK/NA                 4     10      8      7      3      6      8
 
TREND: How would you rate the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Sep 12  Mar 28
                     2011    2002
 
Excellent            18      13
Good                 50      54
Not so good          17      16
Poor                  8       4
DK/NA                 7      13
 
 
15. 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?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very well            17%    13%    20%    19%    16%    18%    22%    16%
Somewhat well        43     48     46     36     44     50     41     38
Somewhat badly       20     15     21     22     21     18     17     27
Very badly           12     18      6     16     13      8      9     13
DK/NA                 8      6      6      7      6      7     11      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very well            19%    18%    18%    16%    13%    15%    19%
Somewhat well        42     49     44     38     36     41     46
Somewhat badly       20     17     23     19     27     24     17
Very badly           12     11      6     17     17     14     10
DK/NA                 7      5      9     10      8      6      9
 
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
                     Sep 12  Aug 27  Nov 15  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 28  Aug 27
                     2011    2009    2006    2006    2006    2002    2009*
 
Very well            17       8      11       9       8      28       8
Somewhat well        43      32      39      31      36      50      32
Somewhat badly       20      28      28      30      27      12      28
Very badly           12      25      17      22      20       2      25
DK/NA                 8       7       6       9       9       9       7
 
 
16. 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?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very important       43%    54%    44%    41%    39%    43%    52%    45%
Smwht important      31     29     33     31     35     32     27     29
Not too important    14     11     15     13     16     15     10     14
Not important at all  9      4      8     13     10      9      5      9
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      1      2      5      3
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very important       50%    42%    35%    47%    51%    47%    41%
Smwht important      30     33     31     30     32     27     35
Not too important    12     14     20     13      8     14     15
Not important at all  5     10     11      7      7     10      8
DK/NA                 3      1      3      2      2      2      2
 
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?
                     Sep 12  Aug 27  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 9
                     2011    2009    2006    2006    2006
 
Very important       43      46      40      43      42
Smwht important      31      31      31      31      36
Not too important    14      15      18      15      14
Not important at all  9       7      10       9       6
DK/NA                 2       2       2       2       2
 
 
17. 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?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Proud                36%    37%    40%    27%    29%    45%    39%    33%
Ashamed              13     18      8     20     14      7     12     11
Not either           49     42     50     51     55     45     45     52
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      3      3      5      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Proud                42%    37%    29%    35%    36%    31%    39%
Ashamed              10     10     10     18     23     19      8
Not either           43     49     59     44     39     46     51
DK/NA                 4      4      2      3      1      4      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?
                     Sep 12  Aug 27  Jul 12  Apr 12
                     2011    2009    2006    2006
 
Proud                36      18      21      20
Ashamed              13      25      16      17
Not either           49      55      60      59
DK/NA                 3       2       3       3
 
 
18. Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that One World Trade Center, The Freedom Tower, will be built by December 2013?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  42%    45%    43%    42%    43%    42%    45%    39%
No                   45     49     42     48     44     44     43     49
DK/NA                14      6     15     10     13     14     13     12
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    47%    42%    35%    42%    45%    40%
No                   48     41     39     52     47     44     45
DK/NA                10     12     20     12     11     12     15
 
TREND: Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, will be built by December 2013? (* Aug 2009 does not state "One World Trade Center")
                     Sep 12  Aug 27
                     2011    2009*
 
Yes                  42      25
No                   45      63
DK/NA                14      12
 
 
19. Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that the World Trade Center Transit Hub will be ready by June 2014?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  46%    49%    48%    43%    45%    49%    44%    44%
No                   39     40     36     45     38     35     38     43
DK/NA                15     12     16     12     16     16     18     13
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  49%    51%    45%    40%    40%    47%    45%
No                   39     32     38     47     45     37     40
DK/NA                12     17     17     13     15     16     15
 
TREND: Do you believe the Port Authority's promise that the World Trade Center Transit Hub will be ready by June 2014?
                     Sep 12  Aug 27
                     2011    2009
 
Yes                  46      41
No                   39      47
DK/NA                15      13
 
 
20. Based on what you've heard or read, has Mayor Bloomberg played a positive or negative role in the development of Ground Zero?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Positive             61%    59%    68%    52%    60%    68%    55%    57%
Negative             21     25     16     27     18     20     28     28
DK/NA                18     16     16     20     22     13     17     15
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Positive             67%    62%    63%    58%    51%    54%    66%
Negative             22     19     17     24     32     27     17
DK/NA                11     19     20     18     17     18     17
 
TREND: Based on what you've heard or read, has Mayor Bloomberg played a positive or negative role in the development of Ground Zero?
                     Sep 12  Apr 12  Mar 9
                     2011    2006    2006   
                     
Positive             61      67      65
Negative             21      19      21
DK/NA                18      15      14
 
 
21. Based on what you've heard or read, has the Port Authority played a positive or negative role in the development of Ground Zero?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Positive             43%    41%    47%    36%    34%    53%    52%    42%
Negative             34     42     31     39     41     29     28     40
DK/NA                22     17     22     24     24     18     20     18
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Positive             52%    45%    44%    37%    36%    43%    44%
Negative             36     31     31     35     53     38     31
DK/NA                12     23     25     28     11     19     25
 
TREND: Based on what you've heard or read, has the Port Authority played a positive or negative role in the development of Ground Zero?
                     Sep 12  Apr 12  Mar 9
                     2011    2006    2006
 
Positive             43      32      29
Negative             34      33      36
DK/NA                22      35      35
 
 
22. The 9/11 Memorial opens this September 12th and is free. Do you plan on visiting it some time, or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  70%    70%    70%    72%    69%    70%    71%    74%
No                   26     29     26     24     28     28     23     22
DK/NA                 4      1      4      4      3      2      5      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  66%    73%    71%    68%    74%    72%    69%
No                   29     23     25     28     23     25     27
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      3      4      4
 
 
23. Turning to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which will open in September of next year - Do you plan on visiting the museum some time, or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  75%    80%    74%    77%    73%    74%    79%    75%
No                   22     17     23     21     23     23     18     21
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      5      3      3      4
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  83%    75%    70%    72%    79%    74%    75%
No                   14     19     27     25     18     22     21
DK/NA                 2      6      3      3      3      4      4
 
 
24. 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                  23%    28%    22%    19%    25%    22%    19%    22%
No                   71     65     72     74     67     75     73     74
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      9      3      8      5
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  20%    27%    23%    21%    14%    18%    26%
No                   73     68     68     72     83     76     67
DK/NA                 7      5      9      7      3      6      7
 
TREND: Do you think people should have to pay to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum or not?
                     Sep 12  Jul 28
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  23      20
No                   71      75
DK/NA                 7       5
 
 
25. (If "Yes" q24) The 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?
                        
                     Yes Shld Pay Q24                      
 
Too much             84%
Too little            1 
About right          14 
DK/NA                 1 
 
TREND: (If "Yes") The 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? (* "National" September 11 Museum)
                     YES SHOULD PAY
                     Sep 12  Jul 28
                     2011    2011*
 
Too much             84      86
Too little            1       3
About right          14       9
DK/NA                 1       2