October 20, 2011 - New Yorkers Back Bike Rental Idea 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Mayor On Smoking, Salt, Calorie Count

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New York City voters support 72 - 23 percent a plan to rent up to 10,000 bicycles from lots around the city, and say 59 - 34 percent that they want a bike rental lot in their neighborhood, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But voters are split on BIMY (Bikes in My Yard), as 46 percent want more bike lanes in their neighborhood and 48 percent are opposed to more local bike lanes, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Support for the citywide bike rental plan ranges from 78 - 17 percent in Manhattan to 52 - 42 percent on Staten Island. Support for neighborhood bike rental lots ranges from 66 - 25 percent in Manhattan to 48 - 44 percent opposed on Staten Island.

Younger voters are more supportive of bicycle initiatives. While 45 percent of all New York City voters say they would rent a bike for a short ride, 60 percent of voters under 35 plan to take a spin.

"Is it NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) or BIMY (Bikes in My Yard)? New Yorkers like the latest idea Mayor Michael Bloomberg is peddling, a 10,000-bike rental program, and they even want bike rental lots in their neighborhood," said Maurice Carrroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"As we have found in months of polling, New Yorkers say 58 - 37 percent that bike lanes are good because riding is greener and healthier, rather than bad because they block traffic. But only 31 percent of voters think bike lanes are widely used and voters are split on whether they want more bike lanes in their own neighborhood.

"Enthusiasm for these cycling initiatives is strongest among the young."

The New York City law requiring fast-food restaurants to post calorie information is "useful," voters say 79 - 19 percent. There is strong agreement among all gender, age, racial and borough groups.

Voters also say 70 - 27 percent that the Bloomberg administration is "correct" to encourage restaurants to use less salt. Again, there is strong support among all groups.

By a smaller 50 - 45 percent margin, voters support a suggested ban on using Food Stamps to purchase sugary soft drinks. Republicans support the suggested ban 52 - 45 percent, while Democrats spit 48 - 48 percent. Independent voters support the possible ban 57 - 38 percent. Voters under 35 years old oppose the ban 53 - 46 percent, and voters over 65 years old oppose it 51 - 40 percent. Voters 35 to 64 years old support the ban.

While New York City voters support these three initiatives, they split on the big picture as 49 percent say government shouldn't get involved in people's eating and drinking habits while 47 percent say government has a responsibility to get involved. Democrats support government involvement 51 - 44 percent, while opposition is 62 - 37 percent among Republicans and 52 - 44 percent among independent voters.

Voters say 85 - 12 percent that the city's anti-smoking campaign is good for people's health, with strong agreement among all groups. But by a smaller 52 - 44 percent margin, voters support a ban on outdoor smoking in New York City parks and other locations.

Overall, New York City's anti-smoking campaign is not too much government interference in people's lives, voters say 63 - 35 percent. All groups agree, although agreement on Staten Island is a too-close-to-call 51 - 48 percent.

The Bloomberg Administration's focus on smoking and eating habits is not "nanny government," voters say by a narrow 48 - 44 percent.

"New Yorkers are split on the question of 'nanny government,' the idea that City Hall might be intruding on their personal lives," Carroll said. "But they like - a lot - a couple of the things that critics complain is 'nanny' government: making restaurants post calorie counts and urging less use of salt. That ban on outdoor smoking? A bare majority backs it."

From October 12 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,068 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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.

30. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                31%    28%    31%    33%    31%    31%    34%    30%    18%
Some                 34     36     35     35     35     33     36     28     40
Not much             22     21     22     20     21     23     20     27     24
Nothing at all       12     15     12     12     12     13      9     14     16
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A lot                22%    38%    31%    31%    21%    22%    30%    40%    34%
Some                 33     28     40     35     38     37     37     29     32
Not much             21     21     21     25     21     27     20     21     20
Nothing at all       24     11      8      9     20     15     13     10     11
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      1      -      3
 
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?
                     Oct 20  Jul 28  May 12
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
A lot                31      38      37
Some                 34      34      37
Not much             22      15      16
Nothing at all       12      12      10
DK/NA                 1       1       1
 
 
31. 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.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A) Good thing        58%    42%    64%    53%    56%    60%    58%    60%    61%
B) Bad thing         37     54     31     42     39     34     35     33     36
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      6      6      7      3
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A) Good thing        55%    58%    66%    53%    47%    66%    64%    56%    49%
B) Bad thing         38     38     29     40     50     32     34     38     42
DK/NA                 7      4      5      7      3      2      3      6     10
 
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.
                     Oct 20  Jul 28  May 12  Mar 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
A) Good thing        58      59      56      54
B) Bad thing         37      35      39      39
DK/NA                 5       7       5       6
 
 
32. Based on your own observation, are the bicycle lanes being widely used or not, or don't you know?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Widely used          31%    21%    38%    24%    32%    31%    25%    35%    35%
Not widely used      40     49     31     53     43     37     41     31     44
Don't know           28     30     30     23     24     32     33     33     21
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      -      1      -      -
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Widely used          22%    42%    34%    26%    17%    40%    35%    30%    19%
Not widely used      40     33     40     42     55     41     44     43     28
Don't know           36     25     25     31     28     19     19     27     50
REFUSED               2      1      -      1      -      -      1      -      3
 
TREND: Based on your own observation, are the bicycle lanes being widely used or not, or don't you know?
                     Oct 20  Jul 28  May 12
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Widely used          31      29      26
Not widely used      40      42      44
Don't know           28      28      29
REFUSED               1       1       -
 
 
33. New York City is starting a program allowing people to rent bicycles. This will add 10,000 bicycles to New York City streets and create parking lots for bicycles. Do you support or oppose this program allowing people to rent bicycles in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              72%    57%    77%    69%    74%    70%    65%    78%    79%
Oppose               23     39     18     25     22     24     27     17     19
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      4      6      7      5      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              78%    71%    78%    68%    52%    87%    78%    69%    55%
Oppose               18     22     17     28     42     12     19     26     36
DK/NA                 5      7      5      4      7      1      3      6      9
 
 
34. Would you rent a bicycle to take a short ride around New York City or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  45%    38%    49%    42%    50%    41%    39%    49%    55%
No                   53     62     49     57     48     57     59     51     43
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      1      2      -      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  43%    46%    50%    44%    36%    60%    54%    42%    25%
No                   53     53     49     53     62     38     46     57     70
DK/NA                 3      1      1      3      2      2      -      1      4
 
 
35. Would you want a bike rental lot in your neighborhood or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    50%    62%    57%    62%    57%    57%    62%    63%
No                   34     46     32     34     31     37     34     33     32
DK/NA                 7      5      6      9      7      7      9      5      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  56%    62%    66%    56%    44%    70%    65%    59%    44%
No                   40     34     25     35     48     26     30     36     45
DK/NA                 4      4      9      9      8      4      5      6     11
 
 
36. Would you like to see more bike lanes in your neighborhood or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  46%    39%    48%    45%    45%    48%    39%    47%    57%
No                   48     58     46     52     49     48     54     51     40
DK/NA                 5      3      6      2      6      4      7      2      3
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  45%    45%    53%    45%    36%    56%    54%    44%    32%
No                   45     50     40     53     61     39     45     52     58
DK/NA                10      4      7      2      3      5      1      4     10
 
 
37. Do you think the New York City law requiring fast-food restaurants to post calorie information is useful or not useful?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Useful               79%    67%    85%    73%    80%    78%    75%    83%    79%
Not useful           19     30     13     25     17     21     23     16     19
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2      2      1      1      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Useful               78%    74%    84%    79%    81%    84%    85%    78%    72%
Not useful           18     24     14     19     19     15     14     21     24
DK/NA                 4      1      2      2      -      1      1      1      4
 
TREND: Do you think the New York City law requiring fast-food restaurants to post calorie information is useful or not useful?
                     Oct 20  Feb 18
                     2011    2010
                             
Useful               79      84
Not useful           19      16 
DK/NA                 2       1 
 
 
38. Do you think the Bloomberg administration is correct to encourage New York City restaurants to use less salt in food preparation or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Correct          70%    59%    76%    65%    69%    70%    63%    79%    72%
No/Not               27     39     21     30     26     27     34     19     23
DK/NA                 4      1      3      5      5      3      3      2      5
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Correct          75%    68%    74%    67%    54%    75%    70%    67%    67%
No/Not               21     29     21     29     45     21     27     29     29
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      1      4      2      3      4
 
TREND: Do you think the Bloomberg administration is correct to encourage New York City restaurants to use less salt in food preparation or don't you think so?
                     Oct 20  Feb 18
                     2011    2010
                             
Yes/Correct          70      77
No/Not               27      21 
DK/NA                 4       2 
   
  
39. There is a proposal to not allow people to use food stamps to purchase sugary soft drinks. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            50%    52%    48%    57%    48%    53%    53%    45%    51%
Bad idea             45     45     48     38     48     43     43     50     45
DK/NA                 5      2      4      5      4      5      5      5      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            50%    49%    52%    52%    43%    46%    56%    58%    40%
Bad idea             42     46     44     44     56     53     41     38     51
DK/NA                 7      5      3      4      1      1      2      5      9
 
 
40. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) It is government's responsibility to discourage unhealthy eating and drinking habits, OR B) The government shouldn't be getting involved in people's eating and drinking habits?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Gov responsibility   47%    37%    51%    44%    47%    46%    45%    50%    41%
Shldn't get involved 49     62     44     52     49     49     51     46     52
DK/NA                 4      1      5      3      4      4      4      4      7
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Gov responsibility   37%    49%    54%    48%    24%    41%    53%    50%    45%
Shldn't get involved 59     47     38     50     75     51     46     47     52
DK/NA                 4      4      8      2      1      8      2      3      3
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose banning outdoor smoking in New York City parks and other locations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              52%    41%    57%    50%    48%    56%    48%    62%    52%
Oppose               44     58     39     44     46     41     49     36     41
DK/NA                 4      1      4      6      6      3      3      2      7
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              55%    49%    54%    55%    41%    50%    52%    58%    48%
Oppose               41     46     42     39     59     42     46     41     45
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      -      7      2      1      7
 
 
42. Do you think New York City's anti-smoking campaign is good for people's health or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  85%    82%    87%    85%    85%    85%    85%    90%    82%
No                   12     16     10     11     12     12     10      8     16
DK/NA                 4      2      2      4      3      4      5      2      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  82%    87%    88%    82%    79%    87%    87%    84%    80%
No                   16      9      9     16     12     11     12     14     13
DK/NA                 3      4      4      2      9      3      1      2      7
 
 
43. Do you think New York City's anti-smoking campaign is too much government interference in people's lives or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  35%    39%    33%    36%    37%    34%    35%    29%    46%
No                   63     58     66     62     61     64     63     70     51
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      2      2      2      2      3
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  42%    30%    30%    40%    48%    30%    31%    38%    45%
No                   57     67     66     60     51     68     66     61     53
DK/NA                 1      3      4      1      1      1      3      1      2
 
 
44. Some have said that the focus on smoking and eating habits by the Bloomberg administration represents nanny government. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                44%    52%    39%    48%    48%    40%    41%    42%    51%
Disagree             48     46     52     44     46     49     50     50     42
DK/NA                 9      2      9      8      6     11      9      8      6
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                49%    42%    38%    44%    60%    43%    37%    43%    51%
Disagree             43     47     57     46     32     46     58     51     38
DK/NA                 8     11      5     10      8     11      5      6     11
 
 
45. Police have recently been criticized for secret surveillance of Muslim gathering places. Do you think the police are justified in doing this or not justified in doing this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Justified            52%    81%    45%    60%    51%    53%    60%    37%    56%
Not justified        40     19     46     32     40     40     31     54     42
DK/NA                 8      1      8      8      9      7      9      9      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Justified            46%    52%    49%    57%    62%    45%    51%    57%    59%
Not justified        46     39     44     35     33     50     41     37     32
DK/NA                 8      9      7      8      5      5      8      6      9
 
 
46. How serious is the problem of police officers fixing tickets - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very serious         40%    28%    44%    38%    38%    42%    25%    58%    39%
Somewhat serious     24     19     24     23     22     25     27     18     27
Not too serious      20     34     18     21     22     19     25     13     20
Not at all serious    7     11      6      8      9      6      8      7      7
DK/NA                 9      8      8      9      8      9     14      4      7
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious         50%    43%    30%    43%    29%    34%    44%    42%    37%
Somewhat serious     21     21     31     20     29     22     22     25     27
Not too serious      14     19     18     26     29     27     21     17     18
Not at all serious   11      6      6      7     11      9      8      9      4
DK/NA                 4     12     14      5      2      8      6      7     13
 
TREND: How serious is the problem of police officers fixing tickets - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                        
                     Oct 20  May 12
                     2011    2011
                             
Very serious         40      38
Somewhat serious     24      26 
Not too serious      20      17 
Not at all serious    7       8 
DK/NA                 9      11
 
 
47. If you had a friend or relative who is a police officer, would you ever ask that person to try to fix a ticket?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  22%    33%    20%    21%    26%    18%    22%    15%    31%
No                   76     67     79     75     71     80     76     85     65
DK/NA                 2      -      1      4      4      1      3      -      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  17%    21%    20%    22%    39%    38%    22%    19%     8%
No                   79     76     78     76     58     59     75     79     89
DK/NA                 4      2      3      1      3      3      3      2      2
 
TREND: If you had a friend or relative who is a police officer, would you ever ask that person to try to fix a ticket?
                        
                     Oct 20  May 12
                     2011    2011
                             
Yes                  22      20
No                   76      78 
DK/NA                 2       2 
       
 
48. Do you think sightseeing helicopter flights should be banned from the air over New York City or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  28%    29%    28%    28%    24%    32%    33%    21%    25%
No                   66     69     65     64     69     63     60     75     71
DK/NA                 6      2      6      8      7      5      8      4      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  27%    23%    29%    34%    34%    16%    25%    35%    36%
No                   69     70     62     63     63     79     71     60     53
DK/NA                 4      7      9      3      3      5      4      5     11
 
 
49. Do you think sightseeing helicopter flights are too dangerous or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  32%    27%    34%    31%    26%    37%    35%    26%    35%
No                   62     68     59     64     67     57     58     69     59
DK/NA                 6      5      7      5      7      6      8      5      5
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  34%    29%    28%    37%    35%    20%    31%    37%    41%
No                   62     62     63     60     60     76     64     58     46
DK/NA                 4      9      8      3      4      4      5      5     13
 
 
50. Do you think sightseeing helicopter flights are good for New York City tourism or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  68%    77%    65%    70%    73%    64%    64%    74%    67%
No                   25     20     28     24     19     30     28     19     30
DK/NA                 7      3      7      6      8      5      7      7      3
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  66%    68%    68%    69%    66%    76%    74%    64%    59%
No                   29     21     25     27     31     20     22     32     27
DK/NA                 4     10      7      4      3      4      5      4     14
 
 
51. Do you currently have bike lanes in your neighborhood?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    54%    52%    59%    60%    49%    60%    48%    46%
No                   44     43     45     40     38     48     37     51     53
DK/NA                 2      3      3      1      2      3      3      2      2
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  34%    60%    62%    55%    37%    47%    59%    56%    53%
No                   61     39     34     44     59     52     41     41     44
DK/NA                 5      1      4      1      4      1      1      3      3
 
 

Demographic Summary