December 16, 2011 - Tree Tops The List Of New York Holiday Favorites, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Yes, Virginia, Kids Should Believe In Santa, Voters Say

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tops the list when New York City voters describe their favorite things to see or do in the Big Apple during the holidays, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

At 16 percent, a visit to the world-famous tree ties visits to family and friends when New Yorkers tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll their favorite holiday activity. Seeing decorations and lights is third on the list with 11 percent.

In fact, 58 percent of New York City voters say they plan to visit the Rockefeller Center Tree. With 63 percent, Queens has the biggest percentage of tree fans. Seventy percent of voters with kids in public school say they'll be stopping by.

Turning to another New York tradition, 4 percent of voters plan to go to Times Square for New Year's Eve.

New York City voters say 69 - 13 percent, including 69 - 11 percent of public school parents, that children should believe in Santa Claus.

"New Yorkers aren't too cynical for Santa Claus," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "More than half of New Yorkers plan to visit the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Only 4 percent plan a New Year's Eve visit to Times Square, but the place will still be jammed with out-of-towners."

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,242 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.

31. What is your favorite thing to do or see in New York City during the holiday season?
                            Tot
                            
Decorations/Lights/         
 Displays/General           11%
                            
Fifth Avenue                
 window displays             4
                            
Rockefeller Center/
 General                     8
                            
Tree (In Rock Cntr)         16
                            
Skating (in Rock Ctnr)       2
                            
Theater/General              2
                            
Lincoln Center/Ballet/      
 Opera/Concerts/             
 Cultural events             1
                            
Radio City Music Hall/
 General                     6
                            
Madison Square Garden/      
 Ice Capades/Sports          1
                            
Manhattan/General            1
                            
Shopping                     8
                            
Restaurants                  1
                            
Museums/Metropolitan         1
                            
Sightseeing/General          1
                            
Central Park/Parks           1
                            
St Patrick's Cathedral/     
 Churches                    2
                            
Visit friends & family/     
 Go to parties              16
                            
Stay home/Relax/Do nothing   4
                            
Enjoy the people/           
 Christmas spirit            1
                            
Help others                  1
                            
OTHER                        4
DK/NA                        6
 
TREND: What is your favorite thing to do or see in New York City during the holiday season?
                            Dec 15  Nov 26  Nov 17  Dec 2   Dec 4
                            2011    2008    2006    2003    2002
                            
Decorations/Lights/         
 Displays/General           11       8       9       7       6
                            
Fifth Avenue                
 window displays             4       5       5       5       3
                            
Rockefeller Center/         
 General                     8      12      17       8      13
                            
Tree (In Rock Ctnr)         16      15      16      19      15
                            
Skating (in Rock Ctnr)       2       3       2       2       2
                            
Theater/General              2       3       2       1       5
                            
Christmas shows              -       -       -       1       1
                            
Lincoln Center/Ballet/      
 Opera/Concerts/             
 Cultural events             1       2       1       1       3
                            
Radio City Music Hall/      
 General concerts            6       7       6       3       4
                            
Parade/Macy's                -       1       -       1       2
                            
Madison Square Garden/      
 Ice Capades/Sports          1       1       -       -       1
                            
Manhattan/General            1       -       -       1       3
                            
Shopping                     8       9       7       7      10
                            
Restaurants                  1       2       1       1       1
                            
Museums/Metropolitan         1       2       1       1       2
                            
Sightseeing/General          1       1       1       1       1
                            
Times Square/42nd Street     -       -       1       1       1
                            
Central Park/Parks           1       2       2       1       2
                            
St Patrick's Cathedral/       
 Churches                    2       1       1       3       1
                            
Visit friends & family/     
 Go to parties              16      11       7       8       5
                            
Stay home/Relax/Do nothing   4       -       2       2       2
                            
Enjoy the people/           
 Christmas spirit            1       1       2       1       3
                            
Help Others                  1       -       1       1       -
                            
OTHER                        4       4       6      10       6
DK/NA                        6       7       8      13       7
 
 
32. Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 12%    13%    10%    14%    14%     9%    11%     7%    16%
Less                 34     29     37     32     27     40     27     47     40
Same                 52     58     51     50     56     48     60     44     40
DK/NA                 2      -      2      4      3      2      2      1      4
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
More                  8%     9%    16%    12%    14%     5%     5%    17%    18%
Less                 42     34     31     36     27     45     41     30     24
Same                 46     53     51     52     56     48     51     50     56
DK/NA                 3      4      2      1      3      2      3      2      1
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
More                 15%    10%    13%    14%    12%    18%    14%     9%     6%
Less                 32     37     32     44     50     31     37     35     32
Same                 49     51     52     42     37     49     46     53     58
DK/NA                 4      2      3      -      -      2      2      2      4
 
TREND: Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?
                     Dec 15  Nov 26  Nov 17  Nov 26
                     2011    2008    2006    2003
 
More                 12       4      14      11
Less                 34      58      24      32
About the same       52      36      58      53
DK/NA                 2       3       5       4
 
 
33. Do you plan to visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center during this holiday season?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  58%    60%    58%    59%    53%    63%    52%    57%    67%
No                   38     37     38     37     44     33     45     40     28
DK/NA                 3      3      4      4      3      4      3      3      5
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  56%    55%    60%    63%    56%    55%    61%    58%    64%
No                   39     41     38     35     37     42     33     39     33
DK/NA                 5      4      2      2      6      3      6      3      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  57%    56%    60%    67%    70%    64%    66%    59%    45%
No                   38     40     37     31     29     32     31     36     52
DK/NA                 5      4      3      2      1      4      3      4      3
 
 
34. Do you plan to go to Times Square on New Year's Eve this year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                   4%     1%     4%     5%     6%     3%     1%     6%     5%
No                   95     98     95     94     93     96     98     94     94
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                   3%     6%     3%     5%     -      5%     3%     2%     6%
No                   95     94     96     93    100     94     92     98     94
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      -      1      4      -      -
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                   3%     5%     3%     7%     9%     6%     6%     2%     -
No                   96     93     96     92     90     92     92     97     99
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1      -      1
 
 
35. Have you heard or read about the school teacher that told young children that there is no Santa Claus?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  46%    52%    45%    48%    46%    46%    48%    44%    50%
No                   52     46     53     51     52     52     50     55     48
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      2      2      1      2
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  49%    44%    41%    49%    55%    37%    48%    52%    46%
No                   49     55     57     48     43     60     52     44     53
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      3      -      3      1
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  54%    46%    46%    47%    51%    33%    44%    55%    53%
No                   43     51     52     52     48     66     56     43     43
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      1      1      1      2      4
 
 
36. Do you think young children should believe in Santa Claus or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  69%    80%    67%    69%    63%    75%    68%    66%    80%
No                   13      9     13     14     17      9     11     20      7
DK/NA                18     12     20     17     20     16     21     14     13
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  73%    63%    66%    75%    82%    73%    74%    65%    68%
No                   11     14     15     12      1     13     11     15     11
DK/NA                16     23     19     12     17     14     15     20     21
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  67%    76%    65%    69%    70%    69%    69%    70%    73%
No                   15     11     14     11     10     15     16      8      9
DK/NA                19     13     22     20     20     16     15     22     17
 
 

Demographic Summary