February 9, 2012 - New Yorkers Are Stuck On The Stickers, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Police 2-1; Say Cops Don't Pick On Muslims

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Keep those sanitation stickers stuck on cars that block the street-sweepers, New York City voters say 60 - 35 percent, including 57 - 41 percent among voters who park on the street, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for the yellow stickers ranges from 56 - 40 percent each in Brooklyn and The Bronx to 66 - 26 percent in Manhattan, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men are stuck on the stickers 63 - 33 percent while women want them 57 - 37 percent. There is little partisan difference.

"Those sticky hard-to-scrape-off-the-windshield 'Scarlet Letters' meant to shame the owners of cars blocking the street-sweeper? Keep 'em, most New Yorkers say," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Even voters who park on the street and do the Alternate Side Parking dance are stuck on the stickers by a wide margin."

New York City voters support creation of Atlantic City-style casinos in the state 54 - 37 percent, but support by only 50 - 41 percent amending the State Constitution, which is needed to bring in full casinos.

There are gender and racial gaps on the Constitutional Amendment question:
  • Men support it 56 - 38 percent, compared to women, who split 46 - 44 percent;
  • White voters split 45 - 46 percent, while black voters back it 56 - 35 percent, similar to the 57 - 38 percent support among Hispanic voters.
Support ranges from a 46 - 46 percent split among Brooklyn voters to 56 - 35 percent in Queens. Support drops as income rises, from 54 - 36 percent among those making less than $30,000 to 48 - 48 percent among those making more than $100,000.

New York City voters support 57 - 33 percent a proposal to build the world's largest convention center, plus an Atlantic City-style casino at Aqueduct Race Track. Support ranges from 52 - 40 percent in Manhattan to 62 - 30 percent in Queens.

Despite claims that the convention center will be built with private sector funds, voters believe 48 - 39 percent that it "would end up costing the government a lot of money."

Voters agree 68 - 23 percent that the convention center would be good for New York State's economy. There is strong agreement among all groups.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a super-convention center at Aqueduct Race Track wins support. New Yorkers do worry that it might cost the government money, but they think it will be good for the economy," Carroll said.

Police Approval

New York City voters approve 62 - 24 percent of the job Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing, compared to 66 - 24 percent December 14. Approval is 73 - 14 percent among white voters, 52 - 36 percent among black voters and 57 - 27 percent among Hispanic voters.

Voters approve 62 - 30 percent, including 46 - 41 percent among black voters, of the job New York police are doing. Support ranges from 49 - 40 percent in The Bronx to 68 - 25 percent in Staten Island.

The NYPD has been effective combating terrorism, voters say 77 - 16 percent. There is strong support among all groups.

The NYPD has acted "appropriately" in dealing with Muslims, 60 percent of New York City voters say, while 24 percent say police have "unfairly targeted Muslims." Police have been appropriate, white voters say 70 - 18 percent; black voters say 48 - 35 percent and Hispanic voters say 60 - 22 percent.

"Despite a wave of criticism and calls for his resignation, support for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly remains strong," Carroll said. "New Yorkers say cops are doing a good job, especially fighting terrorism, and reject 2-1 the claim that cops pick on Muslims."

From January 30 - February 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,222 New York City 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.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    80%    59%    66%    61%    62%    73%    52%    57%
Disapprove           24      9     27     22     29     21     14     36     27
DK/NA                14     10     15     12     10     16     14     12     16
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              57%    60%    58%    67%    74%    54%    65%    66%    68%
Disapprove           28     27     23     23     15     30     18     25     22
DK/NA                15     13     19      9     11     16     17     10     10
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              61%    63%    61%    62%    54%    58%    57%    63%    68%
Disapprove           27     24     25     22     28     29     26     25     19
DK/NA                12     12     14     16     17     13     16     12     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 09  Dec 14  Oct 19  Jul 27  May 12  May 12  Jan 16
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007
                             
Approve              62      66      66      67      71      71      52
Disapprove           24      24      24      17      17      17      34
DK/NA                14      11      10      16      13      13      14
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    84%    59%    63%    65%    59%    76%    46%    56%
Disapprove           30     12     31     31     31     29     17     41     36
DK/NA                 8      4     10      6      4     11      7     13      8
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              49%    60%    65%    67%    68%    50%    67%    65%    69%
Disapprove           40     31     26     27     25     40     25     27     25
DK/NA                11      9      9      5      6     10      7      8      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    64%    59%    63%    59%    56%    61%    64%    68%
Disapprove           29     27     33     31     34     37     33     29     19
DK/NA                 8      9      8      6      7      7      6      7     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 09  Dec 14  Oct 17  Feb 18  Jun 17  Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2012    2011    2011    2010    2009    2002    2000
                             
Approve              62      62      61      69      64      76      43
Disapprove           30      33      33      23      31      18      48
DK/NA                 8       4       6       8       5       6       9
 
 
28. Do you think the New York City Police Department has been effective in combating terrorism or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  77%    88%    77%    79%    81%    75%    87%    71%    70%
No                   16      8     15     16     14     17      7     19     25
DK/NA                 7      3      8      4      5      8      5     10      5
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  67%    75%    77%    84%    89%    65%    82%    85%    85%
No                   21     18     15     13      8     28     12     11      7
DK/NA                12      7      8      3      3      7      5      4      8
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  79%    81%    73%    79%    77%    78%    78%    75%    79%
No                   14     12     20     16     19     18     16     16     12
DK/NA                 7      6      7      5      5      3      6      8      8
 
 
29. Do you think the New York City Police Department has unfairly targeted Muslims to combat terrorism or has acted appropriately?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Unfair               24%     7%    28%    23%    27%    21%    18%    35%    22%
Appropriate          60     87     54     64     62     59     70     48     60
DK/NA                16      6     18     13     11     20     12     16     17
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Unfair               26%    24%    29%    20%    14%    22%    20%    29%    24%
Appropriate          56     61     51     68     74     61     64     60     61
DK/NA                19     15     20     11     12     17     16     11     15
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Unfair               26%    28%    19%    21%    23%    32%    26%    23%    15%
Appropriate          58     57     64     63     60     59     58     57     70
DK/NA                16     15     16     16     17      9     16     20     15
 
 
30. Do you support or oppose the creation of non-indian casinos in New York State, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              54%    60%    54%    53%    57%    51%    48%    65%    57%
Oppose               37     34     35     40     35     38     42     27     35
DK/NA                 9      6     10      7      8     11     10      8      8
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              55%    48%    56%    58%    54%    63%    55%    56%    48%
Oppose               34     41     36     33     40     29     36     36     44
DK/NA                11     10      8      9      7      8      9      8      8
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              55%    51%    59%    53%    59%    55%    57%    50%    56%
Oppose               35     40     32     39     34     40     36     38     32
DK/NA                 9      9      9      8      7      5      7     12     12
 
 
31. There is a proposal to change the state constitution to allow for the creation of non-indian casinos in New York State, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            50%    58%    50%    51%    56%    46%    45%    56%    57%
Bad idea             41     36     42     40     38     44     46     35     38
DK/NA                 8      5      8      9      6     10      9      9      4
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Good idea            56%    46%    47%    56%    52%    54%    54%    52%    48%
Bad idea             36     46     44     35     43     36     41     38     48
DK/NA                 8      9      9      9      6     10      5     10      4
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            49%    47%    55%    51%    54%    52%    54%    50%    51%
Bad idea             43     44     37     43     40     44     38     43     37
DK/NA                 8      9      7      6      5      4      8      7     13
 
 
32. There is a proposal to build the world's largest convention center, plus an Atlantic City-style casino and hotels at the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens. The new convention center would be built on state-owned land, but paid for by a private company. Do you support or oppose building this new convention center in Queens?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    74%    56%    56%    60%    55%    50%    66%    63%
Oppose               33     22     33     35     33     33     39     26     28
DK/NA                10      4     12      9      7     13     11      8      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              61%    54%    52%    62%    61%    59%    64%    61%    54%
Oppose               23     36     40     30     28     32     27     29     39
DK/NA                16     10      8      8     11     10      9     11      7
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              58%    52%    64%    61%    68%    59%    61%    56%    54%
Oppose               33     38     28     33     26     35     31     34     31
DK/NA                 9     11      9      6      6      6      8     10     15
 
 
33. Do you think this new convention center would end up costing the government a lot of money or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  48%    30%    50%    51%    46%    50%    47%    44%    55%
No                   39     59     37     38     43     36     36     45     37
DK/NA                13     11     13     11     12     14     17     11      8
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  49%    50%    48%    45%    47%    50%    47%    46%    48%
No                   38     37     36     43     43     37     43     41     40
DK/NA                13     13     16     12      9     13     10     13     12
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  52%    50%    46%    47%    54%    45%    53%    49%    44%
No                   37     35     43     42     37     47     34     41     36
DK/NA                11     14     11     10      9      8     13     11     21
 
 
34. Do you think this new convention center would be good for New York State's economy or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  68%    76%    69%    68%    67%    69%    60%    76%    76%
No                   23     15     22     25     25     21     30     18     18
DK/NA                 9      9      9      7      8     10     10      6      6
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  77%    63%    64%    71%    72%    69%    73%    70%    68%
No                   16     24     28     23     18     20     22     22     26
DK/NA                 7     12      8      6     11     11      5      8      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  72%    65%    73%    73%    76%    77%    70%    65%    64%
No                   22     27     18     19     18     16     22     28     26
DK/NA                 6      8      9      8      5      8      8      7     10
 
 
35. As you may know, New York City's Sanitation Department puts a large yellow sticker on cars that block street-cleaning trucks. Do you think that practice should continue or end?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Continue             60%    59%    58%    62%    63%    57%    54%    65%    66%
End                  35     39     37     33     33     37     40     32     31
DK/NA                 5      2      5      5      4      6      6      2      3
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Continue             56%    56%    66%    61%    57%    62%    60%    59%    60%
End                  40     40     26     36     40     34     35     37     37
DK/NA                 4      4      8      4      3      3      6      4      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Continue             60%    59%    62%    52%    55%    56%    57%    61%    66%
End                  37     37     34     44     41     38     39     35     29
DK/NA                 4      5      5      4      3      6      5      3      5
 
                     Owns   PARKS ON STREET Q37
                     CarQ36 Yes    No
 
Continue             59%    57%    60%
End                  39     41     37
DK/NA                 3      2      4
 
 
36. Do you own a car?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    66%    49%    62%    58%    51%    54%    54%    52%
No                   46     34     51     38     42     49     46     46     48
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  47%    52%    35%    73%    78%    33%    51%    64%    77%
No                   53     48     65     27     22     67     49     36     23
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds Yes    No     <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  65%    63%    44%    69%    68%    52%    60%    59%    44%
No                   35     37     56     31     32     48     40     41     56
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
37. (If own a car) Do you park your car on the street or do you have off-street parking? (If both) Where would you say that you park most of the time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
Park on street       50%    52%    50%    48%    50%    49%    45%    55%    61% 
Off-street parking   45     45     45     45     44     45     52     43     31 
DK/NA                 5      3      5      7      5      5      3      2      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
Park on street       54%    60%    44%    45%    42%    59%    53%    50%    44% 
Off-street parking   44     36     55     46     50     35     45     43     50 
DK/NA                 2      4      1      9      9      5      2      7      6