May 11, 2012 - Most New Yorkers Want Smoke-Free Living, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Approve Of Mint-Green Outer Borough Cabs

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New York City voters say 59 - 34 percent that they would like to live in a building where no one is allowed to smoke, but these same voters say 53 - 44 percent that City Hall should not pressure building owners to ban indoor smoking, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Men would like to live in a smoke-free building 55 - 39 percent while women want smoke-free living 63 - 30 percent.

New Yorkers have mixed feelings about so-called "Nanny Government," as 45 percent say the government should discourage unhealthy eating and drinking habits while 48 percent say the government shouldn't get involved, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Bloomberg Administration steps to improve health habits are "about right," 45 percent of voters say, while 33 percent say they have gone "too far" and 13 percent say "not far enough."

"New York City voters have a love-hate relationship with 'Nanny Government.' They would like their landlord or their condo or coop board to ban indoor smoking, but they don't want City Hall to pressure building owners to take that step," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Only about one-third of voters say the Bloomberg Administration has gone too far trying to make us healthier. A total of 58 percent say those measures are about right or not enough. But then voters are divided on whether government should be involved all.

"Go figure."

New York City voters do think 64 - 30 percent that the city's bicycle rental program is a good idea. No group disagrees.

But voters say 51 - 45 percent they do not want more bike lanes in their neighborhood. The biggest calls for more bike lanes are in Manhattan, 52 - 42 percent, and The Bronx, 51 - 46 percent. The biggest 'no' comes from Staten Island, 66 - 32 percent, followed by Queens, which is 54 - 41 percent opposed, and Brooklyn, opposed 54 - 42 percent.

Living Wage Bill

New York City voters support 74 - 18 percent the Living Wage Bill, recently passed by the City Council. Support is 82 - 11 percent among Democrats, 70 - 22 percent among independent voters and 50 - 41 percent among Republicans. Support tops 69 percent in every borough. Support is 75 - 16 percent among women and 74 - 21 percent among men.

Voters reject 60 - 28 percent the claim that the Living Wage Bill will cost jobs. Republicans see fewer jobs 47 - 43 percent, but disagreement is 64 - 24 percent among Democrats and 59 - 28 percent among independent voters.

"The Living Wage Bill is more symbolic than substantive, but - it's a liberal city - New Yorkers approve 4-1," Carroll said.

Kermit the Cab

The plan for new mint green taxicabs serving the outer boroughs wins 48 - 25 percent support from New York City voters. Support ranges from 42 - 31 percent in Staten Island to 52 - 14 percent in Manhattan. No group is opposed.

New Yorkers even like the mint green color selected for the cabs, 48 - 31 percent, but there is a gender gap: men like the color 50 - 28 percent while women like it 46 - 34 percent.

Bronx voters dislike the color 45 - 39 percent. But voters in other boroughs are ready to go green.

"It's not easy being green, at least in The Bronx, but New Yorkers seem ready to embrace the new non-Manhattan taxis - and their mint green, or apple green or chartreuse color."

From May 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,066 New York City 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.

23. As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            74%    50%    82%    70%    74%    75%    69%    83%    73%
Bad idea             18     41     11     22     21     16     25     11     17
DK/NA                 7      9      7      8      5     10      7      6      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            76%    73%    77%    79%    73%    72%    80%    76%    71%
Bad idea             18     19     16     13     23     21     17     16     19
DK/NA                 7      8      7      8      4      7      3      8     10
 
TREND: As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea? (* "As you may know, there is a proposal in the New York City Council")
                     May 11  Dec 14
                     2012    2011*
                             
Good idea            74      74
Bad idea             18      19
DK/NA                 7       7
 
 
24. Do you think that a living wage law will mean fewer people will find jobs in New York City or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  28%    47%    24%    28%    32%    24%    28%    29%    29%
No                   60     43     64     59     60     60     58     59     60
DK/NA                12     10     12     13      8     16     14     12     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  26%    30%    27%    25%    32%    37%    24%    25%    28%
No                   64     56     62     62     60     53     66     66     54
DK/NA                10     14     11     14      8     10     11     10     18
 
 
25. New York City is starting a program allowing people to rent bicycles. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            64%    61%    65%    64%    66%    62%    67%    63%    64%
Bad idea             30     35     29     29     29     31     27     33     32
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      4      7      5      4      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            55%    60%    79%    60%    59%    77%    68%    59%    53%
Bad idea             38     34     16     32     38     19     26     36     37
DK/NA                 6      6      5      8      3      3      6      5     10
 
 
26. Would you like to see more bike lanes in your neighborhood or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  45%    32%    47%    47%    46%    44%    36%    47%    57%
No                   51     65     49     48     50     51     61     47     36
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      4      4      3      6      6
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  51%    42%    52%    41%    32%    52%    51%    42%    35%
No                   46     54     42     54     66     46     46     54     56
DK/NA                 3      4      5      5      1      1      3      4      9
 
TREND: Would you like to see more bike lanes in your neighborhood or not?
                     May 11  Oct 20
                     2012    2011
                             
Yes                  45      46
No                   51      48 
DK/NA                 4       5 
 
 
27. 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   45%    26%    51%    43%    44%    47%    43%    49%    44%
Shldn't get involved 48     72     41     52     50     47     52     42     52
DK/NA                 6      2      8      5      6      6      4      9      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Gov responsibility   40%    40%    62%    44%    23%    53%    43%    42%    48%
Shldn't get involved 49     54     32     50     76     39     51     54     47
DK/NA                11      6      6      6      1      8      6      4      5
 
TREND: 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?
                     May 11  Oct 20
                     2012    2011
                             
Gov responsibility   45      47
Shldn't get involved 48      49
DK/NA                 6       4
 
 
28. When it comes to trying to improve people's health habits, do you think the Bloomberg administration's policies have gone too far, not far enough, or they are about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too far              33%    50%    28%    36%    34%    33%    37%    32%    27%
Not far enough       13      9     14     14     15     12      8     12     23
About right          45     39     49     43     46     44     48     47     40
DK/NA                 8      3      9      7      6     11      7     10     10
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Too far              38%    40%    20%    31%    51%    23%    32%    46%    31%
Not far enough       16     14     15     12      3     17     12      7     17
About right          34     38     59     47     40     52     48     43     39
DK/NA                12      8      6      9      6      8      8      4     12
 
TREND: When it comes to trying to improve people's health habits, do you think the Bloomberg administration's policies have gone too far, not far enough, or they are about right?
                     May 11  Feb 18
                     2012    2010
 
Too far              33      20
Not far enough       13      17
About right          45      55
DK/NA                 8       7
 
 
29. Do you think New York City should pressure building owners to ban all indoor smoking or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  44%    38%    45%    41%    41%    46%    38%    49%    51%
No                   53     59     50     57     55     51     58     48     45
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      4      3      3      3      4
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  49%    40%    45%    44%    41%    48%    44%    41%    44%
No                   47     57     52     52     59     50     54     55     51
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      -      2      2      4      5
 
 
30. Would you want to live in an apartment building where nobody is allowed to smoke anywhere in the building or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    53%    61%    59%    55%    63%    58%    62%    63%
No                   34     38     33     36     39     30     35     34     28
DK/NA                 7     10      6      5      5      8      7      3      9
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  63%    59%    60%    57%    55%    69%    58%    56%    58%
No                   30     35     32     38     38     25     36     38     35
DK/NA                 7      6      8      5      7      6      6      6      7
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the new plan for mint green color taxi cabs in the outer boroughs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              48%    44%    49%    52%    53%    44%    49%    43%    54%
Disapprove           25     29     25     19     23     26     22     32     26
DK/NA                27     27     26     29     24     30     29     25     20
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              43%    49%    52%    48%    42%    57%    49%    48%    44%
Disapprove           36     21     14     32     31     21     28     23     25
DK/NA                21     30     34     20     27     22     23     29     32
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the mint green color for these taxi cabs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              48%    48%    47%    51%    50%    46%    50%    47%    51%
Disapprove           31     31     32     28     28     34     26     36     34
DK/NA                21     20     21     21     22     20     24     17     15
 
                                                        AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              39%    50%    52%    50%    47%    51%    49%    49%    46%
Disapprove           45     28     21     34     37     28     35     31     26
DK/NA                17     22     27     16     16     21     16     20     28
 
 

Demographic Summary