June 13, 2012 - Older Voters Tip New York City Glass Against Soda Ban, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bloomberg Gets Mixed Grades On Health Issues

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With age, education and gender gaps, New York City voters oppose 51 - 46 percent Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of over-sized sugary soft drinks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Men oppose the ban 55 - 41 percent while women support it by a slim 50 - 47 percent margin, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters under 35 years old are divided with 49 percent in support and 46 percent opposed; voters 35 - 49 years old split 50 - 49 percent. Voters 50 to 64 years old are opposed 57 - 42 percent and voters over 65 are opposed 51 - 43 percent. Voters with college degrees are split 48 - 49 percent while voters without degrees are opposed 53 - 43 percent.

Opposition is 56 - 41 percent among white voters and 53 - 44 percent among black voters while Hispanic voters support the soda ban 52 - 44 percent.

Manhattan voters support the soda ban 55 - 41 percent while opposition in the other boroughs ranges from 52 - 45 percent in Brooklyn to 65 - 32 percent in Staten Island.

New York City voters say 56 - 39 percent that the proposed soda ban would not be effective in reducing obesity rates.

Voters are divided 43 - 43 percent on whether the soda ban is "Nanny Government," but say by a slim margin, 50 - 46 percent, that government should not be involved in people's eating and drinking habits.

"Is he your mayor or your nanny? New Yorkers are not swallowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed curb on big buckets of soda. But - wait just a minute - they are evenly divided on whether it amounts to 'Nanny Government,'" said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Anyhow, they doubt that a soda ban would do much to slim down public obesity."

New York City voters approve 50 - 39 percent of the job Mayor Bloomberg is doing, little changed from the mayor's 49 - 42 percent score May 10.

Bloomberg gets a split 47 - 45 percent approval for the way he is handling public health.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gets a 55 - 24 percent approval rating, little changed from her 57 - 23 percent score May 10.

Voters approve 39 - 17 percent of the job Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is doing, down from 48 - 13 percent May 10.

City Comptroller John Liu gets a 40 - 32 percent job approval rating, unchanged from May 10.

"While the soda ban goes flat with New York City voters, the glass is half full - or half empty - for Mayor Mike. Voters are evenly divided on his overall efforts to make us healthier," Carroll said.

"Bloomberg's overall job approval is still positive, but with less than the sky-high numbers of his second term.

"The voters give Council Speaker Christine Quinn a good approval rating, but no wedding present, as she's had slightly higher scores.

"Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who's warring with Mayor Bloomberg, especially over outer-borough taxis, has lost ground with the voters."

From June 6 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,093 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    46%    49%    55%    53%    47%    57%    39%    50%
Disapprove           39     44     42     31     37     40     34     46     40
DK/NA                11     11      9     14     10     13      9     16     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              54%    44%    51%    48%    46%    52%
Disapprove           37     41     38     44     43     36
DK/NA                 9     15     11      8     11     12
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              52%    45%    58%    46%    46%    39%    53%    48%
Disapprove           37     42     31     44     43     48     34     38
DK/NA                11     14     11     10     11     13     13     13
 
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
                     Jun 13  May 10  Mar 13  Feb 08  Dec 14  Oct 21  Jul 02
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2008*   2003
 
Approve              50      49      54      46      49      75      31
Disapprove           39      42      35      42      42      20      60
DK/NA                11      10      11      12       9       6       8
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    31%    45%    35%    39%    39%    38%    44%    38%
Disapprove           17     24     13     21     18     16     12     18     18
DK/NA                44     45     41     44     43     45     50     38     44
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    39%    35%    43%    45%    37%
Disapprove           16     19     17     17     21     11
DK/NA                45     43     47     39     34     51
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              43%    42%    34%    38%    42%    41%    34%    33%
Disapprove           19     13     15     22     19     19     19     23
DK/NA                38     45     51     40     39     40     47     44
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Public Advocate?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 13  May 10  Mar 13  Feb 08  Dec 15  May 10  May 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2010
 
Approve              39      48      42      42      41      48      34
Disapprove           17      13      17      18      18      13      16
DK/NA                44      39      41      40      41      39      50
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              55%    44%    63%    50%    53%    58%    53%    61%    56%
Disapprove           24     37     18     27     28     20     26     16     22
DK/NA                21     19     18     23     19     22     21     23     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              56%    54%    56%    59%    56%    54%
Disapprove           27     21     18     26     27     28
DK/NA                17     25     26     15     17     18
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              63%    52%    54%    54%    61%    54%    55%    58%
Disapprove           19     23     23     29     23     30     21     21
DK/NA                18     25     23     17     16     16     23     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Quinn is handling her job as City Council Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 13  May 10  Mar 13  Feb 08  Dec 15  Mar 13  Nov 25
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2008
 
Approve              55      57      59      53      55      59      40
Disapprove           24      23      20      23      24      20      29
DK/NA                21      20      21      23      21      21      31
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              40%    39%    45%    31%    44%    36%    29%    55%    39%
Disapprove           32     41     29     38     32     32     43     22     23
DK/NA                28     20     27     31     24     31     28     22     38
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              36%    45%    46%    35%    44%    34%
Disapprove           38     24     26     45     31     34
DK/NA                25     31     28     20     25     32
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              41%    41%    31%    49%    35%    45%    43%    45%
Disapprove           20     31     40     32     36     33     31     30
DK/NA                39     28     29     18     29     22     26     25
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Liu is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 13  May 10  Mar 13  Feb 08  Dec 15  May 11  Dec 15
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              40      41      40      40      38      57      38
Disapprove           32      32      37      29      35      14      35
DK/NA                28      27      23      31      27      30      27
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling public health issues in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    39%    51%    51%    52%    43%    54%    42%    42%
Disapprove           45     55     43     43     40     50     38     51     51
DK/NA                 8      6      6      6      8      7      7      6      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              52%    41%    49%    49%    44%    50%
Disapprove           41     51     47     44     51     38
DK/NA                 8      7      4      7      5     12
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              43%    44%    56%    46%    47%    43%    50%    51%
Disapprove           47     50     36     46     48     49     44     42
DK/NA                10      6      8      8      4      8      6      8
 
 
8. As you may know, Mayor Bloomberg has a plan to ban large servings of soda and sugary drinks in an effort to help fight obesity in New York City. Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces that are sold in places regulated by the city's health department like restaurants, movies theaters, and food carts. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              46%    31%    51%    43%    41%    50%    41%    44%    52%
Oppose               51     69     46     52     55     47     56     53     44
DK/NA                 4      -      3      5      4      3      3      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              48%    43%    49%    50%    42%    43%
Oppose               49     53     46     49     57     51
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      1      6
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Support              41%    45%    55%    44%    32%    38%    49%    45%
Oppose               53     52     41     53     65     58     48     52
DK/NA                 5      2      4      3      3      4      2      4
 
 
9. Do you think a ban on large sizes of sugary drinks would be effective in reducing New York City's obesity rate, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  39%    26%    43%    38%    39%    40%    37%    37%    41%
No                   56     70     53     57     56     56     59     59     53
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      5      4      5      4      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  41%    37%    41%    39%    38%    40%
No                   55     58     53     58     61     53
DK/NA                 4      5      6      3      2      7
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Yes                  41%    37%    44%    39%    30%    32%    47%    44%
No                   53     57     50     60     67     62     50     53
DK/NA                 6      7      5      1      2      6      3      3
 
 
10. Do you think the government should be getting involved in people's eating and drinking habits to fight obesity, or do you think the government shouldn't be getting involved in these things?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Gov shld be involved 46%    30%    51%    44%    44%    48%    45%    42%    52%
Gov shld't be invld  50     69     44     55     52     48     52     54     44
DK/NA                 4      1      5      2      3      4      3      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Gov shld be involved 50%    41%    51%    49%    46%    39%
Gov shld't be invld  46     56     46     47     52     56
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      2      4
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Gov shld be involved 45%    46%    57%    43%    22%    46%    50%    48%
Gov shld't be invld  50     51     38     53     77     49     47     47
DK/NA                 5      3      4      4      1      6      3      5
 
 
11. Would you describe Mayor Bloomberg's plan as an example of "Nanny Government" or wouldn't you describe it this way?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  43%    59%    40%    44%    44%    42%    46%    38%    40%
No                   43     35     47     40     43     43     42     45     45
DK/NA                14      6     13     16     13     15     12     17     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  42%    44%    47%    40%    49%    38%
No                   46     38     43     48     39     43
DK/NA                12     18     10     12     13     18
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Yes                  39%    47%    33%    49%    45%    48%    40%    40%
No                   44     40     51     37     43     40     46     48
DK/NA                17     13     16     14     12     13     14     12
 
 
12. Which would you say that you drink more often diet soft drinks or regular, non-diet soft drinks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Diet                 26%    24%    29%    22%    28%    23%    35%    15%    19%
Regular, non-diet    31     39     29     30     34     28     22     44     35
DK/NA                44     37     42     48     38     49     44     40     45
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Diet                 30%    21%    25%    26%    27%    28%
Regular, non-diet    25     39     47     30     25     20
DK/NA                45     41     28     44     48     52
 
                                                        Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds <18    InPubSch
 
Diet                 19%    24%    33%    22%    37%    27%    25%    16%
Regular, non-diet    35     33     23     31     38     22     34     40
DK/NA                46     43     44     47     24     52     41     44
 
 

Demographic Summary