September 2, 2014 - New Yorkers Welcome Dem Convention 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want Right To Rent Rooms Like A Hotel
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By a 66 - 23 percent margin, New York City voters want to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Welcoming the convention are Democrats 78 - 14 percent and independent voters 60 - 27 percent, while Republican voters say no 52 - 38 percent.

By a small 47 - 39 percent margin, with a split among the boroughs, voters prefer Brooklyn over Manhattan as the site for the convention, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University poll finds.

Brooklyn voters say 54 - 35 percent YIMBY - yes in my backyard - and Manhattan voters agree 53 - 31 percent that the convention should be in Brooklyn. Queens voters are divided with 42 percent for Brooklyn and 40 percent for Manhattan. Backing Manhattan over Brooklyn are Staten Island voters 55 - 31 percent, with 50 percent of Bronx voters agreeing.

All New York City voters agree 67 - 22 percent that Brooklyn is the new "hip place."

Support for a hip Brooklyn ranges from 49 - 32 percent in The Bronx to 85 - 12 percent in Brooklyn. Even voters over 65 years old say 64 - 19 percent that Brooklyn is hip.

If Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen as a national spokesman for liberal issues, that's good for New York City, voters say 30 - 17 percent, while 46 percent say it makes no difference. A role as spokesman on liberal issues is good for de Blasio, voters say 44 - 12 percent.

"Hey! Let's have a party! By 3-1, New Yorkers would like to play host to the Democratic National Convention in 2016," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. "Being host would boost Mayor Bill de Blasio's national renown, and many New Yorkers like the idea that their mayor is turning into a national spokesman for liberalism. Good for the city, good for him, they say."

"Haven't you heard? Brooklyn is now hip! The city's pitch is to stage the show in Brooklyn - and Brooklyn likes that a lot," Carroll added. "Manhattanites think the convention ought to be in Brooklyn, too. Are they being gracious, or ducking the traffic?" Turning Apartments into Hotels

New York City voters support 56 - 36 percent allowing people to rent rooms in their homes to strangers, similar to a hotel. Support is similar among men, women, black voters and white voters, while Hispanic voters are divided, with 46 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed.

Manhattan voters favor the right to rent 61 - 32 percent, followed by Queens at 60 - 29 percent, and Brooklyn at 57 - 34 percent. Staten Island voters are divided with 46 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed, and 50 percent of Bronx voters say the practice should be banned, while 42 percent support it.

Poor Doors and Carriage Horses

Moving homeless families into public housing is a good idea, New York City voters say 76 - 15 percent.

Outlaw the "poor door," voters say 78 - 17 percent and require luxury housing developers who include affordable housing to provide one entrance for everyone. Support for one entrance ranges from 60 - 33 percent among Republicans to 83 - 13 percent among Democrats.

Mayor de Blasio should not ban horse-drawn carriages, voters say 61 - 25 percent. There is no party, gender, age, race or borough group in favor of the ban. Opposition to the ban tops 2-1 for the fourth Quinnipiac University poll in a row.

"New Yorkers want the right to turn their apartments into hotels," Carroll said. "Folks in The Bronx and Staten Island are less excited with the idea.

"On another issue, voters want to slam shut the so-called 'Poor Door,' allowing rich and not-so-rich to use the same entrance.

"In case you forgot, that idea of banning carriage horses is still around. And New Yorkers still think it's a bad idea."

From August 20 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,021 New York City voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

22. Do you think Mayor de Blasio should or should not ban horse drawn carriages from New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should ban           25%    11%    27%    30%    22%    28%    21%    27%    31%
Should not           61     82     59     56     64     58     66     56     57
DK/NA                14      7     14     14     14     14     13     17     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Should ban           30%    28%    27%    21%    16%    40%    30%    21%    15%
Should not           58     60     57     63     75     49     58     67     65
DK/NA                12     12     16     16      8     12     12     12     20
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor de Blasio should or should not ban horse drawn carriages from New York City?
                     Sep 02  Jun 11  Mar 19  Jan 16
                     2014    2014    2014    2014
 
Should ban           25      26      24      28
Should not           61      66      64      61
DK/NA                14       8      11      11
 
 
49. New York State's minimum wage increases to $8.75 an hour next year. Do you think New York City should or should not increase its minimum wage even higher, to $11.50 per hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               79%    48%    88%    75%    73%    84%    69%    91%    87%
Should not           18     48     10     22     24     14     28      7     12
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      4      2      4      2      2
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Should               88%    76%    85%    73%    74%    83%    79%    81%    75%
Should not           10     21     12     25     21     16     19     18     19
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      4      1      2      2      5
 
 
50. If Mayor de Blasio is perceived as a national spokesperson for liberal issues, do you think that is good for - New York City, bad for New York City, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 30%     7%    39%    26%    28%    32%    24%    33%    33%
Bad                  17     50      9     20     20     15     27      8     11
No difference        46     37     45     50     47     45     44     49     50
DK/NA                 7      5      7      4      5      8      5     11      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good                 36%    26%    36%    30%    15%    44%    26%    30%    27%
Bad                  13     17     15     16     39      8     19     18     20
No difference        41     51     45     46     39     43     51     47     43
DK/NA                10      7      4      7      7      5      5      6     10
 
 
51. If Mayor de Blasio is perceived as a national spokesperson for liberal issues, do you think that is good for - his political career, bad for his political career, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 44%    32%    50%    38%    45%    43%    43%    42%    49%
Bad                  12     10     10     15     13     11     14     12      7
No difference        37     52     33     40     36     38     36     37     37
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      6      9      6      9      7
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good                 45%    40%    49%    44%    39%    60%    45%    37%    42%
Bad                   9     14     10     12     11      8     14     13     10
No difference        34     40     32     37     43     27     36     43     39
DK/NA                11      5      8      7      6      5      6      7     10
 
 
52. Do you think the New York City policy of moving homeless families into public housing projects is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            76%    65%    80%    75%    71%    81%    74%    82%    79%
Bad idea             15     29     12     17     21     10     15     13     13
DK/NA                 8      6      8      8      8      9     11      5      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            84%    76%    80%    73%    58%    87%    75%    78%    71%
Bad idea              9     18      9     18     30      9     18     14     18
DK/NA                 7      6     11      9     12      5      7      8     11
 
 
53. When a developer includes affordable housing in a luxury housing project, should people living in the affordable housing portion have a separate entrance or should the developer be required to provide one entrance for everyone?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Separate entrance    17%    33%    13%    17%    19%    15%    22%     8%    17%
One entrance         78     60     83     77     76     79     70     90     80
DK/NA                 6      7      4      6      5      6      8      2      4
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Separate entrance     8%    20%    15%    18%    21%    18%    16%    14%    19%
One entrance         87     74     80     75     69     77     80     80     72
DK/NA                 5      5      5      6     10      5      4      5     10
 
 
54. Would you like New York City to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  66%    38%    78%    60%    67%    65%    57%    79%    73%
No                   23     52     14     27     24     23     32     12     17
DK/NA                11      9      8     13      9     12     11      9     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  78%    69%    65%    62%    49%    68%    65%    70%    63%
No                   15     21     22     27     38     21     25     21     24
DK/NA                 7     10     12     11     13     11      9      8     13
 
 
55. If the Democratic National Convention is held in New York City in 2016, would you prefer that the convention be held in Brooklyn or Manhattan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Brooklyn             47%    52%    47%    51%    49%    46%    50%    51%    38%
Manhattan            39     34     40     37     36     41     34     35     55
DK/NA                14     15     13     12     15     13     16     14      7
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Brooklyn             41%    54%    53%    42%    31%    40%    48%    51%    45%
Manhattan            50     35     31     40     55     47     39     39     36
DK/NA                 9     11     15     18     14     13     12     10     19
 
 
56. If the Democratic National Convention is held in New York City in 2016, would you tell friends to come to New York City during the convention or tell them to stay away?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Come to NYC          45%    16%    55%    40%    44%    46%    30%    61%    56%
Stay away            41     74     31     46     40     42     56     23     31
DK/NA                14     10     14     13     16     12     14     16     13
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Come to NYC          55%    44%    41%    47%    38%    63%    41%    45%    41%
Stay away            26     42     46     41     55     26     44     45     42
DK/NA                19     14     13     12      7     11     14     11     17
 
 
57. Some people say Brooklyn is the new "hip place". Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                67%    70%    67%    69%    69%    66%    73%    67%    56%
Disagree             22     25     22     21     23     21     18     22     30
DK/NA                11      6     12     11      8     13      8     11     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                49%    85%    61%    63%    69%    73%    66%    68%    64%
Disagree             32     12     28     23     16     19     28     20     19
DK/NA                19      3     11     14     15      8      6     13     16
 
 
58. Do you think New York City residents should be permitted to rent rooms in their homes for a few days at a time to strangers, similar to a hotel, or should this practice be banned?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Permitted to rent    56%    56%    58%    56%    56%    55%    59%    62%    46%
Ban practice         36     40     34     38     34     37     34     31     45
DK/NA                 8      4      8      7      9      7      7      7      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Permitted to rent    42%    57%    61%    60%    46%    64%    62%    54%    45%
Ban practice         50     34     32     29     49     33     33     38     40
DK/NA                 8      8      6     11      5      3      6      8     15
 
 

Demographic Summary