July 21, 2004 - Most New Yorkers Back Stadium -- If It's Built Tax-Free, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Stadium And Olympics Are Likely
By a 54 - 41 percent margin, New York City voters support building a new West Side stadium for the 2012 Olympics and the New York Jets football team - if the stadium generates enough income to pay off the money the city and state will borrow to help build it, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voter feeling for the "tax-free" stadium proposal ranges from 50 - 46 percent opposed in Manhattan to 61 - 36 percent in favor among Queens voters, with Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island voters in favor, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds.

If the added revenue does not cover the city/state borrowing costs, then New York City voters oppose the stadium 78 - 19 percent.

Either way, 64 percent of all New Yorkers, including 59 percent of Manhattan voters, say it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that the stadium will be built, with 29 percent of all voters who say "not too likely" or "not likely at all."

"The stadium argument comes down to tax dollars: If the claim is correct that the stadium will generate enough income, New Yorkers say, 'Build it!'" said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"If taxpayers have to pick up the tab, no way, they say.

When asked if they support the total West Side development plan, including the stadium, expansion of the Javits Convention Center, extending the Number 7 subway line and rezoning the area to allow for apartment and office buildings, New York City voters are opposed 54 - 39 percent, led by Manhattan voters opposed 66 - 28 percent.

But when they consider the plan's components individually, New Yorkers:
  • Oppose building the stadium 57 - 38 percent;
  • Support expanding the Javits Convention Center 59 - 32 percent;
  • Support extending the Number 7 subway line 74 - 20 percent;
  • Support rezoning for apartment and office buildings 56 - 34 percent.
Asked how likely it is that each component will be completed, voters say:
  • 74 percent "very likely" or "somewhat likely" for the Javits Center;
  • 62 percent "very likely" or "somewhat likely" for the subway line;
  • 72 percent "very likely" or "somewhat likely" for the rezoning.
"While the argument for the Olympics/football stadium hangs on who pays for it, New Yorkers give pretty solid support to the other components of the West Side plan," Carroll said. "And no matter how they feel about the stadium, voters are pretty much convinced that it's going to happen."

From July 12 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,119 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

23. There is a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets football team and the 2012 Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan. The proposal would include expanding the Javits convention center, extending the number 7 subway line to the Javits center, and rezoning areas around the new stadium to allow for apartments and offices. In general, do you support or oppose this proposal?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 39% 51% 38% 39% 34% 41% 44% 47% 33% Oppose 54 42 56 54 59 52 50 48 59 DK/NA 7 8 6 7 7 7 6 5 8

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 35% 43% 28% 48% 38% 35% Oppose 60 47 66 47 54 58 DK/NA 5 10 5 5 7 7



24. The new Jets stadium plans have been proposed as a package. Suppose they were separated. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of the following parts of the proposal.

Do you support or oppose... -- building a new stadium for the New York Jets football team and the 2012 Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 38% 51% 35% 38% 30% 41% 45% 44% 33% Oppose 57 43 60 57 63 54 49 51 62 DK/NA 5 6 5 5 6 4 6 5 5

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 38% 41% 24% 46% 43% 35% Oppose 60 53 69 50 53 61 DK/NA 3 7 7 4 4 4



25. (The new Jets stadium plans have been proposed as a package. Suppose they were separated. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of the following parts of the proposal.)

Do you support or oppose -- expanding the Javits convention center?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 59% 64% 57% 63% 60% 57% 65% 66% 54% Oppose 32 24 34 27 29 37 28 26 36 DK/NA 9 12 9 10 11 6 7 8 10

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 59% 59% 56% 63% 57% 59% Oppose 34 34 30 27 37 36 DK/NA 8 7 14 9 6 6



26. (The new Jets stadium plans have been proposed as a package. Suppose they were separated. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of the following parts of the proposal.)

Do you support or oppose -- extending the number 7 subway line to the Javits center?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 74% 75% 73% 75% 74% 71% 76% 78% 70% Oppose 20 14 21 18 17 24 20 16 22 DK/NA 7 12 6 8 9 4 4 6 8

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 68% 77% 72% 76% 71% 74% Oppose 26 18 20 16 23 20 DK/NA 6 6 8 8 6 6



27. (The new Jets stadium plans have been proposed as a package. Suppose they were separated. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of the following parts of the proposal.)

Do you support or oppose -- rezoning areas around the new stadium to allow for apartments and offices?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 56% 58% 55% 57% 55% 56% 63% 64% 49% Oppose 34 27 37 29 33 37 32 28 39 DK/NA 10 15 8 14 12 7 5 8 12

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 56% 54% 58% 55% 56% 53% Oppose 36 35 34 33 35 40 DK/NA 8 11 8 13 9 7



28. How likely do you think it is that... -- a new stadium will be built for the New York Jets football team and the 2012 Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan? Is it very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very likely 28% 24% 31% 27% 20% 42% 32% 27% 30% Smwht likely 36 35 35 36 38 33 37 35 37 Not too likely 21 27 21 22 26 13 20 24 20 Not likely at all 8 7 8 8 10 7 6 9 8 DK/NA 6 6 5 7 6 5 5 5 7

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very likely 39% 31% 22% 23% 28% 32% Smwht likely 35 34 37 38 34 32 Not too likely 16 21 25 22 23 22 Not likely at all 5 6 9 13 8 10 DK/NA 5 7 7 4 8 4



29. How likely do you think it is that... -- the Javits convention center will be expanded?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very likely 32% 31% 32% 33% 29% 41% 30% 36% 28% Smwht likely 42 41 42 42 45 38 41 39 44 Not too likely 15 16 16 12 16 14 15 14 15 Not likely at all 5 5 5 6 4 3 7 5 6 DK/NA 7 8 5 7 7 4 6 5 8

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very likely 37% 32% 29% 31% 32% 33% Smwht likely 38 44 43 42 33 42 Not too likely 14 15 16 14 15 14 Not likely at all 4 4 5 5 13 5 DK/NA 7 5 7 7 7 5



30. How likely do you think it is that... -- the number 7 subway line will be extended to the Javits convention center?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very likely 25% 24% 27% 25% 16% 35% 28% 29% 22% Smwht likely 37 36 36 39 38 35 42 36 38 Not too likely 22 23 23 21 28 22 15 20 23 Not likely at all 9 8 8 9 9 5 13 9 9 DK/NA 7 10 6 7 9 4 3 6 7

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very likely 30% 27% 18% 26% 29% 27% Smwht likely 39 37 37 38 35 37 Not too likely 19 21 28 20 16 21 Not likely at all 6 8 11 10 10 9 DK/NA 5 7 6 7 10 5



31. How likely do you think it is that... -- areas around the new stadium will be rezoned to allow for apartments and offices?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very likely 32% 27% 32% 35% 27% 40% 34% 33% 31% Smwht likely 40 38 42 38 43 32 40 38 41 Not too likely 16 22 15 15 17 18 13 18 15 Not likely at all 5 5 5 5 4 5 7 5 6 DK/NA 7 8 7 7 9 5 6 7 8

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very likely 34% 33% 30% 30% 32% 37% Smwht likely 35 37 42 43 42 36 Not too likely 15 19 14 16 12 15 Not likely at all 7 4 5 6 6 6 DK/NA 9 7 8 5 8 7



32. How likely do you think it is that New York City will get the 2012 Olympics?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very likely 18% 17% 21% 15% 12% 26% 27% 15% 21% Smwht likely 45 49 44 45 43 46 43 44 45 Not too likely 21 22 22 20 29 15 17 23 20 Not likely at all 10 7 9 15 11 9 9 11 10 DK/NA 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 6 5

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Very likely 24% 22% 12% 19% 11% 17% Smwht likely 44 44 41 46 56 47 Not too likely 18 19 28 19 22 20 Not likely at all 9 8 14 11 8 12 DK/NA 5 6 5 5 3 4



33. Supporters of a new stadium for the Jets and 2012 Olympics say that it will generate enough income to repay the money the city and state borrow to help build it. Would you support or oppose the stadium if this were true?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 54% 61% 55% 55% 50% 60% 64% 59% 51% Oppose 41 33 42 41 45 38 33 39 44 DK/NA 4 6 3 4 5 2 4 3 6

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 52% 57% 46% 61% 53% 51% Oppose 45 37 50 36 41 46 DK/NA 3 5 4 4 5 3



34. Would you support or oppose a new stadium for the Jets and 2012 Olympics if the generated income would not cover the costs?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Support 19% 23% 18% 19% 16% 22% 21% 26% 13% Oppose 78 71 78 79 80 76 75 72 82 DK/NA 3 5 3 3 3 1 4 2 5

Union Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl HsHold

Support 18% 23% 13% 18% 29% 18% Oppose 78 74 85 78 67 80 DK/NA 3 3 3 4 4 2