May 8, 2003 - World's Tallest Building At Ground Zero Is Bad Idea, Most New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Mayor, Not Governor, Should Control Recovery
Building the world's tallest building at the World Trade Center site is a "bad idea," New York City voters say 57 - 36 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The building should be shorter so it is not a target for future terrorist attacks, 52 percent of New Yorkers say, while 39 percent say a taller building would be a statement of New York's recovery.

A total of 62 percent of New York City voters say the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is going "very well" or "somewhat well," while 28 percent say it is going "somewhat badly" or "very badly."

In a March 28, 2002, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, 78 percent of New Yorkers said the redevelopment was going "very well" or "somewhat well."

Mayor Bloomberg should have the major role in decisions about redeveloping the World Trade Center site, 58 percent of New Yorkers say, while 23 percent say Gov. George Pataki should have the major role, with 20 percent undecided.

"Low marks for the high building planned for the World Trade Center site," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "New Yorkers don't want to tempt terrorists to attack a third time."

"Even though Gov. Pataki has moved to dominate the rebuilding effort, and most voters say things are going well, New Yorkers would like to have their Mayor in charge," Carroll said.

By a 70 - 25 percent margin, New Yorkers say there should be just one memorial for all the victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

"All of the dead should share equally in the memorial, most voters say, rather than having a separate memorial for the rescuers," Carroll said.

From April 29 - May 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 757 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.

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

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

TREND: What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going? Would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?

                          Very  Smwht Smwht Very    
                          well  well  badly badly DK/NA
                          
May 8, 2003               12%   50%   20%    8%   10%
July 17, 2002             22    50    12     4    12
March 28, 2002            28    50    12     2     9


31. What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going? Would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very well 12% 14% 11% 12% 9% 16% 12% 14% 11% 11% Somewhat well 50 47 55 44 54 47 58 47 52 50 Somewhat badly 20 14 22 21 22 18 14 22 18 23 Very badly 8 15 4 9 7 4 10 11 6 8 DK/NA 10 11 7 14 9 14 6 7 13 7



32. Who do you think should have the major role in decisions about the development of the World Trade Center site - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or New York State Governor George Pataki?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Bloomberg 58% 53% 55% 70% 68% 52% 42% 62% 54% 65% Pataki 23 32 23 14 17 22 41 23 23 18 DK/NA 20 15 21 16 15 25 17 15 23 17



33. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to build the world's tallest building at the World Trade Center site?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Good idea 36% 43% 32% 35% 31% 30% 50% 50% 24% 34% Bad idea 57 49 60 61 61 59 46 43 68 58 DK/NA 7 8 8 4 8 11 4 7 8 8



34. Which comes closer to your point of view --

A) A shorter building should be built at the World Trade Center site so it is not a target for future terrorist attacks. or B) A taller building should be built at the World Trade Center site as a statement of New York's recovery.
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


A)Shorter/Not a target 52% 45% 56% 54% 51% 59% 49% 38% 63% 49%

B)Taller/Statement of recovery 39 49 36 37 39 34 46 53 28 42

DK/NA 9 7 8 9 10 7 5 9 10 9



35. Do you think there should be one memorial at the World Trade Center site for all those who died on September 11th or do you think there should be some separate recognition for the rescue workers who died on September 11th?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


One memorial 70% 67% 71% 70% 68% 73% 67% 76% 65% 67% Separate recognition 25 29 24 27 28 21 29 21 29 26 DK/NA 5 5 5 3 4 6 4 3 7 6



36. How concerned are you that you or someone in your immediate family might catch the SARS virus - is that something that concerns you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Great deal 25% 20% 29% 21% 8% 39% 44% 22% 27% 25% Somewhat 24 22 25 24 24 23 25 21 26 27 Not too much 25 22 27 24 33 19 18 27 24 24 Not at all 25 36 18 29 35 16 12 29 22 23 DK/NA 1 - 1 1 - 3 2 1 2 1