July 2, 2003 - New York Is A Party Town, Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Thumbs Down On Mayor And Non-Party Election Idea
A proposal to eliminate party labels when candidates run for election to New York City office is a "bad idea," voters say 55 - 37 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans oppose non-party elections 58 - 37 percent, while Democrats oppose it 64 - 29 percent. Independent voters back the idea 53 - 41 percent.

The party label is "very important" when they vote, 41 percent of New Yorkers say, while 27 percent say "somewhat important;" 15 percent say "not very important," and 16 percent say "not important at all."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still in the cellar with a negative 31 - 60 percent approval rating, a new low. He had a 32 - 56 percent approval in a May 7 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

"A switch to no-party-label elections? Who knows what would happen if the question is on the ballot and Mayor Bloomberg spends some of his millions to promote it? Right now, New Yorkers say they want to see the label when they select a candidate," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Even if they do peel off the labels, New Yorkers know Bloomberg is a Republican; voters say he thinks like a Republican and, label or not, they give him low marks on the way he does his job," Carroll added.

Without party labels on the ballot, New York City voters say 61 - 15 percent that they would vote for someone else rather than Bloomberg. Even Republicans say 41 - 28 percent that they would vote for someone else.

When asked what party the Mayor belongs to, 77 percent answered correctly that he is a Republican, and by a 57 - 25 percent margin, voters say Bloomberg's views on issues are more Republican than Democratic.

By a 53 - 42 percent margin, voters say Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities and voters say 57 - 34 percent that he is honest and trustworthy.

But only 23 percent say the Mayor "connects well" with them personally, while only 18 percent say he "connects well with the people of New York City."

"Even after achieving a government budget with much less of the rhetorical bloodshed that flowed in Albany, Trenton or Hartford, Bloomberg strikes out when New Yorkers are asked if he understands the city's problems," Carroll said.

Voters say 54 - 42 percent that Bloomberg doesn't understand the issues and problems facing New York City.

From June 25 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 776 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 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

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 31% 48% 28% 36% 42% 21% 22% 36% 28% 27% Disapprove 60 47 63 57 49 73 69 59 62 66 DK/NA 8 5 9 7 9 6 9 6 10 7



2. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very satisfied 7% 9% 5% 8% 7% 3% 8% 8% 5% 2% Smwht satisfied 23 40 20 25 32 15 15 27 20 21 Smwht dissatisfied 32 30 32 32 36 32 25 30 34 29 Very dissatisfied 38 21 42 34 25 50 51 34 41 47 DK/NA 1 - 1 - - - 1 1 - 1



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joel Klein is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 39% 50% 38% 38% 40% 36% 38% 42% 36% 36% Disapprove 33 23 37 30 28 38 39 30 36 40 DK/NA 28 26 25 32 31 26 23 28 28 23



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way William Thompson is handling his job as City Comptroller?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 38% 33% 43% 34% 30% 51% 40% 39% 37% 44% Disapprove 20 19 21 19 15 19 27 21 18 21 DK/NA 42 48 36 47 55 29 33 40 44 35



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Betsy Gotbaum is handling her job as Public Advocate?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Approve 43% 32% 50% 38% 36% 54% 45% 42% 44% 44% Disapprove 22 37 18 25 24 12 29 23 21 22 DK/NA 35 31 32 37 40 34 26 36 35 34



7. In general, do you think Michael Bloomberg's views on issues are closer to the Democratic party or the Republican party?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Democratic 25% 43% 20% 30% 36% 9% 25% 30% 20% 21% Republican 57 39 64 50 43 73 63 52 61 63 DK/NA 19 18 16 20 21 18 12 18 19 16



8. When you vote for a New York City official, such as Mayor or City Council member, how important is it to you personally to know whether the candidate is a Republican or Democrat or member of another party? Is it very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Very important 41% 41% 54% 21% 34% 50% 46% 39% 43% 41% Smwht important 27 31 25 28 29 25 31 26 27 30 Not very important 15 12 10 22 16 12 10 16 13 15 Not important at all 16 15 8 29 20 10 11 18 14 14 DK/AN 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1



9. There is a proposal to eliminate the political party label, such as Democrat or Republican, from the ballot in elections for city officials, such as Mayor or Council member. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea.
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Good idea 37% 37% 29% 53% 39% 35% 39% 38% 37% 33% Bad idea 55 58 64 41 57 57 51 55 56 60 DK/NA 7 5 7 6 5 8 10 7 7 7



10. If political parties are not listed on the ballot in the next election for Mayor, would you be more likely to vote for Bloomberg or for someone else?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Bloomberg 15% 28% 10% 20% 20% 9% 13% 17% 13% 12% Someone else 61 41 71 51 46 77 75 56 65 66 DK/NA 24 30 19 29 34 15 12 27 22 22



11. Which political party does Mayor Michael Bloomberg belong to?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Correct/ Republican 77% 78% 81% 71% 80% 79% 66% 79% 76% 84% Wrong/Any other party 10 10 8 14 9 10 13 9 11 9 Don't know 12 11 10 14 9 11 20 12 12 6 REFUSED 1 2 1 1 2 - 1 1 1 -



12. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg has strong leadership qualities or not?
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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 53% 57% 49% 59% 62% 48% 42% 51% 54% 54% No 42 37 46 37 34 46 53 43 42 42 DK/NA 5 5 5 4 4 7 5 7 4 4



13. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg is honest and trustworthy or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 57% 77% 53% 63% 73% 42% 41% 61% 54% 52% No 34 21 38 31 21 46 48 31 37 41 DK/NA 9 3 10 6 6 13 10 9 9 7



14. Would you say that Mike Bloomberg -- understands the issues and problems facing New York City or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 42% 48% 39% 48% 53% 31% 30% 45% 39% 35% No 54 45 58 50 42 67 66 50 58 62 DK/NA 4 7 3 2 5 3 4 5 3 3



15. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with other political leaders or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 36% 42% 36% 38% 33% 38% 36% 37% 35% 39% No 48 49 49 47 50 50 48 48 48 50 DK/NA 16 9 15 15 17 12 16 15 17 12



16. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with the people of New York City or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 18% 26% 17% 20% 19% 15% 21% 20% 18% 18% No 76 70 79 76 76 79 73 76 76 79 DK/NA 5 4 4 4 5 6 6 4 6 3



17. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg -- connects well with you personally or not?

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                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   HsHold


Yes 23% 44% 17% 29% 32% 12% 20% 26% 20% 19% No 73 55 80 66 63 84 78 70 75 79 DK/NA 4 2 3 5 5 3 2 4 4 2