March 28, 2002 - Keep The Lights Shining At Ground Zero, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Keep Carpool Rules, But Nix The Bridge Tolls
The "Tribute in Light" Memorial, the twin lights shining from Ground Zero, should shine on until a permanent memorial is created, 39 percent of New York City voters say, while 36 percent say the lights should be part of the permanent memorial, with only 20 percent saying the lights should be removed next month, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Looking at post-September 11 traffic restrictions, 57 percent of all New York City voters say the restrictions on single-passenger autos entering Manhattan should remain in effect, while 36 percent say they should be lifted. Results are consistent among voters from all boroughs.

Voters reject 76 - 19 percent a proposal to place tolls on the free East River bridges. Even Manhattan voters nix the idea 66 - 25 percent.

"At least for the time being - and maybe for all time - New Yorkers want those twin beams of light to soar from the World Trade Center site," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Most New Yorkers back the ban on single-passenger cars coming into Manhattan during rush hour. But tolls on the East River bridges - fuhgeddaboutit!

Travel patterns have changed little since September 11, New York voters tell the independent Quinnipiac University poll, but more people are staying out of Manhattan.

Prior to September 11, 28 percent of voters drove into and out of Manhattan, while 62 percent used mass transit and 4 percent say they never went to Manhattan.

Now, 25 percent say they drive and 62 percent still use mass transit, but 8 percent say they never go to Manhattan.

Looking at life in New York, 15 percent of voters say they are "very satisfied," while 56 percent say they are "somewhat satisfied;" 19 percent say they are "somewhat dissatisfied" and 7 percent say they are "very dissatisfied."

In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 30 percent of New York City voters say the economy or jobs is the biggest problem facing the city, followed by 15 percent who list education and 11 percent who list terrorism.

The redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is going "very well," 28 percent of New York City voters say, while 50 percent say it is going "somewhat well;" 12 percent say it is going "somewhat badly," and 2 percent say it is going "very badly."

New construction should begin at Ground Zero as soon as any portion of the site is ready, 13 percent of voters say, while 82 percent say there should be no new construction until a master plan for the entire site has been developed.

The World Trade Center should be rebuilt at the same height to show America is not afraid of terrorist attacks, 33 percent of voters say, while 56 percent say the Trade Center should have the same amount of office space, but in lower buildings so they will not serve as targets for future terrorist attacks.

"New Yorkers want coordination, not a series of separate decisions on redevelopment of the scarred - and perhaps sacred - site where the World Trade Center stood. They're pretty well satisfied with the pace of development downtown," Carroll said.

From March 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

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

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

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 69% 91% 65% 66% 73% 57% 75% 72% 66% Disapprove 21 5 23 27 19 32 12 21 21 DK/NA 10 4 12 7 8 11 12 7 13

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 67% 59% 75% 58% 72% 69% 62% 67% 68% Disapprove 13 20 8 18 13 11 11 16 11 DK/NA 20 21 17 24 15 20 28 18 21

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 70% 37% 84% 61% 59% 85% 79% 61% 77% Disapprove 20 51 8 28 29 9 12 27 15 DK/NA 10 12 8 11 12 6 9 13 8

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 64% 93% 58% 61% 69% 56% 70% 68% 61% Disapprove 28 6 32 32 24 33 23 26 29 DK/NA 8 1 9 7 6 11 7 6 10

14. 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?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very satisfied 15% 28% 14% 9% 18% 8% 17% 16% 14% Smwht satisfied 56 56 58 57 62 51 49 59 55 Smwht dissatisfied 19 9 21 22 15 22 24 15 21 Very dissatisfied 7 5 7 9 3 15 9 8 7 DK/NA 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 1 3



11. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Crime/Violence general 5% 6% 5% 4% 4% 7% 3% 4% 6%

Budget/Spending total: 3% 3% 3% 5% 5% 1% 3% 4% 2% Budget/Spending general 2 3 2 2 4 - 2 2 2 Budget cuts/Cuts in services 1 - 1 1 - 1 - 1 - Budget deficits - - - 2 1 - 1 1 -

Economy total: 30% 29% 31% 31% 28% 33% 31% 33% 27% Economy general 14 11 15 16 18 11 11 17 12 Unemployment/jobs 16 18 16 15 10 22 20 16 15

Rebuilding NYC/ Recovering from 9/11 6 6 7 3 8 5 4 6 6

Poverty/Homelessness 2 1 2 5 2 2 2 2 3

Housing total: 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 3% 5% 4% Housing general 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 2 2 Housing Costs/ Availability 1 1 1 1 2 - - 2 1 Overcrowding 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1

Racism/Race relations 1 1 1 - 1 1 - 1 -

Health care/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 1 - 1 1 - - 2 1 1

Education total: 15% 13% 17% 16% 18% 15% 14% 16% 15% Education general 14 12 16 14 16 14 13 15 14 Education other 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1

Environment/Pollution 1 1 1 - 1 - - - 1

Lack of quality mass trans/Public trans 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 1

Politicians/ Campaigns general 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Terrorism total: 11% 14% 10% 10% 9% 8% 18% 8% 13% Terrorism general 8 10 8 7 5 6 16 5 10 Security/Safety 3 4 2 3 4 2 2 3 3

Other 6 9 5 6 5 8 5 6 6 DK/NA 5 6 4 4 5 5 4 4 5

19. How would you rate the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 13% 16% 13% 11% 15% 12% 11% 13% 13% Good 54 58 54 58 58 54 51 57 52 Not so good 16 13 17 14 13 19 17 14 17 Poor 4 1 5 4 2 3 8 3 5 DK/NA 13 12 12 13 12 13 13 13 13

20. How would you rate the job Governor George Pataki has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 26% 48% 22% 24% 31% 17% 32% 29% 24% Good 55 44 59 57 53 58 52 55 56 Not so good 10 6 11 11 10 13 7 8 12 Poor 2 1 2 4 2 3 2 4 2 DK/NA 6 2 6 4 5 8 6 5 6

21. How would you rate the job President George W. Bush has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 33% 67% 25% 30% 40% 22% 36% 38% 30% Good 46 29 53 43 39 52 50 44 47 Not so good 13 3 14 16 14 14 6 10 15 Poor 5 1 5 8 4 7 3 5 5 DK/NA 3 - 3 3 3 4 4 4 3

22. How would you rate the job Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 18% 10% 23% 11% 13% 20% 25% 14% 20% Good 50 38 55 49 46 62 52 48 52 Not so good 15 27 11 16 17 10 14 17 13 Poor 9 18 5 12 12 3 5 12 6 DK/NA 8 6 6 11 11 5 4 8 8

23. How would you rate the job Senator Charles Schumer has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 19% 17% 22% 13% 21% 20% 14% 18% 20% Good 55 54 57 52 55 55 54 55 55 Not so good 11 13 8 17 10 10 12 12 10 Poor 4 6 2 6 3 5 4 5 3 DK/NA 11 10 11 12 11 11 16 10 13

24. How would you rate the job Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has done -- helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Excellent 62% 83% 56% 65% 77% 44% 59% 60% 63% Good 28 12 34 25 18 37 33 30 26 Not so good 4 2 5 4 3 9 2 3 5 Poor 3 2 3 4 1 7 2 4 3 DK/NA 3 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 2

25. 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?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very well 28% 34% 27% 27% 29% 26% 28% 28% 27% Somewhat well 50 46 53 46 45 53 56 47 52 Somewhat badly 12 14 10 14 12 12 8 14 10 Very badly 2 1 2 4 2 1 4 3 2 DK/NA 9 5 8 10 12 8 4 8 9

26. Do you think the new construction at Ground Zero should begin as soon as any portion of the site is ready, or do you think there should be no new construction until a master plan for the entire site has been developed?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


As soon as ready 13% 15% 12% 14% 11% 11% 18% 15% 11% Wait for master plan 82 79 83 80 83 84 76 81 83 DK/NA 6 6 5 6 6 5 7 4 6



27. If the World Trade Center is rebuilt, which comes closer to your point of view --

A) The World Trade Center should be rebuilt at the same height to show America is not afraid of terrorist attacks.

B) The World Trade Center should be rebuilt with the same amount of office space, but the buildings not as tall so they will not serve as targets for terrorist attacks.

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


A) ..same height/ show not afraid 33% 38% 33% 31% 24% 38% 37% 41% 27%

B) ..not as tall/ will not be targets 56 55 58 55 64 55 53 49 61

DK/NA 11 7 9 14 12 8 10 10 11



28. Have you seen the twin light memorial at the World Trade Center site in person?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 45% 44% 45% 53% 47% 36% 41% 52% 40% No 54 56 55 47 52 63 59 47 60 DK/NA - - - - - 1 - - -





29. Which comes closest to your point of view regarding the twin light memorial --

A)Remove the lights next month as planned B)Keep the lights until a permanent memorial is built C)Make the lights part of the permanent memorial

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


A)Remove next month 20% 19% 19% 24% 22% 12% 19% 26% 15% B)Keep until permanent memorial is built 39 45 38 37 41 40 35 38 40 C)Make part of permanent memorial 36 32 38 33 31 44 41 31 40 DK/NA 6 4 5 6 6 4 5 6 5

30. Should the current auto restrictions limiting single passenger vehicles from coming into Manhattan be continued or not?

                          Tot     Bronx   Kings   Man     Queens  Rich


Yes 57 55 54 59 58 66 No 36 39 41 34 34 19 DK/NA 7 7 5 7 8 15

31. Prior to September 11th, how did you usually travel into and out of Manhattan - by car or mass transit?

                          Tot     Bronx   Kings   Man     Queens  Rich


Car 28% 32% 22% 30% 29% 36% Mass transit 62 61 67 58 63 51 NEVER GOTO(V0L) 4 1 4 4 3 8 DK/NA 6 6 7 8 4 5

32. Since September 11th, how do you usually travel into and out of Manhattan - by car or mass transit?
                          Tot     Bronx   Kings   Man     Queens  Rich


Car 25% 30% 17% 30% 26% 30% Mass transit 62 57 71 57 62 51 NEVER GOTO(V0L) 8 6 9 6 8 17 DK/NA 5 6 3 7 4 3

33. Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the free East River bridges. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                          Tot     Bronx   Kings   Man     Queens  Rich


Good idea 19% 20% 13% 25% 19% 18% Bad idea 76 73 83 66 77 78 DK/NA 6 7 4 9 4 4