November 22, 2004 - New Yorkers Say No Thanks To Turkey With Mayor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Plan To Watch Parade, Not Football
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating has jumped from a negative 37 - 51 percent last Thanksgiving, to a positive 49 - 39 percent this year, New York City voters say 58 - 39 percent that they would not want to have Thanksgiving dinner with the Mayor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

White voters split 48 - 51 percent on whether to share some turkey with Mayor Mike, while only 28 percent of black voters and 32 percent of Hispanic voters would like to break a wishbone with Bloomberg.

Nine percent of New Yorkers plan to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, and 49 percent plan to watch it on television.

Less than 1 percent plan to see a football game in person and 38 percent, including 51 percent of men and 27 percent of women, plan to watch a game on television.

"Maybe they're just bashful, Mayor Mike, or maybe they're nervous about which fork to use, but most New Yorkers would RSVP 'no' to your holiday invite," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From November 5 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,221 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

TREND: Would you like Mayor Bloomberg to have Thanksgiving dinner with you or not?
                                           
                        Yes     No      DK/NA


Nov 22, 2004 39 58 3 Nov 25, 2003 36 61 4



23. Thinking about your Thanksgiving holiday celebration this year - Do you plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, on television, or don't you plan to watch the parade this Thanksgiving?

                        Tot     Men     Wom
                                           
In person                9%      8%     10%
On television           49      41      55 
Don't plan to watch     39      48      32 
DK/NA                    3       3       3 




24. On Thanksgiving Day do you plan to watch a football game in person, on television, or don't you plan to watch a football game this Thanksgiving?

                        Tot     Men     Wom
                                           
In person                -       1%      - 
On television           38      51      27 
Don't plan to watch     59      45      71 
DK/NA                    2       3       2 




25. Will you most likely be having Thanksgiving dinner in your home, in someone else's home, or will you most likely have dinner in a restaurant?

                        Tot     Men     Wom 
                                            
At home                 40%     40%     40% 
Someone else's home     51      50      52  
Restaurant               5       5       5  
DK/NA                    4       4       3  




26. Would you like Mayor Bloomberg to have Thanksgiving dinner with you or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 39% 51% 35% 42% 48% 25% 32% No 58 45 62 56 50 71 62 DK/NA 3 3 3 2 2 3 6

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 28% 38% 47% 40% 41% 46% 33% No 67 59 50 57 59 51 63 DK/NA 4 3 3 3 - 2 4