November 27, 2000 - New Yorkers Back Olympic Bid More Than 2 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Balk At Paying For New West Side Stadium
By a 64 - 29 percent margin, New York City voters say it's a good idea for the Big Apple to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But 55 percent of voters say it's a bad idea to build a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan for the Olympics and the New York Jets football team, while 38 percent say it's a good idea, with 7 percent undecided.

From November 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,276 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.

" `Let the games begin,' New Yorkers say. But don't build a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan. And whatever you do, don't use our tax dollars to pay for it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

By a 71 - 25 percent margin, New Yorkers oppose the use of tax dollars to build a new West Side stadium for the Olympics and the Jets. Opposition is strong in all boroughs, among all racial groups and among men and women.

New Yorkers split 45 - 43 percent, with 13 percent undecided, on whether they agree that revenue from the Olympics would cover the cost of building Olympic facilities.

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

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

11. Some people have suggested that New York City should host the 2012 Summer Olympics. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?

                Tot   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Brnx  Kings Man   Qns   StIsl Men   Wom


Good idea 64% 56% 75% 74% 70% 67% 54% 65% 63% 67% 61%

Bad idea 29 37 17 18 23 24 40 27 28 26 31

DK/NA 8 7 8 9 7 9 6 8 9 7 8



12. Some people have suggested building a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the New York Jets football team. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?

                Tot   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Brnx  Kings Man   Qns   StIsl Men   Wom


Good idea 38% 31% 44% 49% 32% 40% 31% 44% 50% 41% 36%

Bad idea 55 61 51 45 60 54 65 48 37 53 57

DK/NA 7 8 6 6 7 7 4 8 13 6 8



13. Do you favor or oppose using taxpayer dollars to help build a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan for the Olympics and the New York Jets?

                Tot   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Brnx  Kings Man   Qns   StIsl Men   Wom


Favor 25% 22% 26% 32% 22% 25% 21% 28% 34% 31% 20%

Oppose 71 73 71 65 72 72 76 66 65 66 75

DK/NA 4 5 3 4 6 2 3 7 1 4 4



14. Some people say that having the Olympics in New York City would result in enough revenue for the City to cover the cost of building Olympic facilities. Do you agree or disagree?

                Tot   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Brnx  Kings Man   Qns   StIsl Men   Wom


Agree 45% 37% 55% 57% 53% 46% 36% 46% 48% 47% 43%

Disagree 43 47 35 38 39 42 48 42 39 41 44

DK/NA 13 16 9 5 8 12 17 12 13 12 13