March 3, 2005 - Voters Back Mayor On Same Sex Marriage, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Yorkers Want Olympics, But Not The Stadium
By a 51 - 40 percent margin, New York City voters support a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Nine percent are undecided.

White voters support same-sex marriage 61 - 32 percent, while black voters are opposed 54 - 36 percent and Hispanic voters support it 51 - 41 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Among the small number of respondents who identified themselves as gay or lesbian, support for same-sex marriage is 77 - 19 percent.

All New York City voters support 49 - 44 percent Mayor Bloomberg's decision to appeal a Manhattan Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. White voters split 45 - 48 percent, with black voters backing the appeal 54 - 40 percent and Hispanic voters 50 - 43 percent for the appeal. Gay/lesbian voters oppose it 69 - 27 percent.

"There's a big split between black and white voters over gay marriage," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"These same black voters support Mayor Bloomberg's decision to appeal the gay marriage ruling by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice, but not for the same reason."

Only 11 percent of voters say they are more likely to vote for Mayor Bloomberg because of his decision to appeal the gay marriage ruling, with 22 percent who say they are less likely to back the Mayor, but 65 percent say it won't affect their vote.

Olympics/Stadium

By a 63 - 30 percent margin, New York City voters support the city's efforts to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, but voters remain opposed 56 - 35 percent to building a stadium for the Olympics and the New York Jets football team on Manhattan's West Side.

Voters are almost evenly split, as 42 percent now agree with Bloomberg's position that without the stadium, the city will not win the 2012 Olympic bid; another 45 percent disagree. In the January 20 poll, voters disagreed with this position 48 - 36 percent.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority should get as much money as it can for the stadium site, even if this position eliminates the stadium plan, New York City voters say 53 - 32 percent.

Because of the Mayor's support for the West Side stadium, 29 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for him, with 6 percent saying they are more likely to vote for him and 63 percent who say this issue won't affect their vote.

"'Go for the dough,' New Yorkers tell the MTA. Voters, many of whom are straphangers, want the agency that operates their subways and buses to get all the money it can for the West Side stadium site," Carroll said. "But voters are starting to appreciate Mayor Bloomberg's argument that no stadium means no Olympics."

From February 22 - March 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,435 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The survey includes 112 gay or lesbian voters, with a margin of error of +/- 9.3 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: There is a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets football team and the 2012 Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan. In general, do you support or oppose this proposal?

                        Sup     Opp     DK/NA


Mar 3, 2005 35 56 8 Jan 20, 2005 34 58 9



TREND: Do you support or oppose New York City hosting the 2012 summer Olympics? (* The word "favor" was used instead of "support")

                        Sup     Opp      DK/NA


Mar 3, 2005 63 30 7 Jan 20, 2005 63 32 5 Nov 11, 2004 64 30 7 Jun 10, 2004 67 25 8 Nov 22, 2002* 69 25 6



TREND: Mayor Bloomberg has said that without the stadium NYC will not be able to get the 2012 Olympics. Do you agree or disagree?

                        Agree   Dis   DK/NA


Mar 3, 2005 42 45 13 Jan 20, 2005 36 48 16 Nov 11, 2004 39 47 14



15. There is a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets football team and the 2012 Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan. In general, do you support or oppose this proposal?

                                                                            
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Support 35% 54% 33% 33% 35% 35% 34% Oppose 56 39 59 59 56 57 57 DK/NA 8 8 8 8 9 8 9

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 29% 38% 27% 42% 47% 40% 32% Oppose 62 55 64 49 43 55 58 DK/NA 9 7 9 9 10 5 11



16. Do you support or oppose New York City hosting the 2012 summer Olympics?

                                                                            
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Support 63% 71% 63% 60% 57% 68% 70% Oppose 30 24 30 32 36 26 23 DK/NA 7 5 7 8 7 6 7

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 69% 64% 53% 67% 61% 67% 60% Oppose 24 29 36 29 31 28 32 DK/NA 7 7 11 4 8 5 8



17. Mayor Bloomberg has said that without the stadium NYC will not be able to get the 2012 Olympics. Do you agree or disagree?

                                                                            
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Agree 42% 53% 39% 43% 49% 35% 36% Disagree 45 33 47 47 35 53 55 DK/NA 13 14 14 10 16 12 9

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Agree 36% 38% 46% 43% 57% 45% 40% Disagree 52 50 37 44 33 45 45 DK/NA 13 11 16 13 10 10 15



18. Does Mayor Bloomberg's support of the West Side stadium make you more likely to vote for him in November, less likely to vote for him, or doesn't it make a difference?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


More likely 6% 11% 5% 6% 6% 4% 6% Less likely 29 15 33 27 32 24 28 Doesn't make diff 63 73 61 66 60 70 64 DK/NA 2 1 2 1 1 1 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More likely 5% 6% 5% 7% 9% 8% 4% Less likely 31 26 39 22 25 29 29 Doesn't make diff 61 67 54 69 65 62 65 DK/NA 3 1 2 2 1 1 2



19. As you may know, the MTA, which owns the stadium site, called for public bids on it. Do you think the MTA should get as much money as it can for the site, even if this would eliminate the stadium plan?

                                                                            
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 53% 58% 52% 55% 61% 41% 48% No 32 28 33 32 25 45 35 DK/NA 15 15 15 13 13 15 18

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 46% 52% 60% 54% 54% 60% 48% No 34 35 26 34 30 31 33 DK/NA 19 14 15 12 16 9 19



20. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?

                                                                        Gay/
                Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp    lesbian


Support 51% 24% 58% 55% 61% 36% 51% 77% Oppose 40 68 35 35 32 54 41 19 DK/NA 9 8 8 10 7 10 8 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 43% 46% 69% 45% 49% 48% 54% Oppose 46 43 24 47 46 42 39 DK/NA 11 11 7 7 5 11 7



21. As you may know, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has ordered New York City to allow same sex couples to get married. Mayor Bloomberg has decided to appeal this ruling. Do you think the court ruling should be appealed or should not be appealed?

                                                                        Gay/
                Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp    lesbian


Yes/Appealed 49% 70% 44% 47% 45% 54% 50% 27% No/Not appealed 44 22 50 44 48 40 43 69 DK/NA 7 8 7 8 7 6 7 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes/Appealed 51% 54% 36% 53% 55% 55% 44% No/Not appealed 37 40 55 41 42 38 48 DK/NA 12 6 9 6 3 6 8



22. Does Mayor Bloomberg's decision to appeal this ruling make you more likely to vote for him in November, less likely to vote for him, or doesn't it make a difference?

                                                                        Gay/
                Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp    lesbian


More likely 11% 26% 7% 12% 10% 11% 11% 6% Less likely 22 7 27 19 25 17 21 42 No difference 65 65 63 68 63 69 66 51 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 2 3 2 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More likely 13% 12% 7% 13% 7% 14% 9% Less likely 27 20 28 15 21 19 24 No difference 59 66 62 70 70 65 65 DK/NA 1 2 2 1 2 2 2