May 12, 2005 - Mayor Should Control Ground Zero Development, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Oppose Stadium, But Say It Will Pass
By a 60 - 24 percent margin, New York City voters say Mayor Michael Bloomberg, not Gov. George Pataki, should have the major role in decisions about development of the World Trade Center site, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a September 10, 2003, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, 54 percent wanted the Mayor to control Ground Zero, with 25 percent who wanted the Governor in charge.

Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is going "very well," 13 percent of New York City voters say, with 41 percent who say "somewhat well;" 23 percent who say "somewhat badly" and 13 percent who say "very badly." This compares to 62 percent who said "very well" or "somewhat well" and 26 percent who said "somewhat badly" or "very badly" in the September 10, 2003, poll.

The Bloomberg administration's focus on the West Side Stadium has distracted its attention from Ground Zero redevelopment, New Yorkers say 52 - 38 percent.

"Most New Yorkers are still satisfied with the pace of rebuilding at Ground Zero, but the stories about delays, security fears and design changes have eroded that good feeling. And voters never did like the idea that their Mayor was not running the show," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The stadium begins to look like Bloomberg's albatross. More than half of New York voters think it's distracted him from the rebuilding at Ground Zero," Carroll added.

By a 51 - 43 percent margin, New York City voters oppose a West Side stadium for the 2012 Olympics and the New York Jets football team, and the 2010 Super Bowl.

Voters say 64 - 30 percent that they want the city to host the 2012 Olympics, a number which has remained consistent for months.

By a 55 - 35 percent margin, voters agree with Bloomberg that without the stadium, the city will not win the Olympic bid. Voters also say 47 - 42 percent that the state panel which will make the final decision on the stadium should decide when it meets May 18, rather than wait for the International Olympic Committee to decide in July on whether New York will get the 2012 Summer Games.

It is "very likely" the stadium will be built, 37 percent of New York City voters say, with 40 percent who say "somewhat likely;" 11 percent who say "not too likely" and 6 percent who say "not likely at all."

While 27 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for Bloomberg because of his position on the stadium, 9 percent say they are more likely and 61 percent say this issue will not affect their vote.

"It looks like a contradiction. New Yorkers would love to play host to the Olympics. They buy Bloomberg's argument that no stadium means no Olympics. But they still oppose the stadium," Carroll said.

"Cynicism? Political practicality? A sense of the inevitable? Whatever, New Yorkers don't want the stadium but, overwhelmingly, they think they're going to get it."

From May 3 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,169 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: 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


May 12, 2005 39 54 7 Mar 31, 2005 38 53 9 Mar 3, 2005 35 56 8 Jan 20, 2005 34 58 9



TREND: If a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan would attract the 2010 Super Bowl, would you support or oppose this proposal?

                        Sup     Opp     DK/NA


May 12, 2005 43 51 6 Mar 31, 2005 42 49 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


May 12, 2005 64 30 6 Mar 31, 2005 63 30 7 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?

                                Dis-
                        Agree   Agree   DK/NA


May 12, 2005 55 35 10 Mar 31, 2005 49 39 12 Mar 3, 2005 42 45 13 Jan 20, 2005 36 48 16 Nov 11, 2004 39 47 14



TREND: 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?

                        Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                        Well    Well    Badly   Badly   DK/NA


May 12, 2005 13 41 23 13 10 Sep 10, 2003 12 50 18 8 11 May 8, 2003 12 50 20 8 10 Jul 17, 2002 22 50 12 4 12 Mar 28, 2002 28 50 12 2 9



TREND: Who do you think should have the major role in decisions about the development of the World Trade Center site - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or New York State Governor George Pataki?

                        Blmbrg  Pataki  DK/NA


May 12, 2005 60 24 17 Sep 10, 2003 54 25 21 May 8, 2003 58 23 20



25. 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 39% 56% 35% 42% 37% 42% 41% Oppose 54 38 58 52 56 50 51 DK/NA 7 6 7 6 6 7 8

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 34% 43% 29% 43% 54% 46% 34% Oppose 60 51 64 46 40 49 57 DK/NA 6 6 6 11 6 4 9



26. If a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan would attract the 2010 Super Bowl, would you support or oppose this proposal?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Support 43% 59% 39% 46% 41% 47% 46% Oppose 51 35 55 50 54 45 48 DK/NA 6 6 7 4 5 7 6

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 40% 46% 31% 49% 59% 49% 39% Oppose 55 49 62 41 38 47 54 DK/NA 5 5 6 10 3 4 8



27. How likely do you think it is that this stadium will be built on the West Side of Manhattan? Is it very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very likely 37% 35% 37% 39% 30% 45% 45% Smwht likely 40 44 39 40 47 34 31 Not too likely 11 10 11 12 13 9 8 Not likely at all 6 7 7 4 6 9 7 DK/NA 6 4 6 4 4 4 9

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very likely 43% 39% 29% 36% 48% 38% 36% Smwht likely 26 41 46 43 36 40 40 Not too likely 12 10 13 10 7 12 10 Not likely at all 10 5 4 7 7 6 6 DK/NA 8 5 7 3 1 3 7



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Support 64% 72% 63% 64% 59% 67% 75% Oppose 30 23 31 32 35 25 22 DK/NA 6 5 7 4 6 7 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Support 73% 60% 55% 72% 65% 68% 61% Oppose 22 33 39 22 32 27 32 DK/NA 5 7 7 6 3 4 7



29. Mayor Bloomberg has said that without the stadium New York City will not be able to get the 2012 Olympics. Do you agree or disagree?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Agree 55% 59% 50% 61% 61% 50% 44% Disagree 35 31 39 30 27 44 48 DK/NA 10 10 11 9 11 7 8

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Agree 40% 58% 57% 53% 71% 56% 53% Disagree 50 32 28 39 25 36 35 DK/NA 10 10 14 8 4 8 12



30. 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 9% 15% 7% 11% 9% 6% 7% Less likely 27 13 31 24 32 22 24 Doesn't make diff 61 71 59 62 58 67 65 DK/NA 3 - 3 3 1 4 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More likely 7% 8% 8% 9% 21% 11% 7% Less likely 30 25 39 19 21 26 28 Doesn't make diff 59 65 52 68 57 60 62 DK/NA 4 2 1 5 1 3 3



31. A state panel appointed by Governor Pataki, Assembly Speaker Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Bruno is scheduled to vote on the West Side stadium on May 18.

Do you think they should vote on May 18 or postpone the vote until a decision is made on the site for the 2012 Olympics?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Vote May 18 47% 57% 44% 50% 55% 40% 39% Wait for decision 42 33 45 41 34 50 51 DK/NA 11 10 11 8 12 10 11

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Vote May 18 41% 47% 48% 46% 64% 54% 42% Wait for decision 50 41 40 44 31 39 44 DK/NA 9 12 12 10 5 7 13



32. 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


Very well 13% 19% 11% 16% 11% 13% 15% Somewhat well 41 37 43 39 40 47 44 Somewhat badly 23 20 22 23 25 19 16 Very badly 13 13 12 14 16 6 14 DK/NA 10 10 11 7 8 14 10

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very well 20% 10% 11% 13% 19% 13% 13% Somewhat well 39 43 39 42 37 38 43 Somewhat badly 16 23 28 21 23 24 21 Very badly 12 14 17 11 10 17 10 DK/NA 13 10 6 13 10 7 12



33. Who do you think should have the major role in decisions about the development of the World Trade Center site -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or New York State Governor George Pataki?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Mayor Bloomberg 60% 61% 60% 59% 69% 56% 41% Governor Pataki 24 26 24 22 17 27 40 DK/NA 17 13 16 18 15 17 18

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Mayor Bloomberg 53% 59% 68% 57% 58% 59% 60% Governor Pataki 29 24 17 25 27 25 22 DK/NA 19 17 15 18 15 16 18



34. Do you think the Bloomberg administration's focus on the West Side Stadium has distracted its attention from the development of the World Trade Center site or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 52% 41% 58% 47% 50% 56% 59% No 38 50 31 45 41 36 32 DK/NA 9 9 11 8 9 8 9

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 57% 50% 55% 53% 40% 50% 54% No 36 40 35 36 53 41 36 DK/NA 6 10 10 11 6 8 10