October 21, 1999 - New Yorkers Back Mayor's Double-Parking Crackdown, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; They Want Full 2nd Avenue Subway, But Won't Pay For It
New York City voters approve 65 - 27 percent of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's crackdown on double-parking, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today. Support is strong in all five boroughs and among drivers and non-drivers.

Double-parking is a "very serious problem," according to 59 percent of voters, while 28 percent say it's a "somewhat serious problem," and 11 percent say it's not a serious problem or not a problem at all.

And 51 percent of New York City voters say give double-parkers a ticket, while 30 percent say just a warning is enough, and 17 percent say double-parked cars should be towed, the independent Quinnipiac College Poll finds.

A total of 22 percent of voters admit they double park "very often" or "sometimes," while 35 percent say they "rarely" double park and 42 percent claim they never double park.

A total of 58 percent of New Yorkers say they drive in the city "very often" or "sometimes," while 14 percent say they rarely drive in the city and 28 percent say they never drive in the city.

"New Yorkers endorse Mayor Giuliani's ticket blitz. They're mad as hell about being stuck in Midtown traffic because of double-parked cars, or of being boxed in by a double- parker when they pull up to the curb on Queens Boulevard or Flatbush Avenue," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"`Give them a ticket,' most New Yorkers say, and 17 percent say, `Give them the hook.'

"Me, double park? Hardly ever, poll respondents tell Quinnipiac College. It must be those drivers from New Jersey doing it," Carroll said.

Looking at the proposal for a new Second Avenue Subway:
  • 64 percent of voters favor a full Second Avenue Subway, running from The Bronx to Lower Manhattan;
  • 18 percent favor a shorter line from 125th Street to 63rd Street.
Support for the full subway line is strongest in Manhattan and The Bronx, where 73 percent of voters back the full line.

But only 30 percent of New Yorkers say they would pay a higher subway fare to pay for the full Second Avenue Subway, while 60 percent say they would not want a higher fare. Even Manhattan and Bronx voters balk at paying for the subway line.

"New Yorkers tell the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, if we're going to tear up Second Avenue for a new subway, let's go whole hog and do it right," Carroll said.

"Isn't money always the problem? Sure New Yorkers want a full Second Avenue Subway. But don't ask them to pay for it."

From October 13 - 18, Quinnipiac College surveyed 922 New York City residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. The Quinnipiac College 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

4. Which would you prefer: (A) Having a full 2nd Avenue subway line that runs from the Bronx to Lower Manhattan or (B) Having a smaller subway line that runs from 125th St. to 63rd St. on 2nd Avenue.

                                                                  St.
                               Tot   Bronx  Brook   Man  Queens   Isl.
A)  Having a full 2nd Avenue 
subway line that runs from 
the Bronx to Lower Manhattan   64%    73%    58%    73%    58%    49%


B) Having a smaller subway line that runs from 125th St. to 63rd St. on 2nd Avenue 18 11 20 16 22 25

DK/NA 18 16 21 11 20 26



5. Would you be willing or unwilling to pay a higher subway fare to have a full 2nd Avenue subway line that runs from the Bronx to Lower Manhattan?

                                                                  St.
                               Tot   Bronx  Brook   Man  Queens   Isl.


Willing to pay 30% 30% 28% 38% 26% 28%

Unwilling to pay 60 57 65 55 62 63

DK/NA 9 13 7 8 12 9



19. How serious a problem do you think double parking is in New York City? A very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not a very serious problem or not a problem at all?

                                                            Drive in NYC Q22


St. Often Rarely Tot Bronx Brook Man Queens Isl. Somtimes Never

Very serious problem 59% 60% 62% 47% 64% 67% 60% 58%

Smwht serious problem 28 30 23 36 25 25 29 26

Not a very serious problem 9 7 10 13 7 4 7 11

Not a problem at all 2 1 4 1 2 2 2 2

DK/NA 2 1 1 2 2 4 1 3



20. What do you think should be the penalty for double parking in New York City - a warning, a parking ticket, or should the car be towed away?

                                                           Drive in NYC Q22
 
                                                      St.   Often    Rarely
                   Tot   Bronx  Brook   Man  Queens   Isl. Sometimes Never


A warning 30% 33% 33% 28% 28% 18% 29% 31%

A parking ticket 51 48 50 50 52 61 52 50

Tow it away 17 16 15 18 17 19 16 17

DK/NA 3 4 2 3 3 2 3 2



21. Do you approve or disapprove of New York City's recent crackdown on double parking?
                                                           Drive in NYC Q22


St. Often Rarely Tot Bronx Brook Man Queens Isl. Sometimes Never

Approve 65% 56% 66% 57% 73% 81% 64% 66%

Disapprove 27 33 27 32 21 9 29 23

DK/NA 8 11 7 11 5 11 7 11



22. How frequently do you drive a car in New York City - very often, sometimes, rarely or never?
                                                      St.
                   Tot   Bronx  Brook   Man  Queens   Isl.


Very often 36% 38% 40% 24% 40% 39%

Sometimes 22 23 20 24 22 23

Rarely 14 13 11 20 12 23

Never 28 26 28 32 27 16

DK/NA - 1 - 1 - -



23. How frequently do you double park? Very often, sometimes, rarely, or never?

                                                           Drive in NYC Q22
 
                                                      St.   Often    Rarely
                   Tot   Bronx  Brook   Man  Queens   Isl. Sometimes Never


Very often 6% 7% 10% 5% 4% 4% 7% 4%

Sometimes 16 20 18 20 10 4 19 6

Rarely 35 37 35 33 39 19 36 32

Never 42 35 37 41 47 73 39 58

DK/NA - 1 - 1 - - - -