July 23, 1998 - New York Voters Approve Of Mayor 55-41 Percent, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; Voters Back Taxi Crackdown, Nix Limits On Vendors
New York City voters approve 55 - 41 percent of the job Rudolph Giuliani is doing as Mayor, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today. By an 87 - 10 percent margin, voters say their Mayor gets things done, but only 30 percent say he has a likable personality, while 64 percent say he doesn't.

This is the Mayor's lowest approval since a 50 - 40 percent mark in a July 29, 1996, poll by the independent Quinnipiac College. His highest score was 74 - 23 percent in a February 11, 1998, Quinnipiac College Poll.

If Giuliani runs for President in 2000, 42 percent of New Yorkers say there is a good chance or some chance they would vote for him, while 55 percent say there is no chance.

If he runs for the U.S. Senate in 2000, 54 percent say there is a good chance or some chance they would vote for Giuliani, while 45 percent say there is no chance.

If Giuliani were the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2000, 12 percent of New Yorkers say they would be more likely to vote Republican, while 29 percent say they would be less likely and 53 percent say it would make no difference.

"Second term blues or blahs? Whatever the reason, it's been a rough season for the Mayor. While he still has a positive approval rating, it's down from those stratospheric post-election levels," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"Effective? You bet. Likable? Not very. The Mayor's effectiveness rating is up, but his likability is down. Is this pulling down his overall approval rating?

"Or do New Yorkers like it that their Mayor is not likable?" Carroll asked.

"When Mayor Giuliani goes on the road, he's a big draw among Republicans. But New York is still a Democratic town and it would stay that way even if the Mayor is on the Republican national ticket. He does better running for the U.S. Senate," Carroll said.

By a 61 - 31 percent margin, New Yorkers support stricter regulations on cab drivers. But they oppose 23 - 69 percent attempts to reduce the number of food and merchandise vendors on city sidewalks.

They split 49 - 47 percent on whether Mayor Giuliani is a good role model for a more civil New York.

By a 77 - 21 percent margin, voters say the Mayor has strong leadership qualities, while they say 55 - 37 percent that he is honest and trustworthy. By a 29 - 64 percent margin, they say he is sympathetic to the problems of the poor.

Looking at possible City Charters changes and other issues:
  • New Yorkers back 54 - 29 percent a proposal to make the City Council a full-time job;
  • New Yorkers reject 28 - 60 a proposal to make City elections non-partisan;
  • Voters split 44 - 48 percent on a proposal to ban groups and organizations from contributing to campaigns for New York City office, allowing only individuals to contribute;
  • Voters support 52 - 39 percent a proposal to limit to $5,000 the amount an individual can contribute to a candidate for New York City office.
"New Yorkers like to buy a hot dog on the sidewalk. They don't much like cab drivers. So they support the crackdown on cabbies but reject curbs on vendors," Carroll said.

"The idea of a `full-time' City Council appeals to voters, but they can't tell the players without a program so they want to keep the Democratic and Republican labels when they vote in city elections."

From July 15 - 21, Quinnipiac College surveyed 642 New York City residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rudolph Giuliani is handling his job as Mayor?

                                                         Apr 8   Feb 11
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998    1998


Approve 55% 69% 37% 49% 65% 74%

Disapprove 41 27 62 41 30 23

DK/NA 4 4 1 10 4 4



1a. Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

                                                         Apr 8   Feb 11
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998    1998


Approve strongly 26% 40% 7% 21% 36% 42%

Approve smwht 28 29 30 28 30 3

Disapprove smwht 15 11 19 18 13 11

Disapprove strongly 26 16 43 23 17 12

DK/NA 4 4 1 10 4 4



2. If Rudolph Giuliani runs for President in the year 2000, how much chance is there that you would vote for him? Is there a good chance, some chance, or no chance?

                                                         Apr 8   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998    
 
Good chance               18%     26%      6%     15%     22%     


Some chance 24 30 14 29 27

No chance 55 40 79 53 45

DK/NA 3 4 1 2 6



3. If Rudolph Giuliani runs for United States Senator in the year 2000, how much chance is there that you would vote for him? Is there a good chance, some chance, or no chance?

                                                         Apr 8   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998


Good chance 26% 37% 11% 21% 37%

Some chance 28 31 21 32 25

No chance 45 30 67 48 34

DK/NA 1 1 1 - 3



4. If Rudolph Giuliani were the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in the year 2000, would that make you more likely to vote for the Republican ticket, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                                                         Apr 8   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998


More likely 12% 20% 3% 7% 16%

Less likely 29 21 46 29 25

No difference 53 56 44 55 54

DK/NA 6 4 7 9 5







5. I'm going to read off some personal characteristics and qualities. As I read each one, tell me if you think it applies to Rudolph Giuliani or not? Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani -- can get things done or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 87% 94% 76% 86% 82%

No 10 4 22 11 14

DK/NA 3 2 2 3 4



6. Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani has a likable personality or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 30% 40% 15% 31% 43%

No 64 56 78 62 52

DK/NA 6 4 7 6 5



7. Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani has strong leadership qualities or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 77% 85% 64% 80% 80%

No 21 13 34 16 18

DK/NA 2 2 2 3 2



8. Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani is honest and trustworthy or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 55% 73% 27% 46% 56%

No 37 21 60 42 34

DK/NA 9 6 13 12 10



9. Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani is sympathetic to the problems of the poor or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 29% 39% 14% 30% 38%

No 64 53 83 62 54

DK/NA 7 8 3 8 8



10. Would you say that Rudolph Giuliani works well with other political leaders or not?

                                                         Oct 1   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1997


Yes 35% 41% 22% 46% 41%

No 55 50 71 43 48

DK/NA 10 10 7 12 11



11. Do you think Mayor Giuliani is a good role model for a more civil New York City or not?

                                                         Apr 8   
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     1998


Yes 49% 62% 26% 52% 56%

No 47 34 70 42 38

DK/NA 4 4 4 5 6



12. New York City has recently placed stricter regulations on New York City cabdrivers? In general, do you approve or disapprove of this policy?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     


Approve 61% 68% 51% 59%

Disapprove 31 23 43 38

DK/NA 7 9 6 3



13. Do you favor or oppose New York City reducing the number of food and merchandise vendors on city sidewalks?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His


Favor 23% 27% 17% 20%

Oppose 69 63 79 77

DK/NA 8 10 5 3



14. Under the current city charter, members of the city council serve part-time. Do you think the city charter should be amended so that city council members serve full-time or not?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His


Yes/Full-time 54% 47% 65% 53%

No/Part-time 29 33 27 31

DK/NA 16 20 9 15



15. Under the current city charter, all New York City elections are partisan elections, that is the party labels of the candidates are printed on the ballot. Do you think the city charter should be amended so that New York City elections are non-partisan, that is the party labels of the candidates are not printed on the ballot?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His


Yes/Non-partisan/No labels 28% 26% 30% 24%

No/Partisan/Labels 60 63 61 56

DK/NA 12 10 9 20



16. Under the present New York City campaign finance system, groups such as corporations, unions, and political action committees can make campaign contributions to candidates running for elective office. Do you think the system should be changed so that only individuals can make campaign contributions or not?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His
Yes/Changed/Only
individuals               44%     46%     37%     38%


No/Allow groups 48 46 55 55

DK/NA 8 9 9 6



17. Under the present New York City campaign finance system, the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to a citywide candidate's campaign is $8500. Do you favor or oppose reducing that limit to $5000?
                                                            
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His


Favor reducing limit to $5,000 52% 50% 53% 55%

Oppose reducing limit to $5,000 39 41 39 38

DK/NA 9 9 8 6