October 13, 2005 - Mayor Should Run World Trade Center Development, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Most Expect Site To Be Restored In 10 Years
By a 65 - 18 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.

A total of 47 percent of voters say redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is going "very well" or "somewhat well," while 42 percent say it is going "somewhat badly" or "very badly." This is down from 78 percent of voters who said "very well" or "somewhat well" in a March 28, 2002, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, a measure that has dropped in every poll since then.

Still, 66 percent of New Yorkers are confident that the Ground Zero site can be fully restored within 10 years from today, while 25 percent are not.

"Even with all the fuss about the World Trade Center, two thirds of New Yorkers think it will be put together again within a decade," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Ignoring the governmental reality that Ground Zero is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, most New Yorkers would prefer to see Mayor Bloomberg - not Gov. Pataki - in charge.

"It's a close call on the pace of work at Ground Zero. But more say the glass is half full than half empty."

Only 22 percent of New York City voters say the entire Ground Zero site should be set aside for a memorial, while 71 percent say the site should include a memorial, offices and retail stores.

From October 4 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,452 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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

24. Thinking about the World Trade Center site, do you think the entire site should be set aside for a memorial, or do you think the site should include a memorial, some office buildings and some retail stores?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Memorial only 22% 20% 24% 19% 18% 26% 29% Memorial,Offices, Stores 71 76 70 75 75 67 67 DK/NA 7 4 7 6 7 7 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Memorial only 28% 24% 21% 20% 18% 17% 26% Memorial,Offices, Stores 68 67 73 73 76 76 67 DK/NA 4 9 6 7 6 7 7



25. 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 9% 10% 8% 9% 7% 9% 13% Somewhat well 38 50 38 33 35 39 45 Somewhat badly 27 20 27 31 30 24 17 Very badly 15 10 15 16 18 12 11 DK/NA 12 10 12 11 10 15 14

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very well 13% 9% 6% 7% 13% 8% 10% Somewhat well 40 38 31 42 46 35 41 Somewhat badly 21 27 30 29 19 29 24 Very badly 11 14 21 12 14 19 11 DK/NA 15 12 13 10 9 9 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?

                        Oct 13  May 12  Sep 10  May 8   Jul 17  Mar 28
                        2005    2005    2003    2003    2002    2002


Very well 9 13 12 12 22 28 Smwht well 38 41 50 50 50 50 Smwht badly 27 23 18 20 12 12 Very badly 15 13 8 8 4 2 DK/NA 12 10 11 10 12 9



26. 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


Bloomberg 65% 64% 67% 63% 73% 66% 49% Pataki 18 19 18 15 10 20 33 DK/NA 17 17 15 22 18 15 18

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Bloomberg 48% 65% 73% 68% 65% 68% 63% Pataki 30 18 9 19 11 16 19 DK/NA 21 17 18 14 24 17 18

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?

                        Oct 13  May 12  Sep 10  May 8
                        2005    2005    2003    2003


Bloomberg 65 60 54 58 Pataki 18 24 25 23 DK/NA 17 17 21 20



27. Are you confident that the ground zero site can be fully restored within 10 years from today, or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 66% 81% 65% 64% 66% 67% 68% No 25 15 25 29 27 22 21 DK/NA 9 3 10 7 7 11 11

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 65% 67% 62% 69% 69% 64% 68% No 22 24 31 23 22 29 22 DK/NA 13 9 7 8 9 7 10