November 21, 2005 - NYC Women Voters Say No To Turkey With Bloomberg, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Will Watch Parade On TV Or In Person
Mayor Michael Bloomberg won reelection by a historic margin and has a 4 - 1 approval rating, but New York City voters say 53 - 44 percent that they would not want to have Thanksgiving dinner with him, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Men would say yes to the Mayor 51 - 45 percent, while women would say no 60 - 37 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

"They voted for him; they approve of him; but they don't want to eat with him. New Yorkers don't want to snap a wishbone with Mayor Bloomberg," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"When we first asked this holiday dinner question two years ago, 61 percent of New Yorkers said no. The rejection rate isn't quite as high now, but most voters - especially women - say thanks but no Thanksgiving."

On Thanksgiving Day, 8 percent of New Yorkers say they plan to watch the parade in person, with 49 percent who will watch it on television and 41 percent who don't plan to watch. Women TV viewers outnumber men 55 - 42 percent. "To watch the Macy's balloons and floats, they'll turn on the TV instead of standing outside on Central Park West or Broadway," Carroll said.

From November 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 895 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 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

8. Thinking about your Thanksgiving holiday celebration this year - Do you plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, on television, or don't you plan to watch the parade this Thanksgiving?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


In person 8% 8% 9% 5% 7% 10% 8% On television 49 55 50 42 47 48 56 Don't plan to watch 41 36 38 51 45 38 33 DK/NA 2 1 3 2 2 3 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

In person 7% 8% 10% 7% 3% 9% 7% On television 54 49 39 49 68 42 55 Don't plan to watch 31 41 51 41 26 47 36 DK/NA 7 1 1 3 3 3 2

TREND: Thinking about your Thanksgiving holiday celebration this year - Do you plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, on television, or don't you plan to watch the parade this Thanksgiving?

                        Nov 21  Nov 22  Nov 26
                        2005    2004    2003


In person 8 9 7 On TV 49 49 47 Don't plan to watch 41 39 44 DK/NA 2 3 2



9. Would you like Mayor Bloomberg to have Thanksgiving dinner with you or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 44% 52% 42% 44% 45% 40% 40% No 53 46 55 52 52 57 57 DK/NA 3 2 3 4 3 4 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 33% 40% 50% 48% 44% 51% 37% No 65 58 47 46 50 45 60 DK/NA 1 2 3 6 6 3 3

TREND: Would you like Mayor Bloomberg to have Thanksgiving dinner with you or not?

                        Nov 21  Nov 22  Nov 25
                        2005    2004    2003


Yes 44 39 36 No 53 58 61 DK/NA 3 3 4