November 17, 2006 - Rockefeller Center Tree Tops List Of Holiday Fun, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; Most Will Watch Parade On Television
Visiting Rockefeller Center and the tree is the favorite thing to see or do during the holidays for 33 percent of New York City voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Another 9 percent like to view holiday decorations, followed by 7 percent each for visiting family and friends or shopping and 6 percent who list Radio City Music Hall or concerts in general, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

While 8 percent of New Yorkers plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, another 55 percent plan to watch it on television.

Most New Yorkers - 58 percent - plan to spend the same amount on holiday gifts as last year, with 14 percent who plan to spend more and 24 percent who plan to spend less.

"A tree - a big tree - grows in Manhattan and New Yorkers never get tired of looking at it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From November 8 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,314 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. More data at www.quinnipiac.edu and click on Institutes and Centers, or (203) 582-5201.

20. What is your favorite thing to see or do in New York City during the holiday season?

                              Nov 17  Dec 2   Dec 4
                              2006    2003    2002


Decorations/Lights/ Displays/general 9 7 6

Fifth Avenue window displays 5 5 3

Rockeffeler Center/general 17 8 13

Tree (in Rock.Ctr) 16 19 15

Skating (in Rock.Ctr) 2 2 2

Theater/general 2 1 5

Christmas shows - 1 1

Lincoln Ctr/Ballet/Opera/ Concerts/Cultural events 1 1 3

Radio City Music Hall/ general concerts 6 3 3

Rockettes - - 1

Concerts - 1 -

Parade/Macy's - 1 2

Madison Square Garden/Ice Capades/Sports - - 1

Manhattan/general - 1 3

Shopping 7 7 10

Restaurants 1 1 1

Museums/Metropolitan 1 1 2

Sight seeing/general 1 1 1

Times Square/42nd Streeet 1 1 1

Central Park 2 1 2

St Patrick's Cathedral/ Churches 1 3 1

Visit friends & family 7 8 5

Stay home 2 2 2 Enjoy the people/ Christmas spirit/Giving 2 1 3

Help Others 1 1 - OTHER 6 10 6 DK/NA 8 13 7



21. 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% 7% 9% 6% 7% 6% 14% On television 55 57 56 53 50 62 63 Don't plan to watch 35 34 34 40 41 31 20 DK/NA 2 2 1 2 1 1 2



Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

In person 5% 8% 12% 6% 5% 7% 9% On television 62 56 39 62 64 48 61 Don't plan to watch 30 35 47 29 31 43 29 DK/NA 2 1 2 3 - 2 1



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 17  Nov 21  Nov 22  Nov 26
                        2006    2005    2004    2003


In person 8 8 9 7 On TV 55 49 49 47 Don't plan to watch 35 41 39 44 DK/NA 2 2 3 2



22. Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


More 14% 17% 15% 9% 10% 14% 22% Less 24 16 27 21 17 37 26 Same 58 65 55 64 71 43 45 DK/NA 5 2 4 5 2 7 7

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More 9% 16% 12% 15% 16% 17% 11% Less 30 26 22 20 24 18 29 Same 57 52 61 62 59 60 56 DK/NA 4 6 5 4 1 4 5

TREND: Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?

                        Nov 17  Nov 26
                        2006    2003


More 14 11 Less 24 32 About the same 58 53 DK/NA 5 4