July 3, 2011 - New Yorkers Love New York As A Place To Live And Play, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gas Prices Take A Toll On Spending, Vacation Plans

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A total of 80 percent of New York State voters say the Empire State is a "very good" or "fairly good" place in which to live, while 18 percent say it's "fairly bad" or "very bad," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. And 91 percent of voters rate their own community as a "very good" or "fairly good" place in which to live. All age groups agree.

When they want to play, 90 percent of New Yorkers say the Empire State is a "very good" or "fairly good" place for a vacation, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Again, voters of every age group are in general agreement.

In fact, 62 percent of New Yorkers plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in the state this summer and 85 percent would recommend that out-of-state family or friends get in a New York State of Mind by vacationing here.

A visit to New York City is the top attraction for 21 percent of New Yorkers, including 30 percent of suburban voters, 22 percent of New York City voters and 14 percent of upstate voters. Other favorites are:
  • Ocean beaches, 14 percent;
  • State parks, 13 percent;
  • Sightseeing, 9 percent;
  • Niagara Falls, 7 percent.
"We might battle about everything from same-sex marriage to rent control, but we do love New York, especially our own little corner of the Empire State, and we'd love to have everyone else come here on vacation," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Almost two-thirds of New Yorkers are going to spend at least some of their vacation in the state. The Big Apple and the sandy beaches of Long Island are the big destinations.

"From Jamestown to Montauk, New York beckons tourists and New Yorkers know that tourism is a big plus for the state economy," Carroll added.

A total of 96 percent of New York State voters say tourism is "very important" or "somewhat important" to the state's economy.

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, 70 percent of New Yorkers say.

As a result of rising gas prices:
  • 49 percent of voters are cutting back on household spending;
  • 53 percent are cutting back on driving;
  • 25 percent are changing summer vacation plans.
While 54 percent of upstate voters and 53 percent of suburban voters are cutting back on spending, only 41 percent of voters in New York City are cutting back. And while 58 percent of upstate voters and 57 percent of suburban voters are driving less, only 45 percent of New York City voters are driving less. Fewer New York City voters are changing their vacation plans.

"Some of us have cut back a bit on vacations and more of us have cut back on driving and on household expenses because of soaring gasoline prices," Carroll said.

"But subway-riders feel less pain when gas prices rise."

From June 20 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,317 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.


29. How would you rate New York State as a place to live - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very good            29%    26%    34%    24%    29%    29%    29%    28%
Fairly good          51     43     52     59     50     52     49     51
Fairly bad           11     17      7      9     13      9     13      9
Very bad              7     10      4      7      5      8      7      8
DK/NA                 2      4      2      1      2      2      2      3
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very good            22%    33%    37%    36%    29%    24%    33%
Fairly good          47     55     50     47     51     57     47
Fairly bad           18      6      8     11     11     13      8
Very bad             11      4      2      5      8      4      9
DK/NA                 2      3      3      1      1      2      2
 
 
30. How would you rate your community as a place to live - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very good            50%    56%    48%    47%    48%    52%    55%    31%
Fairly good          41     36     44     44     42     41     37     56
Fairly bad            4      3      4      6      6      3      4      6
Very bad              4      5      3      2      3      4      3      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      -      2
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very good            51%    43%    59%    49%    47%    46%    61%
Fairly good          40     46     36     43     43     45     33
Fairly bad            4      6      2      5      5      5      3
Very bad              4      3      2      3      5      4      2
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      -      1
 
 
31. How would you rate New York State as a place to take a vacation - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very good            52%    53%    55%    50%    52%    53%    53%    48%
Fairly good          38     34     38     40     38     37     38     40
Fairly bad            5      8      4      6      6      4      5      6
Very bad              3      5      2      3      3      4      3      7
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      2      1      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very good            48%    53%    58%    46%    50%    54%    59%
Fairly good          43     36     33     39     42     38     31
Fairly bad            5      6      5     10      4      4      3
Very bad              4      4      2      3      4      3      5
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      -      -      1
 
 
32. Would you recommend to out of state family and friends, that they vacation in New York State, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  85%    84%    88%    84%    86%    85%    86%    80%
No                   14     16     10     16     13     14     13     20
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      2      1      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  84%    85%    88%    79%    87%    89%    87%
No                   15     13     12     19     13     11     11
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
 
33. Do you plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in New York State this summer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  62%    57%    63%    66%    63%    62%    61%    64%
No                   35     39     36     31     34     36     36     34
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     1      2      1      2      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  62%    63%    63%    67%    73%    64%    49%
No                   36     34     34     29     26     34     49
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     1      1      2      2      -      1      1
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
 
34. About how long do you think you will (or did you) vacation or sightsee in New York this summer - a few days, about a week, about 2 weeks, or more than that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A few days           34%    34%    35%    36%    30%    38%    33%    42%
A week               31     33     29     31     34     28     33     23
2 weeks              16     15     17     17     17     15     17     15
More                 17     17     16     16     17     17     15     17
DK/NA                 2      1      3      -      1      2      1      4
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A few days           32%    35%    38%    31%    41%    34%    32%
A week               30     28     38     39     30     27     27
2 weeks              19     17     10     12     13     19     20
More                 19     17     13     16     15     19     17
DK/NA                 1      3      2      1      1      1      3
 
 
35. Which of the following do you most like to do in New York State - sightsee, go to state parks, amusement parks, lake beaches, ocean beaches, New York City, Niagara Falls or other upstate vacation spots?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Sightsee              9%    10%     9%     8%     9%     8%     7%    13%
State parks          13     12     13     14     13     13     15      8
Amusement parks       3      2      4      1      2      3      2      6
Lake beaches          6      7      6      7      5      7      8      4
Ocean beaches        14     14     11     20     14     14     15      7
New York City        21     19     24     18     20     22     20     20
Niagara Falls         7      7     10      3      6      8      5     16
Other upstate spots  20     21     19     23     23     18     22     17
DK/NA (VOL)           7      7      6      7      6      8      7      8
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Sightsee              9%    10%     7%     5%    10%     9%    10%
State parks          19     12      4     19     12     12     12
Amusement parks       3      2      3      1      5      2      2
Lake beaches         12      2      3      5     11      6      5
Ocean beaches         3     16     30     13     18     12     11
New York City        14     22     30     26     21     19     17
Niagara Falls         6      9      5     10      5      7      7
Other upstate spots  24     19     15     18     15     26     23
DK/NA (VOL)           8      8      3      3      3      6     13
 
 
36. Which of the following is most important for you when you go on vacation - visiting places of historical and cultural interest, recreational activities, fine dining, activities for whole family, or relaxing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Historical/Cultural  26%    27%    24%    27%    25%    27%    29%    22%
Rec activities       12     10     13     10     13     10     10     20
Fine dining           7      5      8      8      8      6      6     10
Family activities    23     23     24     20     23     22     19     25
Relaxing             28     28     26     30     26     30     31     18
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      4      6      5      4
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Historical/Cultural  27%    26%    23%    21%    19%    27%    35%
Rec activities       11     12     11     14      9     13      8
Fine dining           6      8      7      6      7      6      8
Family activities    21     22     26     24     36     19     15
Relaxing             28     27     28     33     27     31     26
DK/NA                 6      4      5      2      3      4      8
 
 
37. How important do you think tourism is to New York's economy -Very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very important       80%    77%    83%    78%    77%    82%    78%    84%
Smwht important      16     18     15     17     19     14     18     13
Not very important    1      2      1      1      1      1      1      -
Not important at all  2      4      1      3      2      2      2      3
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very important       74%    84%    82%    74%    80%    80%    83%
Smwht important      21     13     13     21     16     19     11
Not very important    1      1      1      1      2      1      1
Not important at all  3      1      2      4      1      1      3
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      -      1      2
 
 
38. How much of a problem has the price of gasoline been for you and your family lately - a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very serious problem 33%    35%    28%    39%    31%    35%    31%    40%
Smwht serious        37     43     35     35     36     37     40     35
Not too serious      14     12     17     12     16     13     15     11
Not a problem at all 14     11     18     12     15     13     14     12
DK/NA                 2      -      3      1      1      3      1      2
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious problem 35%    29%    35%    33%    42%    29%    28%
Smwht serious        41     29     42     38     31     41     40
Not too serious      14     16     13     15     15     15     14
Not a problem at all  9     23      9     15     11     15     15
DK/NA                 1      3      1      -      1      1      3
 
 
39a. As a result of the recent rise in gas prices, have you - cut back significantly on your household spending or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  49%    52%    45%    51%    47%    50%    46%    63%
No                   50     47     52     49     52     47     53     37
DK/NA                 2      -      3      -      1      2      1      1
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  54%    41%    53%    52%    53%    46%    45%
No                   45     57     46     48     46     54     52
DK/NA                 1      3      1      -      2      1      3
 
 
39b. As a result of the recent rise in gas prices, have you - cut back significantly on how much you drive or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  53%    60%    45%    59%    50%    56%    52%    57%
No                   43     38     50     39     48     39     46     39
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      2      6      2      4
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  58%    45%    57%    54%    54%    56%    49%
No                   41     47     41     42     45     42     46
DK/NA                 1      7      3      4      1      2      6
 
 
39c. As a result of gas prices, have you - changed your summer vacation plans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  25%    32%    17%    29%    23%    26%    25%    23%
No                   73     66     81     70     75     71     73     76
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      2      2      2      1
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  30%    19%    25%    25%    30%    26%    18%
No                   68     78     73     75     68     74     78
DK/NA                 2      3      1      -      1      -      4