December 17, 2012 - Holiday With Family Doesn't Make Them Crazy, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Religious Displays On Government Sites Ok, Voters Say

Word format


Watch Video: Polling Institute Director Mickey Carroll discusses poll results


Clip Information and Download:
FLV File - For Website (1920x1080 / 34.9 MB)
Original .MP4 File - For Broadcast (1920x1080 / 286.4 MB)




It's one giant "Christmas Vacation" for New York State voters as 79 percent say they enjoy being with family during the holidays, as 6 percent say being with family makes them crazy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 13 percent volunteered "both."

In New York, 87 percent, including 17 percent of Jews, tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll that they celebrate Christmas. Of that 87 percent, 64 percent say they attend religious services to mark the holiday.

By a 71 - 24 percent margin New York State voters say religious symbols, such as nativity scenes and menorahs, should be allowed on government property.

The holiday season is too commercial, 71 percent of voters say, while 26 percent say it's "about right" and 2 percent say it's not commercial enough.

Only 12 percent of New York State voters plan to spend more on gifts this holiday season, while 32 percent plan to spend less and 55 percent plan to spend the same as last year.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and most New Yorkers think that look is too commercial," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Overwhelmingly, we like being with our family, but there are a few Grinches who say those family holidays drive them crazy."

From December 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,302 New York State 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 information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

31. 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    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More                 12%     9%    13%    11%    13%    10%    12%    11%
Less                 32     32     34     30     27     36     29     48
About the same       55     58     51     58     59     52     59     37
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      -      5
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
More                 10%    13%     7%     8%    15%     9%    12%    12%
Less                 35     33     24     30     33     38     30     23
About the same       54     53     67     62     53     52     56     64
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      1      1
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
More                  9%    10%     9%    14%    17%    12%    11%    13%     9%
Less                 32     30     35     31     24     37     37     32     42
About the same       57     59     56     53     59     49     51     54     48
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      3      1      2      1
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
More                 13%    10%    11%    23%    11%    10%     6%
Less                 28     37     30     23     33     36     30
About the same       58     50     59     52     55     54     62
DK/NA                 1      3      -      2      1      -      2
 
 
32a. (If more q31) Would you say a lot more, somewhat more, or only a little more?
                     SPENDING MORE Q31
                     Tot
 
Lot more             26%
Smwht more           44
Little more          30
DK/NA                 -
 
 
32b. (If less q31) Would you say a lot less, somewhat less, or only a little less?
                     SPENDING LESS Q31
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Lot less             46%    35%    52%
Smwht less           31     37     28
Little less          22     26     20
DK/NA                 1      2      -
 
 
33. Do you plan to visit New York City holiday attractions this year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  34%    28%    40%    33%    37%    32%    29%    41%
No                   61     65     55     64     59     63     68     49
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     2      5      2      2      3      2      2      2
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      2      2      1      7
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Yes                  29%    34%    37%    18%    31%    30%    35%    37%
No                   65     61     59     80     64     64     61     61
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     2      4      2      2      4      3      2      -
DK/NA                 4      1      2      -      1      3      2      2
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  35%    36%    34%    33%    37%    31%    41%    46%    37%
No                   61     59     63     61     58     63     54     49     59
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     2      3      2      2      2      3      3      3      3
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      3      3      2      2      1
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  14%    46%    50%    45%    42%    32%    21%
No                   83     49     44     48     54     65     72
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     2      3      4      4      3      1      3
DK/NA                 1      3      3      3      1      2      4
 
 
34. Do you think the holiday season is too commercial, not commercial enough, or about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too commercial       71%    69%    70%    75%    67%    74%    74%    62%
Not commercial enough 2      1      2      1      2      1      1      5
About right          26     28     26     23     30     22     23     31
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      1      2      2      2
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Too commercial       68%    71%    64%    75%    74%    74%    70%    76%
Not commercial enough 1      3      -      -      2      2      2      -
About right          27     25     30     23     23     20     27     23
DK/NA                 3      1      5      2      1      4      1      1
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Too commercial       74%    71%    77%    67%    61%    72%    71%    66%    75%
Not commercial enough 1      1      -      2      3      2      1      2      -
About right          23     26     20     29     35     24     25     31     20
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      2      3      1      5
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Too commercial       77%    61%    77%    57%    71%    76%    70%
Not commercial enough 1      2      2      1      2      1      3
About right          21     34     22     40     26     21     24
DK/NA                 2      3      -      2      2      1      3
 
 
35. Should religious holiday symbols such as nativity scenes or menorahs be allowed on government property, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  71%    92%    60%    74%    71%    71%    74%    64%
No                   24      6     33     22     27     21     22     28
DK/NA                 5      2      7      4      3      7      5      8
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Yes                  78%    82%    54%    84%    85%    84%    68%    51%
No                   15     15     41     11     12     11     27     44
DK/NA                 7      3      5      5      3      5      5      5
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  74%    77%    72%    68%    63%    71%    74%    74%    73%
No                   22     21     22     26     34     21     22     24     21
DK/NA                 4      2      6      6      3      8      4      2      6
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  76%    63%    75%    57%    69%    78%    71%
No                   18     32     21     37     28     18     21
DK/NA                 6      5      4      6      3      4      8
 
 
36. Do you celebrate Christmas?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  87%    88%    85%    92%    84%    90%    86%    91%
No                   12     12     14      8     15     10     14      9
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Yes                  96%    99%    17%    98%    99%    89%    87%    86%
No                    3      1     83      2      1     11     13     13
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  87%    86%    88%    88%    82%    92%    86%    84%    88%
No                   13     13     12     12     18      7     14     16     12
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  96%    80%    85%    84%    87%    89%    89%
No                    4     20     15     16     13     11     11
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
37. (If yes q36) Do you attend religious services as a part of your Christmas celebration or don't you?
                     CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Q36....................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  64%    71%    62%    60%    57%    69%    64%    71%
No                   35     28     36     39     41     30     35     24
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1      1      5
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Yes                  77%    76%    71%    80%    93%    55%    15%
No                   21     24     28     20      7     43     83
DK/NA                 2      -      1      -      -      1      2
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  65%    60%    70%    62%    54%    67%    69%    68%    71%
No                   34     40     29     36     43     31     30     32     28
DK/NA                 -      -      1      2      2      2      1      -      2
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  66%    58%    69%    53%    56%    69%    72%
No                   33     40     31     44     44     31     27
DK/NA                 1      2      -      3      -      1      1
 
 
38. Do you enjoy being with family during the holidays or does being with family make you crazy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Enjoy family         79%    81%    78%    78%    81%    77%    79%    80%
Make crazy            6      7      7      7      7      6      6      7
BOTH (VOL)           13     10     13     14     11     14     13      9
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      2      2      3
 
                                          WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  No
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   Religion
 
Enjoy family         83%    81%    77%    81%    81%    85%    77%    71%
Make crazy            3      4      8      5      4      4      7     13
BOTH (VOL)           12     12     11     12     12     10     14     16
DK/NA                 2      3      4      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........    HAVE CHILDREN....
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom
 
Enjoy family         81%    84%    78%    77%    77%    77%    78%    79%    77%
Make crazy            4      4      4      9     10      8      6      5      7
BOTH (VOL)           14     11     17     11     10     12     15     15     15
DK/NA                 1      1      1      3      3      3      1      -      1
 
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     UpStat  NYC   Sub    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Enjoy family         80%    79%    77%    79%    71%    79%    87%
Make crazy            5      8      7      9     10      6      2
BOTH (VOL)           13     11     14     11     18     12      8
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      1      3      3
 
 

Demographic Summary