February 28, 2002 - Hike Cigarette Taxes To Stop Kids From Smoking, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; State Voters Oppose East River Tolls 3 - 1
New York State voters say 61 - 35 percent that the State Legislature should authorize New York City to raise cigarette taxes an additional $1.42 cents a pack, with equally strong support among men and women, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Upstate voters support the New York City tax hike 52 - 44 percent, while city voters back it 68 - 27 percent and suburban voters support it 64 - 33 percent.

In fact, the State Legislature should raise cigarette taxes statewide by an additional $1.42 a pack, voters say 59 - 38 percent. Upstate voters split 50 - 47 percent on this idea, while city voters support it 66 - 30 percent and suburban voters back it 62 - 35 percent.

The main reason for raising the cigarette tax should be to discourage young people from smoking, voters say 62 - 26 percent. This opinion is consistent among all groups, even smokers.

"Since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg can't raise cigarette taxes without state approval, we asked voters statewide what they thought. Sin taxes are always popular, and this one is very popular," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "While you're at it, voters say, raise cigarette taxes statewide." Only 20 percent of New York State voters say they currently smoke cigarettes.

The State Legislature should not allow New York City to place tolls on the East River bridges linking Brooklyn, voters statewide say 65 - 21 percent.

New York City voters oppose the idea 74 - 19 percent, while upstate voters oppose it 52 - 22 percent and suburban voters oppose it 73 - 21 percent.

"Tolls on the bridges linking Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx with Manhattan is an idea that comes and goes and may be coming again," Carroll said.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, voters say, but we won't pay for it."

In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 21 percent of New York State voters list education as the issue they most want the candidates for governor to address, followed by 18 percent who list the economy or recovering from the September 11 terrorist attacks, and 12 percent who list taxes.

From February 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,402 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and nationwide as a public service and for research.
18. What issue or problem facing New York State do you most want the candidates for governor to discuss during the campaign?

                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Crime/Violence general 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2%

Budget/Spending total: 4% 5% 3% 4% 2% 4% 5% 6% 2% Budget/Spending general 3 4 3 4 2 3 4 5 2 Lack of/Late budget 1 1 - - - 1 1 1 -

Taxes total: 12% 16% 5% 14% 17% 6% 12% 15% 9% Taxes general 10 14 5 10 14 6 9 13 7 Property tax 1 1 - 3 2 - 2 1 1 Taxes other 1 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 1

Economy total: 16% 18% 17% 10% 14% 19% 17% 18% 15% Economy general 6 5 6 6 4 7 7 7 5 Unemployment/jobs 9 11 11 4 8 11 8 10 9 Upstate economy 1 2 - - 2 1 1 1 1 Economy other - - - - - - 1 - -

Recovering from9/11 2 - 3 2 2 1 2 2 1

Welfare 1 2 - 1 2 1 1 1 1

Poverty/Homelessness 2 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 2

Housing general 1 - 2 - - 1 1 1 1

Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 5 4 5 7 3 6 5 4 6

Senior issues general 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 Medicare 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 - 1

Education total: 21% 15% 26% 24% 16% 27% 20% 18% 23% Education general 18 12 23 20 14 24 15 15 20 Funding education 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 2 Education other 1 1 2 1 - 2 2 1 1

Environment/Pollution 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1

Lack of mass transit/ Public trans 1 - - 2 - - 1 1 - Transportation other 1 1 - - 1 - 1 - 1

Terrorism total: 3% 2% 5% 3% 3% 3% 5% 3% 3% Terrorism general 2 1 4 1 1 2 3 2 2 Security/Safety 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1

Other 5 6 5 5 8 5 4 6 5

DK/NA 12 15 11 10 16 13 8 10 15



19. As you may know, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed increasing the cigarette tax by one dollar and forty two cents a pack in New York City in order to help reduce the city budget deficit. This measure would require approval from the State Legislature.

Do you think the State Legislature should or should not approve of an increase in the cigarette tax by one dollar and forty two cents a pack in New York City?
                                                                            
                                                                            Smokers
                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q22


Yes/Should approve 61% 52% 68% 64% 54% 65% 61% 62% 60% 17% No/Should NOT approve 35 44 27 33 41 31 35 34 36 81 DK/NA 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 1

20. Do you think the State Legislature should or should not approve of an increase in the cigarette tax by one dollar and forty two cents a pack throughout New York state?
                                                                            
                                                                            Smokers
                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q22


Yes/Should approve 59% 50% 66% 62% 53% 63% 58% 60% 58% 16% No/Should NOT approve 38 47 30 35 42 33 39 38 38 83 DK/NA 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 2 5 1

21. What do you think should be the main purpose of raising the cigarette tax - to discourage young people from smoking or to increase revenues for the government?
                                                                            
                                                                            Smokers
                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q22


Discourage young people 62% 67% 60% 59% 63% 61% 63% 59% 65% 59% Increase revenues 26 21 30 29 25 26 27 28 25 23 DK/NA 11 12 10 12 12 13 10 13 10 18

22. Do you currently smoke cigarettes?

                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Yes 20% 24% 19% 16% 20% 22% 19% 18% 22% No 80 76 81 84 80 78 81 82 78 DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

23. Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the East River bridges. This measure would require approval from the State Legislature.

Do you think the State Legislature should or should not approve of New York City placing tolls on the East River bridges?

                      Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Yes/Should approve 21% 22% 19% 21% 23% 21% 20% 24% 18% No/Should NOT approve 65 52 74 73 61 67 67 66 65 DK/NA 14 26 7 6 16 12 13 10 17