November 15, 2001 - Terrorism Is Most Important Problem Facing Nation, New York Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; New York City Voters Are Most Confident In Future
Terrorism is the most important problem facing the nation today, most New York State voters say in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 55 percent of New York voters list terrorism or war or security as the most important problem facing the U.S. today. A total of 15 percent list the economy or unemployment as the most important national problem.

Turning to New York, a total of 32 percent list economy/unemployment as the most important problem facing the state, followed by 20 percent who list terrorism/security.

The nation's economy is "not so good," 54 percent of New Yorkers say, while 14 percent say the economy is "poor;" 29 percent say it is "good," and 1 percent say "excellent."

The state's economy is "not so good," 54 percent of voters say, while 12 percent say the economy is "poor;" 31 percent say it is "good," and 1 percent say "excellent."

"Nationally, we worry about war and the economy. Looking closer to home, we switch priorities and worry about the economy and war," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The national and state economy is in trouble now, voters say, and there is only tepid optimism that it will get better. But most voters say their personal finances are in good shape. Note that New York City voters are more optimistic than upstaters and suburban voters."

Looking at their personal finances, 59 percent of New York State voters say they are "good" while 8 percent say they are "excellent;" 25 percent say they are "not so good," and 6 percent say they are "poor."

Their personal finances will "get better" in the next year, 35 percent of voters say, while 7 percent say they will "get worse" and 55 percent say they will stay the same.

But 44 percent of New York City voters expect their finances to get better, compared to 38 percent of suburban voters and 27 percent of upstate voters. Casino Gambling

Seventy-two percent of New York State voters say they have not been in gambling casino in the last 12 months, while 22 percent say they've been in a casino once or twice and 6 percent say they've been in a casino several times in the last year.

By a 54 - 34 percent margin, New Yorkers favor legalized casino gambling on Native American reservations.

By a 48 - 43 percent margin, voters favor casino gambling statewide.

All New York State voters oppose 80 -13 percent legalized casinos in New York City only. Opposition is consistent among upstate, suburban and city voters.

And voters oppose 66 - 30 percent having a gambling casino in their town or city.

"Most New Yorkers support the state decision to allow casino gambling on Native American reservations. They are tepid at best about casinos elsewhere in the state and they are adamantly opposed to allowing casinos in New York City only," Carroll said.

"And, of course, New Yorkers oppose 2 -1 having a casino near them."

From November 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,207 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
24. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Budget/Deficit 1 1 1 - - - 1 - 1 Economy 12 13 13 11 11 14 11 15 10 Unemployment/Jobs 3 3 4 1 2 5 3 2 4

Racism/Race Relations 1 1 2 - 1 2 - 1 1 Poverty/Homelessness 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 Immigration 1 - 2 2 2 - 1 1 1 Lack of Ethics/Morality 1 1 - 1 1 - - 1 1 Lack of religion/ Spirituality/Prayer 1 1 - 1 - 1 1 1 1 Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 Education 4 3 6 2 3 4 5 3 4

Politicians/Government 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 Foreign Policy 1 1 2 - 1 1 1 1 -

Terrorism 38 41 30 42 41 34 40 38 37 Security/Safety 10 8 10 15 13 12 7 9 11 War 6 5 8 6 4 8 8 5 8 Biochemical Terrorism 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Rebuilding of NYC/WTC 1 - 1 - - 1 - - 1

Other 7 9 6 6 9 7 6 8 7 DK/NA 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

25. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York state today?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Crime/Violence 1 1 1 - 1 1 - - 1

Budget/Deficit 7 11 2 8 7 6 9 9 6 Economy 21 19 25 19 22 23 21 20 22 Unemployment/Jobs 11 13 13 6 8 14 10 11 11

Taxes 6 10 1 5 8 3 7 7 4 Property Tax 1 - - 1 1 1 - 1 1

Poverty/Homelessness 1 1 1 - - 1 - - 1 Housing Costs/ Availability 1 - 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 1 1 1 - - 1 - 1 1 Education 6 4 8 4 3 5 8 4 7 Funding Public Schools 1 1 - 1 1 1 - - 1 Environment/Pollution 1 - 1 1 - - 2 1 -

Politicians/Gov 1 1 1 - - 1 1 1 1

Terrorism 14 10 15 21 16 13 14 14 14 Security/Safety 4 3 4 6 4 4 3 4 4 War 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 Biochemical Terrorism 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Rebuilding of NYC/WTC 6 5 6 7 7 5 5 7 5

Other 4 6 2 4 6 4 2 4 5 DK/NA 8 7 10 8 8 8 8 7 9



26. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 1% - 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% Good 29 32 23 31 36 24 28 31 28

Not so good 54 52 57 54 51 57 57 52 56 Poor 14 14 16 13 10 17 13 15 13

DK/NA 1 2 1 1 1 - - 1 1

27. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in the United States will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Get better 44% 45% 41% 47% 53% 38% 43% 47% 42%

Get worse 22 19 23 24 19 25 20 21 22

Stay about the same 30 32 32 25 25 33 33 28 31

DK/NA 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 5

28. Would you describe the state of New York state's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 1% - 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% Good 31 29 27 39 38 26 28 32 30

Not so good 54 54 58 49 48 58 57 55 54 Poor 12 15 11 9 12 13 12 11 14

DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2

29. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York state will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Get better 36% 32% 42% 38% 43% 34% 34% 41% 33%

Get worse 22 21 21 25 17 26 21 21 23

Stay about the same 37 44 33 34 37 36 40 34 40

DK/NA 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5

30. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 8% 8% 5% 12% 9% 8% 8% 10% 7% Good 59 61 56 62 67 60 57 61 58

Not so good 25 22 29 23 20 26 27 22 26 Poor 6 7 7 3 5 5 6 5 7

DK/NA 2 2 2 1 - 1 2 1 2

31. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Get better 35% 27% 44% 38% 36% 36% 35% 42% 30%

Get worse 7 8 8 5 4 8 9 6 8

Stay about the same 55 62 45 55 58 53 54 49 59

DK/NA 3 3 3 1 2 3 2 3 3

25. How many times have you visited a gambling casino in the last 12 months- would you say several times, only once or twice, or not at all?

                        Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Several times 6% 5% 7% 6% 7% 5% 5% 8% 4%

Only once or twice 22 22 22 23 21 25 21 22 22

Not at all 72 74 71 71 72 70 74 70 74

DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

26. Do you favor or oppose legalized casino gambling on native American reservations in New York state?
                                                                  Have  Have
                                                                  been  not
            Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q25   Q25


Favor 54% 54% 50% 59% 55% 58% 51% 55% 53% 75% 46%

Oppose 34 35 37 29 33 29 39 34 34 17 41 DK/NA 12 11 13 12 12 13 11 11 13 9 13

27. Do you favor or oppose legalizing casino gambling statewide?
                                                                  Have  Have
                                                                  been  not
            Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q25   Q25


Favor 48% 47% 49% 50% 52% 50% 45% 50% 46% 67% 41%

Oppose 43 44 44 40 39 40 48 43 43 28 49

DK/NA 9 10 7 10 9 11 6 7 11 5 10

28. Do you favor or oppose legalizing casino gambling in New York City only?

                                                                  Have  Have
                                                                  been  not
            Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q25   Q25


Favor 13% 9% 16% 15% 13% 14% 11% 12% 13% 15% 12%

Oppose 80 83 79 78 80 77 84 83 79 80 81

DK/NA 7 8 4 8 7 9 5 5 8 6 7

29. Do you favor or oppose having casino gambling in the town or city you live in?
                                                                  Have  Have
                                                                  been  not
            Tot   UPS   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   Q25   Q25


Favor 30% 37% 28% 20% 34% 29% 27% 34% 26% 43% 25%

Oppose 66 57 70 77 63 67 69 63 69 55 71

DK/NA 4 6 2 3 4 3 4 4 4 2 5