December 28, 1999 - Y2K Doesn't Bug Us, New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac College Poll, But We're Staying Home On New Year's
Concerns about possible Y2K computer problems don't bug New York State voters, but overwhelmingly they plan to stay home on New Year's Eve or celebrate in the homes of family and friends, according to a Quinnipiac College poll released today.

A total of 92 percent of New York State voters say they heard a "great deal" or "some" about possible Y2K computer problems.

But only 7 percent say they are "very concerned" about the possible problem, while 24 percent say they are "somewhat concerned;" 43 percent say they are "not too concerned" and 25 percent say they are "not concerned at all."

Asked if the Y2K computer problems makes them concerned about going out on New Year's Eve, 8 percent say they are "very concerned," while 16 percent say they are "somewhat concerned;" 22 percent say they are "not too concerned" and 53 percent say they are "not concerned at all."

Despite that attitude, only 15 percent of New Yorkers say they plan to go out on New Year's Eve, while 41 percent plan to celebrate at home and 31 percent plan to celebrate in the homes of family or friends.

Nine percent of New Yorkers say they will not celebrate on New Year's Eve.

"When the old millennium started, New Yorkers lived in hogans or Iroquois long-huts or whatever and probably would have loved to get out of the house," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"Now, New Yorkers have split levels or brownstones or apartments and are happy to stay home on New Year's Eve," Carroll added.

"By better than 2 -1 margins, New Yorkers say they are not worried about so-called Y2K problems, because they're New Yorkers and nothing bothers them, or because they would never admit that they're worried."

One percent of New York State voters say they plan to be in Times Square to celebrate the start of the Millennium, a percentage that translates to 100,000 people.

"If we start with that 100,000 people and throw in the non-voters, the day-trippers from New Jersey and Connecticut and the tourists who flock to New York from around the world, we're looking at a good-sized crowd gathered to watch the ball drop," Carroll said.

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac College surveyed 1,211 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent. The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

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30. How much have you heard or read about the Y2K computer bug problem? A great deal, some, not much, or nothing at all?

                          Tot     Ups     NYC     Sub     Men     Wom


Great deal 65% 65% 65% 64% 69% 61%

Some 27 27 24 30 22 31

Not much 6 6 8 6 7 6

Nothing at all 2 1 3 1 2 2

DK/NA - 1 - - - -



31. Overall, how concerned are you about the Y2K computer bug problem? Very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?

                          Tot     Ups     NYC     Sub     Men     Wom 


Very concerned 7% 5% 14% 3% 6% 8%

Smwht concerned 24 24 26 23 22 26

Not too concerned 43 44 38 47 41 44

Not concerned at all 25 26 22 26 31 20

DK/NA 1 - 1 1 - 1



31a. Does the Y2K computer bug problem make you very concerned about going out on New Years Eve, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?

                          Tot     Ups     NYC     Sub     Men     Wom 


Very concerned 8% 6% 13% 5% 4% 11%

Smwht concerned 16 12 20 17 15 17

Not too concerned 22 24 18 21 21 22

Not concerned at all 53 57 47 56 59 49

DK/NA 1 1 2 1 1 2



32. How do you plan to spend New Year's Eve - will you go out to celebrate, celebrate at home, celebrate at a friend or family member's home, or will you not celebrate at all?

                          Tot     Ups     NYC     Sub     Men     Wom 


Go out 15% 14% 16% 17% 16% 14%

Celebrate at home 41 43 42 36 40 42

Friend or family members home 31 27 31 36 31 30

Will not celebrate 9 13 7 6 8 10

DK/NA 4 3 5 5 5 4



33. Will you go to Times Square to celebrate New Year's Eve?

                          Tot     Ups     NYC     Sub     Men     Wom 


Yes 1% 1% 1% -% 1% 1%

No 14 13 14 16 15 13

DK/NA - - - - - -

Not going out (Q32) 85 86 84 83 84 86