January 17, 2014 - Bloomberg A Success, New York City Voters Say Almost 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Inauguration Day Barbs Were Off The Mark, Voters Say
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Michael Bloomberg's 12 years as New York City mayor were "mainly a success," voters say 64 - 24 percent, including 49 - 37 percent among black voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Calling the Bloomberg era a success are Republicans 78 - 17 percent, Democrats 62 - 26 percent and independent voters 68 - 19 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Asked another way, New York City voters say 63 - 16 percent that Bloomberg "made the city better." Agreeing are white voters 74 - 14 percent, black voters 50 - 25 percent and Hispanic voters 59 - 12 percent.

But only 37 percent of voters say Bloomberg made life better for them and their family, while 21 percent say he made life worse and 37 percent say he had no effect on their lives.

New York City voters say 61 - 18 percent that the criticism of Mayor Bloomberg on January 1, at the inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials, was inappropriate. Voters from every group agree by margins of 2-1 or higher.

"Mayor Mike leaves City Hall with good marks. Two thirds of New Yorkers think his 12-year term was a success, that he made New York a better city," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But only about a third of voters think Mayor Bloomberg helped them or their family.

"They think - across party, racial and gender lines - that the Inauguration Day criticism of the outgoing mayor was bad manners."

New York City voters say 50 - 42 percent that Mayor de Blasio should not expand bike lanes. Every group is against expanding this signature Bloomberg initiative except Democrats, who favor more bike lanes by a narrow 48 - 44 percent margin, and Hispanic voters who back bikes 56 - 41 percent.

By a wider 57 - 37 percent margin, voters say the new mayor should not pursue the old mayor's effort to limit sugary soft drinks. Even Democrats oppose the sugary drink limit 51 - 43 percent. Hispanic voters are divided, with 46 percent for the limits and 48 percent opposed.

"New York City voters to Mayor Bill de Blasio: Don't try to peddle any more Bloomberg bike lanes," Carroll said.

"And let us enjoy our big sodas, voters say."

From January 9 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,288 New York City 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

5. Do you think Michael Bloomberg's 12 years as Mayor were mainly a success or mainly a failure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Success              64%    78%    62%    68%    70%    59%    76%    49%    62%
Failure              24     17     26     19     20     26     16     37     24
DK/NA                12      4     12     13      9     15      8     14     14
 
 
6. Do you think Mayor Michael Bloomberg made life for you and your family better or worse, or had no effect?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               37%    42%    37%    37%    40%    34%    47%    21%    34%
Worse                21     16     23     19     20     21     18     33     14
No effect            37     35     35     40     36     37     31     42     43
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      4      8      4      5      9
 
 
7. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg made the city better or worse or had no effect?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               63%    75%    63%    63%    68%    60%    74%    50%    59%
Worse                16     11     18     16     15     17     14     25     12
No effect            13     11     12     14     10     15      9     14     20
DK/NA                 7      3      7      8      6      8      4     11      9
 
 
8. Do you think criticism of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the inauguration of Mayor de Blasio and other city officials was appropriate or inappropriate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Appropriate          18%    14%    21%    15%    24%    14%    15%    19%    22%
Inappropriate        61     69     59     64     61     61     68     57     47
DK/NA                21     17     20     21     16     25     16     23     31
 
 
9. Do you think Mayor de Blasio should or should not expand bike lanes in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               42%    32%    48%    36%    43%    42%    38%    41%    56%
Should not           50     64     44     56     50     50     54     51     41
DK/NA                 8      4      8      7      7      8      7      8      3
 
 
10. Do you think Mayor de Blasio should or should not try to establish limits on sugary soft drinks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should               37%    27%    43%    30%    34%    40%    28%    43%    46%
Should not           57     67     51     63     59     55     64     53     48
DK/NA                 6      6      6      8      7      6      9      4      5
 
 

Demographic Summary