March 18, 2011 - New York City Voters Want To Shop At Walmart 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Merit For Cop, Firefighter, Teacher Layoffs

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New York City voters say 57 - 36 percent that elected officials should allow Walmart to open stores in the city and say 68 - 29 percent that they would shop at a Walmart in the city if it were convenient, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York City voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll they have conflicted feelings about Walmart:
  • Agreeing 74 - 20 percent that Walmart's lower prices would benefit New York shoppers;
  • Agreeing 68 - 26 percent that Walmart's lower prices hurt smaller nearby businesses;
  • Agreeing 47 - 19 percent, with 33 percent undecided, that Walmart doesn't pay enough.
More bike lanes are good "because it's greener and healthier for people to ride their bicycles," 54 percent of New York City voters say, while 39 percent say bike lanes are bad "because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic."

Republicans say bike lanes are bad 59 - 35 percent, while Democrats flip to 59 - 35 percent good. Independent voters say 56 - 39 percent that bike lanes are good.

"This is a union town, but New Yorkers will put their money where their mouth isn't," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Voters agree that Walmart can be tough on its employees and on its mom-and-pop competitors, but even voters in union households say 63 - 34 percent they'll shop there anyway."

No Koch-borough Bridge

New York City voters oppose 64 - 24 percent renaming the Queensborough Bridge to honor former Mayor Ed Koch. Opposition ranges from 53 - 32 percent on Staten Island to 70 - 20 percent in Queens.

"How's he doin'? When it comes to naming a bridge after Mayor Ed Koch, not so Carroll said.

A total of 89 percent of voters say New York City's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious," and voters say 49 - 35 percent they would rather raise taxes than cut services to balance the budget.

Abolish LIFO

New York City voters say 78 - 16 percent that if public school teachers must be laid off, layoffs should be based on job performance rather than seniority. Even voters in a household with a union member support this position 63 - 32 percent.

In fact, voters say 73 - 20 percent that layoffs for police officers, firefighters, social workers and other government workers should be based on performance rather than seniority. Voters in union households also support this position 57 - 35 percent.

Voters say 61 - 25 percent that New York City officials, not state legislators, should have the power to negotiate pension benefits with city employees.

Looking at other budget issues, New York City voters:
  • Oppose 67 - 27 percent layoffs for city workers;
  • Support 45 - 40 percent furloughs for city workers;
  • Support 61 - 33 percent a wage freeze for city workers;
  • Support 50 - 44 percent reduced pension benefits for new city workers;
  • Support 54 - 41 percent making government workers wait until they are 65 to collect a pension.
"Almost everywhere that people are polled about tax hikes versus service cuts, they prefer service cuts. Except in relentlessly liberal New York City. We'd rather raise taxes," Carroll said.

"Mayor Bloomberg's push against that acronym, LIFO (for last-in-first-out), for laying off teachers - and cops and firefighters - wins heavy support."

By a 54 - 17 percent margin, New York City voters have a favorable opinion of public school teachers and say 46 - 41 percent that the teachers' unions play a positive role in improving education.

From March 8 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,115 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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 and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
21. As you may know, there has been an expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City. Which comes closer to your point of view: A) This is a good thing because it's greener and healthier for people to ride their bicycle, or B) This is a bad thing because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic.
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
A) Good thing        54%    35%    59%    56%    54%    54%    59%    49%
B) Bad thing         39     59     35     39     40     39     36     45
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      7      7      5      6
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A) Good thing        56%    57%    54%    64%    45%    50%    56%    53%
B) Bad thing         34     36     40     30     48     46     39     40
DK/NA                 9      6      6      7      7      4      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A) Good thing        60%    62%    48%    48%
B) Bad thing         38     34     44     42
DK/NA                 2      4      8     10
 
 
22. Do you think the Queensborough Bridge should be renamed to honor former Mayor Ed Koch or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  24%    26%    24%    26%    28%    22%    21%    24%
No                   64     61     64     64     61     65     68     66
DK/NA                12     12     12     10     12     13     11     10
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  21%    26%    24%    26%    20%    32%    24%    25%
No                   65     62     62     62     70     53     64     63
DK/NA                14     11     14     11     10     15     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  27%    20%    24%    27%
No                   59     70     65     61
DK/NA                14     11     11     12
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              25%    41%    17%    29%    33%    13%    20%    15%
Disapprove           64     47     71     61     55     78     71     78
DK/NA                11     12     12     10     12      9      9      7
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              17%    19%    19%    36%    24%    21%    32%    19%
Disapprove           77     71     70     49     67     68     57     71
DK/NA                 6      9     11     15      9     11     11     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the public schools?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Mar 18  Nov 23  Jul 29  Jun 17  Jul 29  Mar 18  Mar 18
                     2011    2010    2009    2009    2009    2011    2011
 
Approve              25      41      57      51      57      25      25
Disapprove           64      48      30      37      30      64      64
DK/NA                11      11      13      12      13      11      11
 
 
24. During the next three years, do you expect New York City Schools Chancellor Cathleen Black to make substantial progress or not in improving the quality of education in the public schools in New York City?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  32%    53%    31%    30%    29%    32%    41%    21%
No                   54     36     58     56     56     55     49     66
DK/NA                13     11     12     14     15     12     11     13
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  32%    37%    32%    33%    31%    28%    35%    31%
No                   60     49     56     51     57     57     50     58
DK/NA                 8     14     12     16     12     15     16     12
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              37%    42%    33%    44%    49%    26%    24%    29%
Disapprove           53     46     56     50     41     66     65     63
DK/NA                10     12     11      6     10      8     10      9
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              25%    29%    34%    51%    32%    36%    45%    30%
Disapprove           62     58     56     39     59     56     46     58
DK/NA                13     13     11     10     10      8      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling the city budget? (*High also 55% Jan 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 17  May 07
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2003
 
Approve              37      45      47      55      54      55      28
Disapprove           53      47      44      35      34      35      63
DK/NA                10       9       9      10      12      10       9
 
 
26. To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer, raising taxes or cutting government programs and services
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Raising taxes        49%    17%    63%    40%    48%    58%    44%    56%
Cutting services     35     64     23     45     41     25     36     27
DK/NA                16     19     14     15     12     17     20     17
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        50%    51%    53%    57%    38%    38%    43%    54%
Cutting services     31     30     33     30     44     43     43     28
DK/NA                19     19     14     13     18     19     13     18
 
TREND: To balance the city budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                             RAISE TAXES...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
 
Raising taxes        49      48      45      43      52      53      43
Cutting services     35      36      40      45      37      39      45
DK/NA                16      16      14      13      11       8      13
 
 
27. How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, not at all serious?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very serious         51%    60%    49%    52%    47%    55%    60%    45%
Smwht serious        38     34     39     38     44     32     28     41
Not too serious       8      4     10      5      6     10      6     10
Not at all serious    2      -      1      2      1      1      2      3
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      1      2      3      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         52%    52%    51%    47%    58%    47%    51%    52%
Smwht serious        29     28     39     44     33     42     35     39
Not too serious      11     14      8      5      5     10      9      6
Not at all serious    5      1      1      2      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                 3      5      1      1      2      -      2      2
 
TREND: How serious do you think New York City's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious? (*High also 95% Jan 2009)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17  Mar 24  Feb 25  Jul 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009*   2002
Very serious         51      65      60      53      65      61      46
Smwht serious        38      27      30      39      29      34      41
Not too serious       8       4       6       5       3       3       9
Not at all serious    2       2       1       1       -       1       1
DK/NA                 2       1       2       1       2       1       3
 
 
28. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - layoffs for city employees?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              27%    51%    19%    38%    38%    15%    21%    15%
Oppose               67     44     77     57     57     78     76     80
DK/NA                 5      5      5      6      5      8      2      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              18%    17%    27%    33%    28%    35%    38%    19%
Oppose               77     77     68     62     67     59     57     76
DK/NA                 5      6      5      5      5      6      5      5
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose layoffs for city employees?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              27      27      32      32
Oppose               67      68      63      63
DK/NA                 5       5       6       5
 
 
29. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - furloughs for city employees?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              45%    49%    42%    50%    50%    40%    43%    41%
Oppose               40     37     42     38     37     45     38     48
DK/NA                15     14     16     12     13     15     19     11
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              40%    43%    44%    47%    47%    44%    51%    40%
Oppose               48     45     41     39     38     42     39     41
DK/NA                12     12     16     14     15     14     10     19
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose furloughs for city employees?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              45      51      50      50
Oppose               40      36      41      34
DK/NA                15      13       9      16
 
 
30. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - a wage freeze for city workers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              61%    77%    55%    71%    67%    54%    57%    52%
Oppose               33     18     38     27     30     38     36     45
DK/NA                 5      5      6      3      4      8      7      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              59%    54%    62%    70%    57%    63%    66%    58%
Oppose               35     35     35     26     38     31     29     37
DK/NA                 6     10      4      5      5      7      5      5
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose a wage freeze for city workers?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 21  Feb 17
                     2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Support              61      62      60      63
Oppose               33      33      35      31
DK/NA                 5       5       5       6
 
 
31. To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for new city workers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              50%    67%    44%    58%    60%    37%    48%    37%
Oppose               44     30     51     38     35     57     46     60
DK/NA                 6      3      5      4      4      6      6      3
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              40%    42%    50%    56%    49%    57%    55%    47%
Oppose               51     47     47     36     46     41     40     48
DK/NA                10     11      2      8      5      2      5      6
 
 
32. Do you think government workers should have to wait until they are 65 to collect their pensions or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  54%    64%    48%    59%    66%    33%    50%    35%
No                   41     33     45     37     26     64     49     58
DK/NA                 6      3      7      4      8      3      1      7
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  48%    47%    53%    62%    52%    45%    56%    52%
No                   48     50     39     31     43     49     39     42
DK/NA                 4      3      7      6      5      6      5      6
 
 
33. Who do you think should have the power to negotiate pension benefits for New York City employees, City officials or State legislators?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
City officials       61%    58%    61%    65%    69%    54%    50%    60%
State legislators    25     27     28     21     19     31     38     26
DK/NA                14     15     11     13     12     15     12     14
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
City officials       57%    57%    61%    68%    56%    65%    63%    59%
State legislators    27     33     24     21     27     23     26     25
DK/NA                16     11     15     11     16     13     11     16
 
 
34. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - layoffs for public school teachers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              19%    39%    11%    27%    25%     9%    17%    13%
Oppose               79     57     87     71     72     89     82     85
DK/NA                 2      4      2      2      3      1      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              13%    11%    22%    21%    19%    26%    25%    15%
Oppose               86     87     77     76     79     72     73     83
DK/NA                 1      2      2      3      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - layoffs for public school teachers?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30
                     2011    2010
 
Support              19      16
Oppose               79      82
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
35. To help balance the city budget would you support or oppose - a wage freeze for public school teachers?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Support              51%    69%    44%    56%    57%    43%    49%    48%
Oppose               46     29     52     42     40     53     47     51
DK/NA                 4      2      4      2      3      3      4      1
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Support              46%    49%    52%    52%    48%    58%    55%    48%
Oppose               52     46     46     42     50     41     43     48
DK/NA                 2      5      2      5      3      2      2      5
 
TREND: To help balance the city budget, would you support or oppose - a wage freeze for public school teachers?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30
                     2011    2010
 
Support              51      50
Oppose               46      47
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
36. Do you think union workers are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  41%    24%    48%    36%    36%    51%    34%    62%
No                   45     69     35     54     50     34     52     27
DK/NA                15      7     17     10     14     16     14     12
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  42%    42%    44%    32%    45%    38%    39%    42%
No                   44     46     42     47     42     55     48     42
DK/NA                13     11     14     21     13      7     13     16
 
TREND: Do you think union workers are doing their fair share to ease New York City's financial problems or not?
                     Mar 18  Jun 30  May 07
                     2011    2010    2003
 
Yes                  41      31      41
No                   45      56      47
DK/NA                15      13      13
 
 
37. Is your opinion of New York City's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Favorable            54%    45%    61%    48%    55%    54%    50%    63%
Unfavorable          17     26     11     21     19     17     16     13
Hvn't hrd enough     25     25     24     27     22     25     33     18
REFUSED               4      4      4      4      5      4      2      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Favorable            59%    53%    56%    51%    54%    60%    51%    57%
Unfavorable          17     15     17     18     16     17     21     13
Hvn't hrd enough     22     29     23     27     23     20     24     25
REFUSED               3      3      4      4      6      3      4      5
 
 
38. Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New York City's educational system?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Positive             46%    35%    56%    37%    39%    53%    55%    62%
Negative             41     57     29     54     49     33     32     29
DK/NA                13      8     16      9     12     13     13      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Positive             47%    54%    47%    37%    48%    59%    44%    49%
Negative             36     36     39     46     42     33     46     36
DK/NA                17     11     15     16     10      8     10     16
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you believe the teacher's union is playing a positive or a negative role in improving New York City's educational system?
                     Mar 18  Sep 22  Feb 12
                     2011    2005    1998
 
Positive             46      48      45
Negative             41      29      32
DK/NA                13      22      23
 
 
39. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should berewarded with additional pay - so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good idea            63%    72%    61%    66%    65%    63%    56%    53%
Bad idea             33     27     35     32     32     31     44     42
DK/NA                 4      1      4      2      3      6      1      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            71%    54%    63%    67%    67%    55%    67%    60%
Bad idea             25     41     33     28     31     43     29     37
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      2      2      4      4
 
 
40. Some people have suggested that firing public school teachers should be made easier. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Good idea            54%    65%    47%    62%    67%    46%    38%    52%
Bad idea             40     30     47     31     27     47     57     44
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      6      7      5      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Good idea            49%    46%    55%    62%    51%    52%    57%    52%
Bad idea             47     48     40     33     43     40     38     42
DK/NA                 4      6      5      6      7      8      5      7
 
 
41. If public school administrators need to lay off teachers, do you think they should lay off teachers based on their performance or based on seniority?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Seniority            16%    11%    18%    15%    14%    19%    18%    32%
Performance          78     85     77     79     80     74     78     63
DK/NA                 5      4      5      6      6      6      4      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Seniority            17%    14%    18%    13%    17%    20%    17%    16%
Performance          77     80     77     79     79     76     78     79
DK/NA                 5      6      5      8      4      4      5      5
 
 
42. How about if other government workers such as police, firefighters, social workers and clerks, need to be laid off? Do you think they should be laid off based on their performance or based on seniority?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Seniority            20%    15%    23%    18%    18%    23%    24%    35%
Performance          73     81     70     76     75     70     70     57
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      7      7      6      8
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Seniority            20%    23%    20%    17%    22%    24%    24%    17%
Performance          74     73     73     77     71     70     71     75
DK/NA                 6      4      8      7      6      6      5      7
 
 
43. Do you currently shop at a Walmart near New York City?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  24%    28%    24%    24%    17%    33%    25%    27%
No                   76     72     76     75     83     65     75     71
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  31%    24%    21%    15%    34%    27%    22%    25%
No                   69     75     79     84     64     73     78     74
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  27%    27%    28%    21%
No                   73     73     71     79
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -
 
 
44. Do you think New York City elected officials should allow Walmart to open stores in New York City or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  57%    72%    55%    58%    56%    66%    53%    52%
No                   36     22     37     36     38     29     37     43
DK/NA                 7      5      8      6      6      5     10      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    63%    58%    52%    60%    52%    57%    58%
No                   31     33     36     42     29     39     37     34
DK/NA                 8      4      6      6     11      8      5      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  69%    66%    49%    54%
No                   24     27     46     41
DK/NA                 7      7      5      5
 
 
45. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement... Walmart's lower prices benefit New Yorkers who would shop there. IF AGREE: Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF DISAGREE: Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       41%    56%    39%    41%    37%    47%    46%    37%
Agree somewhat       33     31     34     30     36     31     30     34
Disagree somewhat     8      2      8      9      9      6      6      7
Disagree strongly    12      7     12     15     15      8      9     18
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      3      8      9      5
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       48%    46%    40%    40%    42%    40%    41%    41%
Agree somewhat       30     30     35     30     35     29     34     32
Disagree somewhat     9      6     11      7      7      7      8      8
Disagree strongly     7      8      9     19     10     18     13     12
DK/NA                 6     10      5      4      6      5      4      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Agree strongly       48%    41%    42%    38%
Agree somewhat       29     45     30     34
Disagree somewhat     7      6      9     10
Disagree strongly     7      4     16     17
DK/NA                 9      3      3      1
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement -- WalMart's lower prices benefit New Yorkers who would shop there. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       41      34
Agree somewhat       33      36
Disagree somewhat     8       9
Disagree strongly    12      15
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
46. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement... Walmart's lower prices hurt smaller businesses in the surrounding neighborhood. IF AGREE: Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF DISAGREE: Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       47%    35%    49%    48%    52%    41%    44%    52%
Agree somewhat       21     26     20     21     24     19     21     21
Disagree somewhat    12     17     10     15     12     14     10     11
Disagree strongly    14     14     15     13      8     19     18     12
DK/NA                 6      8      6      3      4      6      8      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       37%    46%    43%    57%    43%    50%    50%    45%
Agree somewhat       23     15     20     21     24     28     20     22
Disagree somewhat    11     10     14     10     12     10      9     14
Disagree strongly    24     19     17      8     16     10     16     14
DK/NA                 4     10      6      4      5      2      5      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Agree strongly       37%    40%    55%    54%
Agree somewhat       19     28     16     23
Disagree somewhat     8     17     14     11
Disagree strongly    27     10     11     10
DK/NA                 9      5      4      2
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement -- WalMart's lower prices hurt smaller businesses in the surrounding neighborhood. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       47      51
Agree somewhat       21      23
Disagree somewhat    12      13
Disagree strongly    14       8
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
47. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement... Walmart doesn't pay its workers enough in wages and medical benefits. IF AGREE: Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF DISAGREE: Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Agree strongly       35%    17%    39%    36%    34%    35%    39%    44%
Agree somewhat       12      8     15      8     13     10     12     12
Disagree somewhat    11     17      7     19     16     10      4      7
Disagree strongly     8     14      5      9      7      6      7      4
DK/NA                33     44     34     28     31     38     37     34
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Agree strongly       40%    32%    38%    38%    30%    39%    39%    32%
Agree somewhat       12     13     12     11     13     14     11     13
Disagree somewhat    12      6     11     14     12     10     13     10
Disagree strongly     5      9      8      6      8      7     10      6
DK/NA                31     40     31     30     37     29     27     39
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Agree strongly       29%    37%    41%    39%
Agree somewhat       12     11     14     14
Disagree somewhat     8     11     12     16
Disagree strongly    11      8      4      7
DK/NA                40     33     29     24
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement -- WalMart doesn't pay its workers enough in wages and medical benefits. IF 'AGREE': Do you agree strongly or do you agree somewhat? IF 'DISAGREE': Do you disagree somewhat or do you disagree strongly?
                     Mar 18  Feb 03
                     2011    2006
 
Agree strongly       35      45
Agree somewhat       12      12
Disagree somewhat    11       7
Disagree strongly     8       7
DK/NA                33      29
 
 
48. Would you shop at a Walmart in New York City if it were convenient for you to do so?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  68%    81%    69%    63%    60%    80%    76%    63%
No                   29     17     29     34     37     17     22     34
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      3      3      4
 
                     HvKids
                     PubSch Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  77%    78%    71%    60%    69%    60%    68%    68%
No                   20     20     26     39     27     36     30     29
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      3      5      2      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  82%    76%    65%    56%
No                   16     19     33     41
DK/NA                 2      4      2      3