May 12, 2011 - New Yorkers Concerned About Terror And Ticket Scam, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Like Bike Lanes, But Few See Cyclists Using Them

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New York City voters are worried about another terrorist attack here, but they are more confident than ever that the city is ready and they approve 89 - 8 percent of the way the NYPD is handling terror, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters approve 71 - 17 percent of the job Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing, his highest approval rating in any survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. White voters approve 81 - 6 percent, while black voters approve 64 - 24 percent and Hispanic voters approve 61 - 25 percent.

Some 24 percent of New York City voters are "very worried" about another terrorist attack here, while 43 percent are "somewhat worried." Another 22 percent are "not too worried" and 10 percent are "not worried at all." A total of 72 percent of women are worried, compared to 61 percent of men.

New York City is adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, voters say 57 - 36 percent, the highest confidence level ever measured on this question and up from 49 - 45 percent in a May 24, 2010, Quinnipiac University poll. Today, women are confident 53 - 39 percent while men say the city is ready 62 - 32 percent. There is little or no difference among Republicans, Democrats and independent voters.

"It's close to unanimous: Voters give New York cops high marks for staying on top of terrorism," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"We're still worried that terrorists might hit the city again, women more than men, but more than ever, we think we're ready."

Police officers fixing traffic or parking tickets is a "very serious problem," 38 percent of New York City voters say, while 26 percent say it's "somewhat serious." Another 17 percent say "not too serious," and 8 percent say "not at all serious."

A total of 54 percent of white voters say very or somewhat serious, compared to 74 percent of black voters and 74 percent of Hispanic voters.

Only 20 percent of New York City voters admit that they would ask a friend or relative who is a police officer to try to fix a ticket, while 78 percent say they would not ask.

"Me? Ask a friend to fix a parking ticket? We're shocked - shocked - that you would ask. Still, New Yorkers think that the ticket-fixing scandal is serious," Carroll said.

Bike lanes "are good because it's greener and healthier for people to ride," 56 percent of New York City voters say. Another 39 percent say bike lanes "are bad because it leaves less room for cars which increases traffic."

Support for bike lanes ranges from 62 - 35 percent among Manhattan voters to 53 - 40 percent among Queens voters. Only Staten Islanders are opposed, 54 - 40 percent. There is almost no gender gap on the question.

Based on their own observations, only 26 percent of New York City voters think bike lanes are widely used, while 44 percent say they are not widely used and 29 percent don't know.

"We sort of like bike lanes but few of us see any sign that they're heavily used," Carroll said.

From May 4 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 962 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 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.


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              71%    78%    67%    76%    81%    64%    61%    71%
Disapprove           17      7     19     15      6     24     25     20
DK/NA                13     15     14      9     12     12     14      9
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              70%    69%    72%    72%    70%    70%    71%
Disapprove           22     18     12     19      9     17     16
DK/NA                 9     13     16     10     21     13     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     May 12  Mar 16  Nov 23  Jun 30  May 12  Jan 16  Jan 16
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2011    2007    2007
 
Approve              71      67      67      66      71      52      52
Disapprove           17      20      19      20      17      34      34
DK/NA                13      13      14      14      13      14      14
 
 
13. How much have you heard or read about the expansion of bicycle lanes in New York City - A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
A lot                37%    42%    35%    39%
Some                 37     31     37     37
Not much             16     21     16     13
Nothing at all       10      6     11     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A lot                27%    43%    42%    32%    29%    40%    34%
Some                 31     36     38     42     35     36     38
Not much             30     11     13     14     21     15     17
Nothing at all       12      9      6     11     14      9     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A lot                28%    35%    44%    41%
Some                 39     41     36     33
Not much             18     15     14     16
Nothing at all       15      8      5      9
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1
 
 
14. 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.
                                                 HEARD OR READ Q13..
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    LotSm  NtMchNothing
 
A) Good thing        56%    43%    64%    51%    54%    63%
B) Bad thing         39     54     32     44     41     32
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      4      5
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
A) Good thing        61%    56%    62%    53%    40%    55%    58%
B) Bad thing         37     39     35     40     54     40     38
DK/NA                 3      5      3      6      7      5      5
 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A) Good thing        66%    66%    52%    44%
B) Bad thing         32     30     44     47
DK/NA                 1      3      4      9
 
TREND: 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.
                     May 12  Mar 18
                     2011    2011
 
A) Good thing        56      54
B) Bad thing         39      39
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
15. Based on your own observation, are the bicycle lanes being widely used or not, or don't you know?
                                                 HEARD OR READ Q13..
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    LotSm  NtMchNothing
 
Widely used          26%     5%    32%    24%    27%    22%
Not widely used      44     68     38     46     49     33
Don't know           29     27     29     29     24     45
REFUSED               -      -      -      1      -      -
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Widely used          18%    36%    24%    26%     6%    26%    25%
Not widely used      40     37     56     42     53     46     43
Don't know           42     26     20     31     41     28     31
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      1      -      -
 
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Widely used          32%    35%    26%    12%
Not widely used      45     38     48     51
Don't know           23     28     25     37
REFUSED               -      -      1      -
 
 
32. How serious is the problem of police officers fixing tickets - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very serious         38%    30%    43%    31%    24%    49%    50%    35%
Somewhat serious     26     26     23     32     30     25     24     23
Not too serious      17     18     15     17     21     14     10     20
Not at all serious    8     15      6      9      9      4      9     11
DK/NA                11     11     12     11     17      9      6     11
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very serious         58%    35%    29%    41%    31%    33%    43%
Somewhat serious     21     30     25     25     24     29     23
Not too serious      12     15     21     16     25     19     15
Not at all serious    6      7      5     10     16     10      6
DK/NA                 3     13     21      8      4     10     13
 
 
33. If you had a friend or relative who is a police officer, would you ever ask that person to try to fix a ticket?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  20%    25%    18%    24%    24%    15%    21%    21%
No                   78     71     79     74     72     84     76     75
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      4      1      4      4
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  10%    24%    19%    20%    31%    26%    15%
No                   89     73     79     77     68     72     82
DK/NA                 1      3      2      3      2      2      3
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -terrorism?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              78%    43%    88%    76%    73%    89%    79%    79%
Disapprove           19     53      9     20     24      6     18     17
DK/NA                 4      5      3      4      3      5      3      4
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              86%    77%    77%    80%    54%    73%    82%
Disapprove           12     20     20     16     35     24     14
DK/NA                 2      3      3      5     11      3      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     May 12  May 24
                     2011    2010
 
Approve              78      65
Disapprove           19      29
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are handling terrorism?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Approve              89%    98%    89%    89%    95%    86%    86%    93%
Disapprove            8      1      8      8      3     11      9      5
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      2      3      5      3
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Approve              88%    87%    92%    90%    88%    90%    89%
Disapprove            8     10      6      7      6      8      8
DK/NA                 4      3      2      3      5      3      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are handling terrorism?
                     May 12  May 24  Feb 3
                     2011    2010    2006
 
Approve              89      85      75
Disapprove            8      11      17
DK/NA                 3       4       8
 
 
36. How worried are you about another terrorist attack in New York City - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Very worried         24%    32%    22%    21%    20%    22%    33%    29%
Smwht worried        43     53     43     41     48     37     43     40
Not too worried      22     11     24     26     23     23     14     22
Not worried at all   10      4     11     12      8     17      9      9
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1      1
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Very worried         29%    21%    20%    25%    34%    18%    29%
Smwht worried        38     44     43     45     44     43     43
Not too worried      18     25     25     21     15     24     21
Not worried at all   14     10     11      8      7     14      7
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: How worried are you about another terrorist attack in New York City, very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all? (*asked 3/18/03 & 3/19/03 before bombing of Baghdad) (**asked 3/22/03 & 3/23/03 after bombing had begun)
                     May 12  May 24  Feb 3   Apr 10  Mar 25  Mar 25
                     2011    2010    2006    2003    2003**  2003*
 
Very worried         24      35      23      29      33      42
Smwht worried        43      34      40      37      34      33
Not too worried      22      20      22      21      16      16
Not worried at all   10      11      14      13      15       8
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1
 
 
37. Do you think New York City is adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, or not?
                                                                      Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Wht    Blk    Hisp   HsHld
 
Yes                  57%    57%    57%    60%    63%    55%    46%    52%
No                   36     36     36     33     27     37     51     43
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8     10      8      3      6
 
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  Men    Wom
 
Yes                  63%    53%    55%    60%    63%    62%    53%
No                   31     39     36     34     34     32     39
DK/NA                 6      8      9      6      3      6      8
 
TREND: Do you think New York City is adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, or not? (*asked 3/18-19/03 before bombing of Baghdad) (**asked 3/22-23/03 after bombing had begun)
                     May 12  May 24  Feb 3   Jul 20  Apr 10  Mar 25  Mar 25
                     2011    2010    2006    2005    2003    2003**  2003*
 
Yes                  57      49      32      41      44      46      37
No                   36      45      59      50      47      46      53
DK/NA                 7       6       9      10       9       7      10