April 11, 2013 - New York City Voters Back NYPD Monitor More Than 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Hide The Cigarettes, Voters Say 2-1

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New York City voters, by a substantial 66 - 25 percent margin, support creating the position of inspector general to independently monitor the Police Department, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support ranges from 53 - 38 percent among white voters to 77 - 13 percent among Hispanic voters and 78 - 13 percent among black voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University poll finds. Staten Island voters are split, with 46 percent in favor and 50 percent opposed. Support in the other boroughs ranges from 63 - 25 percent in The Bronx to 70 - 22 percent in Queens.

Support is 51 - 42 percent among Republicans and 55 - 35 percent among voters over 55 years old. Voters in every other political, gender, age and income groups support the NYPD inspector general idea by 60 percent or more.

New York City voters still approve 60 - 32 percent of the job police are doing and give Police Commissioner Ray Kelly the highest job approval of any citywide elected or appointed official, 65 - 25 percent.

"With support from every sub-group except Staten Island voters, and a substantial racial divide, two-thirds of New York City voters think cops should have an outside monitor," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Only 8 percent of voters agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly that having an inspector general will make the city less safe, while 43 percent say it will make the city safer and another 43 percent say it won't make a difference."

New York City voters disapprove of the police tactic known as stop and frisk 51 - 43 percent. There is no gender gap. White voters approve 59 - 35 percent. Disapproval is 72 - 24 percent among black voters and 58 - 36 percent among Hispanic voters.

Voters approve 50 - 43 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score in 10 months.

Voters support 68 - 30 percent Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to require stores to keep cigarettes out of sight to discourage young people from smoking. Support is 52 - 47 percent among Republicans and 58 - 41 percent among Staten Island voters and over 62 percent among every other group.

Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of large sugary soft drinks, fails 56 - 39 percent, the strongest opposition since the Quinnipiac University poll first asked the question last June.

Grand Central Rezoning, Schools

With a big "no" from women, New York City voters oppose 51 - 35 percent a proposed zoning change to encourage construction of larger skyscrapers near Grand Central Terminal. There is a large gender gap as 46 percent of men support the proposed zoning with 42 percent opposed. Women oppose the zoning change 59 - 25 percent.

The next New York City mayor should give up complete control of the public schools and share control with other elected leaders, voters say 68 - 22 percent, including 67 - 24 percent among voters with children in public schools.

"As Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to clear out his City Hall desk, voters are divided over some of his pet ideas," Carroll said. "They like, by a lot, his proposal to hide the cigarettes. They dislike more than ever his plan to ban 'big gulp' sodas. Women, lots of them, dislike his idea to encourage big new skyscrapers around Grand Central.

"Voters don't want the next mayor to retain total control of the schools."

From April 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,417 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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 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.

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    44%    53%    50%    51%    50%    52%    52%    51%
Disapprove           43     53     39     43     45     42     42     41     44
DK/NA                 7      3      7      6      5      8      6      8      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              56%    46%    45%    55%    61%    47%    49%    54%
Disapprove           37     48     47     41     36     48     44     40
DK/NA                 8      6      8      5      3      5      7      6
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              46%    45%    63%    49%    37%
Disapprove           44     49     32     43     60
DK/NA                10      6      5      8      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 3 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 20  Aug 15  Oct 21  Jul 02
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2008*   2003
 
Approve              50      53      56      56      51      75      31
Disapprove           43      40      37      34      40      20      60
DK/NA                 7       6       7      10       9       6       8
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              65%    86%    61%    72%    67%    64%    80%    55%    54%
Disapprove           25      6     28     23     26     24     13     36     29
DK/NA                10      8     11      5      7     12      7      9     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              63%    67%    62%    71%    70%    61%    62%    72%
Disapprove           28     23     27     24     23     31     29     19
DK/NA                 9     10     11      5      6      8      9     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              60%    69%    61%    66%    76%
Disapprove           27     21     30     25     17
DK/NA                13     10      9      8      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 21  Aug 16  Jan 17  Jan 16
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2013    2007
 
Approve              65      66      75      68      64      75      52
Disapprove           25      26      18      23      26      18      34
DK/NA                10       9       8       9      10       8      14
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    40%    41%    36%    40%    38%    36%    49%    38%
Disapprove           37     34     36     41     37     38     35     38     39
DK/NA                24     27     23     23     23     24     29     13     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              40%    38%    39%    40%    44%    31%    41%    45%
Disapprove           38     37     37     39     37     44     39     31
DK/NA                23     24     24     21     19     25     19     24
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <18    InPubSch
 
Approve              40%    37%    44%    39%    31%    43%    45%
Disapprove           39     36     32     39     53     38     39
DK/NA                21     27     24     23     16     19     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 21  Aug 15  Jan 17  May 11
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2013    2011
 
Approve              39      41      45      42      37      45      31
Disapprove           37      38      34      33      31      34      21
DK/NA                24      21      22      25      31      22      48
 
 
20. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        8%     6%     9%     7%    10%     6%    11%     4%     7%
Smwht satisfied      51     51     55     45     54     49     51     54     47
Smwht dissatisfied   27     26     25     31     23     29     25     27     30
Very dissatisfied    13     17     10     16     12     15     12     14     15
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied       10%     6%     6%     5%    13%     4%     9%     9%
Smwht satisfied      53     50     48     54     55     52     50     53
Smwht dissatisfied   26     27     29     31     21     26     28     26
Very dissatisfied    10     16     16     10     11     16     12     11
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Very satisfied        6%     5%    15%     6%     4%
Smwht satisfied      56     50     52     52     41
Smwht dissatisfied   25     29     21     29     35
Very dissatisfied    13     15     13     11     20
DK/NA                 -      1      -      3      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 21  Aug 15  Feb 11  Jul 02
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        8       9       9      11       8      18       7
Smwht satisfied      51      48      56      52      49      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   27      27      24      25      28      18      32
Very dissatisfied    13      15      11      11      15       5      38
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
24. As you may know, Mayor Bloomberg has a plan to ban large servings of soda and sugary drinks in an effort to help fight obesity in New York City. Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces that are sold in places regulated by the city's health department like restaurants, movie theaters, and food carts. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              39%    21%    46%    34%    37%    42%    35%    44%    45%
Oppose               56     78     50     59     60     53     62     51     49
DK/NA                 4      1      4      7      3      5      3      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              44%    36%    40%    42%    41%    38%    35%    43%
Oppose               53     59     56     56     57     60     61     53
DK/NA                 3      6      4      2      2      3      4      5
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <18    InPubSch
 
Support              39%    33%    51%    39%    26%    39%    38%
Oppose               57     60     46     57     71     59     60
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      3      2      3
 
TREND: As you may know, Mayor Bloomberg has a plan to ban large servings of soda and sugary drinks in an effort to help fight obesity in New York City. Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces that are sold in places regulated by the city's health department like restaurants, movie theaters, and food carts. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's plan?
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Aug 16  Jun 13
                     2013    2013    2012    2012
 
Support              39      46      42      46
Oppose               56      51      54      51
DK/NA                 4       2       3       4
 
 
25. As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed that stores be required to keep cigarettes out of sight to discourage young people from smoking in New York City. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's proposal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              68%    52%    74%    64%    63%    71%    65%    69%    77%
Oppose               30     47     24     34     34     26     33     29     21
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      2      3      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              70%    66%    69%    66%    70%    66%    72%    66%
Oppose               28     31     29     32     28     32     26     32
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      1      2      2      2
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <18    InPubSch
 
Support              68%    62%    74%    70%    58%    72%    73%
Oppose               28     36     24     27     41     26     26
DK/NA                 3      3      1      3      1      2      1
 
 
26. As you may know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed changing zoning laws to encourage bigger skyscrapers near Grand Central Station. Do you support or oppose Bloomberg's proposal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              35%    42%    33%    35%    46%    25%    33%    28%    42%
Oppose               51     46     54     50     42     59     52     59     44
DK/NA                14     12     14     15     12     16     16     13     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              35%    34%    29%    37%    46%    48%    37%    24%
Oppose               52     52     55     52     45     41     53     59
DK/NA                13     14     15     11      9     11     10     17
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Support              25%    33%    41%    36%    36%
Oppose               60     51     49     49     51
DK/NA                14     16     11     14     14
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              60%    83%    56%    66%    65%    56%    78%    40%    51%
Disapprove           32     12     36     28     31     33     17     51     36
DK/NA                 8      5      8      7      4     11      5      9     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              62%    59%    56%    64%    68%    54%    62%    64%
Disapprove           32     32     36     28     30     41     31     27
DK/NA                 6      9      8      9      2      5      8      9
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              57%    58%    60%    62%    68%
Disapprove           34     33     34     31     25
DK/NA                10      9      5      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 21  Aug 16  Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2002    2000
 
Approve              60      61      70      62      57      76      43
Disapprove           32      31      23      31      33      18      48
DK/NA                 8       7       7       7      10       6       9
 
 
28. As you may know, there is a police practice known as stop and frisk, where police stop and question a person they suspect of wrongdoing and, if necessary, search that person. Do you approve or disapprove of this police practice?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    82%    34%    49%    45%    41%    59%    24%    36%
Disapprove           51     14     60     45     50     52     35     72     58
DK/NA                 6      4      5      7      4      7      6      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              41%    45%    37%    44%    50%    42%    41%    46%
Disapprove           54     49     57     51     47     56     53     47
DK/NA                 5      6      6      5      4      2      6      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Approve              39%    47%    33%    46%    65%
Disapprove           57     46     60     50     32
DK/NA                 4      7      7      5      3
 
TREND: As you may know, there is a police practice known as stop and frisk, where police stop and question a person they suspect of wrongdoing and, if necessary, search that person. Do you approve or disapprove of this police practice?
                     Apr 11  Feb 28  Jan 17  Nov 21  Aug 16  Jun 14  Mar 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2012
 
Approve              43      39      46      42      45      43      46
Disapprove           51      55      50      53      50      51      49
DK/NA                 6       6       4       5       5       6       5
 
 
29. Do you support or oppose creating the position of inspector general to independently monitor the New York City Police Department?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              66%    51%    72%    61%    67%    65%    53%    78%    77%
Oppose               25     42     19     32     28     23     38     13     13
DK/NA                 9      8      9      7      5     12      8     10     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              66%    66%    72%    66%    62%    75%    72%    55%
Oppose               28     24     17     27     34     15     22     35
DK/NA                 7     10     12      7      4     11      5     10
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Support              63%    68%    67%    70%    46%
Oppose               25     23     25     22     50
DK/NA                12      9      8      9      4
 
 
30. Do you think having an inspector general to monitor the New York City Police Department would make New York City more safe, less safe, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More safe            43%    37%    49%    33%    44%    42%    31%    51%    56%
Less safe             8     19      4     11     11      5     13      4      2
No difference        43     40     40     52     39     46     51     38     35
DK/NA                 7      4      6      4      5      8      5      8      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
More safe            38%    46%    48%    45%    34%    51%    47%    35%
Less safe             9      7      5      6     13      6      7      9
No difference        47     40     41     42     49     37     41     48
DK/NA                 7      7      7      6      5      6      4      8
 
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
More safe            49%    44%    40%    44%    27%
Less safe             8      9      7      6     13
No difference        37     41     45     43     55
DK/NA                 6      6      8      8      4
 
 
31. When Michael Bloomberg leaves office, do you think that the next mayor should retain complete control of the public schools or share control of the public schools with other elected leaders?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Retain control       22%    23%    21%    26%    29%    15%    23%    20%    22%
Share control        68     68     70     65     62     73     65     71     65
DK/NA                10      9     10     10      9     12     11      9     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Retain control       25%    19%    18%    19%    34%    17%    28%    21%
Share control        66     69     72     73     61     76     67     61
DK/NA                 9     12     10      8      6      6      5     18
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <18    InPubSch
 
Retain control       26%    20%    27%    17%    19%    27%    24%
Share control        62     70     62     73     73     66     67
DK/NA                12     11     11     10      8      7      8
 
 

Demographic Summary