December 2, 2003 - 'The Tree' Is New York's Top Holiday Tradition, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
New Yorkers go green for the season, listing the Rockefeller Center Tree as their favorite holiday attraction, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 19 percent of New York City voters listed "The Tree," as their "favorite thing to see or do in New York City during the holiday season." Another 8 percent said, "Rockefeller Center."

Other favorites include:
  • Visiting friends and family - 8 percent;
  • Decorations, lights, displays - 7 percent;
  • Shopping - 7 percent;
  • Fifth Avenue window displays - 5 percent.
"O Christmas Tree, your symbol - and your popularity - are enduring," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From November 17 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,147 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

14. What is your favorite thing to see or do in New York City during the holiday season?

                              Tot   Men   Wom


Decorations/Lights/ Displays/general 7% 7% 7%

Fifth Avenue window displays 5 5 6

Rockefeller Center/general 8 8 8 Tree 19 16 21 Skating 2 2 2

Theater/general 1 1 1 Christmas shows 1 1 2 Lincoln Center/Ballet/Opera/ Concerts/Cultural events 1 1 2 Radio City MusicHall/general 3 2 4 Concerts 1 - 1

Parade/Macy's 1 1 1

Manhattan/general 1 2 1

Shopping 7 7 7

Restaurants 1 1 1

Museums/Metropolitan 1 - 1

Sight seeing/general 1 1 1

Times Square/42nd Street 1 - 1

Central Park 1 2 1

St Patrick's Cathedral/ Churches/Worship 3 1 4

Visit friends & family 8 10 7

Stay home 2 1 2

Enjoy the people/Christmas spirit/Giving 1 1 1

Help others 1 1 2

OTHER 10 14 7

DK/NA 13 16 11