November 22, 2002 - Ban The Butts In Bars, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Let's Have The Olympics, But Not If We Have To Pay
New York City voters support 54 - 41 percent a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a total ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Only 20 percent of New Yorkers admit that they've smoked a cigarette in the past week. Those smokers oppose the proposed ban on smoking 64 - 32 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

White voters split 48 - 48 percent on the proposed ban, while black voters support the ban 61 - 34 percent and Hispanic voters support it 59 - 38 percent.

Second-hand smoke is "very harmful," 61 percent of New York City voters say, while 27 percent say it is "somewhat harmful."

"Patrons should not be allowed to light up in restaurants and bars - with no exceptions - according to a majority of New Yorkers. And almost 90 percent of voters accept the argument that second-hand smoke is harmful," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The smoky bar could go the way of the nickel beer."

By a 69 - 25 percent margin, New Yorkers favor hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. Support is consistent among men and women and all parties and ethnic groups.

But if New York City must use tax dollars to help pay for the Olympics, voters oppose the plan 58 - 37 percent. Again, this opposition is consistent among all groups.

"'Let the games begin,' New York City voters say. They'd love to host the 2012 Olympics," Carroll said.

"But they yank away the welcome mat if they're asked to kick in city tax money for the honor. New York to Olympics: You play; you pay.

"Check-writing is not an Olympic sport in New York."

From November 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,004 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 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
24. Have you, yourself, smoked any cigarettes in the past week?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 20% 13% 20% 25% 17% 22% 26% 19% 21% No 80 87 80 75 83 78 74 81 79 DK/NA - - - - - - - - -



25. Do you favor or oppose a total ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in New York City?
                                                                          Smokers
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   Q24


Favor 54% 52% 57% 51% 48% 61% 59% 53% 56% 32% Oppose 41 45 38 44 48 34 38 43 40 64 DK/NA 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 4



26. In general, how harmful do you feel second-hand smoke is to people - Very harmful, somewhat harmful, not too harmful, or not at all harmful?
                                                                          Smokers
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom   Q24


Very harmful 61% 54% 66% 58% 51% 70% 71% 55% 66% 43% Somewhat harmful 27 32 24 30 33 22 21 30 25 33 Not too harmful 7 9 7 4 10 5 5 9 5 12 Not at all harmful 3 4 2 4 4 1 3 5 2 8 DK/NA 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 2 2 3



27. Do you favor or oppose New York City hosting the 2012 summer Olympics?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Favor 69% 73% 69% 68% 64% 72% 78% 73% 67% Oppose 25 24 26 24 31 20 20 23 27 DK/NA 6 4 5 8 6 7 2 4 7



28. Would you favor or oppose New York City hosting the 2012 summer Olympics, if New York City used tax dollars to help pay the costs?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Favor 37% 43% 36% 38% 34% 42% 41% 43% 32% Oppose 58 54 59 58 60 54 56 53 63 DK/NA 5 3 5 4 6 4 3 4 5