December 4, 2002 - 'The Tree' Is Favorite Holiday Tradition, New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac University Poll
A visit to the Rockefeller Center Tree is the top holiday tradition for New Yorkers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, New Yorkers were asked, "What is you favorite thing to see or do in New York City during the holiday season?"

The top response - 15 percent - was "the tree," followed by 13 percent who answered "Rockefeller Center." Another 10 percent said, "shopping.," followed by 6 percent who offered "decorations," "lights," or similar answers.

"When those tree lights twinkle in the night sky, everyone knows Christmas has come to New York," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From November 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,322 New York City residents, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.


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

                              Tot    Wht    Blk    Hisp   Men    Wom


Decorations/Lights/ Displays/general 6 9 4 5 5 7

Fifth Avenue window displays 3 4 3 1 1 4

Rockeffeler Center/general 13 13 15 14 14 13 Tree 15 16 14 19 13 17 Skating 2 2 1 1 1 2

Theater/general 5 7 3 4 4 6 Christmas shows 1 1 1 1 - 1 Lincoln Center/Ballet/ Opera/Concerts/Cultural events 3 5 1 1 2 3 Radio City Music Hall/ general 3 3 6 2 1 5 Rockettes 1 - - - 1 -

Parade/Macy's 2 1 2 3 2 3

Madison Square Garden/Ice Capades/Sports 1 1 1 1 1 -

Manhattan/general 3 4 2 4 4 3

Shopping 10 6 12 11 10 11

Restaurants 1 1 - - 2 -

Museums/Metropolitan 2 4 1 1 2 2

Sight seeing/general 1 1 1 1 2 1

Times Square/42nd Streeet 1 1 2 1 2 1

Central Park 2 2 1 2 1 2

St Patrick's Cathedral/ Churches 1 1 2 - 1 1

Visit friends & family 5 4 7 7 7 4

Stay home 2 1 4 4 2 2

Enjoy the people/ Christmas spirit/Giving 3 3 4 4 4 2

OTHER 6 4 5 5 8 4

DK/NA 7 7 8 8 9 6