July 26, 2001 - Build Us New Stadiums, But Not With Tax Dollars, New York Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll
By large margins, Yankee fans, Met fans, Jet fans and non-fans say they do not want to use tax dollars to pay for new stadiums, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York City voters support overwhelmingly the idea of building new stadiums for the Yankees and Mets, and even a West Side stadium for the Jets, as long as they are built with private funds, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.

New Yorkers support 74 - 19 percent using private funds to build a new stadium next to Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. But by a 67 - 25 percent margin voters oppose using tax dollars for the new stadium. Even self-described Yankee fans reject the idea 60 - 32 percent, while Met fans reject it 70 - 26 percent.

By an identical 76 - 17 percent margin, voters favor a new Mets stadium next to Shea Stadium in Queens. Again, they oppose 65 - 27 percent using tax dollars. Met fans are opposed 59 - 35 percent, while Yankee fans are opposed 64 - 29 percent.

"Play ball, but pay your own way, New York fans say. We love our baseball, and we'd love to have football back, too, but don't spend our money on new stadiums," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"We find the same results among men and women on these stadium questions, and only a slight increase in support among Yankee and Met fans."

Among all New Yorkers, 54 percent say they are baseball fans. Among these fans, 54 percent say they are Yankee fans and 32 percent say they are Met fans.

Nine percent of all New Yorkers and 16 percent of Yankee fans say they are more likely to go to a Yankees game in a new stadium.

Ten percent of all New Yorkers and 27 percent of Met fans say they would be more likely to go to a Mets game in a new stadium.

Among all New Yorkers, 35 percent say they are football fans. Among these fans, 27 percent say they are Jet fans and 33 percent say they are Giant fans.

New Yorkers favor 63 - 30 percent building a new stadium on Manhattan's West Side for the Jets and for the 2012 Olympics. But they oppose 61 - 29 percent using tax dollars to pay for the stadium.

If the new Jet stadium is built, 22 percent of all New Yorkers and 61 percent of Jet fans say they would be more likely to attend a Jets game there.

"New York football fans would love to avoid New Jersey and that Meadowlands parking," Carroll said. "Build it and they will come."

From July 17 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 913 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

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

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

20. Are you a baseball fan or not?
                                  
                          Tot     Men     Wom


Yes 54% 63% 48%

No 46 36 52

DK/NA - 1 -

21. (If "yes" Q20) Are you a Yankees fan, a Mets fan, or a fan of another team?

                          BASEBALL FANS Q20...        
                          Tot     Men     Wom


Yankees fan 54% 50% 58%

Mets fan 32 33 30

Other team 5 7 4

BOTH FAN(VOL) 8 9 7 NO FAVORITE TEAM(VOL) 1 - 2 DK/NA - - -

22. Do you favor or oppose the government using tax dollars to help build a new stadium for the Yankees next to the existing stadium in the Bronx?

                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 25% 32% 26% 27% 24%

Oppose 67 60 70 68 66

DK/NA 8 7 4 5 9

23. Would you favor oppose the building of a new stadium for the Yankees next to the existing stadium in the Bronx, if it was built with private funds?
                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 74% 78% 79% 75% 73%

Oppose 19 19 18 19 20

DK/NA 7 3 3 6 8

24. If the Yankees moved to a new stadium next to the existing stadium in the Bronx, would you be more likely to go to a Yankee home game, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


More likely 9% 16% 5% 11% 7%

Less likely 8 6 15 8 8

Wouldn't make diff. 81 75 79 79 82

DK/NA 2 2 1 2 2

25. Do you favor or oppose the government using tax dollars to help build a new stadium for the Mets next to the existing stadium in Queens?

                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 27% 29% 35% 29% 26%

Oppose 65 64 59 66 64

DK/NA 8 7 6 5 10

26. Would you favor oppose the building of a new stadium for the Mets next to the existing stadium in Queens, if it was built with private funds?

                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 76% 76% 88% 80% 74%

Oppose 17 17 9 15 18

DK/NA 7 6 3 5 9

27. If the Mets moved to a new stadium next to the existing stadium in Queens, would you be more likely to go to a Mets home game, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                                  Yankee  Met
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


More likely 10% 9% 27% 16% 6%

Less likely 5 6 1 3 7

Wouldn't make diff. 83 85 69 79 85

DK/NA 2 1 2 2 2



28. Are you a football fan or not?
                                  
                          Tot     Men     Wom


Yes 35% 55% 22%

No 64 44 78

DK/NA - 1 -

29. (If "yes" Q28) Are you a Jets fan, a Giants fan, or a fan of another team?

                          FOOTBALL FANS Q28...
                          Tot     Men     Wom


Jets fan 27% 27% 27% Giants fan 33 32 34 Other team 22 23 21

BOTH FAN(VOL) 11 13 9 NO FAVORITE TEAM(VOL) 6 5 7 DK/NA 1 - 2

30. Do you favor or oppose the government using tax dollars to help build a new stadium for the Jets and for the 2012 Summer Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan?
                                  Jet     Giant
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 29% 41% 34% 31% 28%

Oppose 61 52 60 61 61

DK/NA 10 7 6 8 11

31. Would you favor oppose the building of a new stadium for the Jets and for the 2012 Summer Olympics on the West Side of Manhattan, if it was built with private funds?
                                  Jet     Giant
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


Favor 63% 80% 69% 67% 61%

Oppose 30 15 28 28 31

DK/NA 7 5 3 5 9

32. If the Jets moved to a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, would you be more likely to go to a Jets home game, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                                  Jet     Giant
                          Tot     fan     fan     Men     Wom


More likely 22% 61% 30% 32% 15%

Less likely 8 3 8 4 11

Wouldn't make diff. 67 35 61 62 71

DK/NA 3 1 - 2 4