February 11, 1998 - Giuliani Approval Tops 3 -1, But Jaywalking Is Limp Issue, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; New Yorkers Want Mayor To Tackle Education
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's approval rating has jumped to an all-time 74 - 23 percent high, matching a record of 76 percent of New Yorkers who are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with life in the city, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

The Mayor's approval tops his 68 - 28 percent high mark from an October 29 poll by the independent Quinnipiac College Poll, when the satisfaction level was 70 percent.

While New Yorkers approve 3-1 of Giuliani as Mayor, only 12 percent would like to see him run for President in 2000 and 29 percent would like to see him run for the U.S. Senate. Of the 50 percent who said no to higher office, 22 percent want to keep Giuliani as their Mayor, while 59 percent -- or 30 percent of all new Yorkers -- say he wouldn't make a good President or Senator.

Sixty-eight percent of New Yorkers say the City has gotten better in the last four years and 90 percent of that group gives Giuliani some or most of the credit.

"New Yorkers to Giuliani: Stay home. We love you as Mayor, people say, but forget about President or Senator," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute. "Could it really be true that being Mayor of New York is a dead-end job, or will Giuliani be the first Mayor since John Hoffman in 1868 to move on to higher office?"

"Satisfaction with life in New York City is at an all-time high, and Giuliani gets most of the credit. Voters say Giuliani has handled the crime issue well and now he should turn his attention to education," Carroll added.

In open-ended questions, where voters can give any answers, 58 percent say the Mayor's handling of crime/drugs was his most important accomplishment in his first term. No other issue scored higher than 3 percent.

The top priority for the second Giuliani administration should be education, 32 percent of New Yorkers said in response to an open-ended question. The next priority was 17 percent for more action on crime/drugs.

New Yorkers identify several issues as more important than jaywalking: 45 - 54 percent, they say jaywalking is a serious problem; 86 - 13 percent, they say littering is a serious problem; 70 - 27 percent, they say aggressive panhandling is a serious problem; 63 - 37 percent, they say car alarms are a serious problem.

Asked which issue bothers them most, panhandling "wins" with 34 percent, followed by 32 percent for littering, 26 percent for car alarms and 5 percent for jaywalking.

"Giuliani hates jaywalking, but 92 percent of New Yorkers say aggressive panhandling, littering or those miserable, sleep-shattering car alarms are worse problems," Carroll said.

"New Yorkers are surprisingly prudent: 44 percent say use the City's budget surplus to improve services, while 30 percent say use it to pay off debt and 23 percent say cut taxes."

The Mayor's favorability is at 57 - 16 percent, with 25 percent mixed and 2 percent who say they haven't heard enough to form an opinion. Ratings for other city leaders are:
                                     Favorable  Unfavorable  Mixed  No Opinion
Public Advocate Mark Green           39          6           13     41
Comptroller Alan Hevesi              28          4           12     55
Schools Rudolph Crew                 44         10           22     23
Police Commissioner Howard Safir     36         12           21     30



From February 3 -9, Quinnipiac College surveyed 942 New York City residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rudolph Giuliani is handling his job as Mayor?

                                                                        Oct 29
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve 74% 84% 57% 63% 76% 72% 68%

Disapprove 23 14 38 32 22 23 28

DK/NA 4 3 5 5 2 5 4



1a. Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

                                                                        Oct 29
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve strongly 42% 56% 19% 21% 45% 39% 39%

Approve smwht 32 28 38 42 31 33 30

Disapprove smwht 11 6 16 18 10 11 13

Disapprove strongly 12 7 21 14 12 12 15

DK/NA 4 3 5 5 2 5 4



2. In the year 2000, would you like to see Rudolph Giuliani run for President, run for United States Senator, or wouldn't you like see him run for either of these offices?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     
 
President                 12%     15%      6%     10%     13%     10%


U.S. Senator 29 36 16 26 27 30

Neither of these 50 40 67 55 50 50

DK/NA 10 9 11 9 10 10



3.(If no) Would you say that is mainly because you think he would not make a good President or Senator, or mainly because you want him to stay mayor of New York City?

                                    Those who said no


Tot Wht Blk His Men Wom Not make good Pres/ Sen 59 59 64 49 54 63

Stay mayor of NYC 22 24 15 36 26 20

Other(vol) 12 12 15 6 16 10

DK/NA 6 5 6 8 4 7



4. What do you think was Rudolph Guiliani's most important accomplishment in his first term as Mayor?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom


Budget 1% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1%

Crime/Drugs/Increase Police 58 61 52 54 61 55

Economy/Jobs 2 2 1 3 3 1

Education 2 2 - 5 1 2

Elderly - - - 1 - -

Quality of Life Issues/Clean up City 3 4 3 - 4 3

Race relations - - - 1 - -

Taxes-general 1 1 - 1 - 1

Taxes-Clothing/Sales 1 1 1 - - 1

Welfare 2 1 3 4 1 2

Other 10 11 9 6 11 10

DK/NA 20 15 29 22 15 23



5. What do you think should be Rudolph Guiliani's top priority in his second term as Mayor?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom




Budget 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1%

Children's programs 1 - 1 2 - 1

Continue same 1 2 1 - 2 1

Crime/Drugs/Increase Police 17 19 13 15 19 15

Economy/Jobs 5 3 6 3 6 3

Education 32 33 31 33 24 38

Elderly 1 1 2 - - 1

Healthcare 1 1 1 1 1 1

Housing and rental costs 1 1 1 1 1 1

Immigration - - - - 1 -

Infrastructure/Roads/ Bridges/Buildings 1 2 - - 2 -

Police brutality/Community relations with police 3 1 6 5 3 2

Poor/Homeless 6 3 9 8 5 6

Public transportation 1 - 1 3 1 1

Quality of Life Issues/Clean up City 2 4 - 2 4 1

Race relations 1 1 2 1 2 1

Taxes-general 3 3 3 1 5 2

Taxes-Clothing/Sales 1 1 1 1 1 1

Traffic - 1 - - 1 -

Welfare 2 2 1 2 1 2

Other 11 13 11 6 11 11

DK/NA 8 8 8 14 8 9



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling the city budget?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve 58% 67% 41% 50% 61% 55% 42%

Disapprove 25 17 38 31 24 25 35

DK/NA 18 15 21 19 15 20 23



7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling crime?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve 83% 88% 71% 87% 84% 81% 82%

Disapprove 14 9 25 13 12 15 15

DK/NA 3 3 4 - 4 3 4



8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling the economy and jobs?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve 59% 70% 40% 52% 65% 54% 51%

Disapprove 30 18 51 38 24 34 37

DK/NA 12 12 9 10 11 12 12



9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling education?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Approve 42% 49% 29% 43% 47% 39% 38%

Disapprove 49 41 65 52 43 54 50

DK/NA 8 10 5 5 9 7 12



10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling taxes?

                                                                         Aug 5 29
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
    
Approve                   57%     64%     45%     58%     60%     55%     46%


Disapprove 28 22 41 30 29 28 37

DK/NA 15 15 14 12 11 17 17



11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling poverty and homelesness?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
    
Approve                   34%     42%     18%     30%     39%     30%     30%


Disapprove 52 43 73 54 48 56 56

DK/NA 14 15 9 16 14 14 14



12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling welfare?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
 
Approve                   54%     60%     46%     54%     57%     52%     45%


Disapprove 31 24 45 36 31 32 39

DK/NA 15 16 9 10 13 17 16



13. Is your opinion of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                        Oct 29
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
  
Favorable                 57%     71%     34%     48%     63%     53%     53%


Unfavorable 16 11 26 15 14 17 19

Mixed 25 17 37 31 21 28 25

Haven't heard enough 2 - 2 6 1 2 2

REFUSED - - 1 - 1 - 1



14. Is your opinion of Schools Chancellor Rudolph Crew favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                         Aug 6
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
 
Favorable                 44%     47%     44%     37%     47%     42%     49%


Unfavorable 10 8 10 14 11 9 8

Mixed 22 22 25 18 20 25 20

Haven't heard enough 23 22 21 31 21 24 23

REFUSED 1 1 - - 1 1 -



15. Is your opinion of Public Advocate Mark Green favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Favorable 39% 39% 42% 30% 44% 35% 41%

Unfavorable 6 8 3 1 9 4 7

Mixed 13 14 12 11 11 14 14

Haven't heard enough 41 37 43 56 34 46 38

REFUSED 1 2 - 1 2 1 1



16. Is your opinion of Police Commissioner Howard Safir favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                        Jun 18
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997
 
Favorable                 36%     44%     21%     29%     40%     34%     36%


Unfavorable 12 9 13 18 15 9 9

Mixed 21 20 26 21 19 23 29

Haven't heard enough 30 27 38 32 25 34 25

REFUSED 1 - 1 - 1 1 1



17. Is your opinion of City Controller Alan Hevesi favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                         Aug 5
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Favorable 28% 34% 22% 22% 36% 23% 30%

Unfavorable 4 4 4 2 6 2 4

Mixed 12 10 11 16 11 12 12

Haven't heard enough 55 51 62 59 46 61 53

REFUSED 1 1 - 1 1 1 1



18. 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?

                                                                        Oct 29
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     1997


Very satisfied 18% 25% 6% 13% 24% 14% 12%

Smwht satisfied 58 58 60 57 58 59 58

Smwht dissatisfied 18 13 25 24 14 21 19

Very dissatisfied 5 3 10 5 3 6 10

DK/NA 1 1 - - 1 1 1



19. Compared to 4 years ago, do you feel that things in New York City have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                                                                       
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     
    
Gotten better             68%     78%     51%     69%     72%     65%


Gotten worse 7 4 13 7 6 8

Stayed the same 22 16 32 23 19 24

DK/NA 3 3 3 1 3 3



20.(If changed) How much of this change is due to the policies of Rudolph Giuliani - most of it, some, or none?

                         Better  Worse


Most 46% 50%

Some 50 39

None 2 8

DK/NA 1 3



21. New York City currently has a budget surplus. Do you think the budget surplus should be used to improve services, cut taxes, or pay off some of the debt?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Improve services 44% 44% 45% 39% 40% 47%

Cut taxes 23 20 28 29 23 22

Pay off debt 30 32 25 31 33 27

DK/NA 4 4 1 1 4 3



48. Is jaywalking a very serious problem in New York City, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Very serious 22% 20% 30% 18% 18% 25%

Smwht serious 23 22 24 27 21 24

Not very serious 27 29 19 26 28 25

Not a problem at all 27 28 25 30 30 25

DK/NA 2 1 2 - 2 1



49. Is littering a very serious problem in New York City, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Very serious 51% 45% 68% 52% 46% 55%

Smwht serious 35 39 22 33 37 33

Not very serious 10 12 7 8 13 8

Not a problem at all 3 2 3 7 3 3

DK/NA 1 1 - - 1 1



50. Is aggressive panhandling a very serious problem in New York City, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Very serious 33% 30% 40% 44% 32% 34%

Smwht serious 37 39 31 34 36 38

Not very serious 20 23 17 12 22 19

Not a problem at all 7 6 10 6 9 6

DK/NA 2 2 2 4 1 3



51. Is noise from car alarms a very serious problem in New York City, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Very serious 29% 28% 29% 29% 27% 30%

Smwht serious 34 37 28 33 32 35

Not very serious 26 25 25 23 29 23

Not a problem at all 11 9 17 14 12 11

DK/NA 1 1 - 1 - 2



53. Of those four issues - jay walking, littering, aggressive panhandling, and noise from car alarms - which one bothers you most?
                                                                        
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     His     Men     Wom     


Jay walking 5% 6% 7% 6% 5% 5%

Littering 32 32 29 29 27 35

Aggressive panhandling 34 34 35 45 40 31

Car alarms 26 26 29 19 25 27

DK/NA 2 3 - 2 3 2