November 17, 2005 - Bloomberg Approval Tops 2-1 Among All Groups, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More New Yorkers Say Make Education Top Priority
New York City voters give Mayor Michael Bloomberg a 75 - 17 percent approval rating, his highest ever, with an 80 percent score among white voters, 74 percent among black voters and 67 percent among Hispanic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 30 percent of New York City voters say education should be Mayor Bloomberg's top second-term priority, followed by 17 percent who list housing. No other issue rises to double digits as a voter priority, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Only 7 percent of voters list the economy; 5 percent of voters list terrorism while 4 percent list crime and 5 percent say taxes.

By a 60 - 31 percent margin, also his highest score on this measure, voters say Bloomberg cares about their needs and problems. White voters say he cares 66 - 26 percent, while black voters say he cares 53 - 34 percent and Hispanic voters say the Mayor cares 53 - 42 percent.

"Mayor Mike hits a trifecta. After his record re-election win, he's over the top on job approval and - no easy call for a zillionaire - on caring about New Yorkers' needs, even ordinary folks like all of us," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers must have been paying attention to that blizzard of campaign-time TV ads. Their priorities for the Mayor echo the priorities that he set out for himself - schools and housing," Carroll added.

"Let's hope it's not just wishful thinking. In a city that suffered so from terrorism four years ago, only a handful now mention fighting terrorism as a high priority for City Hall."

A total of 75 percent of New Yorkers are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the city, with 24 percent who are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied." This is the highest satisfaction rate since Bloomberg became Mayor.

By a 61 - 15 percent margin, New York City voters say Bloomberg, not Gov. George Pataki, should have the major role in decisions about the development of Ground Zero. Manhattan voters want the Mayor in charge 73 - 7 percent.

Voters also support 48 - 37 percent Bloomberg's proposal to add apartments to the offices and shopping planned for Ground Zero, with Manhattan support at 59 - 23 percent.

"The city as a whole, and the Manhattan neighbors in particular, want Bloomberg, not Pataki, to call the shots on Ground Zero," Carroll said.

From November 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 895 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

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

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

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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Approve 75% 89% 71% 76% 80% 74% 67% Disapprove 17 8 20 14 14 17 25 DK/NA 7 3 8 10 6 9 8

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 73% 74% 76% 76% 80% 80% 71% Disapprove 21 19 14 17 16 15 19 DK/NA 6 7 10 7 4 4 10

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Nov 17  Aug 18  Jul 19  Jun 22  May 11  Nov 17  Jul 2
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2003


Approve 75 64 60 55 47 75 31 Disapprove 17 26 30 36 41 17 60 DK/NA 7 10 10 10 12 7 8



2. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very satisfied 19% 33% 15% 21% 24% 15% 15% Smwht satisfied 56 50 59 56 56 57 55 Smwht dissatisfied 16 13 18 14 15 17 20 Very dissatisfied 8 4 8 9 4 10 9 DK/NA 1 - 1 - 1 1 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very satisfied 16% 16% 23% 21% 24% 24% 15% Smwht satisfied 54 58 53 60 56 57 56 Smwht dissatisfied 18 17 17 11 18 11 20 Very dissatisfied 10 9 7 6 2 7 8 DK/NA 2 - 1 1 - - 1

TREND: 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?

                        Nov 17  Sep 22  Jul 19  Mar 31  Jan 19  Nov 10  Jul 20
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2004    2004


Very satisfied 19 12 11 5 10 8 7 Smwht satisfied 56 51 55 49 50 50 49 Smwht dissatisfied 16 22 22 28 24 26 26 Very dissatisfied 8 13 10 16 14 15 17 DK/NA 1 2 2 2 1 1 1



3. What do you think should be Michael Bloomberg's top priority in his second term as Mayor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Continue doing same 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% - 2% Budget/balance budget 1 2 - 1 1 1 - Crime/Drugs/ Increase Police 4 7 3 2 3 4 3 Police general/ contracts 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 Economy/Jobs 7 7 8 8 6 6 10 Cost of living 2 3 1 5 2 1 2 Education general 28 24 31 22 25 30 32 Education funding 2 4 2 2 2 3 4 Housing and rental costs 17 9 19 18 17 22 18 Healthcare/Insurance/ Perscriptions 2 1 2 3 2 1 1 Infrastructure/ Roads/Bridges/ Traffic 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 Public transportation/MTA 3 1 2 4 3 2 2 Middle Class/ Working class general 1 - 1 1 1 1 2 Poverty/Poor/ Homeless 3 - 4 3 3 4 2 Taxes-general 5 11 4 5 7 5 3 Terrorism/Security 5 10 3 5 7 3 1 Environment/Pollution/ Clean streets 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 Racism/Race relations 1 1 - 1 - 2 - Rebuild WTC/Lower Manhattan 1 - 1 2 2 - 1 Other 6 8 5 2 7 5 6 DK/NA 7 5 7 9 7 7 6



4. Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 60% 74% 56% 60% 66% 53% 53% No 31 20 35 27 26 34 42 DK/NA 9 6 9 13 8 13 5

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 52% 58% 63% 60% 71% 63% 57% No 40 33 27 29 25 30 32 DK/NA 8 9 10 12 4 7 11

TREND: Would you say that Michael Bloomberg cares about the needs and problems of people like you, or not?

                        Nov 17  Sep 21  Jun 22  May 11  Mar 2   Nov 10  Jul 20
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2004    2004  


Yes 60 49 46 47 41 45 42 No 31 40 46 47 52 49 52 DK/NA 9 11 8 6 7 7 6



5. How would you describe your feelings about New York City? Do you love New York City, like it, have mixed feelings about it, dislike it, or hate it?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Love 61% 57% 62% 57% 61% 55% 66% Like 22 27 21 23 24 20 21 Mixed 15 13 14 18 14 21 12 Dislike 1 1 1 - - 1 - Hate 1 1 1 1 - 2 - DK/NA 1 1 1 - - - 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Love 53% 56% 70% 64% 55% 57% 64% Like 24 22 17 23 28 24 20 Mixed 19 18 12 11 14 18 12 Dislike - 2 - - 1 - 1 Hate 2 1 - - - - 1 DK/NA 1 1 - - 2 - 1

TREND: How would you describe your feelings about New York City? Do you love New York City, like it, have mixed feelings about it, dislike it, or hate it?

                        Nov 17  Sep 10  Nov 25  Jun 20  Jun 3
                        2005    2003    2002    2000    1999


Love 61 58 59 52 46 Like 22 23 25 30 28 Mixed 15 16 13 15 22 Dislike 1 2 1 2 2 Hate 1 1 1 1 1 DK/NA 1 1 - - -



6. Who do you think should have the major role in decisions about the development of the World Trade Center site - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or New York State Governor George Pataki?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Mayor Bloomberg 61% 64% 61% 58% 64% 61% 54% Governor Pataki 15 17 16 10 13 12 27 DK/NA 24 19 22 31 23 27 18

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Mayor Bloomberg 48% 56% 73% 60% 68% 64% 58% Governor Pataki 25 19 7 12 12 16 14 DK/NA 26 24 20 28 20 20 28

TREND: Who do you think should have the major role in decisions about the development of the World Trade Center site - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or New York State Governor George Pataki?

                        Nov 17  Oct 13  May 12  Sep 10  May 8
                        2005    2005    2005    2003    2003


Bloomberg 61 65 60 54 58 Pataki 15 18 24 25 23 DK/NA 24 17 17 21 20



7. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed building apartments at Ground Zero along with offices and shopping. The current plan calls for offices and shopping with no apartments. Which plan do you prefer?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Apartments 48% 41% 47% 52% 48% 46% 48% No apartments 37 48 37 36 37 38 42 DK/NA 15 11 16 12 15 16 11

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Apartments 45% 43% 59% 45% 49% 50% 46% No apartments 37 44 23 42 44 37 38 DK/NA 19 13 18 13 7 13 16