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					Maurice Carroll, Director,
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
(203) 582-5334

Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
Contact: Pat Smith (212) 843-8026
  FOR RELEASE: MAY 11, 2012

           MOST NEW YORKERS WANT SMOKE-FREE LIVING,
                QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
         MORE APPROVE OF MINT-GREEN OUTER BOROUGH CABS
  New York City voters say 59 – 34 percent that they would like to live in a building where no one
  is allowed to smoke, but these same voters say 53 – 44 percent that City Hall should not pressure
  building owners to ban indoor smoking, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
          Men would like to live in a smoke-free building 55 – 39 percent while women want
  smoke-free living 63 – 30 percent.
          New Yorkers have mixed feelings about so-called “Nanny Government,” as 45 percent
  say the government should discourage unhealthy eating and drinking habits while 48 percent say
  the government shouldn’t get involved, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack)
  University poll finds.
          Bloomberg Administration steps to improve health habits are “about right,” 45 percent of
  voters say, while 33 percent say they have gone “too far” and 13 percent say “not far enough.”
          “New York City voters have a love-hate relationship with ‘Nanny Government.’ They
  would like their landlord or their condo or coop board to ban indoor smoking, but they don’t
  want City Hall to pressure building owners to take that step,” said Maurice Carroll, director of
  the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
          “Only about one-third of voters say the Bloomberg Administration has gone too far
  trying to make us healthier. A total of 58 percent say those measures are about right or not
  enough. But then voters are divided on whether government should be involved all.
          “Go figure.”
          New York City voters do think 64 – 30 percent that the city’s bicycle rental program is a
  good idea. No group disagrees.
                                                   -more-
Quinnipiac University Poll/May 11, 2012 – page 2
       But voters say 51 – 45 percent they do not want more bike lanes in their neighborhood.
The biggest calls for more bike lanes are in Manhattan, 52 – 42 percent, and The Bronx, 51 – 46
percent. The biggest ‘no’ comes from Staten Island, 66 – 32 percent, followed by Queens, which
is 54 – 41 percent opposed, and Brooklyn, opposed 54 – 42 percent.
                                            Living Wage Bill
       New York City voters support 74 – 18 percent the Living Wage Bill, recently passed by
the City Council. Support is 82 – 11 percent among Democrats, 70 – 22 percent among
independent voters and 50 – 41 percent among Republicans. Support tops 69 percent in every
borough. Support is 75 – 16 percent among women and 74 – 21 percent among men.
       Voters reject 60 – 28 percent the claim that the Living Wage Bill will cost jobs.
Republicans see fewer jobs 47 – 43 percent, but disagreement is 64 – 24 percent among
Democrats and 59 – 28 percent among independent voters.
       “The Living Wage Bill is more symbolic than substantive, but – it’s a liberal city – New
Yorkers approve 4-1,” Carroll said.
                                             Kermit the Cab
       The plan for new mint green taxicabs serving the outer boroughs wins 48 – 25 percent
support from New York City voters. Support ranges from 42 – 31 percent in Staten Island to
52 – 14 percent in Manhattan. No group is opposed.
       New Yorkers even like the mint green color selected for the cabs, 48 – 31 percent, but
there is a gender gap: men like the color 50 – 28 percent while women like it 46 – 34 percent.
       Bronx voters dislike the color 45 – 39 percent. But voters in other boroughs are ready to
go green.
       “It’s not easy being green, at least in The Bronx, but New Yorkers seem ready to embrace
the new non-Manhattan taxis – and their mint green, or apple green or chartreuse color.”
       From May 3 – 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,066 New York City voters with a
margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
       The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public
opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia
and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or
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23. As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living
wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be
required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without
benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind     Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Good idea            74%      50%       82%   70%    74%     75%   69%    83%    73%
Bad idea             18       41        11    22     21      16    25     11     17
DK/NA                 7        9         7     8      5      10     7      6      9

                     COLLEGE DEG        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No          <50K 50-100 >100K    18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Good idea            76%      73%       77%   79%    73%     72%   80%    76%    71%
Bad idea             18       19        16    13     23      21    17     16     19
DK/NA                 7        8         7     8      4       7     3      8     10

TREND: As you may know, the New York City Council passed a bill for a so called "living
wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be
required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without
benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea?
(* "As you may know, there is a proposal in the New York City Council")

                     May 11    Dec 14
                     2012      2011*

Good idea            74        74
Bad idea             18        19
DK/NA                 7         7

24. Do you think that a living wage law will mean fewer people will find jobs in New York
City or don't you think so?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Yes                  28%      47%       24%   28%    32%     24%   28%    29%    29%
No                   60       43        64    59     60      60    58     59     60
DK/NA                12       10        12    13      8      16    14     12     11

                     COLLEGE DEG        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INC AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No          <50K 50-100 >100K    18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Yes                  26%      30%       27%   25%    32%     37%   24%    25%    28%
No                   64       56        62    62     60      53    66     66     54
DK/NA                10       14        11    14      8      10    11     10     18


25. New York City is starting a program allowing people to rent bicycles. Do you think
this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind     Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Good idea            64%      61%       65%   64%    66%     62%   67%    63%    64%
Bad idea             30       35        29    29     29      31    27     33     32
DK/NA                 6        4         6     7      4       7     5      4      4

                                                             AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns    StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Good idea            55%      60%       79%   60%    59%     77%   68%    59%    53%
Bad idea             38       34        16    32     38      19    26     36     37
DK/NA                 6        6         5     8      3       3     6      5     10

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26. Would you like to see more bike lanes in your neighborhood or not?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind   Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Yes                  45%      32%       47%   47%   46%     44%   36%    47%    57%
No                   51       65        49    48    50      51    61     47     36
DK/NA                 4        2         4     5     4       4     3      6      6

                                                            AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns   StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Yes                  51%      42%       52%   41%   32%     52%   51%    42%    35%
No                   46       54        42    54    66      46    46     54     56
DK/NA                 3        4         5     5     1       1     3      4      9

TREND: Would you like to see more bike lanes in your neighborhood or not?

                     May 11    Oct 20
                     2012      2011

Yes                  45        46
No                   51        48
DK/NA                 4         5


27. Which comes closer to your point of view:
A)It is government's responsibility to discourage unhealthy eating and drinking habits or
B)The government shouldn't be getting involved in people's eating and drinking habits?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind   Men     Wom   Wht     Blk    Hsp

Gov responsibility   45%      26%       51%   43%   44%     47%   43%    49%    44%
Shldn't get involved 48       72        41    52    50      47    52     42     52
DK/NA                 6        2         8     5     6       6     4      9      4

                                                            AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns   StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Gov responsibility   40%      40%       62%   44%   23%     53%   43%    42%    48%
Shldn't get involved 49       54        32    50    76      39    51     54     47
DK/NA                11        6         6     6     1       8     6      4      5

TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view: A) It is government's responsibility
to discourage unhealthy eating and drinking habits, OR B) The government shouldn't be
getting involved in people's eating and drinking habits?

                     May 11    Oct 20
                     2012      2011

Gov responsibility   45        47
Shldn't get involved 48        49
DK/NA                 6         4




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28. When it comes to trying to improve people's health habits, do you think the Bloomberg
administration's policies have gone too far, not far enough, or they are about right?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind   Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Too far              33%      50%       28%   36%   34%     33%   37%    32%    27%
Not far enough       13        9        14    14    15      12     8     12     23
About right          45       39        49    43    46      44    48     47     40
DK/NA                 8        3         9     7     6      11     7     10     10

                                                            AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns   StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Too far              38%      40%       20%   31%   51%     23%   32%    46%    31%
Not far enough       16       14        15    12     3      17    12      7     17
About right          34       38        59    47    40      52    48     43     39
DK/NA                12        8         6     9     6       8     8      4     12

TREND: When it comes to trying to improve people's health habits, do you think the
Bloomberg administration's policies have gone too far, not far enough, or they are about
right?

                     May 11    Feb 18
                     2012      2010

Too far              33        20
Not far enough       13        17
About right          45        55
DK/NA                 8         7


29. Do you think New York City should pressure building owners to ban all indoor smoking
or don't you think so?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind   Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Yes                  44%      38%       45%   41%   41%     46%   38%    49%    51%
No                   53       59        50    57    55      51    58     48     45
DK/NA                 3        3         4     2     4       3     3      3      4

                                                            AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns   StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Yes                  49%      40%       45%   44%   41%     48%   44%    41%    44%
No                   47       57        52    52    59      50    54     55     51
DK/NA                 3        3         3     4     -       2     2      4      5


30. Would you want to live in an apartment building where nobody is allowed to smoke
anywhere in the building or not?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem   Ind   Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

Yes                  59%      53%       61%   59%   55%     63%   58%    62%    63%
No                   34       38        33    36    39      30    35     34     28
DK/NA                 7       10         6     5     5       8     7      3      9

                                                            AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man   Qns   StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Yes                  63%      59%       60%   57%   55%     69%   58%    56%    58%
No                   30       35        32    38    38      25    36     38     35
DK/NA                 7        6         8     5     7       6     6      6      7

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33. Do you approve or disapprove of the new plan for mint green color taxi cabs in the
outer boroughs?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Approve              48%    44%    49%    52%    53%     44%   49%    43%    54%
Disapprove           25     29     25     19     23      26    22     32     26
DK/NA                27     27     26     29     24      30    29     25     20

                                                         AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Approve              43%    49%    52%    48%    42%     57%   49%    48%    44%
Disapprove           36     21     14     32     31      21    28     23     25
DK/NA                21     30     34     20     27      22    23     29     32


34. Do you approve or disapprove of the mint green color for these taxi cabs?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk    Hsp

Approve              48%    48%    47%    51%    50%     46%   50%    47%    51%
Disapprove           31     31     32     28     28      34    26     36     34
DK/NA                21     20     21     21     22      20    24     17     15

                                                         AGE IN YEARS............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   18-34 35-49 50-64 65+

Approve              39%    50%    52%    50%    47%     51%   49%    49%    46%
Disapprove           45     28     21     34     37      28    35     31     26
DK/NA                17     22     27     16     16      21    16     20     28




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