May 14, 2015 - Support For New Bridge Toll Plan Nears 50 Percent, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; Voters Back Vets Preference, And Dimming Skyline Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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By a narrow 49 - 44 percent margin, New York City voters oppose a proposal to toll the East River bridges and at the same time reduce tolls on the bridges between The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, the so-called "Outer Borough" bridges, and use the money for mass transit, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Opposition to just setting tolls on the free East River bridges remains strong, 69 - 27 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. There is no group that comes close to 50 percent support for tolls, except Staten Island at 43 percent.

Independent voters back the newer toll-swap plan 52 - 40 percent with opposition at 52 - 39 percent among Republicans and 52 - 43 percent among Democrats. There is a gender gap as women oppose the plan 50 - 40 percent, while men are divided 48 - 47 percent.

Support is 61 - 37 percent in Staten Island, with opposition at 57 - 37 percent in Brooklyn and 51 - 42 percent in Queens. Bronx and Manhattan voters are divided with 47 percent in each borough in favor and 43 percent opposed.

"East River bridge tolls? New Yorkers have been saying no for years," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. "But the people pushing the idea this time are savvy. They'd marry new tolls to toll reductions elsewhere. And they tie it to mass transit improvements. In response to that idea, the level of opposition shrinks.

"Whatever their views on what should be done, 88 percent of voters agree that traffic congestion is a serious problem."

On another issue, New York City voters support 66 - 29 percent, including 63 - 35 percent among Republicans, allowing government to set limits on what landlords can charge tenants.

Support is 60 percent or higher among every party, gender, racial and age group and in every borough except Staten Island, which is divided 46 - 46 percent.

At the same time, New York City voters support 68 - 29 percent giving tax breaks to developers who set aside some apartments for affordable housing. Support is over 64 percent among every group except Staten Island voters, who support tax breaks 53 - 41 percent.

"The State Legislature is tied up in knots over extending some form of rent control and continuing tax breaks for developers who create affordable housing, but sentiment among city voters is overwhelming - just do it," Carroll said.

Turning Out the Lights and Veterans Preferences

Mother Nature wins out over the New York Skyline as voters support 71 - 25 percent, including 58 - 36 percent among Republicans, a proposal requiring building owners to turn off the lights when offices are not in use. Support ranges from 67 - 29 percent in Queens to 73 - 22 percent in Manhattan.

"The idea of turning down the lights on the world-famous New York Skyline, to conserve energy and help the birds, seemed far-fetched when it first surfaced.

"But overwhelmingly, the people who live with those lights say, 'Turn 'em off, or maybe turn 'em down a little,'" Carroll said.

New York City voters support 82 - 12 percent a proposal to give veteran-owned businesses the same type of preference granted women and minority-owned businesses when bidding on city contracts. Women support the idea 83 - 10 percent, while men support it 80 - 15 percent, with support at 75 percent or higher in every borough.

"Helping veterans is a no-brainer," Carroll said.

From May 6 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 969 New York City voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

27. Where do you think New York City should get additional money to maintain roads, bridges and mass transit; raise the city sales tax, raise the state gas tax or add tolls on bridges into Manhattan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
City sales tax       13%    18%    15%    10%    12%    14%    12%    21%    10%
State gas tax        29     24     33     28     28     30     33     20     24
Tolls/Mnhttn bridges 24     22     21     31     26     22     23     23     26
DK/NA                34     36     32     32     33     35     32     36     40
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
City sales tax       18%    10%     9%    17%    20%    12%    16%    13%
State gas tax        25     29     41     24     15     27     30     28
Tolls/Mnhttn bridges 22     24     24     23     31     29     23     24
DK/NA                35     37     26     37     35     32     31     35
 
TREND: Where do you think New York City should get additional money to maintain roads, bridges and mass transit; raise the city sales tax, raise the state gas tax or add tolls on bridges into Manhattan?
                     May 14  Jun 16
                     2015    2014
 
City sales tax       13      18
State gas tax        29      26
Tolls/Mnhttn bridges 24      23
DK/NA                34      33
 
 
28. Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the free East River bridges. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            27%    26%    24%    34%    32%    24%    31%    23%    29%
Bad idea             69     68     72     63     66     71     64     73     68
DK/NA                 4      6      4      2      3      5      5      4      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Good idea            26%    22%    32%    25%    43%    34%    30%    23%
Bad idea             69     73     62     73     56     63     68     73
DK/NA                 4      5      6      2      1      4      2      4
 
TREND: Some people have suggested that New York City should place tolls on the free East River bridges. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 14  Jun 16  Nov 25  Jan 18  Feb 27  Mar 28
                     2015    2014    2008    2007    2003    2002
 
Good idea            27      23      28      17      31      19
Bad idea             69      71      68      78      65      76
DK/NA                 4       5       4       5       4       6
 
 
29. Would you support or oppose a plan to charge tolls on the East River bridges, which go into Manhattan, and at the same time reduce tolls on the bridges between the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island and use the money for mass transit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              44%    39%    43%    52%    48%    40%    45%    39%    45%
Oppose               49     52     52     40     47     50     47     55     45
DK/NA                 8      8      6      8      5     10      8      6     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              47%    37%    47%    42%    61%    63%    41%    40%
Oppose               43     57     43     51     37     31     54     53
DK/NA                10      7     10      7      2      6      5      8
 
 
30. How do you get to work; do you take a subway, bus, commuter train or drive?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Subway               26%    19%    29%    24%    26%    25%    32%    19%    19%
Bus                   8      7      9      8      5     11      9     11      9
Commuter train        8      5      9      5      6     10      3      8     12
Drive                24     35     23     22     28     20     24     27     21
SUBWAY&BUS(VOL)      12      8      9     15     13     11      6     15     11
DK/NA                22     26     21     26     21     23     27     21     27
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Subway               15%    31%    38%    20%     6%    29%    35%    18%
Bus                   9      6      9      8     18      8      8     10
Commuter train       13     11      7      3      5     14      5      4
Drive                26     24      7     34     38     25     28     20
SUBWAY&BUS(VOL)      11     10     12     16      7     18     12     10
DK/NA                25     19     27     19     26      6     12     38
 
TREND: How do you get to work; do you take a subway, bus, commuter train or drive?
                     May 14  Jun 16  July 29
                     2015    2014    2009
 
Subway               26      28      25
Bus                   8       8      11
Commuter train        8       8       6
Drive                24      23      23
SUBWAY&BUS(VOL)      12      11      14
DK/NA                22      22      21
 
 
31. How much of a problem do you think traffic congestion is in New York City; a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very serious         48%    47%    48%    49%    50%    46%    49%    49%    45%
Smwht serious        40     44     38     41     38     42     43     36     42
Not very serious      9      8      9      8      9      8      7     10      8
Not at all            2      1      3      1      2      2      1      3      4
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very serious         51%    53%    38%    44%    68%    42%    48%    52%
Smwht serious        41     36     46     43     25     46     39     40
Not very serious      5      9     11     10      5     10      9      5
Not at all            2      1      4      1      2      -      4      1
DK/NA                 -      2      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: How much of a problem do you think traffic congestion is in New York City; a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 14  Jun 16  Mar 13  Jan 10  Nov 19  Jan 10  Jun 16
                     2015    2014    2008    2008    2007    2008    2014
 
Very serious         48      47      52      52      52      52      47
Smwht serious        40      39      37      39      35      39      39
Not very serious      9       9       8       6       9       6       9
Not at all            2       3       1       2       2       2       3
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       2       1       2
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose government setting limits on the amount of rent a landlord can charge a tenant?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              66%    63%    68%    64%    64%    68%    66%    70%    67%
Oppose               29     35     27     30     32     26     29     22     28
DK/NA                 5      2      5      7      4      6      5      8      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              74%    69%    70%    60%    46%    62%    70%    65%
Oppose               22     27     24     35     46     34     26     28
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      8      4      4      7
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose giving tax breaks to developers who agree to make some of the apartments they build affordable, so-called affordable housing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              68%    70%    71%    67%    70%    67%    70%    72%    72%
Oppose               29     26     26     30     28     29     27     27     21
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      2      4      3      1      6
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              70%    66%    71%    70%    53%    75%    72%    64%
Oppose               25     30     28     27     41     23     27     30
DK/NA                 4      4      1      3      6      3      2      6
 
 
43. There is a proposal to grant veteran-owned businesses the same type of preference as women and minority-owned businesses when bidding on New York City contracts. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              82%    86%    82%    82%    80%    83%    80%    84%    79%
Oppose               12      9     12     13     15     10     13     13     12
DK/NA                 6      5      7      4      5      7      7      3      9
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              76%    83%    75%    88%    86%    84%    83%    80%
Oppose               16     13     15      7     10     14     12     13
DK/NA                 7      4     10      5      5      3      5      7
 
 
44. There is a proposal to require New York City building owners to turn off the lights when offices are not in use. Supporters say this would reduce energy consumption and have less impact on migratory birds. Opponents say it would reduce the beauty of the New York City skyline. Do you support or oppose requiring building owners to turn off the lights when offices are not in use?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              71%    58%    74%    69%    67%    74%    71%    71%    69%
Oppose               25     36     22     27     28     23     24     26     30
DK/NA                 4      6      4      4      5      3      5      3      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              71%    72%    73%    67%    70%    79%    70%    68%
Oppose               26     23     22     29     27     21     26     26
DK/NA                 2      5      4      4      3      -      4      6