May 25, 2016 - Mayor Does Pay To Play, New York City Voters Say 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Corruption Is Serious Problem In City, Voters Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York City voters say 55 - 21 percent that Mayor Bill de Blasio "does favors for developers who make political contributions to campaigns in which he is involved," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But voters who believe the mayor does these favors say 54 - 28 percent that these actions are unethical but not illegal.

Political corruption in New York City is a "very serious" problem, 52 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say it is "somewhat serious," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University Poll finds. Another 8 percent say corruption is "not very serious" and 2 percent say it is "not a problem at all."

New York City voters disapprove 53 - 24 percent of the way de Blasio is handling political corruption. No party, gender, racial, borough or age group approves.

While 28 percent of those voters who say de Blasio does favors for donor-developers say it's illegal, 54 percent say it is unethical but not illegal and 13 percent say it is "not seriously wrong."

"With a virtual wildfire of news stories about corruption investigations, voters think Mayor Bill de Blasio has favored well-connected real estate people. Voters who believe the mayor does favors think it's unethical more than illegal," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"And since voters see the mayor as part of the problem, they certainly don't give him good grades for handling the problem."

New York City voters approve 52 - 32 percent of the job Police Commissioner William Bratton is doing. There is little racial or gender gap as white voters approve 54 - 32 percent while black voters approve 55 - 31 percent, with Hispanic approval at 48 - 33 percent. Approval is 54 - 32 percent among men and 49 - 31 percent among women.

There is a larger racial gap as all voters approve 57 - 31 percent of the job former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly did. White voters approve 73 - 16 percent while black voters approve 47 - 41 percent. Hispanic approval is 44 - 38 percent.

Voters say 47 - 30 percent that Kelly was a more effective police commissioner than Bratton. White voters back Kelly 56 - 24 percent, while black voters go 42 percent for Bratton and 38 percent for Kelly. Hispanic voters pick Kelly 41 - 27 percent.

New York City voters approve 59 - 35 percent of the job police are doing city-wide. White voters approve 75 - 19 percent, while black voters are divided 46 - 45 percent and Hispanic voters disapprove 54 - 44 percent.

A total of 87 percent of voters say crime is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem.

Police corruption is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, 73 percent of voters say.

Crime and housing are the most important problems in New York City, with each problem listed by 15 percent of voters, while 13 percent cite the economy.

"Police corruption is considered a big problem; political corruption more so," Carroll said. "Overall, the cops get good marks, with exceptionally high approval in the white community off-setting only a stand-off among black New Yorkers.

"Police Commissioner William Bratton gets good job approval numbers but - maybe it's just nostalgia - his predecessor, Ray Kelly, does better."

From May 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

Visit www.quinnipiac.edu/polling or www.facebook.com/quinnipiacpoll Call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bratton is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    54%    54%    46%    54%    49%    54%    55%    48%
Disapprove           32     29     30     38     32     31     32     31     33
DK/NA                17     17     16     16     13     19     15     14     19
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              45%    46%    58%    56%    56%    45%    43%    61%    58%
Disapprove           28     36     25     34     37     30     43     27     27
DK/NA                27     18     17     11      7     25     14     12     15
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly handled his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              57%    78%    48%    62%    60%    54%    73%    47%    44%
Disapprove           31      6     40     26     31     31     16     41     38
DK/NA                12     16     12     12      9     15     12     11     18
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              51%    58%    47%    61%    77%    43%    61%    59%    63%
Disapprove           36     28     39     28     14     37     35     31     22
DK/NA                12     13     14     11      9     21      4     10     16
 
 
11. Who do you think has been a more effective police commissioner, Bill Bratton or Ray Kelly?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Bratton              30%    10%    39%    26%    32%    29%    24%    42%    27%
Kelly                47     68     38     55     49     44     56     38     41
DK/NA                23     22     23     19     19     27     21     19     32
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Bratton              28%    27%    40%    30%    17%    28%    23%    34%    36%
Kelly                40     53     34     48     66     49     50     44     46
DK/NA                31     20     26     21     17     22     26     22     19
 
 
20. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York City today?
                            Tot
 
Housing Total               15%
 Housing general             5
 Housing Costs/Availability  8
 Housing other               2
 
Crime Total                 15%
 Crime/Violence general     13
 Drugs                       1
 Crime other                 1
 
Economy Total               13%
 Economy general             3
 Unemployment/Jobs           6
 Cost of living              3
 Minimum wage too low        1
 Economy other               1
 
Education Total              8%
 Education general           6
 Education other             2
 
Poverty/Homeless             7%
 
Police Total                 6%
 Police general              1
 Police brutality/Racism     1
 Police community
  tensions/relations         1
 Lack of respect for police  1
 Police other                2
 
Politicians Total            3%
 de Blasio/City leadership   1
 Political corruption        1
 Politicians other           1
 
Class inequality             3%
 
Terrorism Total              3%
 Terrorism general           1
 Security/Safety             2
 
Mass Transit Total           3%
 Quality mass/public trans   1
 Traffic/Congestion          1
 Transportation other        1
 
Taxes                        2%
 
Gun control                  2%
 
Cities/Urban Total           2%
 Infrastructure              1
 Cities/Urban issues other   1
 
Racism/Race relations        2%
 
Budget                       1%
Immigration                  1%
Overcrowding/Over population 1%
Quality of life              1%
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's   1%
 
Other                        4%
DK/NA                        7%
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - political corruption?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              24%     8%    34%    15%    26%    23%    17%    35%    28%
Disapprove           53     80     40     65     56     52     66     41     48
DK/NA                22     12     26     19     18     26     17     24     24
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              27%    25%    23%    24%    22%    21%    28%    23%    27%
Disapprove           54     56     48     53     63     54     54     55     48
DK/NA                19     20     29     23     15     24     18     21     25
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              59%    75%    53%    64%    68%    51%    75%    46%    44%
Disapprove           35     22     40     28     26     42     19     45     54
DK/NA                 7      3      7      8      7      7      7      9      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              41%    56%    64%    63%    76%    52%    55%    60%    68%
Disapprove           55     32     31     32     23     45     37     36     23
DK/NA                 4     12      5      5      1      3      8      4      8
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              71%    89%    67%    71%    74%    69%    84%    61%    58%
Disapprove           24      8     29     23     22     26     11     32     41
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      4      5      4      7      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              59%    70%    78%    70%    81%    69%    66%    70%    83%
Disapprove           40     21     18     26     17     29     30     26     14
DK/NA                 1      9      4      4      2      2      4      4      4
 
 
32. In general, how serious a problem do you think - crime 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         47%    57%    44%    50%    43%    51%    41%    59%    54%
Smwht serious        40     34     43     36     40     40     47     32     34
Not very serious     10      7     11     12     15      6     11      6     10
Not a problem at all  -      1      -      -      1      -      -      -      1
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      1      3      1      2      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious         58%    48%    38%    44%    62%    48%    49%    47%    48%
Smwht serious        36     40     39     47     27     36     40     39     43
Not very serious      6      9     18      7      9     14     10     11      7
Not a problem at all  -      -      -      1      -      -      -      1      -
DK/NA                 -      2      6      -      1      1      2      2      2
 
 
33. In general, how serious a problem do you think - police corruption 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         33%    22%    36%    29%    30%    36%    20%    50%    47%
Smwht serious        40     32     43     40     41     38     44     33     32
Not very serious     19     38     12     23     22     17     28     10     15
Not a problem at all  3      4      2      4      4      3      4      2      1
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      3      7      5      5      4
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious         45%    36%    24%    34%    23%    38%    36%    33%    29%
Smwht serious        36     38     41     39     46     35     41     44     36
Not very serious     12     20     21     21     20     24     19     16     20
Not a problem at all  4      1      5      3      5      1      2      1      7
DK/NA                 4      5      9      3      5      2      3      7      8
 
 
34. In general, how serious a problem do you think - political corruption 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         52%    61%    45%    63%    50%    54%    50%    58%    56%
Smwht serious        34     23     40     30     34     34     36     29     35
Not very serious      8      9      9      5     11      6     10      6      7
Not a problem at all  2      -      3      1      2      2      1      3      1
DK/NA                 3      6      3      1      2      4      3      4      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious         65%    53%    45%    47%    64%    57%    54%    49%    49%
Smwht serious        25     34     39     37     26     31     35     38     33
Not very serious      5      7     10      9     10      8      6      9     10
Not a problem at all  4      1      3      2      -      2      3      1      3
DK/NA                 -      5      3      4      -      2      2      3      4
 
 
35. Do you think Mayor de Blasio does favors for developers who make political contributions to campaigns in which he is involved or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  55%    70%    45%    67%    58%    52%    64%    40%    58%
No                   21      6     30     13     23     20     14     29     24
DK/NA                24     24     25     20     19     28     21     31     18
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  47%    52%    55%    61%    58%    56%    62%    53%    52%
No                   27     21     22     20     16     24     19     22     24
DK/NA                26     26     23     20     26     20     19     25     25
 
 
36. (If yes q35) Which of the following statements best describes your view of de Blasio's actions in these matters: he did something illegal, he did something unethical, but nothing illegal, or he did not do anything seriously wrong?
                     IF YES Q35............................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Illegal              28%    45%    13%    39%    36%    20%
Unethical/Not illegl 54     46     62     48     48     60
Not seriously wrong  13      5     20      8     13     14
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      3      7
 
 

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