November 21, 2016 - New Yorkers Say 2-1 They Want To Stay Here, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Almost Half Say They Can't Afford To Live Here Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Sixty-five percent of New York City voters say they would rather remain in the city, while 32 percent say they would move out if they had the chance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The wish to stay in the Big Apple ranges from 57 percent in Staten Island to 74 percent in Manhattan, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

But only 50 percent of New York City voters say they can afford to live here, while 47 percent say they can't afford it. Among black voters, 57 percent say they can't afford to live here, compared to 42 percent of white voters and 51 percent of Hispanic voters.

Among Bronx voters, only 42 percent say they can afford New York, while 55 percent say they can't. Results in other boroughs are:
  • Brooklyn: 45 percent can afford to live here and 52 can't afford it;
  • Manhattan: 60 percent can afford it and 38 percent can't;
  • Queens: 52 percent can afford it and 46 percent can't;
  • Staten Island: 48 percent can afford it and 50 percent can't.
A total of 50 percent of New York City voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the Big Apple, while 49 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

"Sure it's a nice place to visit, and people do want to live here. At least most of us do. It's our town, they say, and two-thirds of them wouldn't want to move out if they could," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"But, if the city is nice, it's not cheap. Half of New Yorkers say they can't afford to live here."

Only 7 percent of New York City voters rate the quality of life as "very good." Another 34 percent say "good," with 39 percent saying "fair;" 14 percent saying "poor" and 5 percent saying "very poor."

In the last few years, the quality of life in the city has gotten worse, 44 percent say, while 15 percent say it has gotten better and 40 percent say it has stayed the same.

"We do like to gripe. About 40 percent of the neighbors say New York City's quality of life is good or real good. Another big bunch of the neighbors says it's at least fair. But almost half say it has gotten worse," Carroll said.

From November 9 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,138 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines 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, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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21. 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    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        5%     4%     5%     2%     6%     4%     6%     4%     5%
Smwht satisfied      45     26     53     41     44     46     41     50     43
Smwht dissatisfied   31     36     28     35     31     31     32     32     33
Very dissatisfied    18     34     13     20     18     18     21     14     18
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        5%     6%     4%     5%     1%     4%     6%     5%     4%
Smwht satisfied      53     43     42     47     41     48     41     48     49
Smwht dissatisfied   26     36     31     28     30     33     33     31     26
Very dissatisfied    15     15     20     21     27     15     21     16     20
DK/NA                 -      -      3      -      -      1      -      -      1
 
 
32. How would you rate the quality of life in New York City; very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very good             7%     9%     7%     6%    10%     5%    10%     4%     7%
Good                 34     28     39     29     33     35     38     33     18
Fair                 39     40     38     43     40     38     36     43     43
Poor                 14     15     11     15     13     14     11     12     24
Very poor             5      6      4      6      3      6      3      7      7
DK/NA                 2      2      1      -      1      2      2      2      -
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very good             5%     6%    11%     8%     3%     7%     7%     7%     8%
Good                 31     35     34     33     40     33     33     36     36
Fair                 39     41     32     44     36     39     41     34     39
Poor                 18     13     16      9     17     13     13     18      9
Very poor             4      4      5      5      4      7      6      3      4
DK/NA                 3      1      3      1      -      -      1      1      3
 
 
33. Compared to a few years ago, do you think the quality of life in New York City has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Gotten better        15%     6%    19%    12%    17%    13%     8%    26%    14%
Gotten worse         44     69     35     51     41     46     54     28     47
Stayed same          40     24     44     37     41     38     37     46     39
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      1      2      -      -      -
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Gotten better        20%    15%    14%    16%     4%    19%    15%    15%    14%
Gotten worse         35     45     47     41     55     37     47     45     41
Stayed same          45     37     36     43     41     41     37     39     44
DK/NA                 1      3      2      -      -      3      1      -      1
 
 
34. Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move out of New York City, or would you rather remain in New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Move                 32%    40%    30%    35%    34%    30%    31%    36%    39%
Remain               65     58     67     62     63     67     67     61     61
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      3      3      2      3      -
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Move                 37%    37%    22%    31%    40%    30%    41%    34%    18%
Remain               61     61     74     65     57     66     55     64     81
DK/NA                 2      2      5      4      2      4      3      2      1
 
 
35. Do you feel like you can afford to live in New York City or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    54%    51%    44%    54%    47%    55%    42%    45%
No                   47     40     48     52     44     50     42     57     51
DK/NA                 3      6      1      4      3      3      2      1      4
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  42%    45%    60%    52%    48%    40%    43%    53%    68%
No                   55     52     38     46     50     57     55     46     28
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      3      2      1      4