January 24, 2019 - New York State Voters Split On Plastic Bag Ban, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 7-1 Support For Red-Flagging Risky Gun Owners Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Wide gender and racial gaps leave New York State voters divided on the issue of banning plastic shopping bags, with 48 percent in support and 47 percent opposed, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Women support a bag ban 53 - 44 percent, with men opposed 50 - 42 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. White voters support a ban 51 - 44 percent, with non-white voters opposed 50 - 43 percent. Support is 58 - 34 percent among Democrats while opposition is 61 - 36 percent among Republicans and 53 - 44 percent among independent voters.

Upstate voters support a bag ban 52 - 44 percent. New York City voters are divided with 46 percent supporting a ban and 49 percent opposed. Suburban voters also are divided, as 45 percent support a ban, with 48 percent opposed.

New York State voters support 84 - 12 percent a so-called "Red Flag" bill, allowing police, family members or educators to petition a judge to remove guns from a person who may be at risk of violent behavior. By a similar 82 - 15 percent, voters support extending the waiting period for gun purchases from three days to 10 days.

"Given that more Democrats support a ban on plastic bags, what's surprising is that opposition is greater in New York City than it is in upstate New York," said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"A broad question about stricter gun laws in the state masks how New Yorkers rate individual measures. Only 29 percent of Republicans support the generic 'stricter gun laws,' while 90 percent of Democrats support them. But when asked about specific proposals such as extending waiting periods on gun purchases or the so-called 'Red Flag' bill, Republican support surges past 60 percent."

New York State voters agree 77 - 19 percent with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v . Wade decision and support 73 - 22 percent updating state law to further protect a woman's right to choose.

Congestion Pricing, Single Payer Health Care Plan

A split between suburban and New York City voters leaves all New York State voters split 45 - 44 percent on the "Congestion Pricing" plan, to charge a fee for cars and trucks entering the most congested areas of Manhattan and using the funds to improve buses and subways.

New York City voters support the measure 54 - 42 percent. Suburban voters are opposed 55 - 40 percent, with upstate voters divided 38 - 39 percent.

By a narrow 45 - 40 percent, New York State voters oppose establishing a single payer health care system. Men and women are almost identical in their opposition. Democrats support the idea 57 - 21 percent. Opposition is 76 - 13 percent among Republicans and 57 - 34 percent among independent voters.

If a single payer plan decreases health insurance costs while increasing taxes, voters remain opposed 50 - 42 percent.

Voters support 70 - 27 percent, with strong support from every listed party, gender, education, age, racial and regional group, raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products or e- cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old.

Legalized Marijuana

New York State voters support 65 - 31 percent allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana. Voters also support 59 - 38 percent, with similar results among New York City, upstate and suburban voters, the sale of legal marijuana in their community.

But 54 percent of voters say they "definitely" will not try marijuana if it is legal, and 58 percent are concerned that marijuana use will lead to increased auto accidents.

From January 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 929 New York State voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

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13. Do you support or oppose a plan to charge a fee for cars and trucks entering the most congested areas of Manhattan and using the money to pay for improvements to New York City subways and buses?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              45%    30%    58%    37%    43%    47%    50%    32%
Oppose               44     58     32     53     46     42     40     53
DK/NA                11     12     10     10     11     11     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              62%    39%    42%    42%    43%    43%    43%    51%
Oppose               33     49     45     46     47     44     45     41
DK/NA                 5     11     13     11     11     14     12      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              38%    54%    40%
Oppose               39     42     55
DK/NA                22      4      5
 
 
14. Would you support or oppose replacing the current health insurance system in New York State with a single payer system, in which all New York residents would get their health insurance from one state government plan?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              40%    13%    57%    34%    39%    40%    41%    34%
Oppose               45     76     21     57     46     44     46     53
DK/NA                16     11     22      9     15     16     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              36%    47%    38%    39%    38%    39%    39%    42%
Oppose               44     40     49     46     53     46     49     36
DK/NA                20     13     14     15      9     15     12     22
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              33%    50%    32%
Oppose               51     33     56
DK/NA                16     18     12
 
 
15. Would you support or oppose a single payer system if it decreased health insurance costs, but also increased taxes?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              42%    12%    63%    33%    43%    41%    45%    28%
Oppose               50     80     29     59     50     50     47     65
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      7      9      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              57%    41%    37%    37%    39%    37%    38%    49%
Oppose               39     52     55     51     55     53     54     43
DK/NA                 5      6      9     11      6      9      8      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              31%    58%    30%
Oppose               60     35     60
DK/NA                 9      7     10
 
 
17. As you may know, there is currently a 2 percent per year cap on increases to local property taxes. Would you support or oppose making this cap permanent?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              59%    65%    56%    62%    61%    57%    68%    58%
Oppose               29     27     29     28     28     30     22     28
DK/NA                12      8     15      9     11     13      9     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              45%    64%    63%    64%    65%    64%    65%    50%
Oppose               37     28     29     25     25     24     24     37
DK/NA                18      8      8     11     10     12     11     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              64%    54%    58%
Oppose               23     33     32
DK/NA                13     13     10
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 in New York State?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              70%    66%    75%    69%    65%    74%    69%    61%
Oppose               27     30     23     28     33     23     27     34
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      2      3      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              70%    65%    71%    74%    61%    70%    66%    76%
Oppose               27     32     27     24     35     25     30     23
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3      4      4      4      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              64%    72%    74%
Oppose               33     25     23
DK/NA                 4      2      3
 
 
23. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in New York State?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    29%    90%    54%    55%    72%    64%    46%
Oppose               34     69      9     45     44     26     35     53
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              70%    62%    63%    63%    48%    65%    57%    77%
Oppose               29     38     36     34     51     34     42     21
DK/NA                 1      -      1      3      1      1      1      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              48%    80%    62%
Oppose               50     19     37
DK/NA                 2      2      1
 
 
24. Would you support or oppose extending the current waiting period on gun purchases from 3 days to 10 days?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              82%    66%    90%    83%    76%    88%    85%    75%
Oppose               15     29      8     16     20     10     14     24
DK/NA                 3      5      3      2      3      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              84%    82%    81%    85%    73%    87%    81%    87%
Oppose               13     15     16     12     25     11     18      8
DK/NA                 3      4      3      2      1      2      2      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              75%    88%    84%
Oppose               22      8     15
DK/NA                 3      4      1
 
 
25. Do you support or oppose a ban on gun modifications that can make a semi-automatic gun work more like an automatic gun?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    51%    73%    60%    65%    63%    76%    55%
Oppose               32     40     24     36     30     33     21     40
DK/NA                 5      9      3      4      5      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              63%    65%    69%    58%    68%    69%    68%    57%
Oppose               33     31     27     36     29     27     28     37
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      3      4      4      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              62%    63%    66%
Oppose               33     32     29
DK/NA                 5      5      5
 
 
26. Do you support or oppose allowing the police, family members, or educators to petition a judge to remove guns from a person that may be at risk for violent behavior?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              84%    67%    93%    84%    78%    89%    86%    74%
Oppose               12     29      3     14     18      7     10     19
DK/NA                 4      4      4      2      4      4      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              85%    87%    80%    88%    76%    87%    82%    88%
Oppose               13     10     15      8     20      8     13      9
DK/NA                 3      2      5      4      4      5      5      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              77%    89%    84%
Oppose               18      8     11
DK/NA                 5      3      5
 
 
27. Would you support or oppose a state law that would ban stores from providing plastic bags to shoppers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              48%    36%    58%    44%    42%    53%    56%    42%
Oppose               47     61     34     53     50     44     40     52
DK/NA                 6      3      8      3      8      4      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              50%    40%    52%    50%    48%    54%    51%    43%
Oppose               43     57     44     45     47     42     44     50
DK/NA                 7      3      4      5      5      4      5      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              52%    46%    45%
Oppose               44     49     48
DK/NA                 4      6      7
 
 
28. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New York State to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              65%    52%    77%    59%    67%    64%    67%    60%
Oppose               31     44     20     35     30     31     29     36
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      5      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              84%    68%    65%    52%    67%    62%    64%    67%
Oppose               16     27     30     44     29     34     32     29
DK/NA                 1      5      4      3      4      4      4      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              64%    69%    59%
Oppose               32     27     34
DK/NA                 4      3      6
 
 
29. Would you support or oppose the sale of legal marijuana in your community?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              59%    45%    71%    52%    60%    58%    64%    53%
Oppose               38     53     27     44     36     39     34     45
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      4      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              72%    61%    61%    47%    60%    60%    60%    58%
Oppose               25     35     36     50     37     39     38     37
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      2      2      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              58%    62%    56%
Oppose               37     36     41
DK/NA                 5      2      3
 
 
30. If marijuana were legalized for recreational use in New York State would you definitely try it, probably try it, probably not try it, or definitely not try it?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Definitely try       12%     8%    15%     5%    14%     9%    12%     8%
Probably try         16     17     17     16     16     16     13     19
Probably not try     16     11     18     16     16     16     20     12
Definitely not try   54     59     48     63     51     58     52     57
DK/NA                 3      5      2      -      4      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Definitely try       15%    15%    10%     7%    16%     6%    11%    13%
Probably try         28     15     15      9     16     15     15     17
Probably not try     18     18     16     14     15     19     17     13
Definitely not try   33     51     58     68     48     59     54     55
DK/NA                 6      2      1      1      5      1      3      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Definitely try        7%    15%    13%
Probably try         15     19     11
Probably not try     17     16     13
Definitely not try   56     49     60
DK/NA                 4      1      3
 
 
31. Do you support or oppose erasing criminal records for marijuana possession?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              67%    47%    80%    62%    68%    67%    69%    57%
Oppose               26     44     14     31     25     26     25     35
DK/NA                 7      9      6      7      7      8      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              78%    65%    68%    63%    67%    63%    65%    72%
Oppose               18     28     28     29     26     31     29     21
DK/NA                 5      6      4      8      7      6      6      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              62%    74%    63%
Oppose               31     20     27
DK/NA                 7      6     10
 
 
32. If marijuana were legalized for recreational use in New York State, would you be concerned about a potential increase in car accidents, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Concerned        58%    68%    46%    71%    58%    58%    61%    65%
No                   40     31     52     27     41     40     36     33
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      2      3      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes/Concerned        37%    54%    61%    71%    61%    65%    63%    49%
No                   63     45     35     26     37     33     35     49
DK/NA                 -      1      4      3      2      2      2      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Concerned        62%    50%    65%
No                   37     47     33
DK/NA                 1      3      3
 
 
33. In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                77%    57%    91%    75%    77%    78%    81%    68%
Disagree             19     39      8     20     19     20     18     27
DK/NA                 3      4      1      5      5      2      2      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Agree                83%    81%    79%    71%    76%    76%    76%    81%
Disagree             16     17     18     25     20     22     21     16
DK/NA                 1      2      3      4      4      2      3      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Agree                70%    84%    78%
Disagree             26     14     18
DK/NA                 4      2      4
 
 
34. Would you support or oppose updating New York State law to further protect a woman's right to choose an abortion?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              73%    45%    92%    70%    70%    76%    74%    63%
Oppose               22     46      6     25     23     21     22     31
DK/NA                 5      9      2      5      6      3      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              80%    75%    73%    71%    68%    72%    70%    79%
Oppose               18     19     22     25     26     25     25     16
DK/NA                 2      6      4      4      7      3      5      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              62%    84%    72%
Oppose               31     12     25
DK/NA                 7      3      3