The first phase of the Ground Zero/9/11 Memorial is supposed to be ready by September 11, 2011. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that most New Yorkers don’t believe it, 61 to 28 percent. By a similar margin they disbelieve that the “Freedom Tower” (which, you may recall, lost its patriotic moniker earlier this year and is now just known as One World Trade) will be ready by the end of 2013.
They almost believe the WTC Transit Hub will be done by mid-2014, doubting it by just 47-41 percent…
“Do New Yorkers believe anything the Port Authority tells them?” asks Q-poll director Maurice Carroll. “The answer is ‘no.'” Also, most New Yorkers (53 percent) think the Ground Zero rebuilding is going badly, despite endless promotion and come-ons like the preview site that has recently been erected nearby.
Some of of this cynicism slops over to respondents’ attitude toward Mayor Bloomberg’s recent bad idea to clog city traffic with free crosstown bus service. 69 percent (and 72 percent in Manhattan) think it’s a good idea, even though 60 percent believe it’s only a campaign promise Bloomberg made up to get votes.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 27, 2009