Most New York voters — 59 percent! — want to live in a smoke-free building, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.
The sampled voting bloc — 1,066 people — doesn’t want City Hall to step in to ban indoor smoking, but is uncertain about the so-called “Nanny Government,” with 45-48 percent saying that pols should discourage unhealthy eating and drinking.
And 45 percent don’t seem to mind Bloomberg’s steps to improve health habits, but 33 percent are pissed off and think he’s gone “too far.” Only 13 percent think he hasn’t done enough.
“New York City voters have a love-hate relationship with ‘Nanny Government.’ They would like their landlord or their condo or coop board to ban indoor smoking, but they don’t want City Hall to pressure building owners to take that step,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, told reporters.
“Only about one-third of voters say the Bloomberg Administration has gone too far trying to make us healthier. A total of 58 percent say those measures are about right or not enough. But then voters are divided on whether government should be involved all.
Carroll’s final assessment? “Go figure.”
What else do New Yorkers, who we have noted can be very fickle, seem to like?
They really like bike shares (64 percent), but a slight majority (51 percent) really don’t want more lanes in their neighborhood.
Kermit the Cab, as the green taxi has been called, has also been received OK (48-25 percent). Dudes, however, like the color a bit more than women — 50-28 percent compared to 46-34 percent.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 11, 2012