Wide Racial Divide on How New Yorkers Feel About NYPD & Eric Garner's Death, Poll Shows

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One thing most New Yorker agree on: Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face prosecution for killing Eric Garner.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll, 68 percent of New Yorkers said that "there is absolutely no excuse for how the police acted" and 64 percent believe that Staten Island Distriact Attorney Daniel Donovan should press criminal charges.

But even within that general point of agreement there are stark racial divides.

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Anthony Weiner Is the New Democratic Frontrunner for Mayor

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In late April, the polling team at Marist released a survey titled "Weiner Candidacy for Mayor Could Scramble Democratic Primary Contest." it projected major percentage points of approval for the former congressman, should he decide to step into the fray. A few weeks later, he did. And, nearly two months after that original sampling, its title has validated itself: according to the newest WSJ-NBC New York-Marist poll, Anthony Weiner is now the leading Democratic candidate for mayor in New York City.

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Pun or No Pun, Weiner Rises in the Polls a Week Into Campaign

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A few weeks ago, we had a post entitled "Polls Confirm That a Weiner Campaign Would Shake Up Mayoral Race." This was some time before Weiner announced his entry into the race, as speculation swirled that the former Congressman with a social networking issue would even dare ask for a second chance in politics, especially by seeking the highest New York honor of them all: the mayoral0 throne. He had name recognition; he certainly had character and opinions; he was deemed the perfect splinter between Quinn and de Blasio. And yesterday, that speculation was met with statistics.

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Poll Confirms That a Weiner Campaign Would Shake Up Mayoral Race

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When word spread last week that former Representative Anthony Weiner was contemplating a mayoral run, the questions of what it meant for the electoral future immediately arose. How would his candidacy affect the race? Would the Democratic primary become a showdown between Weiner and Christine Quinn? Could people forgive the disgraced politician enough to elect him?

Well, as this was all happening, NBC and Marist University took to the streets (figuratively speaking, of course) to find out what Weiner's chances of success were. And, yesterday, those numbers came in with a report titled "Weiner Candidacy for Mayor Could
Scramble Democratic Primary Contest."


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New Yorkers Not So Hot For Stop and Frisk Campaign, But Still Like Ray Kelly

New Yorkers aren't so pleased with the NYPD's stop and frisk campaign, though at the same time, they give Police Commissioner Ray Kelly high marks, according to a new poll from the folks at Quinnipiac University.

Only 39 percent of folks approve of the stop and frisk campaign, including just 19 percent of African-Americans. A majority of New Yorkers across educational and income groups disapprove of the tactic that has been stubbornly defended by Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg as an effective deterrent to crime. The Quinnipiac pollsters have asked this question in six different polls starting in March, 2012, and the approval number has steadily declined over the period.

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New Yorkers Still Slightly in Favor of Fracking Even as More Shady "Studies" Emerge

Categories: Polls, fracking

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New Yorkers believe that the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the risk of potentially harmful environmental repercussions, according to today's Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll finds that 44 percent of New Yorkers think the economic pros of hydraulic fracturing outweigh its environmental cons -- while 42 percent say the potential damage would be too great.

Let's just hope that the poll respondents aren't relying too heavily on some of the shady hydraulic fracturing "science" that's been floating around lately -- like last spring's University at Buffalo study on fracking in the Marcellus Shale.

Last month the university shut down its Shale Resources and Society Institute amid findings of bias and compromised research coming out of the institute. The study released by SRSI in May found that the environmental risk of fracking in Pennsylvania, a hotbed for natural gas drilling, was decreasing and the risk associated with fracking in the Marcellus Shale would be even lower.

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Baffling Poll Finds Broad Approval for New York's Hurricane Response

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Good work, everybody!
A new poll released yesterday by Quinnipiac University suggests that New Yorkers think that first responders, state agencies, Mayor Bloomberg, and the Red Cross all did a bang-up job in responding to Hurricane Sandy.

Given everything we already know about the response -- public housing residents living weeks without heat, water, and electricity without so much as a door-knock from official responders, a breakdown of the health care system so severe that many residents went the better part of a month without critical medicine; and Bloomberg's reported "Fuck you" response to the Rockaway's first request for National Guard assistance -- the poll results are surprising, to say the least.

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Black Pride: Majority of African Americans Support Gay Marriage, Says ABC News. The Voice Speaks to Their Pollster, Gary Langer

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Think this guy coming out for marriage equality had anything to do with it?
Maybe they should have called Barack Obama the homosexual "Black Abe Lincoln."

Buried in the polls showing that Obama's same-sex marriage support has had no effect on his own re-election prospects (debunking the myth that his gay support would hurt him) and that it seems to have moved "strong support" for marriage equality positively is this gem: a majority of African Americans now support marriage equality, according to a just published poll for ABC News.

This is pretty big news, considering lower support for gay rights by black people than by white people has been (mistakenly and disproportionately) blamed for passing Prop 8 in California, used (unsuccessfully) as a wedge to try to stop the Marriage Equality Act from passing here in New York by Rev. Sen. Ruben Diaz, and touted by cultural critic Touré as a black voter death knell right after the President's coming out just two weeks ago. Like Touré, even the National Organization for Marriage believed the divide was so great between these two groups that their key to victory would be to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks."

To get to the bottom of this, the Voice spoke with the man behind the poll, Gary Langer, the President of Langer Research Associates and pollster for ABC News.

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New Yorkers Think Skinny People Are Happier And More Successful Than Fatsos, Poll Shows

Categories: Fatsos, Polls
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Not according to the majority of New Yorkers...

Bad news, fatsos: according to the vast majority of New Yorkers, you are more miserable and less successful than non-fatsos. That's according to a recently released Marist/NY1 poll, anyway, which shows that more than 70 percent of New Yorkers think fat people are more unhappy and less successful than skinny people.

So, does this mean it's impossible to be fat and happy? Of course not -- it's just the opinion of the majority of New York's pretentious population.

According to the poll, only 13 percent of New Yorkers don't agree that thin people are happier than their full-figured counterparts. Seventy-two percent, however, think thin is in, and skinny folks are happier than fatsos.

When it comes to success, 72 percent of New Yorkers think skinny people are more successful, with only 8-percent of those polled disagreeing with the claim.



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New Yorkers Don't Like Occupy Wall Street or The Tea Party: Poll

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It's a pollapalooza!

Shortly after a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute came out identifying New Yorkers' hatred of indoor smoking and love of bike shares, yet more info has come out detailing voters' tastes.

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