Poll: Rs and Ds feel very differently about police handling of the press, but both like the living wage
10:38 am Dec. 14, 2011
A majority of New York City voters disapprove of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg handled Occupy Wall Street protesters and disagree with him on "living wage" legislation, according to a Quinnipiac poll out today.
But according to the same poll, voters like the overall job he's doing, 49-42 percent, like him personally, 62-24 percent, and approve of "most of his policies," 52-43 percent.
51-42 percent of voters disapproved of Bloomberg's handling of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.
But despite widespread criticisms and documentation about how reportes were arrested, blocked and harassed while trying to cover the demonstrations, voters' reaction to the handling of the press were mixed. Overall, 44 percent approved of how the police treated reporters, compared to 41 percent who didn't, and 15 percent were undecided. Also: 73 percent of Republicans supported the cops' treatment of reporters, compared to 18 percent of Republicans who didn't. Among Democrats, it was something like the opposite: 37 percent of Democrats supported the police treatment of the media while 49 percent opposed it.
On the living wage, which would raise hourly wages for employees at companies located on sites developed with public money, support was strong and bipartisan. 74 percent of all voters say they support the legislation, as described to them by the Quinnpiac pollsters, versus 19 percent who are opposed. Republicans voters say they support it, 56-39 percent; Democrats supprted it 83-11, and independents, 67-25 percent.
Bloomberg and some business executives oppose the bill, saying it will drive up the cost of construction and ultimately cost New York City more jobs than it will create.