11:29 am Aug. 15, 20121
New York voters overwhelmingly sided with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and against Council Speaker Christine Quinn, on the question of whether Chick-fil-A ought to be kept out of the city because of its executive's stance on gay marriage.
At issue is Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's recent assertion that his restaurant chain supports "the biblical definition of the family unit."
The mayors of Chicago, Boston and San Francisco responded by threatening to bar the fast-food-chain's presence, or expansion, in their cities.
Bloomberg had a different take on the matter, arguing that if a liberal city bans a business based on its conservative politics, then a conservative city could ban a business based on its liberal ones.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn disagreed, sending a letter to N.Y.U. asking it to evict the restaurant.
Today's Quinnipiac poll showed that New York City residents largely take Bloomberg's side on the matter.
Of the 1,298 New York City voters surveyed, only 12 percent said Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage should impact Chick-fil-A's ability to get government permits to operate. Eighty-two percent said it should have no impact.
When asked whether elected officials should "try to publicly discourage people from patronizing Chick-fil-A because of the owner's opinions on same-sex marriage," 11 percent said yes, 83 percent said no.
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