Updated 08/08/2011 05:51 PM
NY1 Exclusive: City Dwellers Split Over Smoking Ban In Parks, Beaches, Plazas
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It has been more than two months since the city's ban on smoking in parks, beaches and public plazas went into effect and an exclusive NY1/Marist poll finds while most New Yorkers think it's a good idea, residents remain split on whether it is actually working.
Among all respondents, 69 percent of adults think the ban is a good idea, only 26 percent think it is a bad idea and 4 percent are unsure.
When it comes to the ban's effectiveness, 45 percent of New Yorkers say it is mostly working, 41 percent do not think it is, and 14 percent are not sure.
However, when smokers were polled, 40 percent say the ban is a good idea while 59 percent disagree.
Also, 35 percent of surveyed smokers say the ban is mostly working, 56 percent say it is not working and 8 percent are unsure.
Half of smokers say they have not been affected at all by the ban, 34 percent believe it has affected them in a bad way and only 16 percent say the ban had a positive affect on them.
"On the one hand, yes, they think it's a good idea. They're not sure it's having the kind of tremendous impact on them," said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff. "And certainly when we asked about whether it was affecting people in a personal way, about a third tell us it is, but again, not having the earth-shattering reaction on the part of New Yorkers."
This morning in Times Square, some New Yorkers had praise for the ban, but others said they failed to notice much of a difference.
"I love it. It's better for the air quality and better for everyone who doesn't smoke," said one New Yorker.
"It's working. Yeah, there's a lot less people you see smoking around, which is good," said another.
"I think it's totally unfair. Whoever is, you know, deciding these rules, they should worry about other important stuff," said a third.
When it came to recommending a similar ban to other cities, 64 of all respondents say they would, but 63 percent of smokers say they would not support that.
The poll surveyed 808 New Yorkers from July 20-27 and the margin of error is +/- 5 percentage points.