Exclusive NY1 Poll: New Yorkers And The Strike
12/22/2005 02:32 PM
New Yorkers blame both the union and the MTA for the subway strike, and they're not happy with how the mayor and the governor have handled it. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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According to an exclusive NY1 poll, 41 percent of New Yorkers think both the MTA and the Transport Workers Union are to blame for the strike. About 27 percent solely fault the MTA while 25 blame the union for the walkout.
"The transit, the transit on the whole because they could have put a deal on the table for the workers," said one New Yorker.
"There was greed on both sides," added another. "If they have a surplus, they should share some of that with the workers, but at the same time the workers got to understand, we all got to get to work. We lost out, more than anybody."
"I don't blame anyone," added a third. "The only that I'm happy that it's back up."
The poll does find, though, that 54 percent of New Yorkers think what the union wants is fair compared to 36 percent who do not.
"I'm just happy that it's over," added another.
When it comes to how Mayor Michael Bloomberg is handling one of the most severe crises he has faced — the news is mixed for City Hall.
Fifty-one percent say his handling is either not so good, or poor while 45 percent say it's been great or good.
Governor George Pataki gets lower grades with 69 percent saying his performance has been not good or poor, and just 23 percent saying it's been great or good.
And as we have seen over the past 3 days, it's clear that New Yorkers' lives have clearly been disrupted. Forty-one percent report missing work or school, and 40% have changed their holiday plans.
A final note about race. White New Yorkers see the union as deserving more blame for the strike than do black or Latinos.
Thirty-five percent of white residents blame the union over the MTA, while only 12 percent of African-Africans and 17 percent of Latinos do.
New Yorkers of different races are also split over whether the union's demands are fair. Less than half - 38 percent - of white New Yorkers do, while nearly three-quarters of both African-American and Latinos find the TWU's proposals are fair. Three times as many white New Yorkers say the union is more to blame for the strike than African-American New Yorkers.
- Josh Robin