Poll: New Yorkers Are Happy…Really Happy

First Municipal Art Society 'Survey on Livability' Finds Differing Views of City Life

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the world, but how do city residents – those of us who brave the subways, crowded sidewalks and noisy streets each day – feel about life in the Big Apple?

The Municipal Art Society of New York today released the results of its first MAS Survey on Livability measuring what real New Yorkers think about their city. 

According to the findings, most New Yorkers like living in New York City and in their neighborhoods so much so that, if given the chance to move, three out of four New Yorkers would stay in the city, and more than half would stay right where they are. 

LISTEN: WCBS 880 got details on the survey in today’s The 411.

“On the surface, we see overall satisfaction with life in the city and city services, but there is some underlying discontent, especially among people living outside Manhattan and those with lower incomes,” MAS President Vin Cipolla said.

For example, while there was overwhelming satisfaction with access to public transportation among city residents, services such as street maintenance and repair were rated fair to poor among a majority of residents in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.  Most New Yorkers felt their neighborhoods were not noisy, except for residents of Manhattan and the Bronx.

“This survey gives us a baseline read of attitudes for comparison in future surveys,” he continued.  “It also will help inform the work of MAS, and should help other civic organizations and municipal government in developing strategies to promote a more livable city,” Cipolla said. 

Some of the major survey findings are:    

More than one-third of New Yorkers – and a majority on Staten Island – oppose any more housing development in their neighborhood

More than 60 percent of New Yorkers favor more parks and green space in their communities instead of more retail or business development

Most New Yorkers believe that items bearing a “made in New York” label means supporting the local economy, not paying more for the item

With the exception of Manhattanites, most New Yorkers are dissatisfied with the variety of cultural and entertainment options in their neighborhood.

A surprising number of New Yorkers – 91 percent – describe themselves as happy or very happy.  Staten Island leads the city, with 95 percent of the borough’s residents claiming to be happy or very happy. 

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducted the telephone survey of 1,000 New Yorkers during the last week of September 2010.  

For more information on the survey, visit mas.org.

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  1. BC says:

    Happy?! I think their survey is skewed. This is all about keeping people coming to New York, and pumping up real estate values.

    1. jimmy says:

      Exactly right, living here is believing, not some poll taken.

  2. Devenio says:

    …what kind of drugs are they putting in the water? Has to be some powerful voodoo to make people feel happy in this city.

    1. DanTe says:

      If they’re too stupid to know what sex they are (gay), do you really think that they’ll have brains enough to know the rat hole they’re living in?

  3. mimi says:

    You right – all of Staten Island – oppose any more housing development in their neighborhood

  4. CSI says:

    It’s different for everyone. A lot of people are happy because they make it happy. If you can afford to live in the down town area and all it has to offer then yes i don’t see why that person wont be happy. But take that same person and put them in the Bronx project and they will hate it. It all depends on what these people make for them selves.

  5. chet says:

    i’m sure they’d all leave the city to be as happy as you sound!

  6. JIM says:

    THE REASON THEY ARE SO HAPPY IS THEY DON’T KNOW HOW GOOD IT IS OUTSIDE THE CITY LIKE 250 MILES FROM NY. AND NOISE STAND ON THE CORNER OF THE WEST BOUND SIDE OF THE LIE AND JAY STREET AND WE WILL SEE HOW QUIET IT IS, ITS SO QUIET YOU CAN’T LEAVE YOUR WINDOWS OPEN IN THE SUMMER AND SPRING. WONDERFUL NY YEAH SURE.

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