An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support the right of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy to speak his mind without facing possible boycott calls from elected officials.
Just 10 percent of those polled by Quinnipiac University said there is nothing wrong with such calls, while 81 percent said there is.
The poll was held after Cathy said he supported the “Biblical definition of marriage” as between a man and a woman.
“New Yorkers may disagree with what you say, but they defend your right to sell chicken,” said polling institute director Maurice Carroll
All questions asked on the subject by the pollsters showed a rejection of the idea that a business owner’s personal views should affect how his company is treated by state or local governments.
The survey among 1,298 New York City voters showed:
- 74 percent said personal views should not affect the ability to get business permits, with 15 percent saying it should;
- 67 percent said unpopular views should be allowed to be advertised on public transport, with 23 percent against;
- 83 percent said elected officials should not try to discourage people from patronizing Chick-fil-A with just 11 percent saying there was nothing wrong with such calls.
The questions were included in a wider poll of New York City voters that showed that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has the most support to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in elections next year. Quinn gained 34 percent support compared to 10 percent for former City Comptroller William Thompson; 9 percent each for current Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; 4 percent for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and 1 percent for newspaper publisher Tom Allon.
The survey also showed that the majority of New Yorkers are not swayed by a candidate’s religion. However it showed those that do take faith into consideration are more likely not to vote for an atheist, born-again Christian or Mormon than for a Muslim.
A total of 30 percent said they would be less likely to vote for an atheist; 27 percent for a born-again Christian; 24 percent for a Mormon and 19 percent for a Muslim. Sixteen percent said they would be less likely to vote for an overweight or obese person and 10 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a gay candidate.
When it came to electing women, 14 percent said they would be more likely to vote for a female candidate, and only 1 percent said they would be less likely to cast such a vote.
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