Results of new poll show only Chrsitine Quinn’s feathers ruffled over Chick-fil-A controversy

bf2977221dc2f192d8a4909e47a5ebf0
GETTY IMAGES

Hey politicians, leave Chik-Fil-A alone!

That’s what the majority of New Yorkers said when asked their thoughts in a new Quinnipiac University poll, the results of which were released Wednesday.

The vast majority of those polled — 82 percent — said they don’t think comments Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy made this summer against gay marriage should impact the chain’s ability to receive government permits to operate.

And in a different question, 83 percent of the 1,298 people polled said they also disagreed with public officials who try to discourage people from patronizing Chick-fil-A because of Cathy’s opinions.

That’s in direct contrast to the stand City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made last month, when she asked New York University to close down the only Chick-Fil-A in the city — part of NYU’s food court on University Place — due to Cathy’s comments.

“We are not going to eat at Chick-fil-A or patronize businesses that do not reflect the diversity and openness of our great city,” read a petition Quinn launched in July, demanding that Cathy “apologize and change his position.”

That same day, Quinn, who is an open lesbian who married her partner this summer, also sent a letter to NYU President John Sexton, asking the school to immediately void their contract with Chick-fil-A.

But according to today’s poll, only 10 percent of New Yorkers agreed with Quinn.

“New Yorkers may disagree with what you say, but they defend your right to sell chicken,” quipped Maurice Carroll, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director.

Quinn later slightly clarified her comments, saying she was criticizing Chick-Fil-A as a private citizen and not as an elected official.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as the mayors of Boston and San Francisco have similarly warned Chick-fil-A to keep out of their cities. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg was one of the lone voices defending the fast-food chain’s right to do business.

“Trampling on the freedom to marry whoever you want is exactly the same as trampling on your freedom to open a store,” he said at the time.

In addition to Cathy’s comments, Chick-fil-A has also donated to many conservative religious organizations, including some that have an anti-gay agenda, or have leaders that have made comments against homosexuality.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.