2005_11_ilovenyc.jpgAh, Quinnipiac University, how we love your polling department. All through the year you give us great political polls, and come winter, you turn to more off-beat questions. For instance: do New Yorkers love New York City, just like it, sort of want to hold hands with it, or totally think it has the cooties:

New York City voters love their city more than ever, with 61 percent who say they "love" New York, 22 percent who say the "like" New York, 15 percent with mixed feelings and 1 percent who say they "hate" the city, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Prior polls by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University show the love factor ranging from a low of 46 percent June 3, 1999, to a high of 59 percent November 25, 2002.

A total of 75 percent of New Yorkers are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the city, just short of the 76 percent satisfaction rate February 11, 1998. The lowest satisfaction rate was 30 percent July 2, 2003.

Interestingly, when you look at the full results, Republicans seem to be more enthusiastic about New York than Democrats-- and white folk like New York more than blacks or hispanics. Other facts: people in Staten Island like the city more than people in Manhattan, and men like NYC more than women!