New Yorkers rolling out papal carpet

New Yorkers are pleased to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the Apple — but aren’t quite sure what to make of him.

A “new poll”:http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1284.xml?ReleaseID=1124&What=&strArea=;&strTime=0 by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., says that 70 percent of New York City registered voters (and 88 percent of Catholics there) say that the pope’s April visit will be “good for the city.”

No surprise there.

tjndc5-5hkqi62te4zx4y52f4d_layout.jpgBut do they approve of the job that Benedict has done so far? 36 percent approve and 24 percent don’t. A whopping 41 percent are undecided.

Among Catholics, 62 percent approve, 22 percent don’t.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said:

Welcome, Your Holiness. Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers applaud the Pope’s plans to visit the city. Most New Yorkers don’t know Pope Benedict XVI as well as they knew his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, so his favorability and approval are just OK. Maybe that will change in April.

60 percent of Catholics said they would like to attend the pope’s Mass at Yankees Stadium.

29 percent of non-Catholics said they would like to be there, too. Not a bad number for non-Catholics — considering the crowds, security and the fact that they can’t take Communion…

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.