Most New Yorkers Think 9/11 Museum Should Be Free: Poll
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Seventy-five percent of New Yorkers think the National 9/11 Memorial Museum should be free, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
The museum's proposed fee is $25 per person. Although 20 percent of those polled supported an admission fee, 86 percent said $25 was too expensive.
"Just about everyone says that $25 admission charge which was floated recently is too high," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
But 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said they are still exploring how to raise funds for the tribute, which possibly includes public funding or suggested donations.
"The primary obligation of this non-profit organization is to ensure we maintain the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the level that befits one of the most sacred sites in the country," Daniels said in a statement. "Whether the Museum has a voluntary donation or admission fee will depend on the financial support received from other sources, including federal funding."
The museum — which is separate from the free 9/11 Memorial slated to open this fall — is set to open in September of 2012.