November 20, 2012 - Christie, Obama Get Best Sandy Grades In New York City, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Like Mayor's Sign Language Interpreter

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New York City voters say overwhelmingly that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg did an "excellent" or "good" job responding to Hurricane Sandy, but they give their best marks to New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Asked who did the best job responding to Hurricane Sandy, New York City voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll:
  • Gov. Christie - 36 percent;
  • President Obama - 22 percent;
  • Gov. Cuomo - 15 percent;
  • Mayor Bloomberg - 12 percent.
A total of 89 percent of New York City voters say Christie's response was "excellent" or "good," with, 85 percent for Cuomo, 84 percent for Obama and 75 percent for Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's handling of the storm helps lift his overall approval rating to 56 - 34 percent, his highest grades in more than two years.

"The storm-of-the-century brings out the best in Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers say. But that love fest between New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "While all four leaders get very high marks - it seems a hug or two never hurts."

Government and relief agencies favored Manhattan over the other boroughs, voters say 51 - 41 percent. Manhattan voters, by a slim 47 - 44 percent, say they were not favored.

A total of 86 percent of New York City voters say the overall storm response from first responders was "excellent" or "good." Grades for other organizations are:
  • Utility companies - 37 percent "excellent" or "good," with 58 percent "not so good" or "poor;"
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority - 75 percent "excellent" or "good;'
  • Red Cross - 66 percent "excellent" or "good."
Bloomberg's odd-even gas rationing system is a good idea, voters say 85 - 12 percent.

We are experiencing large storms such as Sandy and Irene more frequently because of climate change, voters say 78 - 17 percent, and climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels, voters say 62 - 29 percent.

The city, state and federal governments should spend billions of dollars to better protect New York City from futures storms, voters say 80 - 14 percent. When voters are asked if they support this spending if it reduces the cost of disruption and restoration, support rises to 88 - 6 percent.

"High marks for the first responders and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority," Carroll said. "But most New Yorkers think the utilities failed their storm-response test.

"When power-less people in Queens and Brooklyn looked across the East River and saw most of Manhattan lighting up, they complained about a Manhattan-centric storm response.

"Sandy and Irene are the daughters of climate change, New Yorkers say, and burning fossil fuels is at least partly to blame.

"If the preventive measures cost billions, New Yorkers say, let's spend it. Mayor's Sign Language Interpreter

New York City voters approve 53 - 2 percent, with 43 percent offering no opinion, of the job Bloomberg's sign language interpreter Lydia Callis is doing.

"Is it what she says, or the way she says it? Whatever, mayoral signer Lydia Callis is almost as popular as her boss," Carroll said.

From November 14 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    39%    61%    58%    55%    57%    56%    57%    50%
Disapprove           34     55     29     34     35     33     37     33     35
DK/NA                10      6     10      9     10     11      7     11     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              61%    49%    47%    62%    55%    58%
Disapprove           28     40     39     28     35     34
DK/NA                10     10     15     10     10      8
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Approve              45%    49%    74%    58%    38%    48%
Disapprove           40     40     19     32     52     40
DK/NA                15     11      7     10     10     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 3 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 20  Aug 15  Jun 13  May 10  Mar 13  Oct 21  Jul 02
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2008*   2003
 
Approve              56      51      50      49      54      75      31
Disapprove           34      40      39      42      35      20      60
DK/NA                10       9      11      10      11       6       8
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - the Mayor's sign-language interpreter, Lydia Callis, is doing her job, or is that something you don't have an opinion on?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              53%    50%    57%    49%    48%    57%    53%    54%    55%
Disapprove            2      2      1      2      2      2      3      1      2
No opinion           43     46     41     48     49     39     43     44     41
REFUSED               2      2      2      1      1      2      1      1      2
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Approve              50%    47%    63%    53%    49%    54%
Disapprove            3      2      2      1      2      2
No opinion           45     48     35     44     49     43
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      -      1
 
 
19. How would you rate - the first responders' overall response to Hurricane Sandy excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            46%    41%    48%    45%    44%    47%    49%    42%    43%
Good                 40     42     41     38     40     40     39     45     37
Not so good           7      9      5      9     10      4      5      6     11
Poor                  4      6      3      4      3      4      2      4      5
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      4      4      4      2      3
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            49%    46%    45%    46%    43%    48%
Good                 37     37     41     44     44     43
Not so good           6      8      6      4      8      4
Poor                  4      5      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      2      4
 
 
20. How would you rate - the utility companies' overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent             6%     5%     6%     5%     6%     6%     6%     4%     7%
Good                 31     34     30     34     32     30     28     31     35
Not so good          30     24     32     26     29     31     31     31     27
Poor                 28     30     28     28     27     29     28     30     28
DK/NA                 5      6      4      7      5      5      7      4      3
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent             5%     6%     4%     7%    13%     5%
Good                 36     32     32     25     29     33
Not so good          34     28     29     31     27     28
Poor                 21     27     28     33     28     29
DK/NA                 4      7      6      3      2      5
 
 
21. How would you rate - the MTA's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            26%    17%    27%    26%    26%    25%    28%    17%    29%
Good                 49     54     49     48     50     48     46     58     41
Not so good          16     13     16     16     15     17     14     18     21
Poor                  7     13      5      9      7      7      8      5      8
DK/NA                 2      4      2      1      1      3      4      2      -
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            27%    24%    31%    22%    20%    27%
Good                 51     46     49     53     45     50
Not so good          16     19     11     16     22     15
Poor                  4      8      7      8      7      6
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      5      2
 
 
22. How would you rate - the Red Cross's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            23%    15%    26%    20%    23%    23%    16%    23%    35%
Good                 43     36     44     42     42     43     39     50     40
Not so good          14     22     12     17     13     14     19     10     12
Poor                  8     14      8      8      7      9     11      7      6
DK/NA                12     13     10     13     14     10     15     10      7
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            29%    25%    19%    26%     5%    22%
Good                 50     42     38     46     35     45
Not so good          12     14     15      8     31     13
Poor                  1     10      8      9     19      9
DK/NA                 8      9     19     11     10     11
 
 
23. How would you rate - President Obama's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            48%     5%    63%    36%    44%    52%    39%    61%    50%
Good                 36     38     32     44     38     35     33     36     42
Not so good           7     24      2     12      8      7     13      1      5
Poor                  5     30      1      5      8      3     11      -      1
DK/NA                 3      3      1      3      2      3      3      2      3
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            54%    48%    52%    43%    41%    52%
Good                 38     35     38     37     33     36
Not so good           3      7      5     12     11      5
Poor                  2      8      3      6     11      3
DK/NA                 3      2      1      3      5      3
 
 
24. How would you rate - Governor Cuomo's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            38%    20%    43%    36%    35%    40%    38%    39%    35%
Good                 47     56     44     49     49     45     45     49     50
Not so good           9     17      7     11     11      8     11      6     10
Poor                  3      4      3      3      4      2      4      2      2
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      1      5      2      3      4
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            39%    38%    40%    38%    23%    38%
Good                 47     48     50     42     54     46
Not so good          10      8      7     11     17      9
Poor                  2      3      2      4      2      3
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      3      3
 
 
25. How would you rate - Governor Christie's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            54%    52%    54%    56%    52%    55%    56%    55%    51%
Good                 35     40     35     34     37     34     34     38     34
Not so good           3      3      3      4      4      3      2      2      6
Poor                  1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                 7      5      7      5      6      8      6      3      7
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            49%    53%    55%    55%    52%    55%
Good                 41     33     38     32     40     36
Not so good           1      5      2      3      2      2
Poor                  1      1      -      1      2      1
DK/NA                 7      7      5      9      4      7
 
 
26. How would you rate - Mayor Bloomberg's overall response to Hurricane Sandy, excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            29%    16%    32%    26%    27%    30%    28%    28%    29%
Good                 46     44     48     46     48     45     42     50     50
Not so good          15     19     13     18     15     15     16     14     14
Poor                  8     20      5     10      9      8     13      7      4
DK/NA                 2      -      2      1      1      3      1      1      3
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Excellent            28%    27%    35%    30%    10%    26%
Good                 47     40     51     47     53     49
Not so good          16     19      9     13     22     13
Poor                  6     12      4      8     14     11
DK/NA                 3      2      1      2      1      1
 
 
27. Who do you think did the best job handling the recovery from Hurricane Sandy: Governor Cuomo, Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, or President Obama?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Cuomo                15%    12%    16%    15%    16%    14%    17%    11%    16%
Christie             36     65     27     45     35     36     43     34     31
Bloomberg            12     12     12     12     12     13     11      9     14
Obama                22      5     30     15     24     21     13     31     29
NONE (VOL)            3      3      2      2      3      2      4      2      2
DK/NA                12      2     13     12     10     14     13     14      8
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Cuomo                16%    15%    16%    16%    14%    15%
Christie             32     38     32     37     38     39
Bloomberg            12     12     13     12      8     10
Obama                24     22     21     19     32     23
NONE (VOL)            3      2      3      3      4      3
DK/NA                13     10     15     13      4     11
 
 
28. Do you think the government and relief agencies favored Manhattan over the outer boroughs in their response to Hurricane Sandy or gave all of the city appropriate attention?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favored Manhattan    51%    56%    50%    55%    53%    50%    53%    56%    50%
Gave approp attn     41     34     44     36     40     41     36     37     48
DK/NA                 8     10      7      9      7      9     11      7      2
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Favored Manhattan    45%    53%    44%    57%    62%    52%
Gave approp attn     49     38     47     37     23     40
DK/NA                 6      9      8      7     14      8
 
 
29. In response to the gas crisis, Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that the city was imposing a gas rationing system, restricting sales to cars with even-numbered license plates on even days, and odd-numbered on odd days. Do you think New York City imposing a gas rationing system was a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            85%    87%    87%    80%    83%    86%    88%    82%    79%
Bad idea             12     11     10     16     12     11      8     13     18
DK/NA                 4      1      3      4      4      3      4      5      3
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Good idea            74%    84%    88%    91%    78%    88%
Bad idea             22     11      9      7     18      9
DK/NA                 4      5      4      2      4      3
 
 
30. Do you believe we are experiencing large storms such as Sandy and Irene more frequently as a result of climate change, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Climate change       78%    44%    87%    74%    73%    82%    70%    82%    83%
Don't think so       17     47     10     20     21     14     23     11     16
DK/NA                 5      9      3      6      6      4      6      7      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Climate change       82%    73%    77%    81%    79%    74%
Don't think so       13     22     22     12     17     19
DK/NA                 5      5      1      7      5      7
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Climate change       76%    71%    85%    81%    79%    82%
Don't think so       17     24     10     15     14     13
DK/NA                 7      5      5      4      6      4
 
 
31. Do you believe climate change is mainly caused by the burning of oil, gas and other fuels, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Burning fuels        62%    31%    68%    63%    61%    63%    61%    60%    64%
Don't think so       29     59     24     29     32     27     29     28     32
DK/NA                 9     11      8      9      7     11     10     12      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Burning fuels        67%    56%    61%    70%    61%    55%
Don't think so       26     34     36     25     29     27
DK/NA                 8     11      3      5     10     18
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Burning fuels        56%    60%    70%    59%    63%    64%
Don't think so       37     30     22     29     32     28
DK/NA                 7     10      7     12      4      8
 
 
32. Do you support or oppose spending billions of dollars in City, State, and federal money to better protect New York City from future storms such as Sandy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              80%    74%    86%    72%    80%    80%    77%    80%    83%
Oppose               14     17      9     22     15     13     15     15     14
DK/NA                 6      9      5      6      5      6      8      5      3
 
 
33. (If oppose) Would you support or oppose spending billions of dollars in City, State, and federal money to better protect New York City from future storms such as Sandy if it would reduce the cost of disruption and restoration?
                     OPPOSE SPENDING BILLIONS Q32
                     Tot
 
Support              52%
Oppose               43
DK/NA                 5
 
 
33a. (Combined Q32 and Q33) Do you support or oppose spending billions of dollars in City, State, and federal money to better protect New York City from future storms such as Sandy? IF OPPOSE: Would you support or oppose spending billions of dollars in City, State, and federal money to better protect New York City from future storms such as Sandy if it would reduce the cost of disruption and restoration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              88%    82%    92%    82%    88%    87%    85%    89%    90%
Oppose                6      9      3     11      6      6      7      7      5
DK/NA                 6      9      5      6      6      7      8      5      4
 
                                                        Union
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  HsHlds
 
Support              89%    86%    88%    88%    90%    90%
Oppose                5      6      7      6      6      5
DK/NA                 6      8      5      6      4      5
 
 

Demographic Summary