February 13, 2007 - New York Voters Like 'Steamroller' Spitzer 2 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Silver, Bruno Approval Near All-Time Low
New York State voters approve 61 - 11 percent of the job Gov. Eliot Spitzer is doing and say 61 - 24 percent that his "Steamroller Style" is good for the people, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Men like the "Steamroller Style" 64 - 23 percent, while women approve 57 - 25 percent. Democrats approve 63 - 24 percent, with Republican approval at 59 - 30 percent.

Voters disapprove 48 - 31 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver gets a negative 28 - 37 percent score, while Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno gets a negative 25 - 39 percent rating, among the lowest ratings for these leaders.

State legislators broke their word with the selection of Assembly member Thomas DiNapoli as State Comptroller, 35 percent of New York State voters say, while 18 percent say the selection is a legitimate exercise of power; 48 percent are undecided. Voters split 25 - 24 percent in their approval of DiNapoli's selection, with 52 percent undecided.

"Flatten 'em, Gov! New Yorkers agree with Gov. Eliot Spitzer that he's some kind of a steamroller - and they like it, " said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Executive pugnacity gets high marks in all geographical areas. Men are more macho than women, Republicans a bit less than Democrats and independents.

"When the steamroller ran out of gas - legislators thumbing their noses at Spitzer and picking a controller he didn't want - more New Yorkers sided with the governor. They thought the Legislature broke its word. But many voters don't seem to be following the controversy," Carroll added.

Voters approve 42 - 16 percent of the job State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is doing, with 42 percent undecided.

By a 64 - 13 percent margin, voters support Spitzer's proposal to simplify the state's school aid formula. Voters support 67 - 26 percent providing more state aid to New York City public schools, but voters outside of New York City would oppose this plan 69 - 22 percent if it meant less money for public schools in their own community.

"Sure, straighten out the school-aid tangle, voters say. Sure, give New York City more money. But don't mess with my community's school money," Carroll said.

By a 76 - 12 percent margin, voters say New York State's Medicaid program "needs to be fixed." Only 10 percent say current efforts to curb Medicaid fraud are sufficient, while 81 percent say the state should do more. On other health care questions:
  • 66 percent say health care in their community is "excellent" or "good," while 33 percent say it is "not so good" or "poor;"
  • Voters say 66 - 29 percent that it's the state's responsibility to make sure everyone has health insurance;
  • Voters approve 54 - 15 percent of Spitzer's proposal on health care funding, although few have read much about it;
  • Less money for health care providers might endanger patient care, voters say 58 - 33 percent.
"New Yorkers like Spitzer's proposed squeeze on health spending, but they're worried that it might endanger the level of care," Carroll said.

From February 6 -11 Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,049 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data - www.quinnipiac.edu and click on Institutes and Centers, or call (203) 582-5201.

30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 61% 55% 66% 62% 64% 59% Disapprove 11 16 11 7 9 13 DK/NA 28 29 23 31 26 29

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 62% 68% 67% 59% 54% Disapprove 14 9 10 13 10 DK/NA 24 22 23 29 36



31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 69% 36% 93% 64% 63% 74% Disapprove 26 56 5 29 33 21 DK/NA 5 8 2 7 4 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 70% 61% 62% 76% 69% Disapprove 27 33 32 19 26 DK/NA 3 6 6 4 6

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 13  Dec 14  Oct 5   Aug 24  Jun 22  Dec 14  Feb 14
                        2007    2006    2006    2006    2006    2006    2001


Approve 69 72 65 58 58 72 38 Disapprove 26 23 30 34 35 23 30 DK/NA 5 5 5 8 7 5 33



32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 65% 51% 76% 63% 65% 65% Disapprove 20 32 12 21 25 15 DK/NA 15 17 12 16 10 19

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 61% 62% 62% 70% 63% Disapprove 20 19 19 17 26 DK/NA 19 18 18 14 11

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (* = Also hit 69% on 10/02/01)

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 13  Dec 14  Oct 5   Aug 24  Jun 22  Dec 8   Apr 15
                        2007    2006    2006    2006    2006    2004 *  1999


Approve 65 65 59 59 62 69 51 Disapprove 20 21 25 23 23 16 22 DK/NA 15 14 16 18 14 15 28



33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 31% 34% 33% 31% 28% 34% Disapprove 48 47 44 51 54 42 DK/NA 21 19 23 18 17 24

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 27% 30% 30% 33% 31% Disapprove 55 51 52 43 49 DK/NA 18 19 18 24 20

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        Feb 13  Dec 14  Jun 21  May 17  Mar 29  Jan 20  Dec 20
                        2007    2006    2006    2006    2006    2006    2005


Approve 31 32 30 31 31 31 33 Disapprove 48 50 51 53 51 50 47 DK/NA 21 18 19 17 18 20 20



34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 42% 33% 50% 40% 42% 41% Disapprove 16 21 11 13 16 15 DK/NA 42 46 39 47 41 43

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 48% 45% 46% 42% 33% Disapprove 15 13 14 15 21 DK/NA 37 41 40 43 46



36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 28% 26% 32% 25% 29% 26% Disapprove 37 45 33 37 44 30 DK/NA 35 29 35 38 26 43

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 29% 26% 27% 33% 20% Disapprove 38 39 39 33 40 DK/NA 33 35 34 34 40

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 13  Dec 14  Jun 21  May 17  Mar 29  Oct 2   Aug 11
                        2007    2006    2006    2006    2006    2003    2004


Approve 28 29 32 30 33 35 26 Disapprove 37 33 35 37 33 26 33 DK/NA 35 38 33 33 34 39 41



37. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 25% 29% 22% 24% 24% 25% Disapprove 39 38 39 43 45 33 DK/NA 36 33 39 32 30 42

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 22% 29% 28% 22% 23% Disapprove 43 38 39 40 37 DK/NA 36 33 34 38 40

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 13  Dec 14  Jun 21  May 17  Mar 29  Oct 2   Feb 13
                        2007    2006    2006    2006    2006    2003    2007  


Approve 25 28 29 30 31 36 25 Disapprove 39 32 35 38 35 25 39 DK/NA 36 40 36 33 35 39 36



42. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling health care?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 40% 30% 47% 37% 40% 40% Disapprove 18 21 14 19 16 21 DK/NA 42 49 39 44 44 40

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 46% 41% 42% 43% 30% Disapprove 20 16 17 16 25 DK/NA 34 43 41 41 45



43. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling education?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 50% 43% 56% 48% 51% 48% Disapprove 17 19 15 16 14 20 DK/NA 33 37 29 36 35 32

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 57% 55% 56% 47% 42% Disapprove 11 14 13 22 17 DK/NA 31 31 31 31 41



44. Governor Spitzer has proposed simplifying the state's formula for providing school aid. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 64% 57% 69% 62% 69% 59% Oppose 13 15 13 9 12 14 DK/NA 23 27 17 29 19 27

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 62% 69% 68% 63% 57% Oppose 17 9 11 15 16 DK/NA 21 22 21 22 27



45. Under the new formula, New York City public schools would receive substantially more state aid. Do you support or oppose New York City public schools receiving substantially more state aid?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 67% 52% 79% 62% 62% 72% Oppose 26 40 16 33 32 22 DK/NA 6 8 6 4 6 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 52% 45% 46% 92% 66% Oppose 39 48 46 5 24 DK/NA 8 7 7 3 9



46. (If live outside NYC) Suppose the public schools in your community received less state aid under the new formula. Would you support or oppose the new formula?

                        LIVE OUTSIDE OF NYC........................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 22% 22% 22% 24% 21% 22% Oppose 69 70 70 67 68 70 DK/NA 9 8 7 9 10 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 24% 21% 22% - 22% Oppose 73 70 70 - 67 DK/NA 3 9 8 - 11



47. Do you think that Governor Spitzer and the state legislature will be able to work together to get things done for the people of New York State?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 63% 58% 71% 59% 59% 67% No 24 29 16 28 31 18 DK/NA 13 13 12 13 10 16

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 61% 65% 64% 65% 59% No 28 25 26 21 26 DK/NA 11 10 11 15 15



48. (If 'No' q47) Who do you blame more for the difficulty in working together - Spitzer or the Legislature?

                        IF 'NO' Q 47................................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Spitzer 17% 22% 23% 5% 14% 22% Legislature 63 56 59 73 66 58 BOTH (VOL) 13 13 14 10 14 11 DK/NA 8 9 4 12 7 9



49. In general, how would you rate the quality of health care in New York State?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Excellent 9% 18% 6% 7% 11% 7% Good 41 45 41 43 42 41 Not so good 27 18 30 28 24 30 Poor 19 14 19 19 19 18 DK/NA 4 5 3 3 4 4

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Excellent 8% 8% 8% 8% 11% Good 45 45 45 40 36 Not so good 25 27 27 27 29 Poor 20 16 17 19 22 DK/NA 2 3 3 6 2



50. In general, how would you rate the quality of health care in your community?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Excellent 14% 23% 10% 13% 15% 13% Good 52 55 49 53 52 51 Not so good 21 13 23 21 18 23 Poor 12 7 15 11 13 11 DK/NA 2 2 3 2 2 2

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Excellent 18% 14% 14% 11% 15% Good 43 56 54 47 54 Not so good 21 18 19 24 18 Poor 15 11 11 14 10 DK/NA 4 1 2 3 2



51. Do you think it's the state's responsibility to make sure that everyone has health insurance, or don't you think so?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 66% 50% 81% 58% 60% 72% No 29 44 16 37 36 23 DK/NA 4 6 3 5 4 5

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 71% 58% 61% 75% 63% No 26 36 34 21 33 DK/NA 3 5 5 4 3



52. Governor Spitzer has recently proposed a major restructuring of the way that New York State funds the state's health care industry. How much have you heard or read about this proposal? A lot, some, only a little or nothing at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 5% 2% 7% 4% 6% 4% Some 21 15 22 26 20 21 Only a little 40 46 41 36 42 38 Nothing at all 34 37 30 33 32 37 DK/NA - - - - - -

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

A lot 13% 4% 6% 5% 4% Some 26 23 23 17 22 Only a little 25 43 39 41 38 Nothing at all 37 30 31 38 35 DK/NA - - - - -



53. In general do you support or oppose Governor Spitzer's proposal on health care funding?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 54% 46% 63% 48% 58% 50% Oppose 15 15 12 18 14 16 DK/NA 31 38 24 35 27 34

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Support 57% 49% 50% 60% 52% Oppose 21 13 15 12 22 DK/NA 22 38 35 28 26



54. Governor Spitzer is proposing cuts or freezes on the amount of money that the state reimburses hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies for some patient care. Which comes closer to your point of view --

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A) Will not lessen care 33% 39% 27% 37% 42% 25% B) Might endanger care 58 53 63 54 49 67 DK/NA 9 8 10 8 9 8

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

A) Will not lessen care 36% 35% 35% 32% 31% B) Might endanger care 61 55 56 59 62 DK/NA 3 10 9 9 6



55. In general do you think that New York's state and local governments spend too much, too little, or about the right amount of money on Medicaid?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Too much 31% 41% 25% 32% 34% 27% Too little 33 24 41 25 32 34 Right amount 20 19 19 24 20 21 DK/NA 16 16 14 18 14 18

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Too much 39% 42% 41% 22% 25% Too little 35 24 26 38 37 Right amount 16 20 19 24 17 DK/NA 11 14 14 17 21

TREND: In general do you think that New York's state and local governments spend too much, too little, or about the right amount of money on Medicaid?

                        Feb 13  Oct 5   Aug 4
                        2007    2005    2005


Too much 31 24 25 Too little 33 41 40 Right amount 20 21 23 DK/NA 16 14 12



56. Do you think the Medicaid program in New York State is run well, or do you think it needs to be fixed?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Run well 12% 9% 14% 9% 11% 12% Needs fixing 76 79 75 77 75 76 DK/NA 13 12 11 14 14 12

TREND: Do you think the Medicaid program in New York State is run well, or do you think it needs to be fixed?

                        Feb 13  Aug 24
                        2007    2005


Run well 12 12 Needs fixing 76 80 DK/NA 13 8



57. Do you think that the state is doing enough to curb Medicaid fraud or do you think the state should do more?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Doing enough 10% 6% 13% 9% 9% 10% Should do more 81 88 77 83 81 81 DK/NA 9 7 10 9 10 9

TREND: Do you think that the state is doing enough to curb Medicaid fraud or do you think the state should do more?

                        Feb 13  Oct 5   Aug 4
                        2007    2005    2005


Doing enough 10 11 9 Should do more 81 81 83 DK/NA 9 8 7



58. Do you approve or disapprove of the selection of Assembly member Thomas DiNapoli as State Comptroller?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 25% 31% 23% 22% 27% 22% Disapprove 24 23 24 28 31 18 DK/NA 52 46 53 50 42 60



59. Are you aware of an agreement between Governor Spitzer and legislative leaders on how the Comptroller should be selected?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 28% 25% 30% 28% 34% 22% No 62 67 59 62 57 67 DK/NA 10 8 11 9 9 11



60. Do you see the State Legislature's selection of DiNapoli as a legitimate exercise of legislative power or as breaking their word?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Legitimate power 18% 17% 18% 18% 21% 15% Breaking their word 35 37 36 35 37 33 DK/NA 48 46 46 46 42 52



61. Governor Spitzer has called himself a steamroller who is going to roll over the opposition in his efforts to reform New York State government. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing for the people of New York State?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Good thing 61% 59% 63% 63% 64% 57% Bad thing 24 30 24 20 23 25 DK/NA 15 12 14 16 12 17

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Good thing 55% 64% 62% 60% 58% Bad thing 32 22 24 24 26 DK/NA 14 14 14 16 16



62. Do you agree or disagree that Eliot Spitzer is a steamroller?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Agree 53% 57% 53% 51% 57% 50% Disagree 22 23 20 26 23 21 DK/NA 25 20 27 23 21 29

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Agree 61% 55% 57% 50% 52% Disagree 19 19 19 26 19 DK/NA 19 25 24 25 29