July 31, 2007 - New York Voters Say Spitzer Knew About Troopergate, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuomo At New High As Bruno Is Hit Harder Than Spitzer

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New York State voters say 53 - 27 percent that Gov. Eliot Spitzer knew what his aides were doing when they arranged for State Police records of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's travels to be leaked to the media, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Spitzer's approval rating has dropped to 48 - 28 percent, down from 60 - 22 percent in a June 19 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Voters disapprove 40 - 33 percent of the job Sen. Bruno is doing, with 27 percent undecided. This compares to Bruno's previous low, a 39 - 25 percent disapproval, with 36 percent undecided, in a February 13 survey.

New York State voters say 50 - 29 percent that Spitzer is a "steamroller." But only 18 percent say this tactic is working, while 53 percent say it contributes to legislative gridlock.

Voters still say 56 - 35 percent that Spitzer will be able to clean up state government.

Troopergate should be investigated further, voters say 52 - 36 percent. But voters split 35 - 36 percent, with 29 percent undecided, on whether further investigation will show Spitzer did something wrong.

Voters are more certain, 43 - 26 percent with 30 percent undecided, that further investigation will show Bruno did something wrong.

"Is the 'steamroller' running on empty?" asks Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "This isn't Watergate. That started with a crime; this with misbehavior. But the Nixon-era questions come up. What did he know? When did he know it?"

"It's a political axiom: When bad stuff happens, get it over with - but New Yorkers aren't convinced that the whole story has come out. They don't think it has 'been investigated enough,'" Carroll said.

Cuomo Approval

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is at a new high, 68 - 19 percent, up from 59 - 18 percent June 19. Voters approve 54 - 32 percent of Cuomo's handling of the Troopergate investigation.

Voters say 45 - 25 percent that Spitzer would make a better Governor than Cuomo and say 46 - 30 percent that Spitzer should run for reelection in 2010.

Voters say 58 - 26 percent that Spitzer is honest and trustworthy, compared to 58 - 20 percent who say Cuomo is honest and trustworthy. Bruno is not honest and trustworthy, voters say 36 - 29 percent, with 35 percent undecided.

"In this melodrama, Cuomo definitely wears the white hat, while Spitzer's hat could use a little cleaning. Bruno? He's supposed to be the victim, but New Yorkers still have doubts about him," Carroll said.

Voters say 54 - 34 percent that Spitzer and the State Legislature will be able to work together to get things done for the people of New York State. Among those who say no, 29 percent blame Spitzer, while 43 percent blame the State Legislature.

"Forget politics. Just consider human relations. After all this fuss, will the Governor and Legislature still be able to work together? Most New Yorkers think so, but many have their

doubts," Carroll said. "The State Legislature continues to get low grades, with voters disapproving 49 - 32 percent."

"And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Quiet Man who did not figure in this latest controversy, gets a mixed 33 - 35 percent approval."

From July 25 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,548 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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 -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. 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 48% 37% 58% 47% 50% 46% Disapprove 28 40 19 30 30 26 DK/NA 25 23 23 24 21 28

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

Approve 60% 47% 49% 45% 48% Disapprove 21 27 26 29 29 DK/NA 18 26 25 26 23

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as Governor of New York? * also 48% 4/4/07
                                                        Highest Lowest
                                                        Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13  Feb 13  Jul 31
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007*


Approve 48 60 48 61 61 48 Disapprove 28 22 27 11 11 28 DK/NA 25 19 25 28 28 25



2. 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 63% 31% 85% 59% 57% 68% Disapprove 30 62 10 32 37 25 DK/NA 7 7 4 9 6 7

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

Approve 71% 55% 58% 69% 64% Disapprove 25 38 36 24 29 DK/NA 4 6 6 8 7

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

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 20  Apr 5   Feb 13  Dec 14  Dec 14  Feb 14
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2006    2001


Approve 63 67 68 69 72 72 38 Disapprove 30 27 26 26 23 23 30 DK/NA 7 5 6 5 5 5 33



3. 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 63% 46% 74% 64% 63% 63% Disapprove 21 35 13 21 24 19 DK/NA 16 19 13 15 13 18

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

Approve 64% 61% 62% 64% 62% Disapprove 17 21 21 18 28 DK/NA 19 17 18 18 10

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (* = Also 69% on 10/02/01)
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 20  Apr 4   Feb 13  Dec 14  Dec 8   Apr 15
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2004 *  1999


Approve 63 64 63 65 65 69 51 Disapprove 21 21 19 20 21 16 22 DK/NA 16 15 19 15 14 15 28



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 32% 30% 38% 27% 32% 32% Disapprove 49 52 43 55 51 48 DK/NA 19 18 19 18 17 21

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

Approve 24% 31% 30% 37% 28% Disapprove 61 54 55 43 48 DK/NA 15 16 15 20 24

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13  Dec 14  Apr 4   Aug 11
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2007    2004


Approve 32 31 34 31 32 34 26 Disapprove 49 49 43 48 50 43 57 DK/NA 19 20 23 21 18 23 16



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 30% 24% 36% 28% 31% 28% Disapprove 12 14 12 9 13 12 DK/NA 58 62 52 63 55 60

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

Approve 37% 29% 31% 33% 23% Disapprove 17 10 11 15 10 DK/NA 46 61 58 52 66

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?

                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4
                        2007    2007    2007


Approve 30 23 25 Disapprove 12 12 10 DK/NA 58 65 65



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 34% 33% 37% 32% 36% 32% Disapprove 15 14 13 16 17 13 DK/NA 51 53 50 52 47 55

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

Approve 34% 35% 35% 31% 37% Disapprove 16 13 14 17 12 DK/NA 50 51 51 52 51

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?

                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4
                        2007    2007    2007


Approve 34 25 24 Disapprove 15 14 13 DK/NA 51 61 63



7. 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 68% 61% 73% 69% 69% 67% Disapprove 19 25 15 17 19 19 DK/NA 14 14 12 14 13 14

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

Approve 57% 69% 67% 69% 68% Disapprove 32 18 20 17 19 DK/NA 11 14 13 14 13

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                        Highest Lowest
                                                        Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13  Jul 31  Feb 13
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007


Approve 68 59 53 42 68 42 Disapprove 19 18 17 16 19 16 DK/NA 14 23 30 42 14 42



8. 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 33% 31% 38% 28% 34% 32% Disapprove 35 40 29 40 40 31 DK/NA 32 28 32 32 26 37

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

Approve 29% 28% 28% 39% 33% Disapprove 42 40 40 31 31 DK/NA 29 32 32 30 36

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13  Dec 14  Oct 2   Aug 11
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2003    2004


Approve 33 29 30 28 29 35 26 Disapprove 35 33 30 37 33 26 33 DK/NA 32 37 40 35 38 39 41



9. 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 33% 44% 29% 31% 34% 32% Disapprove 40 32 43 42 43 37 DK/NA 27 24 28 27 22 31

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

Approve 32% 32% 32% 31% 38% Disapprove 48 42 43 39 35 DK/NA 20 26 25 29 27

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13  Dec 14  Oct 2   Feb 13
                        2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2003    2007  


Approve 33 26 27 25 28 36 25 Disapprove 40 34 34 39 32 25 39 DK/NA 27 40 39 36 40 39 36



10. Do you think that Eliot Spitzer should run for re-election in 2010 or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 46% 36% 56% 45% 48% 45% No 30 44 24 25 30 31 DK/NA 24 19 20 30 23 24

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

Yes 52% 48% 49% 42% 47% No 24 30 29 35 25 DK/NA 24 22 22 22 28



11. Who do you think would make a better governor for New York State - Eliot Spitzer or Andrew Cuomo?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Spitzer 45% 42% 51% 44% 49% 42% Cuomo 25 25 29 20 24 26 DK/NA 30 33 20 36 27 32

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

Spitzer 51% 47% 48% 42% 46% Cuomo 26 22 23 30 22 DK/NA 23 31 29 28 32



12. Would you say that Eliot Spitzer is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 58% 48% 66% 59% 59% 56% No 26 37 19 25 26 25 DK/NA 17 15 15 17 14 19

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

Yes 60% 59% 59% 54% 61% No 28 25 26 28 22 DK/NA 12 16 15 18 17



13. Would you say that Joseph Bruno is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 29% 37% 28% 26% 34% 24% No 36 30 35 42 39 34 DK/NA 35 33 37 31 27 42

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

Yes 21% 31% 29% 26% 31% No 48 38 39 36 30 DK/NA 31 31 31 37 39



14. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 58% 50% 67% 56% 61% 55% No 20 30 15 17 20 19 DK/NA 22 19 18 27 19 26

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

Yes 55% 61% 60% 56% 56% No 30 17 19 18 23 DK/NA 15 22 21 26 21



15. 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 54% 49% 63% 47% 51% 57% No 34 40 25 38 38 30 DK/NA 12 11 11 15 11 13

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

Yes 51% 52% 52% 56% 56% No 41 36 37 30 33 DK/NA 7 11 11 14 11

TREND: 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?

                        Jul 31  Feb 13
                        2007    2007


Yes 54 63 No 34 24 DK/NA 12 13



16. (If "no" q15) Who do you blame more for the difficulty in working together, Spitzer or the legislature?

                        IF "NO" Q15................................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Spitzer 29% 38% 23% 30% 29% 29% The legislature 43 32 53 49 44 43 BOTH (VOL) 20 22 15 18 20 20 DK/NA 8 8 9 3 7 8

TREND: Who do you blame more for the difficulty in working together - Spitzer or the Legislature?

                        Jul 31  Feb 13
                        2007    2007


Spitzer 29 17 Legislature 43 63 BOTH (VOL) 20 13 DK/NA 8 8



17. How much have you heard or read about the recent controversy involving an investigation into top aides to the governor using the state police to track the travels of State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno - a lot, some, only a little or nothing at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 31% 28% 27% 39% 36% 26% Some 31 32 32 28 30 32 Only a little 23 25 27 17 19 26 None at all 15 16 13 15 14 16 DK/NA 1 - 1 2 1 1

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

A lot 27% 28% 28% 33% 33% Some 26 36 34 28 29 Only a little 26 20 21 23 26 None at all 17 16 16 15 11 DK/NA 3 1 1 1 1



18. If Spitzer runs for governor in 2010 does this situation make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him or wouldn't it effect your vote in 2010?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


More likely 7% 6% 7% 8% 8% 7% Less likely 29 44 24 26 29 29 Wouldn't effect 50 41 56 50 51 48 DK/NA 14 10 12 16 12 15

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

More likely 9% 8% 9% 6% 7% Less likely 28 27 27 31 29 Wouldn't effect 52 53 53 46 49 DK/NA 11 11 11 16 15



19. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently released results of an investigation concluding that the governor's top aides used State Police to recreate travel reports of Joseph Bruno and then release them to a newspaper. Do you approve or disapprove of Andrew Cuomo's handling of this investigation?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 54% 51% 58% 53% 58% 50% Disapprove 32 37 30 32 29 34 DK/NA 14 12 12 15 13 15

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

Approve 51% 54% 54% 56% 51% Disapprove 32 34 34 28 34 DK/NA 17 12 12 15 15



20. Governor Spitzer has stated that he had no knowledge of what his aides had done. Do you think that the Governor knew what his aides were doing or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 53% 59% 51% 53% 54% 53% No 27 26 26 29 28 26 KNEW SOME/NOT ALL(VOL) 3 4 4 2 3 3 DK/NA 16 11 20 16 15 18

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

Yes 56% 52% 52% 56% 52% No 27 30 30 23 27 KNEW SOME/NOT ALL(VOL) 1 3 3 4 3 DK/NA 16 15 15 17 17



21. Cuomo's report states that no laws were broken but wrong doing occurred and disciplinary action should be taken -- What comes closer to your view regarding appropriate disciplinary action for the Governor's top aides --

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A) Firing 32% 40% 28% 33% 37% 29% B) Suspension 43 41 49 39 39 47 C) Nothing wrong 11 8 12 14 14 9 DK/NA 13 11 12 14 11 15

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

A) Firing 38% 32% 33% 32% 32% B) Suspension 39 44 43 43 44 C) Nothing wrong 15 12 12 9 13 DK/NA 8 13 12 16 11



22. What comes closer to your view regarding appropriate disciplinary action for the State Police Acting Superintendent --

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A) Firing 19% 23% 16% 19% 19% 18% B) Suspension 41 39 46 38 41 41 C) Nothing wrong 18 18 17 19 22 15 DK/NA 23 20 21 23 18 26

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

A) Firing 17% 15% 15% 22% 19% B) Suspension 32 41 40 40 43 C) Nothing wrong 21 21 21 15 16 DK/NA 30 22 24 22 21



23. Do you think that this matter has been investigated enough or -- do you think that there is more that needs to be investigated?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Enough 36% 31% 37% 39% 37% 35% More 52 57 51 49 54 51 DK/NA 12 12 11 12 9 14

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

Enough 46% 38% 39% 29% 40% More 46 48 48 61 47 DK/NA 8 14 13 10 13



24. Do you think that continued investigation would prove that -- Governor Spitzer did something wrong regarding the travel reports of Joseph Bruno or that he did nothing wrong?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Did something wrong 35% 45% 30% 34% 35% 35% No/Nothing wrong 36 32 42 34 40 33 DK/NA 29 23 28 32 26 32

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

Did something wrong 33% 30% 31% 42% 32% No/Nothing wrong 42 41 41 31 36 DK/NA 25 29 28 28 33



25. Do you think that continued investigation would prove that -- Joseph Bruno did something wrong regarding the use of state aircraft or that he did nothing wrong?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Did something wrong 43% 42% 46% 43% 42% 45% No/Nothing wrong 26 35 24 25 31 22 DK/NA 30 23 30 32 27 33

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

Did something wrong 49% 43% 44% 46% 40% No/Nothing wrong 28 27 27 25 27 DK/NA 23 30 29 29 33



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Agree 50% 53% 47% 53% 52% 48% Disagree 29 29 34 27 32 28 DK/NA 21 18 20 20 16 24

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

Agree 51% 49% 50% 51% 48% Disagree 34 32 32 26 30 DK/NA 15 19 18 23 22

TREND: Do you agree or disagree that Eliot Spitzer is a steamroller?

                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Feb 13
                        2007    2007    2007    2007


Agree 50 39 49 53 Disagree 29 36 28 22 DK/NA 21 25 23 25



27. Is it your sense that the governor's steamroller tactic is working or do you think it contributes to legislative gridlock?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Tactic is working 18% 14% 20% 18% 19% 16% Gridlock 53 61 49 54 55 51 DK/NA 29 25 31 28 25 33

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

Tactic is working 18% 17% 17% 17% 20% Gridlock 54 53 53 54 50 DK/NA 27 30 29 29 30

TREND: Is it your sense that the governor's steamroller tactic is working or do you think it contributes to legislative gridlock?

                        Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4
                        2007    2007    2007


Tactic working 18 22 23 Cont to gridlock 53 42 47 DK/NA 29 36 30



28. Do you think that Eliot Spitzer has the ability to clean up government in New York State or don't you think so?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes/Can clean up gov 56% 44% 65% 57% 56% 56% No/Cannot 35 48 28 32 36 34 DK/NA 9 8 7 11 7 10

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

Yes/Can clean up gov 64% 54% 55% 54% 61% No/Cannot 30 38 37 37 30 DK/NA 6 8 8 9 9