March 24, 2008 - State Voters Back NYC Traffic Fee 2-1, If Funds Go To Transit, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Millionaire's Tax 4-1

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New York State voters oppose 50 - 33 percent a proposal to reduce New York City traffic by charging a fee for vehicles driven south of 60th Street in Manhattan, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But voters statewide support congestion pricing 60 - 30 percent if proceeds from congestion pricing fees are used to improve mass transit in and around New York City, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

New York City voters support the plan, if the money is used for mass transit improvements, 67 - 27 percent, while suburban voters support it 51 - 43 percent. Upstate voters support it 59 - 26 percent. Republicans support the proposal 53 - 38 percent, while Democrats support it 67 - 23 percent and independent voters support it 58 - 35 percent.

But 50 percent of voters say it is "not too likely" or "not likely at all" that congestion pricing money would be used for mass transit, while 42 percent say this is "very likely" or "somewhat likely."

"The clock is ticking on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan. The State Legislature must act soon. New Yorkers don't like the idea unless the money goes to help mass transit. Then they approve," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Would politicians really steer the money to mass transit? Half of us are skeptical."

New York State voters also support 77 - 19 percent a plan to raise state income taxes by 1 percent on people making more than one million dollars a year. Even Republicans back the so- called "Millionaire's Tax" 65 - 31 percent, while Democrats back it 83 - 13 percent and independent voters back it 81 - 16 percent.

"Remember that old verse: 'Don't tax you; don't tax me; tax the guy behind the tree?' If the guy behind the tree is a millionaire, New Yorkers overwhelmingly like the idea of raising his taxes," Carroll said.

"Could the 19 percent opposed to the idea be millionaires?

"Democrats in the Assembly don't like congestion pricing, but they do like the 'Millionaire's Tax.' Republicans in the Senate don't like hiking taxes, but they did get that $500,000 from Mayor Bloomberg, who wants congestion pricing.

"And this survey shows voters are OK with both ideas.

"Can we connect the dots?"

From March 16 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,528 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. 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/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 64%     37%     83%     59%     59%     68%     61%     75%
Disapprove              29      54      13      34      34      25      32      21
DK/NA                    7       9       4       8       7       6       8       3
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 63%     57%     58%     71%     64%     64%     64%
Disapprove              27      36      35      22      30      28      30
DK/NA                    9       7       7       6       6       8       6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 20  Dec 14  Feb 14
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2001
 
Approve                 64      64      65      63      67      72      38
Disapprove              29      29      30      30      27      23      30
DK/NA                    7       7       5       7       5       5      33
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 66%     52%     75%     65%     67%     65%     66%     69%
Disapprove              18      32      10      19      20      16      18      15
DK/NA                   16      17      15      16      13      19      16      16
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 57%     60%     60%     70%     73%     60%     70%
Disapprove              21      20      20      16      18      20      17
DK/NA                   22      20      20      15       9      20      13
 
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
                        Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 20  Dec 8   Apr 15
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2004*   1999
 
Approve                 66      59      63      63      64      69      51
Disapprove              18      22      20      21      21      16      22
DK/NA                   16      19      17      16      15      15      28
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 59%     56%     61%     59%     58%     59%     59%     63%
Disapprove              12      17       8      13      13      11      11      15
DK/NA                   30      27      31      28      29      30      30      22
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 55%     54%     54%     62%     62%     51%     64%
Disapprove              17      13      13      11      11      13      11
DK/NA                   28      33      33      27      28      36      25
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Mar 24  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Jul 31  Feb 13
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve                 59      62      68      59      53      68      42
Disapprove              12      17      19      18      17      19      16
DK/NA                   30      21      14      23      30      14      42
 
 
11. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Very satisfied           3%      2%      6%      2%      5%      3%      2%      6%
Smwht satisfied         34      30      36      35      35      34      34      30
Smwht dissatisfied      37      43      35      37      37      38      37      37
Very dissatisfied       23      22      22      25      22      25      25      24
DK/NA                    2       2       2       1       2       2       1       4
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Very satisfied           4%      1%      1%      7%      2%      5%      3%
Smwht satisfied         21      27      26      41      40      40      32
Smwht dissatisfied      48      40      41      33      36      31      40
Very dissatisfied       26      31      30      17      21      24      23
DK/NA                    1       2       2       2       -       1       2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                        Mar 24  Dec 12  May 17  Mar 29  Jan 20  Dec 20  Oct 5
                        2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2005    2005
 
Very satisfied           3       5       3       3       5       4       4
Somewhat satisfied      34      44      36      42      41      47      44
Somewhat dissatisfied   37      33      35      34      32      32      32
Very dissatisfied       23      18      26      20      21      16      19
DK/NA                    2       1       -       1       1       2       1
 
 
33. There is a proposal to raise, by nearly 1 percentage point, the state income tax paid by people who earn more than a million dollars a year. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Support                 77%     65%     83%     81%     75%     79%     78%     77%
Oppose                  19      31      13      16      23      16      18      20
DK/NA                    4       5       4       3       2       5       4       3
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Support                 66%     78%     76%     79%     76%     77%     78%
Oppose                  33      19      21      16      18      19      18
DK/NA                    1       3       3       4       6       4       4
 
 
34. There is a proposal to use congestion pricing to reduce traffic in New York City by charging a fee for vehicles that drive south of 60th Street in Manhattan. Do you support or oppose this congestion pricing plan?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Support                 33%     29%     37%     34%     36%     31%     33%     27%
Oppose                  50      51      49      51      50      51      48      65
DK/NA                   16      20      14      15      14      18      19       9
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Support                 24%     30%     29%     40%     30%     40%     30%
Oppose                  49      41      42      53      63      51      50
DK/NA                   27      29      29       6       7       9      19
 
 
35. Would you support congestion pricing if the money were used to improve mass transit in and around New York City?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                     60%     53%     67%     58%     60%     60%     57%     67%
No                      30      38      23      35      31      29      33      22
DK/NA                   10      10       9       8       8      11      10      11
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                     69%     57%     59%     67%     51%     71%     55%
No                      20      27      26      27      43      25      33
DK/NA                   11      16      15       6       6       5      12
 
 
36. How likely do you think it is that the money from congestion pricing would be used to improve mass transit in and around New York City? Very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Very likely              8%      6%     12%      6%     10%      7%      7%     13%
Smwht likely            34      31      40      29      32      35      32      38
Not too likely          24      27      20      28      24      24      25      13
Not likely at all       26      29      22      29      26      26      27      30
DK/NA                    7       7       6       7       7       7       8       6
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Very likely              6%      6%      6%     14%      5%      9%      8%
Smwht likely            29      34      33      37      30      37      33
Not too likely          23      25      25      21      29      24      24
Not likely at all       31      26      27      23      30      26      27
DK/NA                   11       9      10       6       6       5       8