April 17, 2008 - New York's New Governor Gets Ok Grades On Budget, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Paterson Was Right To Confess Affairs

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New York's new Governor, David Paterson, is riding out the twin storms of extramarital affairs and a late budget as voters statewide approve 50 - 10 percent, with 39 percent undecided, of the job he is doing after one month in office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters approve 52 - 18 percent, with 29 percent undecided, of the way Gov. Paterson handled the state budget enacted last week.

Because of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement with prostitutes, New York State voters say 59 - 38 percent that they were "ashamed to have him as Governor," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But voters say 69 - 22 percent that Paterson was right to admit to extramarital affairs and cocaine use. Media should stop pressing Paterson for more details, voters say 84 - 14 percent.

And voters say 76 - 20 percent that they are not ashamed to have Paterson as Governor because he admitted having affairs.

Paterson will be able to govern effectively, voters say 62 - 15 percent, down from 75 - 6 percent in a March 20 Quinnipiac University poll. By 55 - 27 percent, voters say Paterson will be able to restore public trust in state government, down from 67 - 15 percent March 20.

"Gov. David Paterson is surviving the double trouble of a late state budget and the fuss over his confession of extramarital affairs," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers think Paterson did a good job on the budget. And although his numbers slipped after the initial euphoria, they trust him to govern effectively and to restore public trust."

"Yes, he should have told us about the affairs, voters say. And no, the reporters now should knock off the personal questions," Carroll added.

"Are New Yorkers 'ashamed' of Paterson? Of course not. Ask that question about Spitzer and you get a different answer."

Looking at whom they want as their next Governor in 2010:
  • 32 percent pick New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
  • 30 percent want former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani;
  • 17 percent support Paterson;
  • 13 percent name State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Only 41 percent of New York voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the state, while 57 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

Looking at recent legislative action in Albany:
  • Voters support 66 - 32 percent the $1.25 per pack hike in cigarette taxes;
  • Voters disapprove 53 - 39 percent of the law preventing local school districts from considering student test scores in deciding teacher tenure;
  • Voters are pleased, 53 - 32 percent, that the State Legislature did not act on the New York City congestion pricing proposal;
  • Voters are disappointed, 69 - 24 percent, that the Legislature did not enact a "millionaire's tax," raising the tax rate on people making one million dollars a year.
"Mayor Bloomberg wanted kids' test scores to be included in evaluating teachers for tenure. The teachers' union didn't want it. Guess who won in the Legislature? But voters side with the Mayor," Carroll said. "Mayor Mike also wanted congestion pricing. It lost and that's okay, too, with the voters.

"But, if Bloomberg would like to move to Albany, a lot of New Yorkers would like to see him in the Governor's Mansion. He leads overall in a 2010 beauty contest, but Republicans prefer former Mayor Giuliani."

From April 14 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,257 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             50%     48%     56%     45%     49%     52%     51%     67%
Disapprove          10      14       7      12      11      10      10       7
DK/NA               39      38      36      43      40      39      39      26
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             51%     53%     53%     50%     47%     49%     53%
Disapprove          12      10      11      10      10      12       9
DK/NA               37      36      37      41      43      40      38
 
 
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             62%     34%     85%     57%     56%     66%     56%     75%
Disapprove          31      58      10      35      37      25      37      18
DK/NA                8       8       5       8       7       8       7       7
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             54%     54%     54%     70%     61%     63%     61%
Disapprove          39      37      37      22      32      28      32
DK/NA                7       9       8       8       7       9       7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                    Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Dec 14  Feb 14
                    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2006    2001
 
Approve             62      64      64      65      63      72      38
Disapprove          31      29      29      30      30      23      30
DK/NA                8       7       7       5       7       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             65%     49%     77%     65%     63%     67%     63%     75%
Disapprove          18      30       9      17      22      14      19       9
DK/NA               17      21      13      17      14      19      18      16
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             56%     59%     59%     70%     70%     57%     69%
Disapprove          19      20      20      16      18      18      18
DK/NA               25      21      22      15      12      25      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
                    Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Dec 8   Apr 15
                    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2004*   1999
 
Approve             65      66      59      63      63      69      51
Disapprove          18      18      22      20      21      16      22
DK/NA               17      16      19      17      16      15      28
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             32%     34%     36%     24%     27%     36%     30%     36%
Disapprove          51      50      46      61      62      43      54      49
DK/NA               17      15      18      15      11      21      17      15
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             28%     32%     31%     31%     35%     38%     29%
Disapprove          52      54      53      52      48      44      56
DK/NA               20      14      16      18      17      17      16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                    Apr 17   Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Apr 4   Aug 11
                    2008     2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2004
 
Approve             32%      30      32      31      34      34      26
Disapprove          51       52      49      49      43      43      57
DK/NA               17       18      19      20      23      23      16
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job asState Comptroller?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             27%     27%     30%     26%     32%     23%     28%     34%
Disapprove          16      19      11      19      18      14      15      18
DK/NA               57      54      59      55      49      63      57      49
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             31%     30%     31%     21%     32%     24%     30%
Disapprove          13      14      14      19      16      20      14
DK/NA               55      56      56      60      52      57      55
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                    Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4
                    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve             27      30      34      25      24
Disapprove          16      12      15      14      13
DK/NA               57      58      51      61      63
 
 
12. 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             65%     55%     74%     64%     66%     65%     66%     66%
Disapprove          13      20       9      14      15      11      13      14
DK/NA               21      26      18      22      19      24      21      20
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             62%     68%     67%     62%     68%     60%     68%
Disapprove          12      14      14      14      11      13      14
DK/NA               26      18      20      24      21      26      18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                    Apr 17  Mar 24  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Jul 31  Feb 13
                    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve             65      59      62      68      59      68      42
Disapprove          13      12      17      19      18      19      16
DK/NA               21      30      21      14      23      14      42
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             34%     28%     40%     30%     33%     34%     31%     40%
Disapprove          31      34      25      38      42      22      34      24
DK/NA               35      38      35      33      25      44      35      36
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             36%     30%     31%     41%     27%     38%     32%
Disapprove          27      31      30      32      32      21      37
DK/NA               38      39      39      27      40      41      31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                    Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Oct 2   Aug 11
                    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2003    2004
 
Approve             34      29      33      29      30      35      26
Disapprove          31      35      35      33      30      26      33
DK/NA               35      36      32      37      40      39      41
 
 
14. 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     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             40%     52%     36%     38%     41%     40%     41%     48%
Disapprove          32      23      33      35      39      25      32      28
DK/NA               28      25      31      26      20      35      26      23
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             47%     42%     43%     33%     47%     42%     40%
Disapprove          21      31      29      37      29      25      35
DK/NA               32      27      28      30      24      33      24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                    Apr 17   Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 17  Feb 13
                    2008     2007    2007    2007    2007    2008    2007
 
Approve             40       26      30      33      26      40      25
Disapprove          32       36      39      40      34      32      39
DK/NA               28       39      32      27      40      28      36
 
 
32. Now I'm going to name four people who might run for Governor in 2010. After I read all four names, please tell me which one you would most like to see elected Governor in 2010. Here are the choices: Governor David Paterson, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Paterson            17%     10%     23%     15%     17%     18%     13%     41%
Cuomo               13       6      19      11      15      11      12      16
Bloomberg           32      27      32      39      32      32      30      33
Giuliani            30      49      18      30      31      30      37       5
DK/NA                7       8       7       6       5       9       9       5
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Paterson            18%     20%     19%     21%      6%     12%     20%
Cuomo               16      14      14      11      13      10      15
Bloomberg           15      16      15      43      48      32      32
Giuliani            35      40      39      21      28      39      26
DK/NA               16      11      12       3       5       8       7
 
TREND: Now I'm going to name four people who might run for Governor in 2010. After I read all four names, please tell me which one you would most like to see elected Governor in 2010. Here are the choices: Governor David Paterson, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani?
                    Apr 17  Mar 20
                    2008    2008
 
Paterson            17      27%
Cuomo               13      11
Bloomberg           32      29
Giuliani            30      25
DK/NA                7       8
 
 
16. 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%      7%      4%      0%      4%      3%      3%      4%
Smwht satisfied     38      34      43      32      36      39      35      42
Smwht dissatisfied  33      33      32      36      35      32      34      32
Very dissatisfied   24      24      18      30      23      24      26      22
DK/NA                2       2       2       1       2       1       2       0
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Very satisfied       1%      1%      1%      8%      1%      5%      3%
Smwht satisfied     24      28      27      46      45      42      35
Smwht dissatisfied  37      38      37      28      34      31      35
Very dissatisfied   35      33      34      16      18      20      26
DK/NA                3       -       1       2       2       2       1
 
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?
                    Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  May 17  Mar 29  Jan 20  Dec 20  Oct 5
                    2008    2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2005    2005
 
Very satisfied       3       3       5       3       3       5       4       4
Somewhat satisfied  38      34      44      36      42      41      47      44
Somewhat dissat     33      37      33      35      34      32      32      32
Very dissatisfied   24      23      18      26      20      21      16      19
DK/NA                2       2       1       -       1       1       2       1
 
 
21. Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as - Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Excellent            1%      2%      1%      1%      2%      0%      1%      2%
Good                20      25      20      15      22      17      21      13
Not so good         53      48      55      56      52      53      52      58
Poor                25      25      21      28      22      28      25      27
DK/NA                1       -       2       1       1       1       2       -
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Excellent            5%      -       1%      2%      -       2%      1%
Good                 9      15      14      22      27      25      16
Not so good         43      52      50      57      51      49      55
Poor                42      31      34      17      21      24      26
DK/NA                1       1       1       2       1       1       2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                    Apr 17  Mar 29  Oct 2   Feb 12  Dec 18  Sep 26  Jan 23
                    2008    2006    2003    2003    2002    2002    2002
 
Excellent            1       2       1       1       1       1       2
Good                20      35      18      19      25      29      31
Not so good         53      40      47      47      51      47      53
Poor                25      22      33      33      23      19      13
DK/NA                1       2       1       -       1       3       2
 
 
25. Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to govern the state effectively?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Effectively         62%     53%     70%     61%     61%     63%     61%     80%
NOT Effectively     15      23      11      13      19      12      16      10
DK/NA               23      24      19      26      20      25      23      10
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Effectively         57%     67%     65%     61%     56%     61%     64%
NOT Effectively     18      13      14      15      19      16      16
DK/NA               26      20      21      24      25      24      21
 
TREND: Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to govern the state effectively?
                    Apr 17  Mar 20
                    2008    2008
 
Effectively         62      75%
Not effectively     15       6
DK/NA               23      19
 
 
26. Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to restore public trust in state government?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Will restore trust  55%     51%     59%     56%     54%     56%     53%     76%
Will not            27      34      21      28      33      22      29      11
DK/NA               18      15      21      15      13      23      18      13
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Will restore trust  52%     56%     55%     58%     48%     51%     58%
Will not            30      30      30      22      31      30      25
DK/NA               18      15      15      20      21      19      17
 
TREND: Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to restore public trust in state government?
                    Apr 17  Mar 20
                    2008    2008
 
Will restore trust  55      67%
Will not            27      15
DK/NA               18      18
 
 
27. Do you think David Paterson cares about the needs and problems of upstate residents or not?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                 57%     48%     62%     59%     59%     55%     55%     84%
No                  16      18      13      17      17      16      17       7
DK/NA               27      33      24      24      25      29      28       9
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                 54%     55%     54%     65%     49%     52%     61%
No                  20      23      22      11      13      21      14
DK/NA               26      22      23      24      38      27      26
 
 
28. Do you think David Paterson cares about the needs and problems of New York City residents or not?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                 72%     66%     78%     72%     75%     70%     72%     83%
No                   9      11       9       9       9      10       8      10
DK/NA               18      23      14      19      17      20      20       7
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                 75%     74%     74%     73%     68%     64%     78%
No                   5       7       7      12      11      14       7
DK/NA               20      18      19      16      21      21      16
 
 
29. Do you think David Paterson cares about the needs and problems of residents of New York City's suburbs or not?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                 63%     54%     69%     63%     68%     59%     61%     81%
No                  13      17      11      11      12      13      13       9
DK/NA               24      29      20      26      20      28      26      10
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                 61%     67%     66%     66%     54%     60%     66%
No                  12       9      10      12      19      14      11
DK/NA               27      24      24      22      27      26      23
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson handled the state budget?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             52%     51%     51%     57%     54%     52%     54%     60%
Disapprove          18      22      16      18      22      16      19       8
DK/NA               29      27      33      25      25      33      27      32
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             46%     58%     55%     49%     53%     50%     55%
Disapprove          23      20      21      18      14      20      18
DK/NA               31      22      24      33      33      31      27
 
 
31. The state Legislature passed one dollar and twenty five cents a pack tax increase on cigarettes. Do you approve or disapprove of raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by one dollar and twenty five cents?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             66%     59%     73%     61%     62%     69%     63%     73%
Disapprove          32      40      25      36      37      28      36      24
DK/NA                2       -       1       3       2       2       1       2
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             52%     59%     57%     71%     74%     66%     65%
Disapprove          47      39      40      27      25      32      33
DK/NA                1       2       2       2       2       1       2
 
                    Smokers
 
Approve             27%
Disapprove          73
DK/NA                -
 
 
32. The State Legislature passed a law blocking local school districts from considering student test scores when they decide whether teachers should receive tenure, which amounts to a lifetime job guarantee. Do you approve or disapprove of this action by the state legislature?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve             39%     37%     40%     40%     35%     43%     38%     39%
Disapprove          53      56      51      53      58      49      54      57
DK/NA                8       7       9       7       7       9       7       4
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve             35%     35%     35%     40%     46%     43%     37%
Disapprove          56      59      58      49      49      50      55
DK/NA                9       7       7      10       5       7       8
 
                    HvKids
                    PubSch
 
Approve             39%
Disapprove          51
DK/NA               10
 
 
33. As you may know, there was 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. The New York State legislature did not pass this plan. Are you pleased or disappointed that the New York State legislature did not pass this congestion pricing plan?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Pleased             53%     53%     55%     50%     55%     52%     51%     61%
Disappointed        32      28      34      35      34      31      32      32
DK/NA               14      19      11      15      11      17      17       7
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Pleased             52%     45%     47%     59%     56%     54%     53%
Disappointed        21      30      28      36      36      35      32
DK/NA               28      25      26       4       8      12      15
 
 
34. There was also a proposal to raise taxes on residents earning 1 million dollars or more a year. The New York State legislature did not pass this plan. Are you pleased or disappointed that the New York State legislature did not pass this plan to raise taxes on residents earning 1 million dollars or more a year?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Pleased             24%     34%     17%     26%     26%     23%     26%     20%
Disappointed        69      58      76      69      67      71      68      77
DK/NA                7       7       8       5       7       6       7       3
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Pleased             21%     23%     22%     27%     24%     29%     21%
Disappointed        70      71      71      68      69      64      73
DK/NA                9       6       7       5       8       8       6
 
                    Annual Household Income......
                    <30K    30-50   50-100  >100K
 
Pleased             23%     20%     23%     26%
Disappointed        69      75      71      67
DK/NA                8       4       6       7
 
 
35. As you may know, Governor Paterson has confessed to several extramarital affairs and said that he had used cocaine in his twenties. Do you think he should have made these admissions or not?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                 69%     69%     69%     70%     69%     69%     72%     71%
No                  22      22      22      22      21      22      20      21
DK/NA                9       8       9       8      10       9       8       8
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                 71%     73%     73%     70%     61%     65%     72%
No                  22      18      19      22      27      24      21
DK/NA                7       9       8       8      12      11       7
 
 
36. Reporters have continued to press the governor for more personal details. Should they continue or call a halt?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Continue            14%     14%     13%     11%     16%     11%     12%      8%
Call a halt         84      84      84      87      81      86      86      92
DK/NA                3       2       3       2       2       3       2       -
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Continue            17%     13%     14%     13%     14%     20%     10%
Call a halt         79      84      83      84      85      76      88
DK/NA                4       3       3       3       1       5       1
 
 
37. What was your reaction to the news about former Governor Eliot Spitzer's involvement with prostitutes - Were you ashamed to have him as Governor, or didn't you feel that way?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Ashamed             59%     76%     48%     61%     60%     58%     65%     40%
Not ashamed         38      21      47      35      37      38      32      56
DK/NA                4       2       5       3       3       4       3       4
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Ashamed             66%     64%     64%     51%     61%     60%     59%
Not ashamed         31      32      32      44      37      36      37
DK/NA                3       4       4       4       2       3       4
 
 
38. What is your reaction to Governor Paterson's confession of several extramarital affairs - Are you ashamed to have him as Governor, or don't you feel that way?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Ashamed             20%     25%     18%     19%     21%     19%     21%     10%
Not ashamed         76      68      78      78      75      76      74      88
DK/NA                4       7       4       3       4       4       5       2
 
                    UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                    Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Ashamed             25%     22%     22%     17%     19%     23%     18%
Not ashamed         68      72      71      81      76      73      77
DK/NA                7       6       6       1       5       3       5
 
 
39. Do you currently smoke cigarettes?
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                 18%     17%     17%     18%     18%     17%     18%     19%
No                  82      83      83      81      82      83      82      81
DK/NA                -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -