August 6, 2008 - New York Gov Paterson Rides High On Budget Crisis, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Millionaire's Tax 4 - 1

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New York State voters approve 64 - 14 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, his highest mark so far, and believe 54 - 22 percent that he has the leadership ability to solve the state's budget problems, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 56 - 17 percent approval rating for Gov. Paterson in a June 12 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Voters agree 86 - 8 percent with Paterson that New York State has a budget crisis. In a separate question, 95 percent say the state's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious."

By a 78 - 18 percent margin voters support raising the state income tax on people who make more than $1 million a year. Even Republicans support this tax hike 56 - 36 percent. On other budget questions:
  • Voters prefer 56 - 32 percent cutting services rather than raising taxes;
  • If they must raise taxes, voters prefer 58 - 32 percent raising the state sales tax rather than the state income tax;
"Tough talk pays politically. Gov. Paterson's job approval rating bounces up and he's winning the opinion war on the state's budget troubles. With hardly a dissenting voice, New Yorkers think the state is in a budget crisis," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Cut services before you raise taxes, voters tell Albany. If you do have to raise taxes, raise the sales tax before the income tax. That old favorite, the millionaire's tax? A good idea, says a big majority."

Zero percent of voters say New York State's economy is "excellent," with 12 percent who say "good," 48 percent who say "not so good," and 38 percent who say "poor." This is the lowest rating since Quinnipiac University began asking the question in 2001.

Only 17 percent say the state economy will improve in the next year, while 42 percent say it will get worse and 36 percent say it will stay the same.

New York State voters say 57 - 26 percent that the Governor and State Legislature will be able to work together to solve the state's budget problems. But voters say 74 - 18 percent that legislators will wait until after the November elections, rather than act this month, to address the budget problems.

Voters disapprove 55 - 26 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, with consistent results across the political spectrum.

And voters say 50 - 39 percent that "special interests" will have the political clout to protect their members from layoffs.

"Does the Legislature have the political gumption to act decisively before Election Day? A lot of New Yorkers don't think so. For good measure, they don't think much of the way the Legislature does its job," Carroll added. "And a lot are skeptical about the Legislature's ability to stand up to public employee union pressure."

Asked who they would like to see elected Governor in 2010:
  • 28 percent pick former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani;
  • 26 percent pick New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
  • 24 percent pick Paterson;
  • 14 percent pick Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
"Maybe people are starting to believe Mayor Bloomberg when he says he doesn't want to be Governor. Giuliani edges ahead of him in 2010 speculation," Carroll said.

From July 31 - August 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,409 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              64%    58%    66%    66%    64%    65%    67%    67%    66%
Disapprove           14     20     13     12     17     12     14     12     13
DK/NA                22     22     21     22     19     24     19     22     20
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              76%    70%    71%    59%    60%
Disapprove            7     13     12     14     18
DK/NA                17     18     17     27     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17
                     2008    2008    2008
 
Approve              64      56      50
Disapprove           14      17      10
DK/NA                22      27      39
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              66%    38%    83%    64%    59%    71%    60%    83%    69%
Disapprove           29     55     13     29     35     24     35     12     26
DK/NA                 5      7      3      7      6      5      6      6      6
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              71%    58%    60%    75%    63%
Disapprove           25     36     34     20     33
DK/NA                 4      6      6      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Dec 14  Feb 14
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2006    2001
 
Approve              66      66      62      64      64      72      38
Disapprove           29      28      31      29      29      23      30
DK/NA                 5       5       8       7       7       5      33
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              61%    38%    75%    62%    60%    62%    60%    68%    66%
Disapprove           23     42     11     21     28     18     26     14     21
DK/NA                16     19     14     16     12     20     15     18     13
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              61%    52%    53%    67%    67%
Disapprove           25     28     27     15     25
DK/NA                15     20     20     17      8
 
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
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Dec 8   Apr 15
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2004*   1999
 
Approve              61      66      65      66      59      69      51
Disapprove           23      21      18      18      22      16      22
DK/NA                16      14      17      16      19      15      28
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              26%    27%    26%    28%    23%    29%    24%    31%    28%
Disapprove           55     59     52     57     61     50     59     44     57
DK/NA                18     13     22     15     16     21     17     25     15
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              31%    24%    25%    28%    26%
Disapprove           59     61     61     50     52
DK/NA                10     15     14     22     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? * also 26% 8/11/2004
                                                              Highest Lowest
                                                              Approve Approve
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17   Oct 2   Jul 31  Apr 4   Aug 6
                     2008    2008    2008     2007    2007    2007    2008 *
 
Approve              26      29      32       30      32      34      26
Disapprove           55      55      51       52      49      43      55
DK/NA                18      16      17       18      19      23      18
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              25%    27%    26%    22%    28%    22%    25%    31%    30%
Disapprove           16     18     15     15     16     15     14     18     20
DK/NA                59     55     59     62     56     63     60     51     50
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              34%    26%    27%    21%    26%
Disapprove           14     13     14     17     18
DK/NA                52     61     59     62     56
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jul 31  Apr 4
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve              25      30      27      30      34      34      24
Disapprove           16      13      16      12      15      15      13
DK/NA                59      57      57      58      51      51      63
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              68%    61%    76%    64%    67%    69%    69%    71%    74%
Disapprove           13     21      8     13     17      9     12     13     11
DK/NA                19     18     16     22     15     22     19     17     15
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              83%    66%    69%    69%    65%
Disapprove            2     14     12     11     17
DK/NA                15     20     19     20     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Oct 2   Jun 12  Feb 13
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2008    2007
 
Approve              68      69      65      59      62      69      42
Disapprove           13      15      13      12      17      15      16
DK/NA                19      17      21      30      21      17      42
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Approve              31%    24%    39%    25%    29%    32%    28%    35%    36%
Disapprove           31     43     21     38     41     24     37     14     33
DK/NA                38     33     40     37     30     45     35     50     31
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              28%    26%    27%    39%    25%
Disapprove           34     36     35     27     32
DK/NA                39     38     38     34     43
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Oct 2   Aug 11
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2003    2004
 
Approve              31      32      34      29      33      35      26
Disapprove           31      31      31      35      35      26      33
DK/NA                38      37      35      36      32      39      41
 
 
15. 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?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Paterson             24%    14%    30%    26%    26%    23%    22%    43%    25%
Cuomo                14      8     20     10     13     15     14     20     19
Bloomberg            26     17     30     30     27     26     26     21     25
Giuliani             28     56     13     29     30     27     32      8     23
DK/NA                 7      6      6      5      5      8      6      9      7
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Paterson             36%    30%    31%    23%    13%
Cuomo                14     15     15     15     10
Bloomberg            17     15     15     33     39
Giuliani             25     32     31     22     33
DK/NA                 8      7      7      7      5
 
 
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?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 20
                     2008    2008    2008    2008
 
Paterson             24      23      17      27
Cuomo                14      15      13      11
Bloomberg            26      30      32      29
Giuliani             28      26      30      25
DK/NA                 7       6       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?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     3%     4%     2%     3%     2%     5%     1%
Smwht satisfied      34     34     35     33     36     32     34     37     37
Smwht dissatisfied   38     40     36     41     38     38     39     30     36
Very dissatisfied    25     24     25     23     23     26     24     26     25
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        1%     3%     2%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      28     28     28     40     37
Smwht dissatisfied   36     39     38     34     44
Very dissatisfied    35     31     31     21     17
DK/NA                 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?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  May 17  Mar 29
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2006    2006
 
Very satisfied        3       3       3       3       5       3       3
Somewhat satisfied   34      37      38      34      44      36      42
Somewhat dissat      38      34      33      37      33      35      34
Very dissatisfied    25      25      24      23      18      26      20
DK/NA                 1       1       2       2       1       -       1
 
 
17. As you may know, Democrats hold all statewide offices and control the Assembly, while Republicans control the State Senate. Would you like to see the State Senate stay Republican controlled or would you like to see the Democrats take control of the State Senate?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Republican           32%    82%     8%    31%    42%    24%    40%     7%    30%
Democrats            52      8     84     42     43     59     42     88     55
DK/NA                16     10      8     27     15     17     18      5     15
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Republican           32%    42%    40%    19%    37%
Democrats            51     38     40     71     45
DK/NA                17     20     20     10     18
 
TREND: As you may know, Democrats hold all statewide offices and control the Assembly, while Republicans control the State Senate. Would you like to see the State Senate stay Republican controlled or would you like to see the Democrats take control of the State Senate?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12
                     2008    2008
 
Republican           32      35
Democrat             52      51
DK/NA                16      14
 
 
18. Some Democrats complain that Governor Paterson isn't committed to helping his party gain control of the State Senate. Do you think Governor Paterson is committed to helping elect a Democratic State Senate or not?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Yes                  34%    29%    38%    32%    35%    34%    32%    49%    32%
No                   20     26     19     16     22     18     20     18     18
DK/NA                46     45     43     52     43     48     48     33     50
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  44%    31%    33%    36%    34%
No                   17     22     21     18     19
DK/NA                39     46     45     46     48
 
 
26. Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Excellent             -      2%     -      -      1%     -      -      -      -
Good                 12     14     11     13     15     10     12     11     10
Not so good          48     56     49     43     46     50     49     53     48
Poor                 38     26     39     42     37     38     37     31     41
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1      2      1
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             5%     -      1%     -      -
Good                  8     11     10     15     12
Not so good          40     46     45     47     58
Poor                 45     43     44     36     30
DK/NA                 2      -      1      3      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 29  Oct 2   Feb 12  Dec 18
                     2008    2008    2008    2006    2003    2003    2002
 
Excellent             -       -       1       2       1       1       1
Good                 12      21      20      35      18      19      25
Not so good          48      48      53      40      47      47      51
Poor                 38      28      25      22      33      33      23
DK/NA                 1       3       1       2       1       -       1
 
 
27. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York State will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Get better           17%    20%    16%    17%    17%    16%    16%    25%    13%
Get worse            42     37     42     43     42     41     42     31     51
Stay the same        36     39     36     35     37     36     37     35     33
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      4      7      5      9      3
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Get better           28%    14%    16%    15%    20%
Get worse            33     40     39     45     40
Stay the same        36     40     39     32     37
DK/NA                 3      6      5      7      3
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York State will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Mar 29  Oct 2   Sep 26  Jan 23  Nov 15
                     2008    2008    2006    2003    2002    2002    2001
 
Get better           17      14      15      28      32      42      36
Get worse            42      46      24      22      19      13      22
Stay the same        36      36      58      47      42      42      37
DK/NA                 5       4       4       3       8       3       4
 
 
31. Do you think Eliot Spitzer should be charged with a crime or is resigning as Governor punishment enough?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Charged with
 crime               40%    52%    34%    39%    40%    40%    44%    27%    40%
Resigning enough     54     41     62     52     54     54     50     68     56
DK/NA                 6      6      4      8      6      6      6      5      4
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Charged with
 crime               45%    46%    46%    33%    40%
Resigning enough     52     47     48     60     55
DK/NA                 3      7      6      7      5
 
TREND: Do you think Eliot Spitzer should be charged with a crime or is resigning as Governor punishment enough?
                     Aug 6   Jun 12  Mar 20
                     2008    2008    2008
 
Charged with crime   40      39      48
Resigning is enough  54      55      40
DK/NA                 6       6      11
 
 
32. Do you think the current state investigation commission is competent to investigate Spitzer?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Yes                  44%    47%    47%    40%    45%    43%    43%    41%    45%
No                   29     29     29     29     31     27     28     36     34
DK/NA                27     25     25     31     24     29     29     23     21
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  52%    47%    48%    41%    41%
No                   27     26     26     31     31
DK/NA                21     27     26     28     28
 
 
33. How serious do you think New York State's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Very serious         63%    57%    62%    66%    62%    64%    61%    72%    61%
Smwht serious        32     39     33     28     32     32     33     24     36
Not too serious       2      2      1      3      3      1      2      1      1
Not at all serious    1      -      1      1      1      -      -      2      1
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3      3      2      1
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         69%    67%    67%    58%    60%
Smwht serious        27     28     28     36     36
Not too serious       1      1      1      2      4
Not at all serious    1      -      -      2      -
DK/NA                 2      4      4      2      -
 
TREND: How serious do you think New York State's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Aug 6   Nov 6   Feb 12  Dec 18
                     2008    2003    2003    2002
 
Very serious         63      62      57      48
Smwht serious        32      30      37      44
Not too serious       2       5       3       5
Not at all serious    1       1       1       1
DK/NA                 2       1       1       3
 
 
34. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer -- Raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Raising taxes        32%    13%    46%    29%    27%    37%    28%    47%    35%
Cutting services     56     82     38     60     65     48     63     38     56
DK/NA                12      5     15     11      8     15     10     15      9
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Raising taxes        24%    22%    23%    48%    26%
Cutting services     61     66     65     39     65
DK/NA                15     12     12     13      9
 
 
35. If a tax increase is needed, which would you prefer -- Raising the state sales tax or raising the state income tax?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
State sales tax      58%    66%    51%    61%    61%    56%    61%    58%    57%
State income tax     32     23     39     30     30     33     31     28     33
DK/NA                10     11      9      9      9     11      8     14      9
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
State sales tax      54%    59%    58%    52%    68%
State income tax     37     31     32     37     24
DK/NA                 9     10     10     11      7
 
 
36. There is a proposal to raise the state income tax paid by people who earn more than a million dollars a year. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Support              78%    56%    91%    76%    72%    83%    76%    88%    85%
Oppose               18     36      7     21     25     13     20      8     14
DK/NA                 4      8      3      3      3      4      4      4      2
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Support              79%    75%    76%    82%    76%
Oppose               18     19     19     16     21
DK/NA                 3      6      5      3      3
 
 
37. Governor Paterson says New York State has a budget crisis. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Agree                86%    86%    84%    90%    84%    88%    89%    83%    92%
Disagree              8     11     10      4     10      6      5     12      4
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      6      6      6      6      4
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Agree                88%    92%    92%    78%    88%
Disagree             10      3      4     15      5
DK/NA                 2      5      4      7      6
 
 
38. Do you think Governor Paterson has the leadership ability to solve the state's budget problems?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Yes                  54%    49%    58%    54%    56%    53%    53%    63%    57%
No                   22     32     19     21     23     21     22     17     22
DK/NA                24     19     23     25     21     26     25     21     21
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  66%    57%    59%    50%    51%
No                   17     18     18     26     25
DK/NA                17     25     24     24     23
 
 
39. Do you think Governor Paterson and the state legislature will be able to work together to solve the state's budget problems?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Yes                  57%    50%    63%    56%    51%    62%    55%    71%    55%
No                   26     35     21     27     35     18     29      9     31
DK/NA                16     15     16     17     13     19     17     20     14
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  62%    54%    55%    58%    61%
No                   28     28     28     24     26
DK/NA                10     17     16     18     14
 
 
40. The Governor is calling the legislature into an emergency session on August 19th to deal with New York State's budget problems. Do you think legislators will take any real steps to solve the state's budget problems or will they delay action until after the elections in November?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Take steps           18%    19%    20%    15%    15%    20%    16%    26%    16%
Delay action         74     75     71     78     76     73     76     64     75
DK/NA                 8      6      8      7      9      8      8     11      9
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Take steps           25%    16%    17%    20%    14%
Delay action         70     75     75     72     78
DK/NA                 5      9      8      8      8
 
 
41. Do you think the so-called "special interests" such as the teachers and state employee unions and health care industry have the political strength to protect their members against layoffs?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Yes                  50%    56%    47%    48%    52%    47%    55%    32%    53%
No                   39     35     43     38     38     41     34     56     42
DK/NA                11      9     10     14     10     12     11     13      5
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  66%    53%    55%    42%    50%
No                   29     35     34     45     43
DK/NA                 6     13     12     13      7
 
 
42. What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going? Would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Very well             6%     7%     7%     5%     7%     5%     5%     7%     5%
Somewhat well        28     28     29     27     27     29     25     33     27
Somewhat badly       21     20     20     22     23     20     20     25     25
Very badly           11      5     15     11     11     11     10     13     12
DK/NA                34     40     29     34     33     35     40     22     30
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Very well             5%     2%     3%     8%    10%
Somewhat well        16     23     22     33     32
Somewhat badly       16     12     13     29     25
Very badly            3      3      3     19     14
DK/NA                61     60     60     12     19
 
TREND: What is your impression of how well the redevelopment of lower Manhattan is going? Would you say very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly or very badly?
                     Aug 6   Jul 3
                     2008    2002
 
Very well             6      33
Somewhat well        28      39
Somewhat badly       21       7
Very badly           11       2
DK/NA                34      19
 
 
43. Who do you think is most to blame for continued problems and delays of Ground Zero development - The Port Authority, the city, or the state?
                                                                             Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    HsHlds
 
Port Authority       19%    14%    22%    18%    21%    16%    19%    17%    21%
City                 16     16     19     13     16     16     15     15     14
State                23     23     22     24     22     24     21     32     25
DK/NA                43     47     36     45     41     44     45     36     40
 
                     UpState....   UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Port Authority       10%    11%    11%    26%    21%
City                 15     15     15     18     16
State                17     23     22     23     24
DK/NA                58     51     52     33     39