December 24, 2008 - New Yorkers, Even Diet Drinkers, Oppose Fat Tax, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Millionaires Tax 6 - 1

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New York State voters oppose the so-called 'Fat Tax' on non-diet soft drinks 60 - 37 percent, as even those who prefer diet soft drinks oppose the measure 58 - 39 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

People who prefer non-diet or regular soft drinks oppose the 'Fat Tax' 64 - 31 percent, as do Democrats 54 - 43 percent, Republicans 72 - 27 percent and independent voters 59 - 39 percent. Results among men and women are similar, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds.

Independent voters are the most weight conscious on the political spectrum as 37 percent prefer diet soft drinks, compared to 27 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats.

New York State voters approve 53 - 29 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, but disapprove 46 - 40 percent of the way he is handling the state budget. Still voters say 54 - 33 percent Paterson has the leadership ability to solve the state's budget problems.

Voters agree with Paterson 88 - 8 percent that the state has a budget crisis. In another question, 96 percent of voters say the state's budget problems are "somewhat serious" or "very serious, with 3 percent saying the problems are "not too serious."

By a 53 - 36 percent margin, voters would rather cut services than raise taxes.

But voters support 84 - 13 percent raising the state income tax on people who make more than $1 million per year. Even Republicans back this millionaires tax 72 - 27 percent.

"Voters aren't swallowing the proposal to tax non-diet soft drinks, the so-called Fat Tax," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But Gov. David Paterson has won the bigger argument: Almost everyone agrees the state is in lousy shape. Overwhelmingly, they buy the governor's characterization: We're in a 'crisis,'"

"Now comes the hard part - deciding what to do. Most New Yorkers would sooner cut services than raise taxes," Carroll added. "With one easy exception - we'd hit the rich. Remember that verse: Don't tax you; don't tax me; tax the guy behind the tree? Particularly if the guy behind the tree has a lot of money, we say: Go for it."

Looking at what services to cut to balance the state budget:
  • 65 percent say cut economic development aid;
  • 10 percent say cut education funding;
  • 10 percent say cut health care funding.
Looking at what taxes to raise, if taxes must be raised:
  • 44 percent say increase auto registration fees;
  • 31 percent say raise sales taxes;
  • 14 percent say raise the income tax.
New York State voters oppose 79 - 19 percent raising taxes on gasoline, with strong opposition across the political spectrum.

But voters support 73 - 26 percent increasing taxes on cigarettes and 67 - 32 percent increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages.

"Voters would rather tax booze than soft drinks. Is this blue state also a blue nose state?" Carroll asked.

A total of 70 percent of New York State voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the state today, while 30 percent are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied." This is the lowest satisfaction rate ever measured for the state.

Looking at their own finances, 51 percent of New Yorkers describe them as "not so good" or "poor," while 5 percent say "excellent" and 43 percent say "good."

Things got worse for them in the last year, 60 percent say, as 18 percent say things got better and 21 percent say things stayed the same. Only 24 percent expect things to get better in the next year, as 22 percent say things will get worse and 50 percent say things will stay the same.

From December 17 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 834 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 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 or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              53%    41%    61%    50%    57%    50%
Disapprove           29     38     23     32     28     29
DK/NA                18     21     17     18     16     21
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              53%    43%    45%    62%    55%
Disapprove           36     35     36     25     22
DK/NA                11     22     20     14     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                     Dec 24 Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17
                     2008   2008    2008    2008
 
Approve              53     64      56      50
Disapprove           29     14      17      10
DK/NA                18     22      27      39
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              30%    29%    32%    29%    29%    31%
Disapprove           55     57     50     59     58     52
DK/NA                15     14     18     13     13     17
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              14%    27%    24%    35%    33%
Disapprove           70     62     64     48     49
DK/NA                15     11     12     17     18
 
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
                     Dec 24 Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17   Oct 2   Apr 4   Aug 6
                     2008   2008    2008    2008     2007    2007    2008 *
 
Approve              30     26      29      32       30      34      26
Disapprove           55     55      55      51       52      43      55
DK/NA                15     18      16      17       18      23      18
 
 
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              33%    33%    34%    34%    38%    30%
Disapprove           20     18     22     17     20     20
DK/NA                47     49     44     49     42     50
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              33%    36%    35%    31%    33%
Disapprove           18     19     18     24     16
DK/NA                49     46     46     45     51
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                     Dec 24 Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Apr 4
                     2008   2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve              33     25      30      27      30      34      24
Disapprove           20     16      13      16      12      15      13
DK/NA                47     59      57      57      58      51      63
 
 
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              38%    38%    43%    30%    39%    37%
Disapprove           34     36     30     39     39     30
DK/NA                28     26     27     32     23     33
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              24%    30%    29%    49%    37%
Disapprove           48     38     40     30     28
DK/NA                28     32     31     21     35
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                     Dec 24 Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Dec 24 Aug 11
                     2008   2008    2008    2008    2007    2008   2004
 
Approve              38     31      32      34      29      38     26
Disapprove           34     31      31      31      35      34     33
DK/NA                28     38      37      35      36      28     41
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            74%    45%    92%    71%    74%    74%
Unfavorable          12     31      3     11     13     12
Hvn't hrd enough     11     22      3     15     11     12
REFUSED               2      2      1      3      2      2
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            73%    63%    65%    84%    75%
Unfavorable          12     17     16      8     13
Hvn't hrd enough     14     16     16      6     11
REFUSED               1      3      3      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                            FAVORABLE.....
                                                            Highest Lowest
                     Dec 24 Jun 11  Apr 18  Mar 21  Oct 3   Dec 24  Feb 14
                     2008   2008    2008    2008    2007    2008    2007
 
Favorable            74     55      50      56      54      74      44
Unfavorable          12     28      31      25      20      12       9
Hvn't hrd enough     11     14      18      17      24      11      46
REFUSED               2      3       1       2       3       2       1
 
 
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
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     4%     2%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      27     22     30     28     24     29
Smwht dissatisfied   34     39     35     28     36     32
Very dissatisfied    36     37     31     40     37     35
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     1%     4%     4%
Smwht satisfied      19     18     18     34     32
Smwht dissatisfied   31     32     32     34     38
Very dissatisfied    48     48     48     28     24
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      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?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  May 17
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2008    2007    2006
 
Very satisfied        3       3       3       3       3       5       3
Smwht satisfied      27      34      37      38      34      44      36
Smwht dissatisfied   34      38      34      33      37      33      35
Very dissatisfied    36      25      25      24      23      18      26
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       2       1       -
 
17. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York State today?
                                     Tot
 
Economy Total                        43%
 Economy general                     15
 Unemployment/jobs                   23
 Stock market                         1
 Cost of living                       2
 Business leaving/Outsourcing         1
 Economy other                        1
 
Taxes Total                          19%
 Taxes general                       13
 Property tax                         5
 Cigarette tax                        1
 
Budget Total                         17%
 Budget general                       6
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services         2
 Budget deficits                      6
 Gov too big/Gov spending             2
 Budget priorities                    1
 
Education Total                       4%
 Education general                    2
 Funding education                    2
 
Politicians Total                     3%
 Politicians/Campaigns general        1
 Political corruption                 1
 Governor/State leadership            1
 
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's            2
Crime/Violence general                1
Housing general                       1
Poverty/Homeless                      1
Immigration                           1
 
Other                                 4
DK/NA                                 2
 
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing New York State today? (To save space sub category rows showing 1% or less in current study may have been removed. Total rows are accurate for date specified.)
                                    Dec 24   May 17  Mar 29  Jan 19  Feb 10
                                    2008     2006    2006    2006    2005
 
Budget/Spending Total               17%       4%      6%      5%      7%
 Budget general                      6        2       3       2       3
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services        2        -       -       -       1
 Budget deficits                     6        1       1       -       1
 Government too big/Gov spending     2        -       1       1       1
 Budget priorities                   1        1       1       1       -
 
Crime Total                          1%       3%      2%      2%      3%
 Crime/Violence general              1        2       2       2       2
 
Economy Total                       43%      16%     17%     19%     23%
 Economy general                    15        6       4       5       4
 Unemployment/jobs                  23        6      10       9      15
 Stock market                        1        -       -       -       -
 Cost of living                      2        3       2       3       2
 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing      1        1       1       1       1
 Economy other                       1        -       -       -       -
 
Education Total                      4%      11%     14%     11%     11%
 Education general                   2        8       9       7       7
 Funding education                   2        3       5       3       4
 
Healthcare Total                     2%       5%      6%      6%      9%
 Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMO's    2        5       5       5       6
 
Housing Total                        1%       2%      3%      3%      2%
 Housing general                     1        -       1       1       1
 
Immigration                          1        3       1       2       1
 
Politicians/Campaigns Total          3%       3%      5%      5%      3%
 Politicians/Campaigns general       1        1       1       -       1
 Political corruption                1        1       1       2       1
 Governor/State leadership           1        1       3       2       1
 
Poverty/Homeless                     1        1       -       1       2
 
Taxes Total                         19%      28%     24%     25%     18%
 Taxes general                      13       19      18      19      13
 Property tax                        5        7       5       5       4
 Cigarette tax                       1        -       -       -       -
 
Other                                4        4       5       3       4
DK/NA                                2        4       6       6       5
 
 
18. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  3      6      2      2      4      2
Not so good          27     37     19     31     31     24
Poor                 70     56     79     67     65     73
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -
Good                  4      3      3      1      6
Not so good          31     29     29     25     27
Poor                 65     69     68     73     67
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 24  Nov 15  Apr 26
                     2008    2001    2001
 
Excellent             -       1       2
Good                  3      29      46
Not so good          27      54      41
Poor                 70      14       9
DK/NA                 -       1       2
 
 
19. Would you describe the state of New York's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6      7      4     10      8      5
Not so good          43     42     46     39     44     42
Poor                 51     50     49     50     49     52
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -
Good                  7      5      6      4     12
Not so good          37     35     35     48     48
Poor                 57     59     58     48     39
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1
 
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             COMBINED
                                                             EXCLNT&GOOD
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 24  Aug 6   Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 29  Mar 29  Dec 24
                     2008    2008    2008    2008    2006    2006    2008
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1       2       2       -
Good                  6      12      21      20      35      35       6
Not so good          43      48      48      53      40      40      43
Poor                 51      38      28      25      22      22      51
DK/NA                 1       1       3       1       2       2       1
 
 
20. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             5%     8%     4%     4%     4%     6%
Good                 43     49     40     42     48     38
Not so good          35     32     37     39     33     38
Poor                 16     12     18     15     15     17
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             5%     6%     5%     5%     5%
Good                 55     43     45     41     42
Not so good          25     36     34     37     36
Poor                 15     15     15     17     16
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 24  Jan 23  Nov 15
                     2008    2002    2001
 
Excellent             5       9       8
Good                 43      53      59
Not so good          35      28      25
Poor                 16       8       6
DK/NA                 1       1       2
 
 
21. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better off           18%    19%    18%    20%    19%    18%
Worse off            60     61     60     59     60     60
SAME(VOL)            21     20     21     20     20     21
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Better off           21%    19%    19%    20%    14%
Worse off            54     60     59     59     64
SAME(VOL)            25     20     21     20     21
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Dec 24  Mar 29
                     2008    2006
 
Better off           18      39%
Worse off            60      37
SAME(VOL)            21      22
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
22. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           24%    23%    27%    20%    30%    20%
Get worse            22     21     19     29     19     25
Stay the same        50     49     52     49     45     53
DK/NA                 4      7      2      3      5      2
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Get better           24%    18%    19%    31%    24%
Get worse            22     27     26     18     23
Stay the same        53     51     51     50     46
DK/NA                 1      4      4      2      7
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Dec 24  Jan 23  Nov 15
                     2008    2002    2001
 
Get better           24      41%     35
Get worse            22       6       7
Stay the same        50      51      55
DK/NA                 4       2       3
 
23. By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better               70%    49%    85%    68%    72%    69%
Worse                 6     11      3      8      7      6
Same                 17     30     10     19     14     20
DK/NA                 6     10      3      6      7      5
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Better               70%    67%    68%    76%    67%
Worse                 4      9      8      5      5
Same                 24     17     18     15     19
DK/NA                 2      7      6      5      9
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              40%    35%    42%    40%    46%    35%
Disapprove           46     50     42     49     44     48
DK/NA                14     15     16     11     11     17
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Approve              41%    37%    37%    40%    43%
Disapprove           50     51     51     47     35
DK/NA                 9     12     12     13     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling the state budget? (*handled the state budget)
                     Dec 14  Apr 17
                     2008    2008*
                     
Approve              40      52%
Disapprove           46      18
DK/NA                14      29
 
 
25. How serious do you think New York State's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very serious         71%    71%    70%    71%    68%    73%
Smwht serious        25     28     26     24     28     23
Not too serious       3      1      2      5      3      3
Not at all serious    -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         82%    74%    76%    69%    65%
Smwht serious        17     22     21     27     32
Not too serious       1      3      2      3      4
Not at all serious    -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      -
 
 
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?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6   Nov 6   Feb 12  Dec 18
                     2008    2008    2003    2003    2002
 
Very serious         71      63      62      57      48
Smwht serious        25      32      30      37      44
Not too serious       3       2       5       3       5
Not at all serious    -       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       3    
 
 
26. Do you believe that New York State's budget problems are serious enough that it is necessary to have a tax increase?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  40%    28%    47%    41%    40%    40%
No                   53     65     44     55     55     51
DK/NA                 7      7      9      4      5      9
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  40%    35%    36%    45%    41%
No                   54     58     57     50     48
DK/NA                 6      7      7      5     11
 
 
27. Do you believe that New York State's budget problems are serious enough that it is necessary to cut some state services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  73%    74%    72%    73%    79%    67%
No                   23     23     24     22     20     26
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      1      7
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  79%    79%    79%    66%    71%
No                   11     19     18     29     23
DK/NA                10      2      3      4      6
 
 
28. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Raising taxes        36%    19%    48%    33%    31%    40%
Cutting services     53     73     39     59     61     47
DK/NA                11      8     13      8      9     12
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Raising taxes        21%    25%    24%    49%    39%
Cutting services     70     64     65     40     52
DK/NA                10     11     11     11     10
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6
                     2008    2008
 
Raising taxes        36      32
Cutting services     53      56
DK/NA                11      12
 
 
29. If a tax increase is needed, which would you prefer - raising the state sales tax, raising the state income tax or increasing the fee for auto registration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Raise sales tax      31%    36%    26%    35%    31%    31%
Raise income tax     14     13     15     12     17     11
Increase autoreg.fee 44     36     51     42     39     49
DK/NA                11     15      8     10     13      9
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Raise sales tax      25%    34%    33%    29%    31%
Raise income tax     19     17     18     12      9
Increase autoreg.fee 39     35     36     52     49
DK/NA                17     13     14      8     11
 
 
30. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              84%    72%    93%    81%    82%    87%
Oppose               13     27      5     15     17     11
DK/NA                 2      1      2      4      1      3
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Support              81%    83%    83%    88%    81%
Oppose               18     14     15     11     14
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      5
 
TREND: 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?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6
                     2008    2008
 
Support              84      78
Oppose               13      18
DK/NA                 2       4
 
 
31. There is a proposal for an "obesity tax" or a "fat tax" on non-diet sugary soft drinks. Do you support or oppose such a measure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              37%    27%    43%    39%    36%    38%
Oppose               60     72     54     59     60     59
DK/NA                 3      1      3      2      3      3
 
                     UpState.....  UpState              SOFT DRINK OF CHOICEq32
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub    Diet   Regular
 
Support              35%    32%    32%    39%    44%    39%    31%
Oppose               60     65     64     57     55     58     64
DK/NA                 6      3      4      4      2      3      4
 
 
32. Which would you say that you drink more often - diet soft drinks or regular, non-diet soft drinks?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Diet                 31%    27%    30%    37%    31%    31%
Regular              38     42     39     34     39     36
DK/NA                31     31     31     29     30     33
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Diet                 25%    34%    32%    27%    35%
Regular              38     35     36     41     37
DK/NA                37     31     32     33     28
 
 
33. Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on gasoline?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              19%    10%    25%    18%    22%    17%
Oppose               79     89     72     79     77     80
DK/NA                 2      -      3      3      1      3
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Support              19%    11%    13%    29%    15%
Oppose               81     87     85     68     83
DK/NA                 -      2      2      3      2
 
34. Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              67%    53%    76%    64%    56%    76%
Oppose               32     44     23     35     43     23
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Support              61%    63%    62%    72%    67%
Oppose               37     36     36     27     33
DK/NA                 3      2      2      1      -
 
 
35. Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on cigarettes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              73%    69%    79%    67%    73%    73%
Oppose               26     30     19     33     27     25
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      2
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Support              70%    66%    66%    78%    76%
Oppose               28     33     32     21     22
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      2
 
 
36. Governor Paterson says New York State has a budget crisis. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Agree                88%    84%    89%    88%    89%    87%
Disagree              8      8      7     10      9      7
DK/NA                 4      8      4      2      3      6
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Agree                90%    89%    89%    88%    87%
Disagree              8      9      9      9      4
DK/NA                 2      3      3      3     10
 
TREND: Governor Paterson says New York State has a budget crisis. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6
                     2008    2008
 
Agree                88      86
Disagree              8       8
DK/NA                 4       6
 
 
37. Do you think Governor Paterson has the leadership ability to solve the state's budget problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  54%    43%    63%    50%    55%    53%
No                   33     40     25     41     34     33
DK/NA                13     17     12      9     11     14
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  56%    50%    51%    55%    58%
No                   31     38     37     32     28
DK/NA                13     12     12     13     14
 
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Paterson has the leadership ability to solve the state's budget problems?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6
                     2008    2008
 
Yes                  54      54
No                   33      22
DK/NA                13      24
 
 
38. Do you think Governor Paterson and the state legislature will be able to work together to solve the state's budget problems?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    52%    65%    58%    62%    59%
No                   30     36     24     33     29     30
DK/NA                10     12     11      9      9     12
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  54%    49%    50%    70%    64%
No                   38     41     40     20     24
DK/NA                 8     10     10     10     12
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Paterson and the state legislature will be able to work together to solve the state's budget problems?
                     Dec 24  Aug 6
                     2008    2008
 
Yes                  60      57
No                   30      26
DK/NA                10      16
 
 
39. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, where do you think state spending should be decreased - health care, education or economic development?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Health care          10%    10%    10%    10%    16%     4%
Education            10     12      8     12     11      9
Economic development 65     67     66     63     60     70
DK/NA                15     11     16     15     13     17
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
 
Health care          14%     9%     9%    13%     5%
Education            11     14     13      7      8
Economic development 65     60     61     67     72
DK/NA                11     18     17     13     15