January 18, 2009 - New Yorkers Like Obama Almost 7-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bush Goes Out With 3-1 Negative Score

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On the eve of his historic inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama enjoys a 71 - 11 percent favorability rating among New York State voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Even Republicans give him a 42 - 31 percent favorability rating.

These same voters disapprove 74 - 22 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing. Republican voters approve 53 - 41 percent, while Democrats disapprove 92 - 7 percent and independent voters disapprove 79 - 17 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds.

President Bush's highest approval in New York State was 82 - 15 percent on November 14, 2001, two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

Obama's favorability in New York has ranged from a low of 44 - 9 percent in a February 14, 2007, Quinnipiac University poll to 74 - 12 percent December 24, 2008.

Favorability measures people's feelings about someone, or likability. An approval rating measures how people feel about the job someone is doing.

"New Yorkers gave Barack Obama their votes and - by a lot - they give him their vote of confidence as he gets ready to move into the White House," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They didn't vote for President Bush and - except for a brief rally-around-the-flag moment after 9/11 - they never thought very much of him."

From January 8 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,664 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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.
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              22%    53%     7%    17%    25%    19%    26%     6%
Disapprove           74     41     92     79     72     76     70     90
DK/NA                 4      6      2      4      3      4      4      4
 
                     UpState.....  UpState              AGE IN YEARS.........
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub    18-29 30-44 45-64 65+
 
Approve              28%    23%    24%    16%    26%    16%   26%   19%   26%
Disapprove           66     72     71     82     69     80    71    77    69
DK/NA                 5      5      5      1      5      4     2     3     5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President? (*also 82% on 10/2/01)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 18  Dec 23  Jun 11  Apr 18  Mar 21  Nov 14  Dec 23
                     2009    2008    2008    2008    2008    2001*   2008
 
Approve              22      18      20      22      21      82      18
Disapprove           74      78      76      73      74      15      76
DK/NA                 4       4       4       4       4       3       4
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            71%    42%    91%    69%    67%    74%    66%    93%
Unfavorable          11     31      1      7     12     10     14      1
Hvn't hrd enough     16     24      7     21     17     14     18      5
REFUSED               2      3      1      3      3      1      3      1
 
                     UpState.....  UpState              AGE IN YEARS.........
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub    18-29 30-44 45-64 65+
 
Favorable            67%    67%    67%    78%    70%    77%   72%   72%   66%
Unfavorable          13     14     14      7     11     14    13    10    10
Hvn't hrd enough     18     17     17     13     17      7    14    17    19
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      2      3     1     1     5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                            FAVORABLE.....
                                                            High    Low
                     Jan 18  Dec 24 Jun 11  Apr 18  Mar 21  Dec 24  Feb 14
                     2009    2008   2008    2008    2008    2008    2007
 
Favorable            71      74     55      50      56      74      44
Unfavorable          11      12     28      31      25      12       9
Hvn't hrd enough     16      11     14      18      17      11      46
REFUSED               2       2      3       1       2       2       1