June 22, 2010 - Cuomo Not Telling Us Enough About His Budget Plan, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; But He Still Has Huge Approval And 2-1 Leads

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New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor, is not doing enough to explain what he would do to fix the state's budget problems, New York State voters say 64 - 21 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans say 68 - 20 percent Cuomo isn't explaining enough, an opinion shared by Democrats 58 - 26 percent and independent voters 71 - 15 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Explaining his seeming silence, 38 percent of voters say Cuomo is "politely deferring" to Gov. David Paterson on the budget, but 41 percent say Cuomo is "ducking his responsibility." Independent voters split 40 - 41 percent on whether Cuomo is being polite or ducking. Democrats go with polite 43 - 34 percent, while Republicans say ducking 52 - 31 percent.

But Cuomo still has a 72 - 16 percent approval rating and leads in the general election:
  • 58 - 26 percent over Republican Rick Lazio, compared to 55 - 26 percent April 13;
  • 59 - 23 percent over Republican Carl Paladino, compared to 60 - 24 percent. Lazio tops Paladino in a Republican primary 46 - 17 percent, with 28 percent undecided.
Cuomo's 72 percent job approval, continuing a one-year string of plus 70 scores, includes a 56 - 29 percent approval among Republicans.

"Imagine that: Voters want to hear more from a politician. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been too quiet on how we would solve Albany's budget mess, which he'll inherit - if he's elected," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"That's the verdict, 3-1, across the political spectrum. Even Democrats are impatient to hear from the Attorney General who would be Governor."

"To put it more bluntly, is Cuomo just politely deferring to Gov. David Paterson, who is up to his ears in this year's budget mess, or is he ducking? New Yorkers split down the middle. The percentage giving him credit for minding his manners matches the percentage who think he's ducking his responsibilities," Carroll added.

"Except for those reservations, you'd almost have to ask why we should bother with an election. Cuomo trounces both of the Republican would-be governors, who haven't gained an inch in two months.

"If Andrew Cuomo gets the job that his father Mario Cuomo once held, would he do better or worse than Dad? About the same, 51 percent of New Yorkers think, while 20 percent say he'll be better than Dad and 10 percent say worse."

New York State voters have a 57 - 18 percent favorable opinion of Cuomo. For Lazio, 56 percent haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion and 79 percent haven't heard enough about Paladino.

U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 44 - 27 percent approval rating and a 37 - 23 percent favorability, with 39 percent who don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

She leads two largely unknown Republican challengers, 46 - 26 percent over Bruce Blakeman and 47 - 25 percent over David Malpass. For Blakeman, 87 percent don't know enough; for Malpass, the don't-know-enough is 90 percent.

"Anonymity afflicts all the Republicans - even Rick Lazio, who ran a statewide race against Hillary Clinton. Remember? Here's a tougher memory test for political junkies: Do you remember what statewide job Bruce Blakeman ran for?" Carroll asked.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 60 - 28 percent approval rating and voters say 52 - 33 percent that he deserves reelection.

New York State voters disapprove 62 - 29 percent of the job Gov. Paterson is doing. Voters approve 55 - 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

From June 15 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,592 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 485 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Lazio                46%    50%    42%
Paladino             17     18     16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      6      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      5
DK/NA                28     23     33
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
                     Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010
Lazio                46      34
Levy                  -      11
Paladino             17      11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       2
DK/NA                28      40
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Malpass              11%    11%    11%
Blakeman             14     15     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      6      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      5      2
DK/NA                67     64     71
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rick Lazio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Cuomo                58%    26%    86%    50%    58%    58%    52%    83%
Lazio                26     65      4     29     27     25     33      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      2      2      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      2      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                13      7      9     17     11     15     12     10
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Cuomo                61%    52%    53%    68%    50%
Lazio                19     32     30     15     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                17     12     13     14     11
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rick Lazio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
Cuomo                58      55      57      62      61
Lazio                26      26      25      22      22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       1       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                13      15      11      14      13
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Carl Paladino the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Cuomo                59%    30%    82%    54%    58%    59%    55%    76%
Paladino             23     54      4     23     24     21     28      7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      -      2      3      1      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      2      1      2      2
DK/NA                15     10     12     19     14     17     14     14
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Cuomo                58%    54%    54%    63%    59%
Paladino             17     29     27     17     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      1
DK/NA                22     13     15     16     14
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Carl Paladino the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010
Cuomo                59      60
Paladino             23      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2
DK/NA                15      14
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            57%    36%    76%    54%    57%    57%    55%    68%
Unfavorable          18     42      5     19     21     16     24      3
Hvn't hrd enough     22     20     16     23     19     24     19     26
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      4      3      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 63% Apr 2009 and Feb 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21  Jun 24  May 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009*   2009
Favorable            57      59      54      57      61      63      51
Unfavorable          18      19      16      14      13      15      13
Hvn't hrd enough     22      20      28      27      23      20      34
REFUSED               3       2       2       1       3       2       2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Rick Lazio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            24%    51%    10%    26%    27%    22%    30%     6%
Unfavorable          18      8     26     16     25     13     19     14
Hvn't hrd enough     56     40     63     56     47     64     50     79
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Lazio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
Favorable            24      24      20      19      15
Unfavorable          18      19      15      13      13
Hvn't hrd enough     56      56      64      67      70
REFUSED               1       2       1       1       2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Carl Paladino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            10%    24%     4%     9%    11%    10%    13%     4%
Unfavorable          10      7     14      9     12      9     10     11
Hvn't hrd enough     79     69     81     82     77     81     77     83
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Carl Paladino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010
Favorable            10      12
Unfavorable          10       8
Hvn't hrd enough     79      79
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
8. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and Bruce Blakeman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Gillibrand           46%    13%    73%    37%    46%    46%    41%    64%
Blakeman             26     67      4     26     27     25     32      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      1      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      2      2      1      1      1
DK/NA                26     18     20     33     24     28     24     26
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Gillibrand           47%    46%    46%    49%    39%
Blakeman             21     29     27     20     33
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      1
DK/NA                31     24     25     27     26
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and Bruce Blakeman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010
Gillibrand           46      47      44
Blakeman             26      25      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       3       2
DK/NA                26      24      26
 
 
9. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and David Malpass the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Gillibrand           47%    16%    74%    38%    46%    47%    41%    66%
Malpass              25     63      3     27     26     24     31      6
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      2      2      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      2      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                25     18     21     31     24     27     24     26
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Gillibrand           45%    46%    46%    52%    39%
Malpass              23     31     30     17     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                31     21     23     27     28
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Kirsten Gillibrand favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable            37%    22%    50%    35%    38%    36%    36%    47%
Unfavorable          23     50      7     27     27     20     30      8
Hvn't hrd enough     39     27     42     37     35     42     33     44
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Kirsten Gillibrand favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? (*High also 37% Apr 2010 / **Low also 24% Feb 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Jun 24  Jun 22  Apr 6
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010*   2009**
Favorable            37      37      33      26      25      37      24
Unfavorable          23      23      22      15      10      23      11
Hvn't hrd enough     39      39      44      58      63      39      64
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Bruce Blakeman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable             8%    20%     3%     8%     8%     8%     9%     7%
Unfavorable           5      1      9      3      9      2      4      9
Hvn't hrd enough     87     79     88     88     83     90     87     84
REFUSED               -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bruce Blakeman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010
Favorable             8       7      11
Unfavorable           5       6       4
Hvn't hrd enough     87      87      84
REFUSED               -       -       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of - David Malpass favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Favorable             7%    11%     5%     6%     9%     5%     6%    10%
Unfavorable           3      3      3      2      4      2      3      3
Hvn't hrd enough     90     85     91     92     87     93     91     88
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
13. 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              29%    26%    31%    29%    30%    27%    28%    32%
Disapprove           62     67     60     62     62     62     64     58
DK/NA                 9      7      9      9      8     11      8     10
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Approve              30%    31%    31%    29%    23%
Disapprove           57     61     60     61     67
DK/NA                13      8      9     10     10
                                    7
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor? (*Low also 21% Mar 2010)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Mar 10  Mar 5   Aug 6   Mar 10  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010*   2010
Approve              29      25      21      21      64      21      25
Disapprove           62      65      61      61      14      61      65
DK/NA                 9      10      17      18      22      17      10
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              44%    27%    60%    39%    45%    44%    43%    57%
Disapprove           27     48     11     33     30     24     32     11
DK/NA                29     25     29     28     26     32     26     32
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21  Apr 13  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010    2009
Approve              44      47      42      40      32      47      28
Disapprove           27      25      28      21      20      25      10
DK/NA                29      29      31      39      48      29      62
 
 
15. 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              60%    35%    78%    56%    57%    63%    59%    73%
Disapprove           28     55      9     33     34     22     32     12
DK/NA                12     10     13     11      9     15      9     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High app also 69% Oct 2001)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Dec 8   Apr 15  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2004*   1999    2010
Approve              60      61      58      62      69      51      58
Disapprove           28      26      30      27      16      22      30
DK/NA                12      13      12      11      15      28      12
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              55%    14%    84%    47%    53%    57%    46%    91%
Disapprove           39     79     12     45     42     37     48      7
DK/NA                 6      7      3      8      6      6      7      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21  Feb 19  Jun 22
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010
Approve              55      62      57      59      62      72      55
Disapprove           39      33      38      36      32      17      39
DK/NA                 6       5       5       5       6      10       6
 
 
18. 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              72%    56%    83%    76%    72%    72%    72%    73%
Disapprove           16     29      7     16     17     15     16     15
DK/NA                12     15     10      9     11     13     12     12
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Approve              69%    73%    72%    73%    71%
Disapprove           19     17     18     12     18
DK/NA                12     10     10     15     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Mar 3   Feb 3   Feb 17  Feb 13  Jul 31
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2007    2007
Approve              72      74      70      71      76      42      68
Disapprove           16      14      16      15      11      16      19
DK/NA                12      12      14      15      13      42      14
 
 
21. Looking ahead to the 2010 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Charles Schumer deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Yes/deserves         52%    29%    70%    48%    52%    52%    51%    66%
No/does not          33     60     15     37     36     30     36     18
DK/NA                15     10     16     14     12     18     12     16
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Yes/deserves         48%    47%    47%    60%    48%
No/does not          27     40     37     24     39
DK/NA                25     13     15     16     13
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2010 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Charles Schumer deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010
Yes/deserves         52      53      54
No/does not          33      32      33
DK/NA                15      15      13
 
22. Do you think Andrew Cuomo would be a better governor than his father, Mario Cuomo, a worse governor, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Better               20%    21%    20%    22%    22%    19%    21%    17%
Worse                10     15      6     11     13      7     11      5
About the same       51     54     55     49     48     55     51     61
DK/NA                18     10     19     18     17     20     18     17
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Better               22%    23%    23%    16%    22%
Worse                 7      7      7      9     16
About the same       51     53     52     53     47
DK/NA                20     16     17     22     15
 
 
23. Do you think Andrew Cuomo has done enough to explain what he will do to correct New York State's budget problems if he is elected governor or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Yes                  21%    20%    26%    15%    20%    22%    19%    31%
No                   64     68     58     71     68     60     66     57
DK/NA                15     12     16     14     13     17     15     12
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Yes                  19%    21%    21%    21%    22%
No                   57     65     63     64     65
DK/NA                23     14     16     16     13
 
 
24. Which comes closer to your point of view: Andrew Cuomo is politely deferring to the current governor on the budget or Andrew Cuomo is ducking his responsibility as a candidate to make his positions known?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Deferring            38%    31%    43%    40%    39%    37%    38%    35%
Ducking              41     52     34     41     43     38     41     44
DK/NA                21     17     23     19     18     25     21     21
 
                     UpState.....  UpState
                     Urban  Othr   Total  NYC    Sub
Deferring            44%    37%    39%    37%    38%
Ducking              34     43     42     39     40
DK/NA                22     19     20     23     21