September 1, 2010 - Cuomo Tops Lazio Or Paladino More Than 2-1, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Voters Want To Know How Cuomo Will Fix Budget

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New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor, leads either of his Republican rivals by more than 2-1, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Cuomo tops former Congressman Rick Lazio 57 - 25 percent and leads Carl Paladino 60 - 23 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Independent voters back Cuomo over Lazio 55 - 23 percent and support the Democrat over Paladino 54 - 24 percent.

New York State voters approve 69 - 20 percent of the job Cuomo is doing as Attorney General and by 54 - 21 percent, they have a favorable opinion of him.

Lazio gets a split 25 - 24 percent favorability and 49 percent of voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For Paladino, 70 percent don't know enough about him.

Voters say 63 - 23 percent that Cuomo has not done enough to explain how he will fix New York State's budget problems. Even Democrats say 52 - 35 percent that Cuomo hasn't explained enough.

Asked if Cuomo is deferring to Gov. David Paterson or "ducking his responsibility as a candidate," voters say 44 - 32 percent that he's ducking.

"Is it fair to ask if Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, as the runaway favorite for Governor, has done enough to tell New Yorkers where he stands on issues? Voters think it is. Almost two- thirds of New Yorkers would like him to say more," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Is Cuomo's reticence to speak out simply polite deference to the sitting Governor, David Paterson, or is he ducking his responsibilities? Lots of New Yorkers agree with each of those arguments, but more say 'ducking,'" Carroll added.

"Rick Lazio or Carl Paladino - take your pick. Cuomo trounces either of them."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat, dominates any of her three possible Republican challengers:
  • 44 - 26 percent over Bruce Blakeman;
  • 45 - 24 percent over David Malpass;
  • 43 - 28 percent over Joseph DioGuardi.
New York State voters approve 46 - 27 percent of the job Sen. Gillibrand is doing and give her a 38 - 21 percent favorability rating, with 39 percent who haven't heard enough about her to form an opinion.

The "don't know enough" factor for each of the three Republicans ranges from 76 percent to 85 percent. "Who are those guys who want to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand? In match-ups, each of the three gets the generic Republican vote. But most voters don't know much about any of them," Carroll said.

Worst Score Ever for State Legislature

New York State voters disapprove 75 - 15 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, matching the 76 - 16 percent disapproval from a June 23 Quinnipiac University poll for the worst overall net score ever. Voters say 55 - 31 percent that their local state senator should be voted out of office as part of an overall house-cleaning in Albany, the highest anti-incumbent score ever.

Their State Assembly member should go, too, voters say 53 - 33 percent, the highest anti- incumbent score for Assembly members as well.

"State legislators ought to be nervous. More than half of voters say that, to clean house in Albany, they'd even vote against their own senator or Assembly member. That sort of mass movement never has happened - but the Legislature overall gets terrible marks, and New Yorkers, overall, are unhappy with the state of the state," Carroll said.

From August 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,497 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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.

4. 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
Cuomo                57%    24%    81%    55%    55%    59%
Lazio                25     67      5     23     29     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      -      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      2      2      1
DK/NA                14      8     12     16     11     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Cuomo                52%    72%    43%
Lazio                26     15     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1
DK/NA                17     10     15
 
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?
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
Cuomo                57      56      58      55      57      62      61
Lazio                25      26      26      26      25      22      22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       2       2       1       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                14      14      13      15      11      14      13
 
 
5. 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
Cuomo                60%    27%    86%    54%    58%    62%
Paladino             23     59      3     24     29     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      3      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                14     13     10     17     10     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Cuomo                54%    74%    48%
Paladino             29     12     32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1
DK/NA                12     12     19
 
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?
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
Cuomo                60      55      59      60
Paladino             23      25      23      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2       2
DK/NA                14      16      15      14
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            54%    30%    69%    55%    54%    55%
Unfavorable          21     44      4     25     26     16
Hvn't hrd enough     22     21     25     18     17     25
REFUSED               3      5      2      3      3      4
 
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
                     Sep 01  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Jun 24  May 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009*   2009
Favorable            54      57      59      54      57      63      51
Unfavorable          21      18      19      16      14      15      13
Hvn't hrd enough     22      22      20      28      27      20      34
REFUSED               3       3       2       2       1       2       2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Rick Lazio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            25%    52%    12%    23%    31%    21%
Unfavorable          24      9     30     29     28     21
Hvn't hrd enough     49     36     56     47     39     57
REFUSED               2      3      2      1      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Lazio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
Favorable            25      24      24      20      19      15
Unfavorable          24      18      19      15      13      13
Hvn't hrd enough     49      56      56      64      67      70
REFUSED               2       1       2       1       1       2
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Carl Paladino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            16%    36%     5%    16%    24%    10%
Unfavorable          13      7     16     13     13     12
Hvn't hrd enough     70     55     78     71     62     77
REFUSED               1      2      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Carl Paladino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010
Favorable            16      10      12
Unfavorable          13      10       8
Hvn't hrd enough     70      79      79
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
9. 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
Gillibrand           44%     9%    70%    37%    42%    45%
Blakeman             26     68      5     24     33     20
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      3      1      3
DK/NA                27     21     23     34     23     31
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Gillibrand           39%    55%    34%
Blakeman             30     15     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2
DK/NA                28     26     28
 
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?
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
Gillibrand           44      48      46      47      44
Blakeman             26      27      26      25      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       3       2
DK/NA                27      21      26      24      26
 
 
10. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held tod Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Gillibrand           45%    13%    72%    38%    44%    47%
Malpass              24     63      4     24     30     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      2      3
DK/NA                27     23     22     33     23     30
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Gillibrand           41%    58%    33%
Malpass              28     14     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      1
DK/NA                26     25     31
 
TREND: 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?
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22
                     2010    2010    2010
Gillibrand           45      49      47
Malpass              24      24      25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       1       1
DK/NA                27      23      25
 
 
11. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and Joe DioGuardi the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Gillibrand           43%    14%    69%    37%    42%    44%
DioGuardi            28     65      8     27     34     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      4      2      3
DK/NA                25     19     21     31     20     29
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Gillibrand           40%    54%    33%
DioGuardi            29     19     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      2      2
DK/NA                25     24     25
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Kirsten Gillibrand favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            38%    18%    51%    35%    36%    39%
Unfavorable          21     36      6     27     25     18
Hvn't hrd enough     39     42     41     35     37     41
REFUSED               2      3      1      2      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Kirsten Gillibrand favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? (*Low also 24% Feb 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Sep 01  Apr 6
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009*
Favorable            38      37      37      33      26      38      24
Unfavorable          21      23      23      22      15      21      11
Hvn't hrd enough     39      39      39      44      58      39      64
REFUSED               2       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Bruce Blakeman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            10%    19%     5%     9%    12%     7%
Unfavorable           5      1      7      6      6      4
Hvn't hrd enough     84     78     86     85     79     88
REFUSED               1      2      2      -      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bruce Blakeman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 01  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
Favorable            10       8       7      11
Unfavorable           5       5       6       4
Hvn't hrd enough     84      87      87      84
REFUSED               1       -       -       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of David Malpass favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable             8%    20%     3%     6%    11%     5%
Unfavorable           6      1     10      6      7      6
Hvn't hrd enough     85     76     85     89     81     89
REFUSED               1      3      2      -      2      1
 
 
15. Is your opinion of Joe DioGuardi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Favorable            17%    29%    11%    15%    23%    12%
Unfavorable           6      2      7      7      7      5
Hvn't hrd enough     76     67     80     78     69     82
REFUSED               2      2      2      1      1      2
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              29%    28%    30%    28%    34%    25%
Disapprove           60     64     58     62     58     61
DK/NA                11      8     12     11      8     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              30%    32%    25%
Disapprove           61     56     62
DK/NA                 9     12     13
 
 
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
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Aug 6   Mar 10  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010*   2010
Approve              29      31      29      25      64      21      25
Disapprove           60      57      62      65      14      61      65
DK/NA                11      12       9      10      22      17      10
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              46%    22%    61%    46%    42%    49%
Disapprove           27     49     14     29     35     21
DK/NA                27     29     25     24     23     29
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              45%    52%    37%
Disapprove           30     19     36
DK/NA                24     29     27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Jul 28  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              46      48      44      47      42      48      28
Disapprove           27      26      27      25      28      26      10
DK/NA                27      26      29      29      31      26      62
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              58%    38%    73%    53%    58%    58%
Disapprove           31     52     14     38     37     26
DK/NA                11     10     13      9      5     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              53%    67%    52%
Disapprove           33     22     42
DK/NA                13     11      7
 
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
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Dec 8   Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2004*   1999    2010
Approve              58      55      60      61      69      51      55
Disapprove           31      33      28      26      16      22      33
DK/NA                11      12      12      13      15      28      12
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              15%    13%    21%    13%    15%    16%
Disapprove           75     80     67     79     81     70
DK/NA                 9      7     12      8      4     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              10%    21%    16%
Disapprove           82     68     75
DK/NA                 9     10      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Apr 4   Sep 01  Jun 23
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2007    2010    2010
Approve              15      16      16      21      34      15      16
Disapprove           75      74      76      68      43      75      76
DK/NA                 9      10       7      10      23       9       7
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              69%    51%    79%    69%    69%    69%
Disapprove           20     35     11     20     23     17
DK/NA                11     14      9     11      9     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              67%    75%    60%
Disapprove           22     13     28
DK/NA                11     12     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                      APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                      High    Low     High
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13   Feb 17  Feb 13  Sep 01
                     2010    2010    2010    2010     2009    2007    2010
 
Approve              69      69      72      74       76      42      69
Disapprove           20      17      16      14       11      16      20
DK/NA                11      14      12      12       13      42      11
 
22. 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              28%    24%    34%    23%    29%    26%
Disapprove           43     47     33     52     53     35
DK/NA                29     29     33     25     18     39
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              25%    34%    23%
Disapprove           48     36     46
DK/NA                28     30     31
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Apr 6   Dec 24  Apr 14
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2008    2010
Approve              28      26      26      25      28      38      25
Disapprove           43      44      39      40      36      34      40
DK/NA                29      30      34      35      36      38      35
 
 
23. 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        1%     -      1%     1%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      19     12     28     16     18     20
Smwht dissatisfied   31     27     37     30     28     34
Very dissatisfied    47     61     33     53     52     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      13     26     20
Smwht dissatisfied   26     36     32
Very dissatisfied    60     37     43
DK/NA                 -      1      4
 
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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Feb 3   Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    1998    2010
Very satisfied        1       3       1       2       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      19      20      18      20      24      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   31      32      33      32      35      20      33
Very dissatisfied    47      45      47      46      39       7      47
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
 
24. Which comes closer to your view about your state Senator - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your state Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your state Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Deserves reelection  31%    23%    41%    28%    27%    35%
Shld be thrown out   55     64     43     62     61     50
DK/NA                14     13     16     10     12     15
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Deserves reelection  25%    37%    32%
Shld be thrown out   63     46     56
DK/NA                12     17     12
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Senator - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your State Senator?
                     Sep 01  Apr 14  Dec 16  Aug 18
                     2010    2010    2009    2009
Deserves reelection  31      39      41      40
Shld be thrown out   55      50      46      49
DK/NA                14      11      13      11
 
 
25. Which comes closer to your view about your State Assembly member - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Assembly member has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Assembly should be thrown out including your State Assembly member.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Deserves reelection  33%    25%    43%    27%    30%    35%
Shld be thrown out   53     61     42     60     60     47
DK/NA                14     13     16     13     10     18
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Deserves reelection  27%    39%    34%
Shld be thrown out   61     43     52
DK/NA                11     18     13
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Assembly member - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Assembly member has done a good should be thrown out including your State Assembly member?
                     Sep 01  Apr 14
                     2010    2010
Deserves reelection  33      35
Shld be thrown out   53      48
DK/NA                14      17
 
26. 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
Yes                  23%    17%    35%    14%    24%    23%
No                   63     75     52     69     67     60
DK/NA                13      8     14     17     10     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Yes                  25%    22%    23%
No                   64     61     66
DK/NA                11     17     11
 
TREND: 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?
                     Sep 01  Jun 22
                     2010    2010
Yes                  23      21
No                   63      64
DK/NA                13      15
 
 
27. 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
Deferring            32%    21%    42%    30%    31%    33%
Ducking              44     58     32     48     50     39
DK/NA                24     21     26     22     19     28
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Deferring            28%    36%    32%
Ducking              47     38     49
DK/NA                25     26     19
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view: Andrew Cuomo is politely deferring to thecurrent governor on the budget or Andrew Cuomo is ducking his responsibility as a candidate to make his positions known?
                     Sep 01  Jun 22
                     2010    2010
Deferring            32      38
Ducking              44      41
DK/NA                24      21