February 23, 2011 - Ditch The Steamroller And Work It Out Over Dinner, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Cuomo's First Approval As Governor Almost 4-1

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New York State voters approve 56 - 15 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, with 29 percent undecided, and say 68 - 19 percent that Gov. Cuomo's tactic of meeting with legislators over a meal is better than trying to steamroll them, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a February 13, 2007, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, New York State voters said 61 - 24 percent that then Gov. Eliot Spitzer's pledge to steamroll his opponents was a good thing. By October 2, 2007, voters were saying that the steamroller tactic was contributing to gridlock rather than helping 51 - 16 percent.

This is Quinnipiac University's first look at Cuomo's job approval as governor and can not be compared with earlier measures of his favorability or "likability."

Cuomo gets a 57 - 14 percent approval from Republicans, 56 - 14 percent from Democrats and 59 - 14 percent from independent voters. Approval is 63 - 13 percent among upstate voters, 50 - 17 percent among suburban voters and 53 - 15 percent among New York City voters. Men approve 61 - 14 percent while women approve 52 - 15 percent.

Voters disapprove 65 - 20 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing. They disapprove 42 - 35 percent of the job their local State Assembly member is doing, but approve 49 - 32 percent of their local state senator.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat, right? His job approval is strong but the political and geographical pattern has a Republican look - he does best upstate, better than in the city or suburbs," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Those sit-down meals with legislators in the Governor's Mansion are a good idea, voters think," Carroll added. "They prefer Cuomo's friendly persuasion to the steamroller personality claimed by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Voters prefer breaking bread to breaking heads."

Asked their opinions about their new governor, New York State voters say:
  • 46 percent like Cuomo personally and his policies;
  • 16 percent like Cuomo, but not his policies;
  • 10 percent like his policies, but don't like Cuomo;
  • 10 percent don't like Cuomo or his policies.
"Most voters like Cuomo, including many who like him even though they don't like his policies," Carroll said.

New York State voters approve 57 - 28 percent of the way Gov. Cuomo is handling the state budget and 97 percent say the state's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious." But voters are mixed on some of the proposed steps to balance the budget:
  • Voters oppose 76 - 22 percent cutting state aid to public schools;
  • Voters oppose 64 - 32 percent cutting Medicaid;
  • Voters support 58 - 37 percent reducing pensions for new state employees;
  • Voters support 72 - 24 percent a wage freeze for state workers;
  • Voters support 56 - 32 percent furloughs for state workers;
  • Voters split on state worker layoffs with 46 percent in support and 48 percent opposed.
"Just about everyone agrees that the state is in miserable financial shape. But voters reject the Willie Sutton rule, to go where the money is," Carroll said. "They oppose cuts in the big budget items - school aid and Medicaid. They take aim at government workers, agreeing with Cuomo on a wage freeze and possible furloughs."

President, Senators Approval

New York State voters approve 53 - 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, identical to a 53 - 40 percent approval January 27.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 54 - 20 percent approval rating, up from 48 - 21 percent last month and her highest score ever in a Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 60 - 26 percent job approval rating.

From February 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,457 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds Blk
 
Approve              56%    57%    56%    59%    61%    52%    56%    47%
Disapprove           15     14     14     14     14     15     21     13
DK/NA                29     28     30     27     25     33     23     40
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              63%    53%    50%
Disapprove           13     15     17
DK/NA                24     32     33
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              60%    48%    74%    56%    60%    60%    62%
Disapprove           26     41     12     29     32     21     26
DK/NA                14     11     15     15      8     19     13
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              58%    66%    54%
Disapprove           26     21     34
DK/NA                16     13     12
 
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
                     Feb 23  Jan 27  Sep 01  Jul 28  Dec 08  Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2004*   1999    2010
 
Approve              60      57      58      55      69      51      55
Disapprove           26      24      31      33      16      22      33
DK/NA                14      18      11      12      15      28      12
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              54%    40%    63%    53%    52%    55%    60%
Disapprove           20     30     10     23     28     13     18
DK/NA                26     30     27     24     20     32     23
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              56%    54%    49%
Disapprove           20     18     24
DK/NA                24     28     28
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Jan 27  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 22  Feb 23  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2011    2009
 
Approve              54      48      46      48      44      54      28
Disapprove           20      21      27      26      27      20      10
DK/NA                26      31      27      26      29      26      62
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds Blk
 
Approve              53%    18%    81%    48%    50%    56%    55%    86%
Disapprove           41     76     14     45     46     36     38      9
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      3      8      7      5
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              47%    67%    41%
Disapprove           46     28     55
DK/NA                 7      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Jan 27  Dec 08  Aug 31  Jul 29  Feb 19  Dec 08
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              53      53      48      51      53      72      48
Disapprove           41      40      43      41      41      17      43
DK/NA                 6       7       9       7       6      10       9
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              20%    17%    26%    17%    22%    18%    16%
Disapprove           65     73     54     71     70     60     72
DK/NA                15     10     20     13      8     22     13
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              12%    28%    20%
Disapprove           74     55     66
DK/NA                14     17     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Feb 23  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 04  Sep 01  Jun 23
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2007    2010    2010
 
Approve              20      15      16      16      34      15      16
Disapprove           65      75      74      76      43      75      76
DK/NA                15       9      10       7      23       9       7
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              35%    31%    42%    29%    33%    38%    34%
Disapprove           42     46     36     49     49     36     49
DK/NA                22     23     22     22     18     26     17
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              31%    39%    38%
Disapprove           51     35     39
DK/NA                19     26     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              35      55      48      54
Disapprove           42      22      26      24
DK/NA                22      15      19      17
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              49%    45%    56%    45%    47%    51%    52%
Disapprove           32     39     24     37     36     29     34
DK/NA                18     16     20     18     17     20     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    52%    54%
Disapprove           41     24     30
DK/NA                14     24     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              49      63      54      58
Disapprove           32      22      27      25
DK/NA                18      15      19      17
 
 
8. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     1%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      29     27     38     23     30     29     24
Smwht dissatisfied   34     27     37     36     33     35     34
Very dissatisfied    33     43     21     39     34     33     39
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      1      2      1
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        1%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      22     36     32
Smwht dissatisfied   35     34     32
Very dissatisfied    41     25     33
DK/NA                 1      2      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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 08  Sep 01  Jul 28  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       1       3      13       1
Smwht satisfied      29      26      23      19      20      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   34      37      31      31      32      20      33
Very dissatisfied    33      33      42      47      45       7      47
DK/NA                 2       2       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
9. Which one of the following statements comes closest to the way you feel about Andrew Cuomo: A) I like Andrew Cuomo as a person and I also like most of his policies B) I like Andrew Cuomo as a person but I don't like most of his policies C) I don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person but I do like most of his policies D) I don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person and I also don't like most of his policies
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Person/Policies      46%    38%    54%    47%    46%    47%    45%
Person/Not policies  16     21     17     13     16     15     18
Policies/Not person  10     15      6     11     12      8      6
Not Pol/Not person   10     10      5     14     11      9     15
DK/NA                18     17     18     15     14     21     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Person/Policies      47%    48%    42%
Person/Not policies  18     15     13
Policies/Not person   9     11     10
Not Pol/Not person    9      9     14
DK/NA                16     17     21
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Approve              57%    55%    55%    63%    63%    51%    53%
Disapprove           28     30     27     26     25     29     33
DK/NA                16     15     19     11     12     20     15
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              61%    52%    57%    61%    49%    60%    60%    63%
Disapprove           28     27     28     25     31     28     25     26
DK/NA                11     21     16     14     20     12     15     11
 
 
11. How serious do you think New York State's budget problems are very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Very serious         81%    85%    75%    85%    79%    83%    77%
Smwht serious        16     11     22     13     19     14     22
Not too serious       1      3      2      -      1      2      1
Not at all serious    1      1      -      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very serious         84%    76%    84%    84%    80%    80%    80%    82%
Smwht serious        15     20     13     14     17     17     18     15
Not too serious       1      2      2      1      2      2      1      1
Not at all serious    -      1      -      -      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                 -      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? (*High also 81 Feb 2010)
                                                             VERY SERIOUS..
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09  Feb 04  Aug 18  Feb 23  Dec 18
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2011*   2002
 
Very serious         81      77      78      81      65      81      48
Smwht serious        16      19      19      15      28      16      44
Not too serious       1       1       1       3       5       1       5
Not at all serious    1       1       1       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       1       1       5
 
 
12. Do you think Governor Cuomo and the legislature will be able to solve New York State's budget problems or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Yes                  39%    36%    46%    37%    42%    37%    36%
No                   47     54     37     51     50     45     54
DK/NA                13     10     17     12      8     18     10
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  38%    42%    39%    37%    46%    34%    37%    44%
No                   53     41     46     51     39     54     52     46
DK/NA                 9     17     14     12     15     12     11     10
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Cuomo and the legislature will be able to solve New York State's budget problems or not?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Yes                  39      43      38
No                   47      39      46
DK/NA                13      17      16
 
 
13. Should Governor Cuomo steamroll his opponents to get what he wants or should he try to persuade them as they share a meal?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Steamroll            19%    20%    16%    22%    26%    14%    15%
Persuade             68     68     71     66     66     70     75
DK/NA                12     12     13     12      8     17      9
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Steamroll            20%    19%    17%    22%    17%    20%    20%    23%
Persuade             69     66     69     66     68     73     71     67
DK/NA                11     14     14     11     15      7      9      9
 
 
14. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer; raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Raise taxes          30%    13%    43%    29%    26%    34%    35%
Cut services         55     75     41     58     62     49     50
DK/NA                15     12     17     13     12     18     15
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Raise taxes          25%    37%    27%    26%    31%    28%    34%    30%
Cut services         63     44     59     63     44     62     54     61
DK/NA                13     19     13     11     25     10     12      9
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer - raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09  Feb 04  Aug 18  Feb 18  Jan 15
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Raising taxes        30      27      30      30      33      34      30
Cutting services     55      60      56      58      54      51      56
DK/NA                15      13      15      12      13      15      14
 
 
15. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              46%    59%    31%    55%    55%    38%    37%
Oppose               48     33     65     38     40     55     58
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      4      8      5
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              52%    36%    50%    52%    44%    40%    43%    60%
Oppose               41     58     43     42     48     53     54     36
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      7      6      3      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Support              46      45      43
Oppose               48      47      52
DK/NA                 6       8       6
 
 
16. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - furloughs for state employees?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              56%    62%    45%    64%    62%    49%    50%
Oppose               32     26     42     26     27     37     44
DK/NA                12     12     13     11     11     13      6
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              57%    52%    59%    63%    51%    52%    60%    66%
Oppose               31     36     30     29     35     40     33     29
DK/NA                12     12     11      8     14      8      8      5
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - furloughs for state employees?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Support              56      52      56
Oppose               32      30      32
DK/NA                12      17      13
 
 
17. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state workers?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              72%    78%    65%    77%    74%    70%    66%
Oppose               24     19     28     22     22     25     32
DK/NA                 5      3      7      1      3      5      2
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              78%    65%    72%    80%    65%    72%    75%    80%
Oppose               17     29     26     18     28     26     23     19
DK/NA                 4      6      2      2      7      2      2      1
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09  Feb 04  Dec 16
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2009
 
Support              72      75      72      75      68
Oppose               24      20      23      20      28
DK/NA                 5       5       5       5       5
 
 
18. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - reducing pension benefits for new state workers?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              58%    66%    46%    66%    63%    53%    48%
Oppose               37     30     47     30     33     40     47
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      4      8      5
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              65%    47%    62%    65%    51%    52%    58%    69%
Oppose               29     48     32     29     40     45     37     29
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      9      3      5      1
 
 
19. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting state aid to public schools?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              22%    36%     8%    26%    28%    16%    16%
Oppose               76     62     91     72     70     82     83
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2      1
 
                                          HvKids
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    PubSch
 
Support              26%    17%    23%    14%
Oppose               72     81     75     86
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose cutting state aid to public schools?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09  Feb 04
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Support              22      18      19      19
Oppose               76      79      78      78
DK/NA                 2       3       3       2
 
 
20. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting state aid to your local public schools?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              23%    37%     8%    27%    29%    17%    16%
Oppose               74     60     90     70     69     79     82
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      2      3      2
 
                                          HvKids
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    PubSch
 
Support              28%    17%    23%    14%
Oppose               70     79     74     85
DK/NA                 2      4      2      -
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting state aid to your local public schools?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26
                     2011    2011
 
Support              23      18
Oppose               74      79
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
21. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting Medicaid, which is the government program which pays for health care for low income people?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Support              32%    46%    19%    37%    39%    25%    31%
Oppose               64     51     80     57     57     71     66
DK/NA                 4      3      2      5      3      4      3
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              39%    26%    30%    37%    18%    32%    37%    37%
Oppose               57     71     66     59     77     65     61     59
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      5      3      2      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - cutting Medicaid, which is the government program which pays for health care for low income people?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26
                     2011    2011
 
Support              32      28
Oppose               64      69
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
22. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged that in trying to balance the state's budget deficit that he will not raise taxes. Do you think Andrew Cuomo should have made this pledge or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Yes                  46%    57%    38%    44%    45%    46%    37%
No                   48     35     54     55     50     47     59
DK/NA                 6      8      8      2      5      7      4
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  49%    43%    44%    49%    43%    45%    47%    46%
No                   45     50     51     47     49     52     50     52
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      8      3      3      3
 
 
23. Do you think Andrew Cuomo will be able to keep this pledge or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Yes                  29%    34%    29%    26%    28%    30%    23%
No                   60     58     56     65     63     57     72
DK/NA                11      8     15      9      9     14      5
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  30%    26%    31%    31%    30%    31%    25%    27%
No                   63     57     60     60     50     60     67     66
DK/NA                 7     17      9      9     20      9      8      7
 
 
24. If a tax increase is needed, which would you prefer; raising the state sales tax or raising the state income tax?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Sales tax            59%    63%    56%    62%    60%    59%    63%
Income tax           31     25     37     30     31     31     27
DK/NA                10     12      7      8      9     10     10
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Sales tax            59%    58%    62%    61%    54%    61%    66%    63%
Income tax           33     33     24     29     37     30     28     28
DK/NA                 8      8     14     11      8      9      7      9
 
TREND: If a tax increase is needed, which would you prefer - raising the state sales tax or raising the state income tax?
                     Feb 23  Feb 18  Jan 15  Aug 6
                     2011    2009    2009    2008
 
Raising sales tax    59      64      61      58
Raising income tax   31      28      29      32
DK/NA                10       8      10      10
 
 
25. Should there be a cap on how much property taxes can be raised annually in New York State or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Yes                  80%    88%    74%    81%    79%    80%    83%
No                   15      9     18     15     18     11     13
DK/NA                 6      3      8      4      3      8      4
 
                                          Home   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Owners <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  82%    73%    87%    84%    76%    81%    86%    77%
No                   14     18     11     13     14     15     11     20
DK/NA                 4      9      2      3     10      3      3      3
 
TREND: Should there be a cap on how much property taxes can be raised annually in New York State or not?
                     Feb 23  Jan 26
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  80      82
No                   15      13
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
26. Do you think government workers should have to wait until they are 65 to collect their pensions or not?
                                                               Union
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHolds
 
Yes                  63%    66%    57%    70%    68%    59%    45%
No                   33     30     38     27     28     37     49
DK/NA                 4      4      5      2      4      4      6
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  61%    61%    71%    54%    63%    62%    73%
No                   34     36     26     41     33     35     22