April 13, 2011 - New York's Cuomo Outscores Christie, Other Governors In States Polled By Quinnipiac University; More New Yorkers Approve Of New State Budget

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 64 - 16 percent job approval rating among registered voters, higher than the governors in any state polled by Quinnipiac University so far this year.

The next highest governor is New Jersey's Christopher Christie, with a 52 - 40 percent approval rating in a February 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Governors in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio all had approval ratings below 50 percent, but these governors all are involved in unresolved state budget battles.

Today's results are up from a 56 - 15 percent Cuomo approval February 23.

In today's survey, even Republicans approve of Gov. Cuomo 58 - 18 percent.

New York State voters approve 47 - 31 percent of the new state budget and 31 percent say Cuomo is most responsible for the budget agreement. Another 8 percent say the legislature is most responsible while 57 percent say Cuomo and the legislature are equally responsible.

Cuomo won his first state budget battle on the merits, 47 percent of voters say, while 25 percent say he used intimidation and 8 percent say he used charm.

As a rising tide lifts all boats, voters split 41 - 40 percent in their job approval for their local State Assembly member, up from a 42 - 35 percent disapproval February 23. Voters approve 49 - 36 percent of their local state senator, compared to 49 - 32 percent February 23.

"It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super-Andrew! Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes out of the budget vote - usually a punishing time for politicians - with impressive job-approval numbers," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie may be getting the national attention, but the guy next door is doing better with home state voters. We'll see how Christie does as he wages the budget battle of Trenton."

"While Cuomo and Christie both have a reputation as hard-chargers, New Yorkers think their guy won his budget battle mostly on the merits," Carroll added. "Some voters cite intimidation, possibly because of Cuomo's threat to force reform through a series of short-term budget extensions, and a few even credit charm. Whatever; it worked."

While New York State voters approve of their local legislators, they disapprove 58 - 29 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing. But this is the legislature's best grade since a 50 - 32 percent disapproval in a February 17, 2009, Quinnipiac University poll, and is up from a 65 - 20 disapproval February 23.

"The remarkably good-natured budget process even earned improved marks for the State Legislature - from really terrible to just plain awful," Carroll said.

The new state budget cuts spending too much, 33 percent of voters say, while 26 percent say it cuts spending too little and 30 percent say spending cuts are "about right."

A total of 65 percent of New York State voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the state today, while 34 percent are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied."

President, Senators Approval

New York State voters approve 54 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, almost identical to his approval ratings in January and February polls.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 49 - 26 percent approval rating, compared to 54 - 20 percent last month, her highest score ever in a Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 55 - 32 percent job approval rating, down from 60 - 26 percent last month.

"Last week's federal budget showdown probably didn't help anyone in Washington," Carroll said.

From April 5 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,704 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              64%    58%    66%    66%    66%    61%    66%    59%
Disapprove           16     18     15     15     14     17     14     21
DK/NA                21     24     19     20     19     22     20     20
 
                                          Union  HvKidsIn
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds PubSch
 
Approve              62%    66%    64%    57%    61%
Disapprove           16     14     19     21     20
DK/NA                23     20     17     22     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011
 
Approve              64      56
Disapprove           16      15
DK/NA                21      29
 
 
2. 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              55%    32%    75%    48%    50%    59%
Disapprove           32     55     11     39     38     26
DK/NA                13     13     14     12     12     15
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              52%    60%    50%    52%
Disapprove           32     28     38     37
DK/NA                16     11     12     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
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Sep 01  Dec 08  Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2004*   1999    2010
 
Approve              55      60      57      58      69      51      55
Disapprove           32      26      24      31      16      22      33
DK/NA                13      14      18      11      15      28      12
 
 
3. 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              49%    31%    64%    43%    46%    51%
Disapprove           26     45     10     30     31     21
DK/NA                26     24     26     27     23     28
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    49%    44%    47%
Disapprove           26     21     31     27
DK/NA                23     30     25     27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Sep 01  Jul 28  Feb 23  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2011    2009
 
Approve              49      54      48      46      48      54      28
Disapprove           26      20      21      27      26      20      10
DK/NA                26      26      31      27      26      26      62
 
 
4. 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              54%    15%    83%    47%    52%    55%    42%    95%
Disapprove           42     81     13     49     45     40     53      4
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      3      5      5      1
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Dec 08  Aug 31  Feb 19  Dec 08
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              54      53      53      48      51      72      48
Disapprove           42      41      40      43      41      17      43
DK/NA                 4       6       7       9       7      10       9
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              29%    27%    36%    18%    27%    30%
Disapprove           58     58     51     69     63     54
DK/NA                13     15     14     12     11     16
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              27%    34%    24%    24%
Disapprove           61     53     62     68
DK/NA                13     14     14      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Sep 01  Jul 28  Apr 04  Sep 01  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2007    2010    2010
 
Approve              29      20      15      16      34      15      16
Disapprove           58      65      75      74      43      75      76
DK/NA                13      15       9      10      23       9       7
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              41%    44%    47%    32%    37%    45%
Disapprove           40     35     33     52     46     34
DK/NA                19     20     20     17     17     20
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              38%    45%    42%    37%
Disapprove           43     38     38     47
DK/NA                19     17     21     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              41      35      55      48      54
Disapprove           40      42      22      26      24
DK/NA                19      22      15      19      17
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    42%    58%    41%    46%    51%
Disapprove           36     41     25     47     41     32
DK/NA                15     17     17     13     13     17
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              45%    51%    52%    45%
Disapprove           39     33     37     43
DK/NA                16     17     12     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              49      49      63      54      58
Disapprove           36      32      22      27      25
DK/NA                15      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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     2%     1%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      32     22     45     24     33     32
Smwht dissatisfied   34     34     34     37     33     36
Very dissatisfied    31     42     18     38     33     29
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      -      2
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        1%     2%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      31     36     29     22
Smwht dissatisfied   32     36     36     39
Very dissatisfied    35     25     32     36
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2
 
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
                     Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 08  Sep 01  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       2       1      13       1
Smwht satisfied      32      29      26      23      19      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   34      34      37      31      31      20      33
Very dissatisfied    31      33      33      42      47       7      47
DK/NA                 1       2       2       1       1       1       1
 
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              57%    57%    54%    61%    59%    55%
Disapprove           29     29     30     25     25     32
DK/NA                14     14     15     14     15     13
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              58%    55%    57%    55%
Disapprove           28     29     32     33
DK/NA                14     16     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011
 
Approve              57      57
Disapprove           29      28
DK/NA                14      16
 
 
10. How much have you heard or read about the state budget agreement recently announced by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot                25%    26%    24%    22%    29%    21%
Some                 49     49     49     54     45     53
Not much             20     20     22     19     21     20
Nothing at all        5      5      6      4      5      5
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
A lot                23%    23%    30%    15%    25%    25%    34%
Some                 52     45     51     45     50     54     52
Not much             18     27     15     32     22     16     11
Nothing at all        6      5      4      7      3      4      4
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the state budget agreement recently announced by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              47%    47%    48%    47%    53%    41%
Disapprove           31     31     30     31     27     35
DK/NA                22     21     22     22     20     23
 
                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              49%    45%    45%    39%    47%    53%    54%
Disapprove           29     32     35     36     29     27     33
DK/NA                22     23     20     25     24     20     14
 
 
12. Who do you think is most responsible for the new state budget - Governor Cuomo the state legislature, or are they equally responsible?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                31%    36%    28%    34%    38%    25%
State legislature     8      6      7     11      8      8
Equally responsible  57     55     60     52     51     62
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      3      5
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Cuomo                32%    27%    38%    35%
State legislature     9      7      9      7
Equally responsible  56     62     49     54
DK/NA                 3      4      5      4
 
 
13. Do you think Governor Cuomo convinced the legislature to agree to the new budget - more by charm, more by intimidation, or do you think he won on the merits?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Charm                 8%     9%     8%     7%     7%     9%
Intimidation         25     30     22     27     30     21
Merits               47     43     54     43     44     50
DK/NA                20     19     16     23     20     20
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Charm                 8%     9%     6%     7%
Intimidation         23     24     31     36
Merits               50     46     45     42
DK/NA                20     21     18     15
 
 
14. Do you think the new state budget cuts spending - too much, too little, or by the right amount?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Too much             33%    29%    40%    28%    29%    36%
Too little           26     35     13     32     32     21
The right amount     30     28     34     28     30     30
DK/NA                11      8     13     12      9     13
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Too much             30%    37%    32%    38%
Too little           28     23     28     25
The right amount     30     29     30     28
DK/NA                12     11     10     10