June 28, 2011 - Age, Religious Gap In New York Gay Marriage Approval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Cuomo Plan To Get Tough On Texters

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New York State voters support 54 - 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, with voters under 35 supporting the measure 70 - 26 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters 35 to 64 years old also support the measure, while voters over 65 oppose it 57 - 37 percent. Support remained consistent before and after passage of the bill.

White Catholics split 48 - 48 percent on same-sex marriage. Jews support it 67 - 30 percent, while white Protestants oppose the measure 54 - 40 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters who say they have no religion support the measure 78 - 17 percent.

Voters split 47 - 46 percent on whether a same-sex marriage bill will pressure religious groups to perform such marriages. There will be pressure, white Protestants say 52 - 39 percent. White Catholics split 50 - 48 percent and Jews say no pressure 55 - 38 percent.

Opposition from religious leaders to same-sex marriage does not affect their attitudes on the issue, 70 percent of New York State voters say. Because of this opposition, 17 percent of white Protestants, 21 percent of white Catholics and 17 percent of Jews are less likely to support same-sex marriage.

"Throughout the down-to-the-wire drama and the narrow margin in the State Senate, voter support for same-sex marriage has been consistent," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"On gay marriage, many of the people in the pews split with their bishops.

"Opponents had worried that churches might be pressured to perform same-sex marriages and a substantial number of voters think that's still a valid problem."

New York State voters support 62 - 29 percent rent regulation controlling the amount a landlord can charge a tenant. Support is 73 - 20 percent among Democrats, 48 - 42 percent among Republicans and 59 - 31 percent among independent voters.

Support ranges from 51 - 37 percent among upstate voters to 63 - 25 percent among suburban voters to 73 - 23 percent among New York City voters. Ban on Texting While Driving

Voters also support 94 - 5 percent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to ban texting or typing while driving. Support tops 90 percent among all groups, even young voters.

The appropriate penalty for someone caught texting while driving is a $100 reckless driving ticket and points on the driver's license, voters say 79 - 19 percent, again with no serious dissent.

Voters reject more severe penalties:
  • 51 - 46 percent against suspending a texter's driver's license;
  • 59 - 39 percent against police confiscating the smart phone, or other offending device.
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed ban on texting-while-driving is one of those apple-pie- and-motherhood things. And New Yorkers love their apple pie," Carroll said.

"When the Quinnipiac University poll first asked about banning cell phones while driving, New York State voters supported the ban 87 - 10 percent on March 29, 2001. A few months later, New York became the first state in the nation to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving."

New York State should have an independent commission to draw legislative district lines, 42 percent of voters say, while 34 percent want a commission that has some input from the State Legislature and 14 percent favor the current system where the State Legislature draws the lines.

"Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch got a lot of politicians to promise they'd reform how legislative district lines are drawn, but it didn't get done," Carroll said. "Actually, there's no pressure to make the fix until next year. New Yorkers still want some reform 5 -1.

"Wait until next year - or a special session."

From June 20 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,317 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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, Virginia 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.

22. Who do you think should draw the district lines by which members of the state legislature and Congress are elected - the state legislature or a commission that has no connection to the state legislature or an independent commission with some legislative input?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
State legislature    14%    16%    17%     8%    13%    15%
Commissn/No connect  42     37     39     53     45     38
Commissn/legis input 34     37     36     29     33     34
DK/NA                10     11      8     10      8     12
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
State legislature    12%    17%    15%    12%
Commissn/No connect  45     41     38     52
Commissn/legis input 34     32     37     26
DK/NA                10     11     11     10
 
TREND: Who do you think should draw the district lines by which members of the state legislature and Congress are elected: the state legislature, a commission that has no connection to the state legislature, or an independent commission with some legislative input?
                     Jun 28  Jun 02  Apr 14
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
State legislature    14      13      12
Commissn/No connect  42      46      51
Commissn/legis input 34      31      29
DK/NA                10      10       7
 
 
23. Do you support or oppose rent regulation, which controls the amount of rent a landlord can charge a tenant?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              62%    48%    73%    59%    60%    63%
Oppose               29     42     20     31     31     28
DK/NA                 9     10      7     10      9      9
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Support              51%    73%    63%    67%
Oppose               37     23     25     26
DK/NA                12      4     12      7
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose rent regulation, which controls the amount of rent a landlord can charge a tenant?
                     Jun 28  Jun 02  Apr 14
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Support              62      62      59
Oppose               29      31      33
DK/NA                 9       6       8
                             
 
24. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              54%    30%    67%    56%    53%    55%    55%    42%
Oppose               40     63     28     39     42     39     40     50
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      5      6      5      9
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              49%    60%    52%    70%    57%    59%    37%
Oppose               43     36     43     26     39     36     57
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4      4      5      6
 
                     WHITE......          No     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Relign <30    30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              40%    48%    67%    78%    51%    45%    61%    64%
Oppose               54     48     30     17     47     51     34     31
DK/NA                 6      5      3      5      2      5      4      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEGREE
                     No     Yes
 
Support              46%    67%
Oppose               49     27
DK/NA                 5      5
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                                                             SUPPORT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 28  Jun 02  Apr 14  Feb 24  Jan 27  Jun 02  Apr 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2004
                             
Support              54      58      56      54      56      58      37
Oppose               40      36      38      39      37      36      66
DK/NA                 5       6       5       7       7       6       8
 
 
25. Do you think New York State's proposed same-sex marriage law will create pressure on religious organizations to perform same-sex marriages?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  47%    58%    42%    47%    49%    46%    46%    60%
No                   46     37     52     46     46     47     48     34
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      5      7      6      6
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  46%    48%    49%    43%    45%    48%    51%
No                   46     47     46     53     51     49     38
DK/NA                 7      6      5      4      4      4     11
 
                     WHITE......          No     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Relign <30    30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  52%    50%    38%    33%    53%    51%    48%    42%
No                   39     48     55     60     39     45     46     54
DK/NA                 9      2      8      7      8      4      6      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEGREE
                     No     Yes
 
Yes                  53%    39%
No                   41     56
DK/NA                 6      5
 
 
26. Does opposition to same-sex marriage by religious leaders make you more likely to support same-sex marriage, less likely to support same-sex marriage, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          10%     3%    15%     9%    11%    10%    11%    10%
Less likely          16     30     11     13     16     16     16     20
Doesn't make a diff  70     65     70     75     70     70     71     65
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      3      4      2      5
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
More likely          10%    12%     6%    12%     9%    11%    10%
Less likely          17     15     16     14     15     14     23
Doesn't make a diff  70     67     76     73     73     73     63
DK/NA                 3      5      2      2      3      2      4
 
                     WHITE......          No     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME....
                     Prot   Cath   Jew    Relign <30    30-50  50-100 >100K
 
More likely           9%     6%    13%    18%     8%     9%    10%    11%
Less likely          17     21     17      3     20     23     11     12
Doesn't make a
 difference          72     70     66     76     65     66     76     76
DK/NA                 1      3      4      3      6      3      3      1
 
 
                     COLLEGE DEGREE
                     No     Yes
 
More likely           8%    13%
Less likely          20     10
Doesn't make a diff  68     75
DK/NA                 4      2
 
 
27. Governor Cuomo has proposed extending driving restrictions to ban texting or typing while driving. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Good idea            94%    91%    96%    94%    91%    96%
Bad idea              5      8      3      5      7      3
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      2      1
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            92%    95%    94%    93%    92%    96%    94%
Bad idea              6      4      5      5      7      4      4
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      -      -      1
 
 
28a. Do you think - Having their driver's license suspended would be an appropriate penalty for someone caught texting or typing while driving or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  46%    46%    49%    42%    41%    50%
No                   51     51     48     56     56     46
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      3
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  44%    50%    45%    34%    44%    42%    61%
No                   54     48     52     66     52     56     36
DK/NA                 3      3      4      -      5      2      4
 
 
28b. Do you think - Being charged with reckless driving, with a $100 ticket plus points on their license would be an appropriate penalty for someone caught texting or typing while driving or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  79%    83%    80%    77%    76%    83%
No                   19     15     18     21     22     15
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  77%    78%    86%    74%    82%    80%    83%
No                   19     22     12     25     17     19     14
DK/NA                 4      -      2      1      1      1      3
 
 
28c. Do you think - Police confiscating their computer, phone, or device being used would be an appropriate penalty for someone caught texting or typing while driving or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  39%    43%    41%    31%    33%    44%
No                   59     53     58     65     66     52
DK/NA                 3      4      1      4      2      4
 
                                          AGE IN YEARS............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  41%    39%    34%    23%    38%    41%    51%
No                   56     60     62     77     60     58     45
DK/NA                 3      1      4      -      2      1      5