June 29, 2011 - Catholic New Yorkers Approve Of Cuomo 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuomo Tops Other Governors, Over Christie By 20 Points

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New York State voters approve 64 - 19 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, 20 points better than New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and leading governors in other states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. White Catholic voters approve 62 - 22 percent.

Gov. Cuomo's approval rating matches his 64 - 16 percent score April 13, the highest New York scores since Gov. George Pataki's 66 - 18 percent July 2, 2002. Scores for other governors surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University are:
  • Virginia's Bob McDonnell, 55 - 26 percent June 29;
  • New Jersey's Christopher Christie, 44 - 47 percent June 21;
  • Connecticut's Dannel Malloy, 38 - 44 percent June 15;
  • Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, 39 - 38 percent June 14;
  • Florida's Rick Scott, 29 - 57 percent May 25;
  • Ohio's John Kasich, 38 - 49 percent May 18.
In today's survey, Cuomo's approval is 53 - 26 percent among Republicans, 75 - 13 percent among Democrats, 61 - 19 percent among independent voters and 63 - 20 percent among voters in union households.

In two separate questions about Cuomo, New York State voters say:
  • They like him as a person 64 - 12 percent, no matter what they think of his policies;
  • They like his policies 62 - 24 percent, no matter what they think of him personally.
"It's up, up and away for super-Andrew after the close of the legislative session. Gov. Cuomo's job approval is high, even among Republicans, and almost 3-1 among Catholics," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Cuomo has the same economic problems as governors in other states polled by Quinnipiac University, but somehow he outscores them all. He is a Democratic governor in a Democratic state, but so is Gov. Malloy in Connecticut."

New York State voters rate Cuomo more liberal than conservative. On a scale of 1 to 100, where 100 is totally liberal, Cuomo gets a mean score of 63.4 (not a percent).

"Is Andrew Cuomo, son of liberal icon Mario Cuomo, a liberal or a conservative? Most New Yorkers think he is on the liberal side, a little more liberal than the voters," Carroll said.

But only 37 percent say he has opened up the Albany decision making process to more legislators while 38 percent say the "three-men-in-a-room" style of doing business continues.

New York State voters approve 54 - 33 percent of their local State Senator and approve of their State Assembly member 45 - 38 percent.

But voters disapprove 62 - 26 percent of the State Legislature, compared to 62 - 25 percent June 1. Voters disapprove 43 - 29 percent of the job Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is doing and disapprove 35 - 25 percent, with 40 percent undecided, of State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

"The governor's job approval is more than double the level of the legislature. As usual, voters are inclined to like the Assembly members and senators from their neighborhood - but not the legislature as a whole or its leaders," Carroll added.

Obama, Schumer, Gillibrand Approval Ratings

President Barack Obama gets a 57 - 38 percent approval rating in New York, compared to 60 - 35 percent June 1. Voters say 56 - 39 percent that President Obama deserves reelection and would vote for him 53 - 30 percent over an unnamed Republican challenger.

Obama's approval is 82 - 12 percent among Democrats and 49 - 45 percent among independent voters. Republicans disapprove 74 - 23 percent.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 64 - 24 percent approval, his highest score in years.

New York State voters approve 54 - 22 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, matching her highest score ever.

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.


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%    53%    75%    61%    67%    62%    64%    64%
Disapprove           19     26     13     19     19     19     20     21
DK/NA                17     21     12     21     14     19     16     15
 
                                          Union         WHITE......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds        Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              59%    67%    68%    63%           60%    62%    76%
Disapprove           24     14     19     20            24     22     13
DK/NA                17     19     13     16            16     16     11
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              64      61      64      56
Disapprove           19      18      16      15
DK/NA                17      21      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              64%    48%    81%    56%    64%    64%
Disapprove           24     40      7     36     27     22
DK/NA                12     12     12      8      9     14
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              59%    68%    66%    68%
Disapprove           26     20     28     23
DK/NA                15     12      6      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High app also 69% Oct 2001)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 08  Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2004*   1999    2010
 
Approve              64      60      55      60      69      51      55
Disapprove           24      28      32      26      16      22      33
DK/NA                12      12      13      14      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              54%    33%    67%    54%    52%    56%
Disapprove           22     39     11     22     25     19
DK/NA                24     28     22     24     23     25
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              52%    58%    51%    57%
Disapprove           26     16     25     19
DK/NA                22     26     24     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator? (*High also 54% Feb 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Jun 29  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              54      53      49      54      48      54      28
Disapprove           22      22      26      20      21      22      10
DK/NA                24      25      26      26      31      24      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              57%    23%    82%    49%    57%    56%    46%    89%
Disapprove           38     74     12     45     39     38     49      6
DK/NA                 5      3      6      6      4      6      5      5
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              49%    67%    53%    60%
Disapprove           45     27     45     36
DK/NA                 5      6      2      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Feb 19  Dec 08
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2010
 
Approve              57      60      54      53      53      72      48
Disapprove           38      35      42      41      40      17      43
DK/NA                 5       5       4       6       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              26%    17%    36%    19%    26%    26%
Disapprove           62     71     53     68     63     62
DK/NA                12     12     11     13     11     13
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              23%    28%    27%    26%
Disapprove           68     58     61     64
DK/NA                10     14     12     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Apr 04  Sep 01  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2010    2010
 
Approve              26      25      29      20      34      15      16
Disapprove           62      62      58      65      43      75      76
DK/NA                12      12      13      15      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              45%    43%    53%    37%    45%    46%
Disapprove           38     44     29     47     40     36
DK/NA                17     13     18     16     16     18
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              45%    46%    45%    42%
Disapprove           43     32     41     42
DK/NA                13     22     14     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              45      42      41      35      55      48      54
Disapprove           38      39      40      42      22      26      24
DK/NA                17      19      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              54%    49%    61%    50%    52%    56%
Disapprove           33     38     25     38     36     30
DK/NA                13     13     14     12     12     14
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              48%    59%    56%    55%
Disapprove           39     27     32     32
DK/NA                13     15     12     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              54      51      49      49      63      54      58
Disapprove           33      34      36      32      22      27      25
DK/NA                13      16      15      18      15      19      17
 
 
8. 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              29%    22%    41%    16%    30%    28%
Disapprove           43     53     32     51     47     39
DK/NA                28     25     27     32     23     33
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              21%    39%    26%    34%
Disapprove           47     35     48     43
DK/NA                32     25     26     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 29  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Dec 24  Apr 14
                     2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010
 
Approve              29      28      26      26      25      38      25
Disapprove           43      43      44      39      40      34      40
DK/NA                28      29      30      34      35      38      35
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              25%    25%    27%    22%    28%    22%
Disapprove           35     34     35     39     41     30
DK/NA                40     42     38     39     32     48
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              21%    26%    31%    25%
Disapprove           37     35     32     41
DK/NA                42     39     37     34
 
 
10. 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        4%     3%     6%     1%     3%     5%
Smwht satisfied      34     24     46     27     38     31
Smwht dissatisfied   34     29     33     41     35     33
Very dissatisfied    27     43     15     29     24     29
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        3%     4%     5%     3%
Smwht satisfied      25     45     35     33
Smwht dissatisfied   34     34     34     35
Very dissatisfied    37     16     25     28
DK/NA                 1      1      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
                     Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 26  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        4       3       2       2       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      34      34      32      29      26      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   34      32      34      34      37      20      33
Very dissatisfied    27      29      31      33      33       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       2       1       1
 
 
11. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama the Democratic candidate, or for the Republican candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                53%    11%    84%    46%    53%    53%
Republican           30     71      8     29     30     31
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 11     13      5     17     12     10
DK/NA                 5      5      4      9      5      6
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Obama                42%    68%    49%    57%
Republican           37     21     34     26
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 13      7     13     12
DK/NA                 8      4      4      5
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama the Democratic candidate, or for the Republican candidate?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011
 
Obama                53      55
Republican           30      27
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 11      11
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
12. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Deserves         56%    19%    84%    45%    56%    56%
No/Does not          39     77     14     44     40     38
DK/NA                 5      4      2     11      4      6
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Yes/Deserves         46%    68%    53%    58%
No/Does not          47     27     44     38
DK/NA                 7      5      3      4
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Jun 29  June 01
                     2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         56      57
No/Does not          39      36
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
13. Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 64%    59%    70%    60%    65%    63%
Don't Like           12     15     10     12     13     11
DK/NA                24     26     20     28     22     26
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 59%    67%    66%    63%
Don't Like           12     10     15     11
DK/NA                29     23     19     25
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 64      61
Don't Like           12      13
DK/NA                24      26
 
 
14. And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 62%    53%    71%    59%    66%    58%
Don't Like           24     31     16     27     22     25
DK/NA                14     15     13     14     12     17
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 60%    64%    63%    60%
Don't Like           25     21     26     27
DK/NA                16     15     11     12
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011
 
Like                 62      61
Don't Like           24      23
DK/NA                14      16
 
 
15. What letter grade would you give him for the job he has been doing as governor; A, B, C, D, or F?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A                    13%    10%    17%    10%    13%    12%
B                    48     40     53     51     48     48
C                    26     32     21     24     25     26
D                     7     10      4     10      7      7
F                     2      5      1      1      3      2
DK/NA                 4      5      3      4      4      4
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
A                    13%    13%    12%    13%
B                    42     53     50     48
C                    28     23     25     26
D                     9      5      7      7
F                     3      2      3      3
DK/NA                 5      4      3      4
 
 
16. What letter grade would you give the state legislature for the job it has been doing; A, B, C, D, or F?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A                     2%     2%     2%     1%     2%     2%
B                    23     19     28     16     22     23
C                    34     33     39     29     29     39
D                    20     19     14     30     23     16
F                    16     22     11     18     18     13
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      7      7
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
A                     2%     1%     2%     1%
B                    18     27     23     22
C                    30     37     35     33
D                    23     17     18     20
F                    21     10     16     18
DK/NA                 6      7      7      6
 
 
17. Do you think Andrew Cuomo will make New York state a better place in which to live or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  65%    55%    75%    63%    65%    65%
No                   24     33     15     26     24     24
DK/NA                11     12     10     11     10     11
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Yes                  59%    69%    70%    63%
No                   29     19     22     28
DK/NA                12     11      8      9
 
 
18. Thinking of a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is totally conservative and 100 is totally liberal, how would you rate Governor Cuomo?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
0-13                  3%     1%     5%     2%     4%     2%
14-25                 1      2      1      1      1      1
26-38                 2      5      1      3      2      2
39-50                23     26     19     26     21     25
51-100               61     57     65     60     63     58
DK                    9     10      9      8      8     11
 
Mean numeric score   63.4   62.6   65.2   62.0   62.2   64.6
 
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
0-13                  4%     4%     1%     4%
14-25                 1      1      1      2
26-38                 3      2      2      3
39-50                25     20     25     25
51-100               55     63     66     61
DK                   11     10      6      6
 
Mean numeric score   61.2   64.9   64.8   61.5
 
 
19. And how about yourself? On a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is totally conservative and 100 is totally liberal, how would you rate yourself?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
0-13                  9%    20%     3%     7%    12%     7%
14-25                 6     15      1      5      7      4
26-38                 4      9      -      4      4      3
39-50                28     31     20     36     24     31
51-100               51     23     71     47     49     52
DK                    3      2      3      2      3      2
 
Mean numeric score   58.2   39.8   71.3   54.5   55.6   60.5
 
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
0-13                 12%     6%    11%     9%
14-25                 8      4      6      6
26-38                 3      3      6      2
39-50                31     23     29     27
51-100               42     62     46     54
DK                    4      2      2      2
 
Mean numeric score   53.5   65.4   54.2   59.8
 
 
20. Historically, the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker have made all the big decisions in Albany with little input from state legislators. Do you think that with Andrew Cuomo as governor - The 3 men in a room approach to decision making has continued or Other legislators have been more involved in decision making?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
3 men continued      38%    36%    37%    42%    45%    32%
Others involved      37     35     40     33     36     37
DK/NA                25     28     23     25     19     31
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
3 men continued      44%    36%    32%    43%
Others involved      33     38     40     35
DK/NA                23     26     28     22
 
TREND: Historically, the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker have made all the big decisions in Albany with little input from state legislators. Do you think that with Andrew Cuomo as governor - The three men in a room approach to decision making has continued or other legislators have been more involved in decision making?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011
 
3 men continued      38      32
Others involved      37      40
DK/NA                25      28
 
 
21. Do you think Governor Cuomo has been accessible enough to the news media or do you think he should be more accessible to the news media?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Accessible enough    52%    52%    51%    54%    51%    53%
More accessible      39     40     41     37     40     39
DK/NA                 9      8      8      9      9      9
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Accessible enough    57%    46%    52%    51%
More accessible      33     46     40     40
DK/NA                11      8      8      9
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Cuomo has been accessible enough to the news media or do you think he should be more accessible to the news media?
                     Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011
 
Accessible enough    52      52
More accessible      39      38
DK/NA                 9      10