August 12, 2011 - Obama Approval In New York Crash Dive, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Back Pres Over Unnamed Gop Challenger

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New York State voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of the job President Obama is doing, a huge drop from his 57 - 38 percent approval June 29 and the first time the president ever has had a negative score in New York, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Democrats approve 75 - 19 percent, down from 82 - 12 percent in June. Disapproval is 86 - 10 percent among Republicans, compared to a 74 - 23 percent disapproval in June, and 58 - 36 percent among independent voters, compared to a slightly positive 49 - 45 percent in June, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters split 48 - 46 percent on whether President Obama deserves reelection and say 49 - 34 percent they would vote for him over an unnamed Republican.

"The debt ceiling hullaballoo devastated President Barack Obama's numbers even in true blue New York," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He just misses that magic 50 percent mark against a no-name Republican challenger."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 49 - 27 percent approval rating, down from her all- time high 54 - 22 percent approval rating June 29.

Senior Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 56 - 32 percent approval rating.

From August 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,640 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, 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.

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              56%    33%    75%    51%    50%    62%
Disapprove           32     55     13     38     42     23
DK/NA                12     11     12     11      8     15
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              50%    66%    52%    57%
Disapprove           36     23     41     32
DK/NA                14     11      7     11
 
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.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2004*   1999
 
Approve              56      64      60      55      60      69      51
Disapprove           32      24      28      32      26      16      22
DK/NA                12      12      12      13      14      15      28
 
 
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%    33%    64%    43%    42%    55%
Disapprove           27     41     14     32     36     19
DK/NA                24     26     22     25     21     26
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              48%    54%    43%    50%
Disapprove           29     21     36     28
DK/NA                24     26     20     21
 
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
                     Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Jan 27  Jun 29  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              49      54      53      49      48      54      28
Disapprove           27      22      22      26      21      22      10
DK/NA                24      24      25      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              45%    10%    75%    36%    38%    52%    35%    82%
Disapprove           49     86     19     58     56     43     60     14
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      6      6      5      4
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              37%    57%    40%    46%
Disapprove           56     36     58     49
DK/NA                 6      7      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Jan 27  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              45      57      60      54      53      72      45
Disapprove           49      38      35      42      40      17      49
DK/NA                 6       5       5       4       7      10       6
 
 
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                49%     6%    85%    38%    42%    56%
Republican           34     80      6     35     39     28
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  8      8      4     12      8      7
DK/NA                10      6      5     15     11      9
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Obama                40%    65%    39%    51%
Republican           42     20     41     34
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  9      5     10      7
DK/NA                 9     10     10      8
 
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?
                     Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                49      53      55
Republican           34      30      27
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  8      11      11
DK/NA                10       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         48%     7%    82%    38%    40%    55%
No/Does not          46     89     14     54     54     39
DK/NA                 6      4      4      8      6      6
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Yes/Deserves         39%    63%    39%    50%
No/Does not          55     31     54     45
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6
 
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?
                     Aug 12  Jun 29  June 01
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         48      56      57
No/Does not          46      39      36
DK/NA                 6       5       6
 

Demographic Summary