October 26, 2011 - Keep Race, Job Protection Out Of Redistricting, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Cuomo Should Veto Lawmakers' Lines, Voters Say

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Don't draw legislative district lines to create racial or ethnic districts, such as blacks and Hispanics, New York State voters say 72 - 21 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. There is strong agreement among all political groups.

White voters object to racial/ethnic districts 80 - 14 percent and black voters object 50 - 45 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters also reject 53 - 29 percent drawing legislative districts with an eye to protecting incumbents. There is strong agreement among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.

An independent commission with no connection to the State Legislature should draw the district lines for electing members of the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature, 48 percent of New York State voters say. Another 28 percent support an independent commission with some legislative input and 11 percent say the State Legislature should create the districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto any redistricting plan not created by an independent commission, 45 percent say, while 33 percent say Cuomo should not veto such a plan.

"The State Legislature is pushing ahead with its own redistricting plan and there's no agreement on the design of a so-called independent commission, but a plurality of voters still think Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto any plan that isn't independently designed," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Should the lines be drawn to protect incumbents, the way they did it for the legislature across the river in New Jersey? Absolutely not, New Yorkers say almost 2-1.

"How about protecting minorities, such as blacks and Hispanics? Again, a resounding 'no,' more than 3-1, from voters. Even Democrats, whose candidates are usually the beneficiaries of racial preferences, are opposed 2-1."

New York State voters approve 65 - 19 percent of the job Gov. Cuomo is doing, continuing his six-month string of +60 percent approval ratings, with six months of the highest score of any governor in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. Voters like Cuomo 63 - 12 percent and like his policies 61 - 25 percent.

Cuomo is "about right" in his handling of public employee unions, 46 percent of voters say, while 21 percent say he is "too tough" and 20 percent say he is "not tough enough."

New York State public employees are not doing their fair share to ease the state's financial problems, voters say 53 - 36 percent. Democrats are split 44 - 45 percent, but Republicans say 64 - 25 percent and independent voters say 55 - 35 percent that public employees are not doing their fair share. Voters in households with at least one union member say 50 - 41 percent that public employees are doing their fair share.

"Fair weather or foul, New Yorkers admire their governor. As the sun comes out, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job approval numbers are still at the peak he hit after the big storms," Carroll said. "It's a demographic clean sweep - he scores high in every category.

"Is he too tough on the unions? Some people might have thought so after those layoff threats. But a lot of voters think he's doing just right and many even think he's too easy."

President Barack Obama gets a 50 - 45 percent approval rating in New York State, with Democrats approving 78 - 18 percent. Disapproval is 84 - 13 percent among Republicans and 50 - 43 percent among independent voters.

Voters say 50 - 44 percent that President Obama does deserve to be reelected.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 50 - 24 percent approval rating, compared to 52 - 23 percent September 20.

Charles Schumer gets a 61 - 28 percent approval rating, compared to 59 - 31 percent September 20.

From October 18 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,540 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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              65%    66%    70%    64%    68%    63%    69%    60%
Disapprove           19     19     17     18     20     19     17     29
DK/NA                15     15     13     18     12     18     14     11
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              64%    63%    70%    64%    62%    71%
Disapprove           21     21     14     22     21     17
DK/NA                14     16     16     14     17     12
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              56%    67%    71%    69%    58%    67%    68%    73%
Disapprove           22     21     20     14     24     20     17     18
DK/NA                21     12      9     17     19     13     14     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              65      66      62      64      61      64      56
Disapprove           19      17      22      19      18      16      15
DK/NA                15      17      16      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    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              61%    40%    81%    54%    57%    65%    57%    82%
Disapprove           28     49      9     34     36     20     32     14
DK/NA                11     11     10     12      7     15     11      4
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              55%    70%    57%    65%    59%    65%
Disapprove           31     23     30     27     29     26
DK/NA                14      7     13      8     13      9
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              57%    62%    62%    63%    63%    61%    63%    59%
Disapprove           27     28     32     25     25     30     29     33
DK/NA                16     10      6     11     12     10      8      8
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 69% Oct 2001)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2004*   1999
 
Approve              61      59      56      64      60      69      51
Disapprove           28      31      32      24      28      16      22
DK/NA                11       9      12      12      12      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    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              50%    37%    66%    40%    46%    53%    51%    60%
Disapprove           24     39     10     29     31     17     25     21
DK/NA                26     24     24     31     22     30     25     20
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              52%    52%    42%    53%    48%    53%
Disapprove           26     21     25     26     24     23
DK/NA                22     27     33     21     28     24
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              45%    51%    50%    55%    49%    51%    53%    51%
Disapprove           22     29     26     20     21     24     27     27
DK/NA                33     20     24     25     30     25     20     23
 
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
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Jun 29  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              50      52      49      54      53      54      28
Disapprove           24      23      27      22      22      22      10
DK/NA                26      24      24      24      25      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              50%    13%    78%    43%    45%    55%    40%    90%
Disapprove           45     84     18     50     51     40     56      9
DK/NA                 5      2      4      7      4      5      4      1
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              44%    60%    43%    50%    48%    53%
Disapprove           52     35     52     47     47     42
DK/NA                 4      5      6      4      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              55%    53%    50%    43%    55%    51%    52%    44%
Disapprove           39     43     47     52     37     46     45     53
DK/NA                 6      4      3      5      8      2      3      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              50      50      45      57      60      72      45
Disapprove           45      45      49      38      35      17      49
DK/NA                 5       6       6       5       5      10       6
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              25%    25%    30%    22%    22%    27%    23%    39%
Disapprove           63     63     57     67     67     58     64     56
DK/NA                13     12     14     12     10     15     13      5
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              25%    28%    19%    22%    26%    23%
Disapprove           65     59     64     69     59     68
DK/NA                11     12     17      9     14      9
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              32%    24%    24%    22%    33%    24%    24%    19%
Disapprove           56     69     67     56     55     66     62     72
DK/NA                12      7     10     22     12     10     13      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 04  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2010
 
Approve              25      26      27      26      25      34      15
Disapprove           63      61      62      62      62      43      75
DK/NA                13      13      11      12      12      23       9
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    42%    44%    34%    38%    41%    40%    41%
Disapprove           43     42     36     47     48     37     42     46
DK/NA                18     16     20     19     14     22     18     13
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              40%    42%    35%    42%    38%    41%
Disapprove           45     39     44     43     44     40
DK/NA                16     19     21     15     18     19
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              43%    39%    39%    37%    43%    38%    43%    38%
Disapprove           38     44     45     42     42     43     43     44
DK/NA                20     17     15     21     16     18     15     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Dec 20  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011
 
Approve              39      41      40      45      42      55      35
Disapprove           43      39      43      38      39      22      42
DK/NA                18      20      17      17      19      15      22
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              49%    44%    59%    43%    43%    53%    48%    55%
Disapprove           37     43     26     42     46     29     38     34
DK/NA                15     13     15     15     11     18     14     11
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              48%    52%    43%    50%    50%    46%
Disapprove           38     31     43     36     36     38
DK/NA                13     17     14     14     14     16
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              48%    54%    51%    45%    50%    50%    55%    43%
Disapprove           35     36     38     37     38     36     32     45
DK/NA                17     10     11     18     12     15     13     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job? (* Low also 49% Apr 2011, Feb 2011, Aug 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Dec 20  Oct 26  
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011*    
                                                                             
Approve              49      50      49      54      51      63      49      
Disapprove           37      35      37      33      34      22      37      
DK/NA                15      15      14      13      16      15      15      
 
 
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    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              27%    21%    34%    22%    24%    29%    24%    38%
Disapprove           45     57     33     50     56     36     50     35
DK/NA                28     22     32     27     21     35     26     27
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              24%    35%    17%    26%    29%    24%
Disapprove           51     38     46     50     42     50
DK/NA                24     27     38     24     29     26
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              34%    30%    23%    24%    34%    28%    25%    24%
Disapprove           26     47     54     47     36     43     48     56
DK/NA                39     23     24     29     30     29     28     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker? (*Low also 25% Apr 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Sep 01  Dec 24  Aug 10
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2008    2011*
 
Approve              27      30      25      29      28      38      25
Disapprove           45      45      49      43      43      34      49
DK/NA                28      25      26      28      29      38      26
                       
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    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              21%    23%    20%    21%    22%    20%    20%    32%
Disapprove           36     35     34     38     45     29     37     35
DK/NA                42     42     45     41     33     51     42     33
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              21%    23%    18%    21%    24%    16%
Disapprove           38     33     39     44     32     43
DK/NA                41     44     43     35     43     41
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              32%    22%    17%    19%    26%    19%    20%    20%
Disapprove           28     41     44     29     28     33     42     46
DK/NA                40     37     39     53     47     47     38     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              21      23      23      25
Disapprove           36      36      40      35
DK/NA                42      41      37      40
 
 
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    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     4%     4%     4%     3%     2%     8%
Smwht satisfied      30     20     43     25     29     32     28     40
Smwht dissatisfied   34     35     30     38     36     32     36     29
Very dissatisfied    31     41     22     31     31     32     33     22
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Very satisfied        2%     5%     5%     2%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      27     39     21     29     30     31
Smwht dissatisfied   35     32     38     34     33     36
Very dissatisfied    37     23     35     35     33     29
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     4%     4%     2%     3%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      40     29     25     32     35     30     33     26
Smwht dissatisfied   30     38     33     32     28     38     34     38
Very dissatisfied    25     30     37     30     35     28     29     32
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      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
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        4       2       2       4       3      13       1
Smwht satisfied      30      34      33      34      34      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   34      33      31      34      32      20      33
Very dissatisfied    31      31      33      27      29       7      47
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
11. 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    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                49%     8%    81%    40%    45%    52%    38%    87%
Republican           34     82      8     34     39     30     45      3
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  9      4      5     15      8      9      9      7
DK/NA                 9      6      5     12      7     10      9      4
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Obama                40%    61%    45%    50%    44%    57%
Republican           42     24     38     35     37     30
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 10      7      7      8     10      6
DK/NA                 8      8     10      7     10      7
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Obama                49%    51%    51%    43%    53%    47%    50%    49%
Republican           31     35     34     38     29     36     35     38
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  9      8      7      9      8      9      8      8
DK/NA                11      6      7     10     11      8      7      5
 
TREND: 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?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Obama                49      52      49      53      55
Republican           34      33      34      30      27
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  9       7       8      11      11
DK/NA                 9       7      10       5       7
 
 
12. 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    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         50%    11%    80%    41%    47%    52%    38%    89%
No/Does not          44     85     15     51     48     40     55      9
DK/NA                 6      4      5      8      5      7      7      2
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/Deserves         43%    62%    42%    50%    47%    55%
No/Does not          52     33     49     44     47     39
DK/NA                 6      5      9      5      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes/Deserves         54%    51%    50%    45%    57%    45%    52%    46%
No/Does not          41     44     43     47     34     50     44     48
DK/NA                 5      4      7      8      9      5      3      6
 
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  June 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         50      51      48      56      57
No/Does not          44      43      46      39      36
DK/NA                 6       6       6       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    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 63%    63%    69%    59%    65%    61%    63%    68%
Don't Like           12     15      9     13     13     12     13     13
DK/NA                25     22     21     28     22     27     24     19
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Like                 62%    64%    62%    62%    62%    64%
Don't Like           11     13     13     14     11     15
DK/NA                26     23     25     24     27     21
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Like                 52%    66%    66%    70%    63%    70%    64%    63%
Don't Like           17     11     15      7     14      9     11     14
DK/NA                32     23     19     23     23     21     25     23
 
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?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 63      64      64      64      61
Don't Like           12      13      12      12      13
DK/NA                25      23      24      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    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 61%    54%    67%    62%    63%    59%    63%    59%
Don't Like           25     31     20     23     24     25     23     32
DK/NA                14     15     13     15     13     16     13     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Like                 60%    61%    62%    62%    57%    67%
Don't Like           27     25     21     28     26     22
DK/NA                13     14     18     10     16     11
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Like                 48%    64%    67%    65%    51%    65%    67%    66%
Don't Like           31     25     25     19     31     25     21     23
DK/NA                22     11      8     16     18     10     12     11
 
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?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 61      64      61      62      61
Don't Like           25      23      26      24      23
DK/NA                14      12      12      14      16
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              57%    61%    58%    58%    66%    50%    62%    49%
Disapprove           29     26     28     28     25     32     27     36
DK/NA                14     13     13     13      9     18     11     14
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              60%    55%    57%    54%    54%    63%
Disapprove           33     27     24     33     30     26
DK/NA                 7     18     18     13     16     11
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              48%    53%    66%    62%    47%    61%    64%    64%
Disapprove           37     35     27     19     36     26     26     28
DK/NA                15     12      6     19     17     13     11      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              57      62      59      57      57      57
Disapprove           29      25      29      30      29      28
DK/NA                14      13      11      13      14      16
 
 
16. Do you think Andrew Cuomo is being too tough on the public employee unions, not tough enough or is he handling the public employee unions about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Too tough            21%    13%    26%    20%    20%    21%    17%    37%
Not tough enough     20     31     12     23     21     19     23     10
About right          46     46     50     44     50     42     49     45
DK/NA                14     10     13     14      9     17     12      8
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Too tough            19%    22%    21%    34%    19%    24%
Not tough enough     22     19     19     16     22     17
About right          48     43     47     42     44     49
DK/NA                11     17     13      8     15     10
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Too tough            16%    25%    24%    14%    15%    20%    26%    22%
Not tough enough     20     23     21     18     21     23     16     23
About right          40     43     47     54     46     44     47     49
DK/NA                24      9      8     14     18     12     10      6
 
 
17. Do you think New York State public employees are doing their fair share to ease New York State's financial problems or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Fair share       36%    25%    44%    35%    37%    36%    32%    50%
No/Not               53     64     45     55     54     51     57     42
DK/NA                11     11     12      9      9     13     11      8
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/Fair share       34%    40%    34%    50%    34%    40%
No/Not               57     49     53     41     56     48
DK/NA                 9     12     13      9     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes/Fair share       37%    39%    41%    27%    31%    37%    43%    38%
No/Not               53     54     51     56     58     53     49     55
DK/NA                10      8      9     17     11      9      8      7
 
 
23. 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    Wht    Blk
 
State legislature    11%    13%    12%     7%    10%    11%     9%    20%
Commissn/No connect  48     46     46     53     52     45     54     34
Commissn/Legis input 28     30     29     29     27     29     27     35
DK/NA                13     11     13     12     10     15     11     11
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
State legislature     9%    15%     7%    11%    12%     9%
Commissn/No connect  53     41     52     55     45     54
Commissn/Legis input 27     31     25     26     27     29
DK/NA                11     12     15      8     16      7
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
State legislature    11%    12%     8%    12%    11%    15%     9%     8%
Commissn/No connect  37     53     54     47     42     49     51     59
Commissn/Legis input 34     29     28     23     29     25     33     25
DK/NA                17      6      9     18     18     11      7      8
 
TREND: 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?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 11  Jun 28  Jun 02  Apr 14
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
State legislature    11      10      13      14      13      12
Commissn/No connect  48      50      50      42      46      51
Commissn/Legis input 28      27      26      34      31      29
DK/NA                13      13      11      10      10       7
 
 
24. Do you think Governor Cuomo should veto a redistricting plan that is not created by an independent commission, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  45%    41%    47%    49%    53%    38%    48%    38%
No                   33     36     32     31     31     35     32     43
DK/NA                22     23     22     21     17     27     20     19
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  46%    44%    45%    50%    40%    53%
No                   34     34     29     33     35     30
DK/NA                20     23     26     17     25     17
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  38%    49%    52%    38%    40%    35%    51%    58%
No                   37     34     33     31     34     44     35     26
DK/NA                25     17     15     30     26     20     14     16
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Cuomo should veto a redistricting plan that is not created by an independent commission or not?
                     Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Yes                  45      47      49
No                   33      35      30
DK/NA                22      18      21
 
 
25. When legislative district lines are drawn, do you want them drawn so the member of congress, assembly member and state senator who currently represents you are more likely to be reelected, or don't you think helping incumbents should be considered?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/More likely      29%    28%    35%    23%    26%    33%    23%    47%
No/Shld not consider 53     54     48     62     61     47     60     39
DK/NA                17     19     17     15     13     20     17     14
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/More likely      25%    39%    21%    30%    34%    21%
No/Shld not consider 61     44     56     56     45     69
DK/NA                14     17     23     14     21     11
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes/More likely      31%    34%    30%    25%    42%    33%    29%    17%
No/Shld not consider 50     53     59     51     39     54     59     71
DK/NA                19     13     11     25     19     14     12     12
 
 
26. Some people say that when legislative district lines are drawn there should be a requirement that districts be created for racial and ethnic groups, such as blacks and Hispanics. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                21%    13%    30%    18%    20%    22%    14%    45%
Disagree             72     82     63     77     76     69     80     50
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      4      8      5      5
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Agree                15%    32%    14%    19%    22%    20%
Disagree             79     62     77     77     71     75
DK/NA                 6      6      9      3      7      5
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Agree                34%    19%    19%    14%    31%    17%    17%    18%
Disagree             61     75     77     76     63     76     79     77
DK/NA                 5      6      4     10      6      7      4      5
 
 

Demographic Summary