December 12, 2012 - More New York Voters Prefer Senate Coalition, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov. Cuomo Approval Hits New High

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Almost half of New York State voters prefer a power-sharing coalition to control the State Senate and more than half believe this coalition would be a "good way to create effective government," rather than "a power grab by a handful of elected leaders," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Offered three choices by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, 48 percent of voters prefer a coalition to decide what bills come up for a vote, while 31 percent want Democratic control and 17 percent want Republican control.

The new State Senate coalition will be effective, 53 percent of voters say, while 30 percent call it a power grab.

New York State voters approve 74 - 13 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, his highest score ever and continuing his six-month string of +70 percent ratings. Approval is 68 - 18 percent among Republicans, 82 - 9 percent among Democrats and 70 - 12 percent among independent voters.

A total of 80 percent of voters say Gov. Cuomo's response to Hurricane Sandy was "excellent" or "good." Support is strong among all groups.

"Now that the three-men-in-a-room has become a quartet, will they be able to harmonize?" asks Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Democrats in the coalition have been promised votes on some of their legislative priorities. But they haven't been promised that the bills will pass. Let's see how sturdy this deal is. So far, voters like the coalition.

"Good government or power grab? Most rate it as good government, but a sizable group says power grab," Carroll added.

"Politicians and pundits keep talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo for President. But it's worth noting that Cuomo-as-Governor still polls lofty job-approval numbers. He gets great grades for coping with Sandy."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not run for mayor of New York City, voters statewide say 58 - 36 percent. New York City voters say 51 - 46 percent Clinton should not run for mayor.

New York State voters approve 61 - 18 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, her highest score ever.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 63 - 23 percent approval rating, continuing his multi- year tradition of +60 scores.

Voters disapprove 46 - 35 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, continuing its own long tradition of bad grades, but the least bad score since a 43 - 34 percent disapproval in an April, 2007, Quinnipiac University poll.

"Who knows?" Carroll asked. "Maybe the new coalition leadership in the State Senate finally will lift the State Legislature out of the job approval swamp."

A total of 73 percent of New York State voters say government corruption is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, with agreement among all groups.

Cuomo, not the State Legislature, should have primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption, voters say 48 - 36 percent.

A total of 48 percent of voters say Cuomo is doing an "excellent" or "good" job cleaning up legislative corruption. The clean-up job legislative leaders are doing is "not so good" or "poor," 64 percent of voters say.

New York State voters oppose 51 - 39 percent of public campaign financing for candidates for governor, the State Legislature and other statewide office.

From December 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,302 New York State 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 information 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? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp*
 
Approve              74%    68%    82%    70%    74%    73%    73%    81%    68%
Disapprove           13     18      9     12     14     12     14      8     13
DK/NA                13     13      9     18     12     15     13     11     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              77%    72%    72%    78%    73%    69%    73%    75%    76%
Disapprove           14     13     11     14     16     10     10     17     10
DK/NA                 9     16     17      8     11     20     17      8     14
 
                                   SUBURBS......
                     UpStat NYC    Tot   LongIsl
 
Approve              68%    80%    74%    71%
Disapprove           17      8     14     16
DK/NA                16     12     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Jul 25  May 30  Apr 04  Dec 12  Feb 23
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2011
 
Approve              74      70      73      71      68      74      56
Disapprove           13      16      16      16      19      13      15
DK/NA                13      14      12      13      13      13      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              63%    44%    79%    56%    60%    65%    60%    69%
Disapprove           23     42      7     28     28     18     27     16
DK/NA                15     14     14     16     12     17     13     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              68%    59%    64%    63%    63%    62%    58%    63%    67%
Disapprove           23     22     17     26     28     19     23     26     19
DK/NA                 9     18     19     11     10     19     19     11     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              57%    71%    57%
Disapprove           25     16     29
DK/NA                17     12     14
 
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
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Jul 25  May 30  Apr 05  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2004*   1999
 
Approve              63      62      61      64      63      69      51
Disapprove           23      25      25      26      25      16      22
DK/NA                15      13      14      10      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              61%    42%    77%    57%    58%    64%    60%    61%
Disapprove           18     35      5     20     24     12     21     13
DK/NA                21     23     18     24     18     24     19     26
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              65%    59%    59%    67%    64%    60%    58%    64%    60%
Disapprove           18     17     15     16     20     11     19     19     17
DK/NA                17     24     26     16     15     28     23     16     23
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              59%    66%    56%
Disapprove           21     11     22
DK/NA                19     23     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  Jul 25  May 30  Apr 05  Feb 15  Dec 12  Feb 17
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2009
 
Approve              61      54      60      60      47      61      28
Disapprove           18      20      22      21      26      18      10
DK/NA                21      26      18      19      27      21      62
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp*
 
Approve              62%    14%    94%    52%    60%    65%    51%    94%    82%
Disapprove           35     82      4     44     38     32     47      4     14
DK/NA                 3      3      1      5      2      3      3      2      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    61%    70%    56%    58%    70%    62%    60%    60%
Disapprove           33     36     27     41     40     28     34     38     37
DK/NA                 2      3      3      3      1      2      3      2      3
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              55%    74%    55%
Disapprove           42     24     42
DK/NA                 3      2      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  Jul 25  May 31  Apr 05  Feb 15  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2009    2011
 
Approve              62      57      58      56      50      72      45
Disapprove           35      38      39      38      46      17      49
DK/NA                 3       5       3       6       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              35%    23%    45%    31%    36%    35%    31%    44%
Disapprove           46     61     35     53     49     43     52     35
DK/NA                18     16     20     16     15     22     17     21
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              33%    36%    40%    34%    30%    49%    35%    34%    27%
Disapprove           53     42     38     50     56     36     44     51     48
DK/NA                13     21     22     16     14     15     20     15     25
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              33%    39%    34%
Disapprove           51     39     48
DK/NA                16     22     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Jul 26  Feb 15  Dec 20  Dec 12  Sep 01
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2010
 
Approve              35      34      31      29      26      35      15
Disapprove           46      50      51      58      59      46      75
DK/NA                18      15      18      13      15      18       9
 
 
6. 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        5%     2%     8%     3%     5%     5%     3%    10%
Smwht satisfied      50     35     65     43     49     51     46     61
Smwht dissatisfied   29     30     22     36     30     28     32     22
Very dissatisfied    15     32      3     18     15     15     19      7
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        5%     5%     6%     3%     4%     5%     4%     6%     5%
Smwht satisfied      50     50     51     49     50     64     53     42     51
Smwht dissatisfied   28     30     30     30     27     24     28     31     30
Very dissatisfied    16     15     12     17     18      6     15     20     12
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      -      -      2
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        4%     8%     2%
Smwht satisfied      45     56     50
Smwht dissatisfied   29     27     32
Very dissatisfied    22      8     16
DK/NA                 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
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Jul 26  May 31  Feb 15  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2102    2012    2012    2012    2012    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        5       5       4       6       3      13       1
Smwht satisfied      50      47      42      46      39      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   29      30      33      28      33      20      33
Very dissatisfied    15      17      21      18      25       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
7. As you may be aware, the Democrats control the New York State Assembly. Who do you want to control the New York State Senate, the Democrats, the Republicans, or a coalition in which Democrats and Republicans share power in deciding what bills come up for a vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Democrats            31%     1%    57%    16%    31%    31%    22%    62%
Republicans          17     55      1     11     21     14     23      3
Coalition of both    48     40     40     70     44     51     50     32
DK/NA                 4      4      2      2      3      4      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Democrats            33%    30%    33%    24%    33%    29%    32%    33%    27%
Republicans          18     17     14     18     22     14     19     19     15
Coalition of both    47     49     48     56     42     55     43     46     52
DK/NA                 3      4      5      2      3      2      6      2      6
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Democrats            20%    43%    29%
Republicans          21     11     20
Coalition of both    54     43     46
DK/NA                 5      3      5
 
 
8. As you may be aware, state senate Republicans and five state senate Democrats have announced a coalition where they will share control of the New York State Senate, deciding which bills come up for a vote. Do you think this coalition leadership of the New York State Senate is a good way to create effective government or a power grab by a handful of elected officials?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Effective gov't      53%    53%    53%    57%    52%    55%    55%    50%
Power grab           30     32     29     27     33     27     30     31
DK/NA                17     16     17     16     15     18     16     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Effective gov't      55%    53%    53%    62%    49%    61%    53%    52%    52%
Power grab           31     29     29     25     38     20     38     31     27
DK/NA                14     19     18     14     13     20      9     17     21
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Effective gov't      55%    53%    52%
Power grab           30     30     30
DK/NA                16     18     18
 
 
9. Michael Bloomberg has suggested that Hillary Clinton should run for Mayor of New York City. Do you think Hillary Clinton should run for New York City Mayor or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Should run       36%    20%    46%    32%    32%    39%    29%    52%
No/Should not run    58     73     50     60     63     54     65     44
DK/NA                 6      7      4      8      5      7      6      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes/Should run       30%    40%    46%    26%    31%    51%    40%    32%    28%
No/Should not run    65     54     48     69     63     41     55     63     64
DK/NA                 5      6      5      5      6      8      5      5      8
 
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Should run       30%    46%    31%
No/Should not run    63     51     62
DK/NA                 7      3      7
 
 
10. How would you rate Governor Cuomo's overall response to Hurricane Sandy; excellent, good, not so good or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent            25%    21%    33%    19%    26%    25%    24%    23%
Good                 55     56     54     60     53     57     57     57
Not so good          12     12      8     14     12     12     12     12
Poor                  4      8      2      5      6      3      5      2
DK/NA                 3      4      3      2      3      3      3      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent            31%    22%    25%    24%    28%    22%    27%    27%    24%
Good                 52     57     54     63     53     56     52     55     58
Not so good          11     12     13      6     13     15     16      9     11
Poor                  4      4      4      5      5      4      1      7      3
DK/NA                 2      4      5      2      1      4      4      2      4
 
                                   SUBURBS......
                     UpStat  NYC   Tot   LongIsl
 
Excellent            24%    27%    26%    25%
Good                 55     56     54     57
Not so good          11     12     14     13
Poor                  5      3      5      5
DK/NA                 5      3      -      -
 
 
20. Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              39%    28%    50%    34%    45%    34%    35%    45%
Oppose               51     66     38     60     48     54     57     37
DK/NA                 9      6     12      6      7     12      8     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              51%    33%    38%    38%    45%    43%    43%    39%    34%
Oppose               43     56     51     56     47     45     46     55     53
DK/NA                 6     11     10      6      8     11     11      6     13
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature?
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Jun 02  Apr 14  Jan 27
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Support              39      41      45      41      40
Oppose               51      48      49      52      51
DK/NA                 9      11       5       7       9
 
 
21. How much of a problem, if at all, is government corruption in New York State today? Is it a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very serious problem 31%    33%    27%    30%    31%    31%    30%    33%
Smwht serious        42     46     43     45     41     44     45     42
Not too serious      18     12     20     20     19     17     18     17
Not a problem at all  2      3      2      2      3      1      2      3
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      5      7      6      6
 
TREND: How much of a problem, if at all, is government corruption in New York State today? Is it a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                     Dec 12  Sep 12  Oct 2   Nov 6
                     2012    2012    2007    2003
 
Very serious         31      36      30      28
Smwht serious        42      43      47      44
Not too serious      18      14      16      19
Not a problem at all  2       2       2       3
DK/NA                 6       5       5       5
 
 
22. Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption in New York State, the governor or legislative leaders?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
The governor         48%    51%    46%    49%    50%    45%    47%    48%
Legislative leaders  36     32     40     36     37     36     36     39
DK/NA                16     16     14     15     12     19     18     13
 
TREND: Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption in New York State, the governor or legislative leaders?
                     Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2012    2012
 
The governor         48      54
Legislative leaders  36      32
DK/NA                16      14
 
 
23. How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             4%     3%     6%     1%     5%     3%     3%     6%
Good                 44     38     50     44     42     47     43     49
Not so good          26     29     21     30     26     25     27     17
Poor                  7     10      4      8      9      5      8      7
DK/NA                19     20     20     17     17     20     19     21
 
TREND: How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2012    2012
 
Excellent             4       6
Good                 44      50
Not so good          26      22
Poor                  7       7
DK/NA                19      15
 
 
24. How would you rate the job legislative leaders are doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             1%     -      1%     -      1%     1%     -      3%
Good                 19     14     25     15     18     19     17     23
Not so good          43     45     41     49     39     47     44     46
Poor                 21     24     17     22     28     15     23     14
DK/NA                16     17     16     14     14     18     16     14
 
TREND: How would you rate the job legislative leaders are doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2012    2012
 
Excellent             1       2
Good                 19      22
Not so good          43      42
Poor                 21      21
DK/NA                16      14
 
 

Demographic Summary