November 26, 2013 - New York's Cuomo Opens Election Year With A Roar, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 2-1 Approval And Huge Lead Over Unknown Contender
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New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who saw his job approval rating drop in Quinnipiac University polls in the first six months of the year, opens his reelection bid with a 62 - 25 percent approval rating today.

This compares to a 53 - 30 percent approval rating, his lowest ever, in a June 5 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Cuomo's approval is up in every region, to 53 - 37 percent upstate, 62 - 23 percent in the suburbs and 71 - 13 percent in New York City.

Republicans go from a negative 37 - 49 percent June 5 to a positive 50 - 37 percent today. Republican support was key to Cuomo's +70 approval ratings during his first two years in office.

In an early look at the 2014 governor's race, Cuomo tops Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a possible Republican challenger, 56 - 25 percent. Astorino leads 62 - 23 percent among Republicans while Cuomo takes every other party, age, gender, income and regional group.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo has much for which to be thankful. The only thing better than lots of opponents is an unknown opponent. The Democratic governor scores a demographic sweep, except among Republicans," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"At mid-year, Cuomo was coming off a generally unsatisfying legislative session. His news-making plan to make Roe v Wade part of state law and his anti-corruption efforts didn't go anywhere. Now his job approval as he heads into the election year is healthy and a big majority of New Yorkers think he deserves a second term."

New York State voters say 59 - 31 percent that Cuomo deserves to be reelected. That includes 81 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independent voters and 40 percent of Republicans.

Cuomo gets a 55 - 27 percent favorability rating. For Astorino, 84 percent of voters don't know enough to form an opinion.

President Obama's Approval

President Barack Obama gets a split 47 - 49 percent job approval rating, near his all-time New York State low of 45 - 49 percent in an August 12, 2011, Quinnipiac University poll. The president is down 13 - 87 percent among Republicans and 35 - 61 percent among independent voters, while Democrats approve 81 - 15 percent.

There is a large gender gap as women approve 51 - 45 percent while men give a negative 42 - 54 percent score.

"Since the healthcare website collapse, President Barack Obama has been going down, down, down in Quinnipiac University polls nationally and in the states. Now he's even struggling to stay above water in true-blue New York," Carroll said.

New York State voters approve 60 - 30 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is doing and give U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 57 - 24 percent job approval.

A total of 50 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the Empire State today, while 50 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

From November 20 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,337 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, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rob Astorino the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Cuomo                56%    23%    86%    48%    55%    57%    49%    80%    79%
Astorino             25     62      4     23     28     23     32      4     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      -      2      2      2      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      4      2      2      2      -      2
DK/NA                15     10     10     23     14     16     15     13      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Cuomo                62%    52%    56%    57%    57%    51%    52%    61%    59%
Astorino             23     27     24     26     29     29     26     24     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      2      3      3      1      2      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      1      1      2      3      1      1
DK/NA                12     16     16     14     10     16     17     11     15
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Cuomo                45%    70%    53%    18%    83%    40%
Astorino             34     15     27     67      4     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      2      -      5
DK/NA                16     12     17     10     12     21
 
 
2. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            55%    38%    73%    51%    54%    57%    53%    72%    62%
Unfavorable          27     43      9     33     30     24     33      2     12
Hvn't hrd enough     14     15     15     13     13     15     10     21     26
REFUSED               3      4      3      4      4      3      3      5      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            64%    51%    54%    56%    60%    48%    51%    61%    62%
Unfavorable          26     28     23     33     31     19     30     27     25
Hvn't hrd enough      7     18     19      9      5     32     16      7     10
REFUSED               3      3      4      2      4      1      3      5      3
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Favorable            44%    66%    57%    27%    70%    42%
Unfavorable          39     15     26     56     12     43
Hvn't hrd enough     13     16     12     13     15     12
REFUSED               3      3      5      4      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 63% Apr 2009 and Feb 2009/**"Governor Andrew Cuomo")
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 26  Mar 19  Jan 26  Sep 01  Jun 22  Jun 24  Jan 26
                     2013    2013    2011**  2010    2010    2009*   2011**
 
Favorable            55      52      47      54      57      63      47
Unfavorable          27      27      11      21      18      15      11
Hvn't hrd enough     14      17      36      22      22      20      36
REFUSED               3       3       6       3       3       2       6
 
 
3. Is your opinion of Rob Astorino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            10%    17%     6%    11%    10%    10%    10%     5%    11%
Unfavorable           5      2      7      5      6      4      5      4      4
Hvn't hrd enough     84     80     86     84     83     86     84     90     85
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      1      -      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            11%    10%    10%     8%    12%     -     13%    11%    10%
Unfavorable           7      4      2      7      8      6      4      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     82     86     88     84     80     94     83     82     84
REFUSED               -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Favorable             8%     9%    15%    13%     4%    10%
Unfavorable           4      4      9      3      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     87     87     75     84     90     85
REFUSED               -      -      1      1      -      -
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    50%    80%    54%    60%    63%    59%    80%    68%
Disapprove           25     37     10     29     28     21     31      5     10
DK/NA                14     13     10     16     12     15     10     15     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              66%    59%    63%    61%    62%    63%    57%    64%    67%
Disapprove           24     25     20     31     28     16     27     27     23
DK/NA                10     15     16      8     10     21     16      9     11
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              53%    71%    62%    43%    76%    48%
Disapprove           37     13     23     48     15     39
DK/NA                11     16     15      9      9     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Jan 30  Dec 12  Jun 05
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2013
 
Approve              62      53      57      55      59      74      53
Disapprove           25      30      29      27      28      13      30
DK/NA                14      17      15      18      13      13      17
 
 
5. 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    Hsp
 
Approve              60%    35%    82%    55%    56%    64%    57%    80%    65%
Disapprove           30     55     10     33     37     23     34      7     22
DK/NA                10     10      8     12      7     13      9     13     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              66%    57%    56%    65%    64%    49%    61%    68%    58%
Disapprove           27     31     30     30     30     33     28     25     35
DK/NA                 7     12     14      5      6     18     11      8      7
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              50%    70%    60%    29%    82%    47%
Disapprove           38     19     33     61      8     38
DK/NA                12     11      6     10      9     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
                     Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Jan 30  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2004*   1999
 
Approve              60      59      64      61      60      69      51
Disapprove           30      30      26      27      30      16      22
DK/NA                10      11      10      13      10      15      28
 
 
6. 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    Hsp
 
Approve              57%    36%    75%    53%    53%    60%    57%    60%    57%
Disapprove           24     46      7     27     32     17     28      6     16
DK/NA                19     19     19     21     15     23     15     35     28
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              64%    52%    55%    62%    61%    50%    54%    61%    59%
Disapprove           22     26     21     27     25     21     24     23     26
DK/NA                14     22     24     10     14     29     22     16     14
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              54%    60%    56%    35%    79%    53%
Disapprove           31     15     26     50      8     31
DK/NA                15     25     18     15     13     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Jan 30  Dec 12  Feb 17
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2009
 
Approve              57      55      57      57      57      61      28
Disapprove           24      24      21      21      21      18      10
DK/NA                19      21      21      22      22      21      62
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    13%    81%    35%    42%    51%    35%    86%    70%
Disapprove           49     87     15     61     54     45     61     10     26
DK/NA                 4      1      4      4      3      5      4      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              51%    44%    52%    42%    45%    46%    45%    51%    46%
Disapprove           47     51     42     57     52     51     53     44     48
DK/NA                 2      5      6      1      3      2      2      5      5
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              38%    65%    33%    16%    83%    26%
Disapprove           57     31     64     82     15     66
DK/NA                 5      4      2      2      2      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Jan 30  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011
 
Approve              47      55      55      57      57      72      45
Disapprove           49      41      41      39      39      17      49
DK/NA                 4       3       4       4       4      10       6
 
 
14. Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         59%    40%    81%    52%    59%    59%    54%    87%    64%
No/Does not          31     51     10     36     34     27     36      8     19
DK/NA                11     10      9     12      7     13     10      6     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         63%    57%    59%    58%    60%    65%    54%    61%    61%
No/Does not          28     32     28     34     32     26     33     30     28
DK/NA                 9     11     13      8      8      9     12      9     11
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Yes/Deserves         49%    69%    59%    33%    79%    44%
No/Does not          42     20     27     62     11     46
DK/NA                 9     11     14      4     10     10
 
TREND: Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Nov 26  Jun 05
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         59      58
No/Does not          31      31
DK/NA                11      11
 
 
15. 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    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        5%     1%     8%     3%     5%     5%     5%     5%     5%
Smwht satisfied      45     32     61     38     40     49     41     57     55
Smwht dissatisfied   28     31     21     34     30     26     28     28     26
Very dissatisfied    22     35     10     23     25     20     26      9     15
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        6%     4%     4%     4%     4%     4%     4%     4%     6%
Smwht satisfied      52     41     41     47     48     50     46     45     43
Smwht dissatisfied   25     30     29     28     27     33     27     27     25
Very dissatisfied    18     25     25     22     21     12     23     23     24
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     AREA.............    UPSTATE NY.......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Very satisfied        3%     6%     5%     -      7%     3%
Smwht satisfied      36     52     49     21     63     32
Smwht dissatisfied   29     27     27     31     24     33
Very dissatisfied    31     14     19     47      6     32
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
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
                     Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Jan 31  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        5       5       5       4       7      13       1
Smwht satisfied      45      45      40      42      43      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   28      26      28      29      24      20      33
Very dissatisfied    22      23      26      23      25       7      47
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 

Demographic Summary