February 13, 2014 - Cuomo Thumps Trump, Astorino In New York Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Runs Better Against Christie In 2016 Race
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 63 - 28 percent job approval rating, higher than the current scores for any governor in the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University, and tops either of two possible Republican challengers to his reelection by margins of more than 2-1, according to a poll released today.

Gov. Cuomo buries Donald Trump 63 - 26 percent and tops Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 58 - 24 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Cuomo deserves to be reelected, New York State voters say 59 - 31 percent. The governor gets 59 - 28 percent favorability rating, compared to negative 27 - 60 percent favorability for Trump. Astorino remains largely unknown as 86 percent of voters haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.

The governor gets high grades on character traits as voters say:
  • 75 - 21 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 62 - 30 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 51 - 42 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
"Take your pick: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an opponent nobody knows or an opponent nobody likes. It comes out the same either way: Gov. Cuomo trounces Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the unknown, or Donald Trump, the unliked," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers think their governor does a good job and that he deserves a second term, and they say he scores high on all the standard traits that pollsters measure."

New York State voters give Cuomo mixed grades on handling issues that usually pull down approval ratings for other governors: A split 45 - 43 percent job approval for handling taxes and a split 46 - 45 percent score for his handling of the economy and jobs.

Cuomo's positive grades include 52 - 31 percent approval for handling ethics in government and 49 - 32 percent approval for handling energy and the environment. By a narrower 44 - 39 percent, voters approve Cuomo's handling of gun policy.

New York State voters give the State Legislature a negative 28 - 57 percent job approval rating, but say 46 - 25 percent that their State Assembly member deserves reelection and 54 - 28 percent that their state senator deserves another shot.

In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tops New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 58 - 31 percent, leading among all groups except Republicans.

Cuomo tops Christie 50 - 34 percent, with 79 - 11 percent support among Democrats. Republicans go to Christie 69 - 19 percent while independent voters are divided, with 39 percent for Cuomo and 38 percent for Christie. New York City voters back Cuomo 63 - 23 percent, while upstate voters are divided 40 - 39 percent and suburban voters go 46 percent for Cuomo and 42 percent for Christie.

"We're two years away from the New Hampshire Primary, but people will gossip about politics and for now New Yorkers put former Secretary of State - and former New York Senator - Hillary Clinton, and current Favorite Son Andrew Cuomo ahead of Christie," Carroll said.

President Obama, Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand Approval Ratings

New York State voters approve 52 - 44 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, compared to a negative 47 - 49 percent approval rating November 26.

Voters approve 61 - 24 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is doing and give U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 58 - 19 percent approval rating.

"He's down in Quinnipiac University's national polls and polls of other states, but New Yorkers keep President Barack Obama above water in his approval ratings," Carroll said.

From February 6 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,488 New York State 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, 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?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                58%    27%    86%    50%    55%    60%    49%    70%    54%
Astorino             24     55      5     25     29     20     31     15     28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      -      4      2      2      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      3      3      2      3      3      1
DK/NA                13     14      8     17     11     15     14     11     14
 
TREND: 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?
                     Feb 13  Nov 26
                     2014    2013
 
Cuomo                58      56
Astorino             24      25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2
DK/NA                13      15
 
 
2. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Donald Trump the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                63%    32%    89%    58%    59%    66%    51%    76%    61%
Trump                26     56      5     28     30     22     35     13     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      -      2      3      2      4      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      4      3      3      4      3      2
DK/NA                 6      8      3      8      5      7      6      6      7
 
 
3. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                50%    19%    79%    39%    46%    53%    40%    63%    46%
Christie             34     69     11     38     38     30     39     23     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      5      4      3      6      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      2      6      4      5      5      4      3
DK/NA                 9      6      7     12      8     10     10      8      6
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Feb 13  Mar 19
                     2014    2013
 
Cuomo                50      46
Christie             34      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                 9      10
 
 
4. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Clinton              58%    20%    86%    53%    51%    65%    51%    72%    50%
Christie             31     70      8     34     38     26     37     21     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      4      4      1      3      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      1      2      3      3      3      3      2
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      5      5      6      4      6
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Feb 13  Mar 19
                     2014    2013
 
Clinton              58      59
Christie             31      32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
5. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            59%    40%    76%    56%    57%    61%    50%    68%    61%
Unfavorable          28     50      9     31     32     24     41     13     29
Hvn't hrd enough     10      7     12     10      9     12      6     16      9
REFUSED               3      3      3      2      2      4      3      4      1
 
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
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Mar 19  Jan 26  Sep 01  Jun 24  Jan 26
                     2014    2013    2013    2011**  2010    2009*   2011**
 
Favorable            59      55      52      47      54      63      47
Unfavorable          28      27      27      11      21      15      11
Hvn't hrd enough     10      14      17      36      22      20      36
REFUSED               3       3       3       6       3       2       6
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Rob Astorino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable             8%    13%     4%    10%     9%     6%     6%     6%    12%
Unfavorable           6      1      7      7      6      6      5      5      9
Hvn't hrd enough     86     85     88     83     84     87     88     88     78
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rob Astorino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Feb 13  Nov 26
                     2014    2013
 
Favorable             8      10
Unfavorable           6       5
Hvn't hrd enough     86      84
REFUSED               1       -
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Donald Trump favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            27%    46%    13%    26%    29%    24%    33%    18%    29%
Unfavorable          60     37     76     60     59     61     54     67     59
Hvn't hrd enough     11     15     10     11     10     13     11     13     10
REFUSED               2      3      1      3      2      2      2      2      2
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            41%    65%    28%    41%    46%    36%    42%    35%    49%
Unfavorable          38     16     50     40     35     41     35     43     37
Hvn't hrd enough     18     16     20     16     16     20     21     18     12
REFUSED               3      3      2      3      2      3      2      3      2
 
Trend: Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Feb 13  Mar 19
                     2014    2013
 
Favorable            41      55
Unfavorable          38      17
Hvn't hrd enough     18      27
REFUSED               3       2
 
 
10. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            65%    32%    91%    60%    59%    70%    58%    78%    55%
Unfavorable          30     61      6     34     35     25     37     16     40
Hvn't hrd enough      3      4      2      4      4      3      3      4      2
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      2      2      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 13  Mar 19  Jun 11  Apr 18  Mar 21  Mar 19  Apr 18
                     2014    2013    2008    2008    2008    2013    2008
 
Favorable            65      71      53      48      53      71      48
Unfavorable          30      24      40      45      40      24      45
Hvn't hrd enough      3       5       4       5       5       5       5
REFUSED               2       -       3       2       3       -       2
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              63%    45%    81%    58%    61%    65%    55%    72%    65%
Disapprove           28     47     13     30     33     25     40     15     29
DK/NA                 8      8      6     11      6     10      6     13      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Dec 12  Jun 05
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2013
 
Approve              63      62      53      57      55      74      53
Disapprove           28      25      30      29      27      13      30
DK/NA                 8      14      17      15      18      13      17
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              61%    44%    78%    58%    59%    63%    55%    68%    59%
Disapprove           24     44      6     30     30     20     29     15     31
DK/NA                15     12     16     12     11     18     15     16     10
 
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
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2004*   1999
 
Approve              61      60      59      64      61      69      51
Disapprove           24      30      30      26      27      16      22
DK/NA                15      10      11      10      13      15      28
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              58%    47%    69%    55%    55%    60%    57%    59%    55%
Disapprove           19     31      6     23     26     13     25     14     18
DK/NA                23     22     24     22     19     27     18     27     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Dec 12  Feb 17
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2009
 
Approve              58      57      55      57      57      61      28
Disapprove           19      24      24      21      21      18      10
DK/NA                23      19      21      21      22      21      62
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    14%    82%    43%    48%    55%    44%    68%    40%
Disapprove           44     83     14     51     48     41     53     27     57
DK/NA                 4      2      3      6      4      4      4      5      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011
 
Approve              52      47      55      55      57      72      45
Disapprove           44      49      41      41      39      17      49
DK/NA                 4       4       3       4       4      10       6
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              28%    22%    38%    20%    29%    27%    24%    33%    27%
Disapprove           57     64     46     66     59     56     64     48     60
DK/NA                15     13     16     14     12     17     12     19     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 13  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Dec 12  Sep 01
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012    2010
 
Approve              28      34      27      30      30      35      15
Disapprove           57      53      60      57      55      46      75
DK/NA                15      13      13      12      15      18       9
 
 
16. Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Deserves         59%    41%    76%    54%    57%    60%    51%    67%    59%
No/Does not          31     49     15     33     35     28     40     21     32
DK/NA                10     10      9     12      8     12      9     12      9
 
TREND: Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05
                     2014    2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         59      59      58
No/Does not          31      31      31
DK/NA                10      11      11
 
 
17. Do you feel that your state assembly member deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that your state assembly member does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Deserves         46%    42%    53%    42%    47%    45%    49%    47%    40%
No/Does not          25     31     15     30     30     20     26     19     32
DK/NA                29     27     33     28     23     35     24     35     29
 
 
18. Do you feel that your state senator deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that your state senator does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Deserves         54%    44%    69%    46%    51%    56%    50%    57%    55%
No/Does not          28     44     15     31     35     22     35     19     32
DK/NA                18     12     17     23     14     22     15     24     13
 
TREND: Do you feel that your state senator deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that your state senator does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Feb 13  Jun 22
                     2014    2009
 
Yes/Deserves         54      48
No/Does not          28      27
DK/NA                18      25
 
 
19. 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?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     6%     2%     6%     3%     2%     7%     3%
Smwht satisfied      47     25     64     43     45     49     39     54     48
Smwht dissatisfied   27     35     20     30     26     28     31     23     27
Very dissatisfied    21     35      9     24     23     20     27     15     21
DK/NA                 1      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
                     Feb 13  Nov 26  Jun 05  Apr 17  Mar 19  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        4       5       5       5       4      13       1
Smwht satisfied      47      45      45      40      42      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   27      28      26      28      29      20      33
Very dissatisfied    21      22      23      26      23       7      47
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - taxes?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    34%    56%    43%    48%    42%    38%    53%    44%
Disapprove           43     57     30     46     42     43     50     34     45
DK/NA                12      9     13     11      9     15     12     13     11
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - the economy and jobs?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              46%    36%    58%    42%    47%    45%    45%    47%    45%
Disapprove           45     57     34     48     46     44     47     42     47
DK/NA                 9      8      9     10      7     11      8     11      8
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - gun policy?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              44%    19%    62%    41%    42%    45%    34%    55%    43%
Disapprove           39     65     20     41     47     32     54     23     38
DK/NA                17     16     18     18     10     24     12     22     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling gun policy?
                     Feb 13  Apr 17  Mar 19
                     2014    2013    2013
 
Approve              44      52      49
Disapprove           39      38      38
DK/NA                17      10      13
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - energy and the environment?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              49%    37%    62%    45%    50%    48%    45%    53%    48%
Disapprove           32     44     19     37     35     30     40     23     32
DK/NA                19     20     19     18     15     23     15     23     20
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - ethics in government?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    42%    65%    49%    52%    53%    47%    57%    54%
Disapprove           31     45     19     34     35     28     38     23     33
DK/NA                17     13     17     17     13     20     15     20     14
 
 
27. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  75%    64%    88%    72%    72%    78%    72%    78%    75%
No                   21     32      8     24     25     17     26     15     21
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      3      6      2      7      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Andrew Cuomo has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Feb 13  May 01
                     2014    2002
 
Yes                  75      32
No                   21      32
DK/NA                 5      36
 
 
28. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  62%    50%    76%    59%    62%    62%    58%    66%    63%
No                   30     44     18     32     32     29     36     24     31
DK/NA                 8      6      6      9      5     10      6      9      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Andrew Cuomo is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Feb 13  Jul 31
                     2014    2007
 
Yes                  62      58
No                   30      20
DK/NA                 8      22
 
 
29. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  51%    34%    68%    47%    50%    52%    45%    60%    49%
No                   42     60     25     47     44     40     51     30     45
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      6      8      4     10      6
 
 
30. Do you think Andrew Cuomo is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                                                               AREA.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Liberal              27%    56%     6%    30%    31%    23%    36%    16%    28%
Conservative          8      3     12      9      9      8      9      9      6
About right          55     34     74     51     52     58     46     64     55
DK/NA                10      7      8     10      8     11      9     10     11
 
 

Demographic Summary