May 22, 2014 - Campaign Finance Gaining Support In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Split Like A Fracked Rock On Gas Drilling
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Support for public campaign financing for statewide offices and the State Legislature is growing in New York State as 46 percent of voters now support the idea, with 44 percent opposed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters have opposed this idea in the past, including 52 - 38 percent opposed in a November 27 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Democrats support the idea 57 - 33 percent. Opposition is 58 - 31 percent among Republicans and 48 - 44 percent among independent voters.

New York State government is dysfunctional, voters say 55 - 38 percent. A total of 81 percent of voters say government corruption is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. The governor should have primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption, 42 percent of voters say, while 41 percent say legislative leaders should have primary responsibility.

Only 37 percent of voters say New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing an "excellent" or "good" job cleaning up corruption, while 51 percent say "not so good" or "poor."

Grades for legislative leaders are worse: 19 percent "excellent" or "good," and 71 percent "not so good" or "poor."

But New York State voters approve 48 - 34 percent of the way Gov. Cuomo is handling ethics in government and only 24 percent have read or heard anything about his decision to end the Moreland Commission which was investigating government corruption.

"An overwhelming majority of voters call government corruption a big New York problem," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "But we're jaded: 56 percent of voters say New York is about as corrupt as other states."

"Some reformers think public financing of campaigns might help clean up corruption," Carroll added. "Support for that idea is up in the last six months.

"The people who focus on government ethics squawked when Gov. Andrew Cuomo killed the Moreland Commission that he appointed, but most voters weren't paying attention. Among the handful who knew about it, a big majority called the commission's demise a deal with the Legislature."

A small majority of New York State voters, 52 percent, prefer the coalition of Democrats and Republicans which currently controls the State Senate, while 26 percent want Democratic control and 18 percent want Republican control. The State Senate coalition is "effective government," 48 percent of voters say, while 33 percent call it a "power grab."

"New York's oddly split legislature, with a group of Democrats joining Republicans to control the Senate, doesn't please political purists but voters seem to like it," Carroll said. "Is it an effective way to run the Senate or a power grab? Most say 'effective.'"

Natural Gas Drilling

New York State voters remain divided on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, as 44 percent support drilling because of economic benefits and 45 percent oppose drilling because of environmental concerns.

Republicans support drilling 68 - 22 percent, with Democrats opposed 60 - 29 percent. Independent voters are divided, with 45 percent for drilling and 43 percent opposed. Upstate voters are divided 46 - 45 percent, with New York City voters opposed 47 - 39 percent and suburban voters in favor of drilling 48 - 41 percent.

Gov. Cuomo is "dragging his feet" to avoid a decision on hydro-fracking, 38 percent of voters say, while 23 percent say he is "carefully evaluating the issue."

"We should call it 'electoral fracking.' The contentious issue of natural gas drilling has divided New York State voters for more than a year," Carroll said.

From May 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,129 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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.



21. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Democrats            26%     1%    52%    13%    26%    26%    27%    28%    25%
Republicans          18     50      1     16     23     14     18     16     20
Coalition of both    52     48     45     65     47     57     51     54     51
DK/NA                 4      1      1      5      4      3      4      3      4
 
TREND: 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?
                     May 22 Dec 12
                     2014    2012
 
Democrats            26      31
Republicans          18      17
Coalition of both    52      48
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
22. As you may be aware, state senate Republicans and five state senate Democrats formed a coalition where they 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Effective gov't      48%    48%    47%    53%    48%    49%    63%    50%    41%
Power grab           33     33     34     31     38     29     27     36     35
DK/NA                18     19     19     16     14     22     10     13     24
 
Trend: As you may be aware, state senate Republicans and five state senate Democrats formed a coalition where they 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?
                     May 22  Apr 17  Dec 12
                     2014    2013    2012
 
Effective gov't      48      35      53
Power grab           33      50      30
DK/NA                18      15      17
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling ethics in government?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              48%    38%    61%    43%    46%    50%    41%    51%    49%
Disapprove           34     45     19     40     39     29     34     33     34
DK/NA                18     17     20     18     15     21     25     16     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling ethics in government?
                     May 22  Feb 13
                     2014    2014
 
Approve              48      52
Disapprove           34      31
DK/NA                18      17
 
 
39. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Drilling             44%    68%    29%    45%    51%    36%    46%    42%    45%
No drilling          45     22     60     43     40     50     51     45     43
DK/NA                11     10     11     12      9     14      2     13     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Drilling             46%    39%    48%
No drilling          45     47     41
DK/NA                 9     14     10
 
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                             DRILLING......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 22  Feb 12  Nov 27  Jun 06  Apr 18  Aug 11  Mar 20
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2013    2011    2013
 
Drilling             44      41      44      46      42      47      39
No drilling          45      45      46      44      46      42      46
DK/NA                11      14      10       9      12      12      14
 
40. Which comes closer to your point of view Governor Cuomo is carefully evaluating the issue of hydro-fracking, or Governor Cuomo is dragging his feet and trying to avoid making a decision on the issue of hydro-fracking, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Carefully evaluating 23%    11%    28%    26%    22%    23%    16%    23%    27%
Dragging his feet    38     47     29     43     47     30     41     36     39
No opinion           36     41     40     28     29     43     43     38     29
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      2      4      -      3      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Carefully evaluating 25%    24%    17%
Dragging his feet    47     25     43
No opinion           26     46     38
DK/NA                 3      4      2
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view; Governor Cuomo is carefully evaluating the issue of hydro-fracking, or Governor Cuomo is dragging his feet and trying to avoid making a decision on the issue of hydro-fracking, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                     May 22  Feb 12  Nov 27  Jun 06  Apr 18  Mar 20  Dec 13
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012
 
Carefully evaluating 23      23      21      22      24      21      26
Dragging his feet    38      35      39      36      32      30      25
No opinion           36      37      38      38      41      46      44
DK/NA                 3       5       3       4       3       3       4
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              46%    31%    57%    44%    50%    43%    59%    45%    43%
Oppose               44     58     33     48     43     46     35     47     46
DK/NA                 9     11     10      8      7     12      6      8     11
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature? (* Low also 37% Apr 2013)
                                                             SUPPORT.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Dec 12  May 22  Jun 05
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2012    2014    2013*
                                                                     
Support              46      38      37      37      39      46      37
Oppose               44      52      53      53      51      44      53
DK/NA                 9      10       9      10       9       9       9
 
 
42. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very serious         36%    41%    30%    33%    39%    32%    31%    36%    37%
Smwht serious        45     42     45     47     43     47     39     44     48
Not too serious      14     14     19     11     15     13     23     14     11
Not a problem at all  1      -      -      3      1      1      3      1      1
DK/NA                 5      2      5      6      3      6      5      6      3
 
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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Dec 12  Apr 17  Nov 06
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2012    2013    2003
 
Very serious         36      41      51      48      31      48      28
Smwht serious        45      41      35      39      42      39      44
Not too serious      14      13       8       8      18       8      19
Not a problem at all  1       1       1       2       2       2       3
DK/NA                 5       4       5       3       6       3       5
 
 
43. Compared to other states, do you think there is more government corruption than in other states, less government corruption or about as much government corruption?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
More                 22%    30%    19%    18%    26%    17%    29%    23%    18%
Less                 15      9     19     14     18     12     24     16     11
About as much        56     52     55     60     49     62     44     55     61
DK/NA                 8      9      7      8      7      8      3      6     11
 
TREND: Compared to other states, do you think there is more government corruption than in other states, less government corruption or about as much government corruption?
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Oct 02
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2007
 
More                 22      25      24      24      17
Less                 15      10       9      10      13
About as much        56      56      60      58      60
DK/NA                 8       9       7       8       9
 
 
44. Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption in New York State, the governor or legislative leaders?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
The governor         42%    37%    44%    46%    47%    38%    44%    44%    41%
Legislative leaders  41     48     40     40     40     42     52     38     39
DK/NA                17     15     16     14     13     20      4     17     21
 
TREND: Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for cleaning up legislative corruption in New York State, the governor or legislative leaders?
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2012    2012
 
The governor         42      51      49      47      48      54
Legislative leaders  41      36      33      34      36      32
DK/NA                17      13      18      19      16      14
 
 
45. How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Excellent             3%     1%     5%     2%     3%     3%     3%     3%     3%
Good                 34     27     43     31     29     38     27     37     33
Not so good          36     36     33     37     37     34     38     32     40
Poor                 15     26      7     18     19     12     15     17     13
DK/NA                12     10     13     13     11     13     17     12     11
 
TREND: How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2012    2012
 
Excellent             3       2       4       3       4       6
Good                 34      37      34      34      44      50
Not so good          36      36      32      35      26      22
Poor                 15      15      18      17       7       7
DK/NA                12      10      11      11      19      15
 
 
46. How would you rate the job legislative leaders are doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Excellent             1%     -      2%     2%     1%     2%     3%     1%     1%
Good                 18     14     23     15     16     19     21     21     14
Not so good          45     50     45     42     42     47     46     42     47
Poor                 26     28     19     28     33     20     18     27     28
DK/NA                10      8     11     12      9     12     12      9      9
 
TREND: How would you rate the job legislative leaders are doing cleaning up legislative corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Dec 12  Sep 12
                     2014    2013    2013    2013    2012    2012
 
Excellent             1       -       1       -       1       2
Good                 18      17      14      16      19      22
Not so good          45      46      43      45      43      42
Poor                 26      29      32      30      21      21
DK/NA                10       8       9       9      16      14
 
 
47. Some people have said that New York State government is dysfunctional. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Agree                55%    68%    42%    61%    56%    54%    56%    58%    53%
Disagree             38     29     49     33     39     37     40     35     41
DK/NA                 7      3      9      6      4      9      3      7      6
 
TREND: Some people have said that New York State government is dysfunctional. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                             AGREE.........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 14  Jul 28  Jun 23  May 22  
                     2014    2013    2013    2011    2010    2010    2014    
                                                                             
Agree                55      62      67      72      75      83      55      
Disagree             38      33      29      23      20      14      38      
DK/NA                 7       5       4       5       4       3       7      
 
 
48. (If agree government dysfunctional q47) Who do you think is most to blame: Governor Cuomo, the Republicans in the state legislature, or the Democrats in the state legislature?
                     Agree government dysfunctional Q47
 
Cuomo                19%
Reps/State leg       26
Dems/State leg       25
DK/NA                31
 
TREND: (If agree government dysfunctional) Who do you think is most to blame: Governor Cuomo, the Republicans in the state legislature, or the Democrats in the state legislature?
                     AGREE GOVERNMENT DYSFUNCTIONAL
                     May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 14
                     2014    2013    2013    2011
 
Cuomo                19      15      12       6
Reps/State leg       26      29      27      32
Dems/State leg       25      29      33      29
DK/NA                31      27      28      33
 
 
49. Have you heard or read anything about Governor Cuomo's decision to end the Moreland commission which was investigating government corruption?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  24%    22%    24%    21%    30%    18%    22%    24%    25%
No                   73     73     73     74     67     78     76     74     70
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      4      3      2      5
 
 
50. (If yes q49) Do you think Governor Cuomo's decision to end the Moreland commission was a decision based on good government, or was it a political deal with legislative leaders?
                     Heard/Read Moreland Commission End Q49
 
Good government      10%
A political deal     78
DK/NA                12
 
 
51. Do you think that investigations into state government corruption that were started by the Moreland commission should be completed by federal prosecutors or don't you think so, or haven't you heard enough about it to decide?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  31%    26%    32%    31%    38%    24%    30%    32%    31%
No                    2      3      2      2      3      2      1      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     64     68     63     66     56     72     68     63     62
DK/NA                 3      3      4      1      3      3      1      3      4
 
 
52. Do you think federal prosecutors should investigate the entire state government for possible corruption or don't you think so, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  47%    45%    47%    47%    51%    43%    50%    51%    42%
No                   12     10     12     11     14      9      9     10     14
Hvn't hrd enough     39     43     37     40     33     45     40     35     41
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      2      3      -      3      2
 
 
53. Do you think federal prosecutors should investigate Governor Cuomo's decision to shut down the Moreland commission or don't you think so, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  27%    33%    25%    26%    30%    24%    33%    29%    24%
No                   14     10     16     14     18     10     11     15     16
Hvn't hrd enough     57     56     59     60     51     64     56     56     58
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      2      -      1      2
 
 

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