August 11, 2004 - New York Voters Disapprove Of Lawmakers 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Media, A Capital In New York City Might Help
New Yorker State voters disapprove 57 - 26 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing and support a constitutional convention, a bipartisan panel to draw legislative district lines and more media coverage of state government, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Moving the State Capital to New York City would improve media coverage, voter say.

Gov. George Pataki gets an overall 44 - 43 percent approval, one of his lowest scores ever and down from 47 - 41 percent in a June 16 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

The Governor is most responsible for the state's failure to pass a budget, 41 percent of voters say, as 12 percent blame Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and another 12 percent blame Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and 17 percent say all three are equally to blame.

Looking at the delay in the court-ordered fix to the school funding formula, 45 percent of voters blame Pataki, as Silver and Bruno each get 10 percent of the blame.

"A lot of New Yorkers don't know much about the legislative leaders. Just about everybody knows Gov. Pataki so he gets more of the blame for the budget mess and the failure to deal with the court order on school financing," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The Governor's approval rating had been moving up, but the Albany news has turned negative and Pataki is seeing the down side of being the most recognizable name in Albany as his approval drops," Carroll said.

Silver gets a negative 26 - 33 percent approval, with 41 percent undecided, and Bruno gets a negative 27 - 32 percent score, with 41 percent undecided.

But voters approve 48 - 26 percent of their State Assembly member, and 54 - 27 percent of their State Senator.

New York State government is "excellent" or "good," 46 percent of voters say, while 53 percent say it is "not so good" or "poor."

Looking at ways to fix state government, voters say:
  • 51 - 35 percent there should be a constitutional convention to reform government;
  • 67 - 22 percent that a non-partisan commission, not the State Legislature, should draw the lines for electing state lawmakers;
  • 72 - 13 percent that districts created by a non-partisan commission would make for more competitive elections;
  • 57 - 38 percent that more news coverage would improve government;
  • 53 - 42 percent that moving the state capital to New York City would lead to more news coverage of state government.
"New York voters, especially city and suburban voters, think that moving the state capital to the media capital of the world would allow the hot lights of the media to brighten the backrooms of state government," Carroll said.

With a court order to adjust the state's school funding formula, 56 percent of New Yorkers say take money from rich school districts to help poor districts. By a 51 - 42 percent margin, New Yorkers also say they would be willing to give up money from their own district.

From August 3 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,161 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 44 43 13 Jun 16, 2004 47 41 12 Apr 14, 2004 49 36 15 Nov 6, 2003 52 36 12 Oct 2, 2003 46 42 12 Jun 25, 2003 43 45 11 Apr 23, 2003 43 45 12 Feb 12, 2003 49 41 10 Dec 19, 2002 58 31 11 Sep 25, 2002 62 26 12 Jul 2, 2002 66 18 17 May 1, 2002 67 19 14 Apr 18, 2002 66 19 15 Feb 27, 2002 70 18 13 Jan 23, 2002 70 16 14 Nov 14, 2001 78 12 10 Oct 2, 2001 81 12 7 Jun 26, 2001 56 30 14 Apr 24, 2001 58 27 15 Mar 28, 2001 61 24 16 Feb 14, 2001 57 28 15 Dec 14, 2000 66 23 11 Aug 10, 2000 61 24 15 Jul 13, 2000 60 27 12 Jun 7, 2000 62 25 13 May 16, 2000 63 27 10 May 2, 2000 58 29 12 Apr 6, 2000 56 31 13 Mar 2, 2000 57 31 12 Feb 10, 2000 57 32 12 Jan 20, 2000 60 29 11 Dec 14, 1999 60 29 11 Nov 11, 1999 60 29 12 Oct 5, 1999 57 31 11 Sep 15, 1999 60 27 12 Aug 2, 1999 56 34 10 Jul 1, 1999 54 35 11 May 24, 1999 58 32 10 Apr 25, 1999 57 31 12 Apr 15, 1999 59 31 10 Mar 24, 1999 60 30 11 Feb 24, 1999 60 27 13 Feb 4, 1999 64 27 8 Oct 28, 1998 64 25 11 Oct 15, 1998 63 26 11 Sep 27, 1998 62 26 11 Jun 17, 1998 64 29 7 Mar 25, 1998 69 24 7 Feb 25, 1998 70 22 8 Dec 10, 1997 62 30 7 Sep 24, 1997 60 35 6 Jul 22, 1997 52 41 7 Apr 24, 1997 54 35 11 Mar 4, 1997 56 34 10 Oct 30, 1996 53 31 16 Sep 22, 1996 51 35 14 Jun 18, 1996 46 45 9 Apr 28, 1996 48 40 12 Mar 4, 1996 47 41 12 Dec 11, 1995 46 40 14 Nov 6, 1995 42 41 18 Apr 27, 1995 41 40 20



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                           
                        App     Dis     DK/NA   


Aug 11, 2004 26 57 16 Jun 17, 2004 29 51 20 Jun 25, 2003 32 51 17

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                           
                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 61 14 25 Jun 16, 2004 64 14 23 Apr 14, 2004 60 14 26 Nov 6, 2003 59 15 26 Oct 2, 2003 62 15 23 Jun 25,2003 57 14 29 Apr 23, 2003 59 14 27 Feb 12, 2003 60 13 27 Apr 6, 2000 51 14 35



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alan Hevesi is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                           
                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 39 19 42 Jun 16, 2004 43 17 40 Nov 6, 2003 44 14 42 Oct 2, 2003 44 16 40 Jun 25, 2003 40 18 42 Apr 23, 2003 39 18 43 Feb 12,2003 40 14 46



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 26 33 41 Jun 17, 2004 30 31 38 Nov 6, 2003 32 29 39 Oct 2, 2003 35 26 39 Jun 25, 2003 33 25 42 Apr 23, 2003 33 27 40



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 27 32 41 Jun 17, 2004 29 32 40 Nov 6, 2003 33 25 42 Oct 2, 2003 36 25 39 Jun 25, 2003 32 25 43 Apr 23, 2003 30 27 43



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
                           
                        Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                        sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Aug 11, 2004 4 37 34 23 1 Jun 16, 2004 3 41 35 20 1 Apr 15,2004 4 42 32 21 1 Nov 6, 2003 4 42 30 23 1 Oct 2, 2003 5 39 32 24 1 Jun 25, 2003 4 33 37 25 1 Apr 23, 2003 5 32 32 29 2 Feb 12, 2003 4 40 33 22 1 Dec 19, 2002 7 44 27 21 - Sep 26, 2002 8 54 23 14 1 Jan 24, 2002 12 58 21 8 1 Dec 27, 2000 13 57 20 8 1 Mar 25, 1998 12 55 23 9 1 Feb 25, 1998 13 60 20 7 1 Dec 10, 1997 9 51 27 12 1



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor?
                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 44% 67% 34% 39% 45% 43% 35% Disapprove 43 24 53 45 44 43 52 DK/NA 13 9 13 15 11 14 13

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 40% 41% 40% 42% 54% Disapprove 53 46 48 46 32 DK/NA 8 13 12 12 14



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 26% 32% 22% 28% 24% 28% 22% Disapprove 57 54 58 59 63 53 59 DK/NA 16 14 20 13 14 19 19

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 19% 23% 22% 26% 34% Disapprove 67 64 65 56 46 DK/NA 13 12 12 19 20



6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as State Attorney General?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 61% 58% 61% 67% 66% 56% 67% Disapprove 14 18 12 13 14 14 11 DK/NA 25 24 28 20 19 29 22

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 71% 58% 61% 61% 60% Disapprove 11 15 14 15 14 DK/NA 18 28 25 23 26



7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alan Hevesi is handling his job as State Comptroller?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 39% 38% 45% 32% 39% 39% 47% Disapprove 19 14 18 26 22 16 20 DK/NA 42 48 38 42 39 45 33

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 33% 33% 33% 47% 37% Disapprove 24 17 19 21 15 DK/NA 42 50 48 32 48



8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 26% 29% 28% 22% 26% 27% 25% Disapprove 33 33 29 38 39 28 33 DK/NA 41 38 43 40 36 45 42

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 20% 27% 25% 33% 19% Disapprove 39 38 38 26 32 DK/NA 41 36 37 41 48



9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 27% 34% 29% 20% 24% 30% 23% Disapprove 32 26 31 40 40 25 39 DK/NA 41 40 41 40 35 45 38

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 28% 31% 30% 28% 21% Disapprove 37 32 33 32 29 DK/NA 34 37 36 40 50



10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 48% 50% 50% 43% 45% 50% 45% Disapprove 26 24 26 28 29 24 28 DK/NA 26 26 24 30 26 26 27

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 46% 51% 50% 49% 42% Disapprove 37 29 31 24 21 DK/NA 17 20 19 27 37



11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 54% 45% 61% 53% 51% 56% 56% Disapprove 27 36 19 30 30 24 23 DK/NA 19 19 21 17 19 19 21

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 57% 50% 52% 56% 56% Disapprove 30 32 31 23 25 DK/NA 13 19 17 21 19



21. 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?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Very satisfied 4% 7% 3% 3% 5% 4% 2% Smwht satisfied 37 45 34 35 38 36 37 Smwht dissatisfied 34 32 37 34 35 34 35 Very dissatisfied 23 16 24 26 22 24 26 DK/NA 1 - 2 1 1 1 -

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very satisfied 2% 3% 3% 4% 7% Smwht satisfied 23 33 31 35 51 Smwht dissatisfied 47 32 36 35 32 Very dissatisfied 28 31 30 23 10 DK/NA - - - 3 -



22. Overall, how would you rate the quality of state government in New York State? Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Excellent 2% 4% 1% - 1% 2% - Good 44 46 42 46 42 45 43 Not so good 35 34 37 30 33 37 35 Poor 18 16 16 23 22 15 21 DK/NA 2 1 3 - 1 2 -

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Excellent - 1% 1% 2% 4% Good 38 34 35 44 59 Not so good 41 35 37 37 28 Poor 21 28 26 14 10 DK/NA - 1 1 3 -



23. Do you think there should be a constitutional convention to reform state government or not?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 51% 44% 53% 52% 50% 51% 52% No 35 44 30 36 38 32 34 DK/NA 15 11 17 12 12 17 14

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 62% 52% 55% 52% 42% No 30 34 33 33 42 DK/NA 9 14 13 16 17



24. Do you think more news coverage of New York state government would improve the quality of New York State government or not?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 57% 51% 61% 58% 62% 53% 63% No 38 43 33 40 35 40 32 DK/NA 5 6 5 2 3 7 5

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 52% 51% 51% 66% 54% No 45 41 42 29 44 DK/NA 3 8 7 4 2



25. If the New York State Capitol was moved from Albany to New York City, do you think this would result in more news coverage of state government or not?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 53% 52% 58% 47% 57% 50% 53% No 42 45 36 47 39 44 41 DK/NA 5 3 6 5 5 5 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 42% 37% 38% 67% 59% No 54 57 57 28 37 DK/NA 4 6 6 5 4



26. Who do you think should draw the district lines by which members of the state legislature are elected - the state legislature or a non-partisan commission?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


State legislature 22% 26% 23% 15% 20% 24% 17% Non-partisan commission 67 62 66 76 74 62 76 DK/NA 11 12 10 10 7 14 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

State legislature 31% 21% 24% 23% 17% Non-partisan commission 61 66 65 67 73 DK/NA 9 13 12 10 10



27. If a non-partisan commission drew the district lines from which legislators are elected, would that make for more competitive elections or not?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 72% 66% 76% 74% 76% 68% 78% No 13 20 9 11 13 13 12 DK/NA 15 14 15 15 11 19 10

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 69% 70% 70% 74% 71% No 14 11 12 13 13 DK/NA 17 19 18 12 16



28. New York State has not had a budget since April first, the start of the fiscal year. Who do you think is most responsible for the state's failure to pass a budget -- Governor Pataki, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, or State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Pataki 41% 28% 49% 39% 33% 47% 44% Silver 12 22 7 12 17 8 11 Bruno 12 11 12 14 14 11 9 EQUALLY TO BLAME(VOL) 17 16 15 21 20 15 22 DK/NA 18 22 17 14 16 19 14

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Pataki 38% 34% 35% 49% 40% Silver 15 16 15 8 12 Bruno 18 7 9 15 12 EQUALLY TO BLAME(VOL) 19 25 24 11 14 DK/NA 10 19 17 17 21



29. For more than a year the state has been under a court order to spend several billion dollars more on education. The court's deadline for action has passed. Who do you think is most responsible for the delay - Governor Pataki, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, or State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Pataki 45% 28% 54% 47% 41% 49% 53% Silver 10 18 4 9 13 7 7 Bruno 10 11 10 10 11 9 9 EQUALLY TO BLAME(VOL) 14 15 11 18 16 13 15 DK/NA 21 28 20 17 19 23 16

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Pataki 47% 35% 38% 56% 43% Silver 9 14 13 6 9 Bruno 16 7 9 10 10 EQUALLY TO BLAME(VOL) 15 21 20 9 11 DK/NA 14 23 21 19 26



30. Who would you rather see develop a plan to help aid poor school districts - the state legislature or the court?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


State legislature 48% 58% 47% 41% 50% 46% 41% Court 41 30 44 46 41 40 47 DK/NA 12 12 9 13 9 14 11

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

State legislature 43% 49% 47% 49% 47% Court 45 38 40 41 41 DK/NA 12 13 13 11 12



31. To raise more money for poorer school districts, would you prefer: increasing state taxes, increasing local taxes, or taking some of the state funding from richer school districts?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Increase state tax 19% 19% 19% 18% 22% 16% 19% Increase local tax 8 10 7 7 8 8 8 Take from rich dstrcts 56 47 62 58 52 59 57 DK/NA 17 24 11 16 17 16 16

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Increase state tax 17% 16% 16% 19% 24% Increase local tax 15 8 9 6 9 Take from rich dstrcts 47 56 53 61 53 DK/NA 22 21 21 14 13



32. Would you be willing or unwilling for the state to take some funding from your school district to help raise money for poorer school districts?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Willing 51% 44% 52% 56% 54% 49% 53% Unwilling 42 49 41 37 41 42 41 DK/NA 7 7 7 7 5 9 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Willing 45% 48% 47% 57% 49% Unwilling 48 44 45 35 48 DK/NA 7 8 8 8 3



33. The court order only applies to New York City schools. Do you think that state funding for education should be increased only for New York City or for other districts too?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


NYC only 14% 10% 17% 13% 14% 14% 16% Other districts too 81 84 78 82 80 82 81 DK/NA 5 6 5 4 6 4 3

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

NYC only 7% 6% 6% 26% 8% Other districts too 92 89 90 67 87 DK/NA 1 5 4 6 5



34. Do you think a special agency should be created to oversee administration of state funding for poor school districts or not?

                                                                        Union
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 61% 49% 71% 58% 57% 65% 64% No 32 42 22 36 36 28 29 DK/NA 7 9 6 7 7 7 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 58% 55% 56% 71% 56% No 39 36 37 22 37 DK/NA 3 9 7 7 7