April 23, 2003 - Gov. Pataki Approval Sinks To New Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Raise Taxes On The Rich, New York Voters Say 3-1
Dogged by a big negative for his handling of the state budget, New York, Gov. George Pataki's approval rating has tumbled to 43 - 45 percent, his lowest net approval ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Pataki had a 49 - 41 percent approval in a February 12 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Pataki gets a huge negative approval, 28 - 63 percent, for his handling of the state budget. By a 88 - 9 percent margin, voters say the Governor's plan to cut aid to local schools is a bad idea.

"Gov. Pataki says he's being consistent in his anti-tax message. But voters who overwhelmingly elected a fiscally optimistic candidate don't like - not even a little bit - how he's dealing with the state's big fiscal problems," said Maurice Carroll director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers are almost unanimous when they say: Hands off our schools.

"They would rather tax the rich. They would even prefer raising state taxes to hold the line on local taxes and to help the schools."

New York State voters support 71 - 24 percent "a temporary tax increase on the wealthy."

Voters also support 61 - 30 percent a type of plan similar to one being considered in Pennsylvania where state taxes are raised with the money going to help local schools, while keeping local property taxes down.

And voters statewide support 52 - 41 percent a New York City commuter tax. Upstate voters support this tax 55 - 36 percent and New York City voters support it 63 - 30 percent. Suburban voters oppose the commuter tax 67 - 30 percent.

"Quinnipiac University gets the same results every time we ask: New York State voters say suburbanites who work in New York City should pay a commuter tax," Carroll said. "Of course the suburbanites don't feel that way.

"Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who share with Pataki the responsibility for the budget, also share in his less than outstanding approval ratings," Carroll said.

Bruno gets a 30 - 27 percent approval rating, with 43 percent undecided.

Silver's approval is 33 - 27 percent, with 40 percent undecided.

From April 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 885 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

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

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

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?
                         App        Dis        DK/NA

April 23, 2003           43%        45%        12%
February 11,2003         49         41         10
December 18, 2002        58         31         11
September 26, 2002       62         26         12
July 2, 2002             66         18         17
September 25, 2002       62         26         12
July 2, 2002             66         18         17
May 1, 2002              67         19         14
April 18, 2002           66         19         15
February 27, 2002        70         18         13
January 23, 2002         70         16         14
November 14, 2001        78         12         10
October 2, 2001          81         12          7
June 26, 2001            56         30         14
April 24, 2001           58         27         15
March 28, 2001           61         24         16
February 14, 2001        57         28         15
December 14, 2000        66         23         11
August 10, 2000          61         24         15
July 13, 2000            60         27         12
June 7, 2000             62         25         13
May 16, 2000             63         27         10
May 2, 2000              58         29         12
April 6, 2000            56         31         13
March 2, 2000            57         31         12
February 10, 2000        57         32         12
January 20, 2000         60         29         11
December 14, 1999        60         29         11
November 11, 1999        60         29         12
October 5, 1999          57         31         11
September 15, 1999       60         27         12
August 2, 1999           56         34         10
July 1, 1999             54         35         11
May 24, 1999             58         32         10
April 25, 1999           57         31         12
April 15,  1999          59         31         10
March 24, 1999           60         30         11
February 24, 1999        60         27         13
February 4, 1999         64         27          8
October 28, 1998         64         25         11
October 15, 1998         63         26         11
September 27, 1998       62         26         11
June 17, 1998            64         29          7
March 25, 1998           69         24          7
February 25, 1998        70         22          8
December 10, 1997        62         30          7
September 24, 1997       60         35          6
July 22, 1997            52         41          7
April 24, 1997           54         35         11
March 4, 1997            56         34         10
October 30, 1996         53         31         16
September 22, 1996       51         35         14
June 18, 1996            46         45          9
April 28, 1996           48         40         12
March 4, 1996            47         41         12
December 11, 1995        46         40         14
November 6, 1995         42         41         18
April 27, 1995           41         40         20


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

Approve             43%     69%     29%     41%     45%     41%     35%
Disapprove          45      22      57      49      45      46      55
DK/NA               12       9      14      10      10      14       9

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             40%     46%     45%     33%     56%
Disapprove          44      41      42      56      33
DK/NA               16      13      13      11      11


5. 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     HsHolds

Approve             59%     64%     66%     50%     63%     55%     62%
Disapprove          14      13       9      19      17      11      13
DK/NA               27      23      25      31      20      34      25

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             65%     62%     63%     55%     57%
Disapprove          15      16      15      14       9
DK/NA               21      22      22      30      34


6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alan Hevesi is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             39%     40%     45%     38%     40%     38%     41%
Disapprove          18      16      17      18      20      17      20
DK/NA               43      44      38      45      40      45      39

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             33%     33%     33%     45%     39%
Disapprove          17      19      18      20      16
DK/NA               49      48      48      35      45


7. 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     HsHolds

Approve             33%     32%     40%     33%     35%     31%     33%
Disapprove          27      30      22      29      33      21      30
DK/NA               40      38      38      38      32      48      37

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             33%     34%     34%     37%     26%
Disapprove          41      30      32      23      22
DK/NA               26      36      34      40      52


8. 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     HsHolds

Approve             30%     36%     29%     28%     30%     30%     32%
Disapprove          27      25      29      27      33      22      32
DK/NA               43      38      42      44      36      48      36

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             33%     34%     34%     28%     26%
Disapprove          31      28      29      30      22
DK/NA               36      38      37      43      52


15. Do you think George Pataki will serve out his entire 4 year term as governor or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 78%     84%     73%     82%     83%     73%     79%
No                  13      10      16      11      10      16      14
DK/NA                9       6      11       7       7      11       7

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 71%     80%     78%     72%     86%
No                  19      14      15      17       5
DK/NA                9       7       7      11       9


16. Would you like to see George Pataki take a high level job in the Bush administration or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 28%     41%     22%     25%     31%     25%     28%
No                  59      45      64      63      55      62      61
DK/NA               13      14      14      12      13      14      10

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 25%     30%     29%     22%     36%
No                  61      57      58      61      56
DK/NA               15      13      14      17       8


17. 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     HsHolds

Very satisfied       5%      8%      2%      7%      6%      5%      3%
Smwht satisfied     32      48      27      26      33      31      23
Smwht dissatisfied  32      27      36      32      31      32      34
Very dissatisfied   29      14      33      35      28      30      37
DK/NA                2       2       2       1       2       1       3

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Very satisfied       -       5%      4%      4%      9%
Smwht satisfied     36      38      37      21      42
Smwht dissatisfied  35      29      31      35      29
Very dissatisfied   28      28      28      37      20
DK/NA                -       1       1       4       -


18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling the state budget?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             28%     45%     19%     29%     35%     22%     20%
Disapprove          63      44      74      62      57      68      73
DK/NA                9      11       8       9       9      10       6

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             22%     29%     28%     20%     40%
Disapprove          71      62      64      71      48
DK/NA                6       8       8       9      12


19. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a temporary tax increase on the wealthy?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Support             71%     59%     80%     72%     71%     71%     78%
Oppose              24      36      16      24      26      22      20
DK/NA                5       5       4       4       3       7       2

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Support             62%     68%     66%     73%     77%
Oppose              29      25      26      23      21
DK/NA                9       7       7       4       2


20. To balance the state budget, Governor Pataki is proposing to cut state aid to local public school districts. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Good idea            9%     15%      4%     10%     12%      6%      6%
Bad idea            88      76      95      89      84      91      90
DK/NA                3       8       2       1       4       3       4

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Good idea            9%     10%     10%      7%     10%
Bad idea            90      86      87      89      89
DK/NA                -       5       4       4       2


21. Pennsylvania is considering a plan to raise the state income tax and use the money to increase state aid to local schools and lower local property taxes. Would you support or oppose a similar plan for New York State?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Support             61%     58%     66%     59%     61%     61%     61%
Oppose              30      35      23      33      32      28      33
DK/NA                9       7      11       8       7      11       6

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Support             60%     61%     60%     59%     65%
Oppose              33      29      30      30      28
DK/NA                7      10       9      11       7


22. Do you think that New York State suburban residents who work in New York City should pay a New York City income tax to help cover the cost of city services or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 52%     58%     57%     45%     56%     49%     52%
No                  41      37      37      48      40      41      42
DK/NA                7       5       6       7       4      10       5

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 51%     56%     55%     63%     30%
No                  38      36      36      30      67
DK/NA               11       9       9       7       3