February 14, 2001 - McCall-Cuomo Tied In New York Dem Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Pataki Tops Either Dem
New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo are tied in a Democratic Primary for governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Cuomo gets 36 percent to McCall's 35 percent, with 27 percent of Democrats undecided.

In a December 14, 2000, poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, Cuomo topped McCall 39 - 33 percent among Democrats.

In this latest poll, Gov. George Pataki beats Cuomo in a general election matchup 46 - 37 percent, with 13 percent undecided. Pataki tops McCall 43 - 36 percent, with 18 percent undecided.

From February 6 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,412 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent. The survey includes 586 registered Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.

"We have a real horse race on the Democratic side, with Comptroller McCall and Andrew Cuomo running neck and neck in what could be a 20-month marathon," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The bad news for the Democrats is that Gov. Pataki leads either Carl McCall or Andrew Cuomo in this early look at the 2002 governor's race. The bad news for Pataki is that he falls short of the magic 50 percent mark.

McCall's favorability rating is higher than Cuomo's and he runs slightly better against the popular incumbent," Carroll said.

New Yorkers approve of the job Pataki is doing as governor 57 - 28 percent.

By a 48 - 18 percent margin, New York State voters have a favorable opinion of Pataki, with 25 percent mixed and 7 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Favorability ratings for other New York public figures are:
                 Favorable    Unfavorable     Mixed     No Opinion

Cuomo               28%          17%           12%         41%
McCall              34            4             9          52
Sen. Clinton        38           31            16          13
President Clinton   43           34            21           1

"Sen. Clinton's favorability rating was starting to climb slightly at election time, but the fuss about the White House furniture, which dominated the headlines during this survey, may have cut short her honeymoon with voters, " Carroll said. New Yorkers give President George Bush a 45 - 30 percent approval rating. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 56 - 21 percent approval, while Sen. Clinton gets a 38 - 30 percent score. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 57% 62% 46% 62% 78% 43% 60% 62% 32% 60% 55%

Disapprove 28 23 36 25 13 39 25 24 47 26 29

DK/NA 15 15 18 13 9 18 15 14 20 14 16

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling is job as United States Senator?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 56% 49% 65% 55% 43% 67% 52% 56% 59% 56% 55%

Disapprove 21 23 17 23 31 13 23 21 17 26 17

DK/NA 23 28 18 22 26 20 25 23 24 18 28

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 38% 36% 47% 28% 18% 60% 27% 33% 68% 31% 43%

Disapprove 30 33 21 35 54 12 32 34 5 34 26

DK/NA 33 31 32 37 27 29 41 33 26 35 31

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 45% 53% 34% 47% 79% 21% 50% 50% 21% 49% 42%

Disapprove 30 24 39 30 9 48 25 27 50 27 33

DK/NA 24 23 28 23 12 31 25 23 29 24 25

5. Is your opinion of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 38% 32% 51% 32% 15% 63% 27% 31% 80% 34% 42%

Unfavorable 31 33 21 39 60 9 35 36 3 35 28

Mixed 16 17 15 14 12 15 20 18 5 16 16

Hvn't hrd engh 13 15 11 13 11 12 16 13 10 14 13

REFUSED 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2

6. Is your opinion of former President Bill Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 43% 34% 58% 39% 17% 69% 34% 36% 79% 42% 44%

Unfavorable 34 40 22 40 66 10 38 40 7 38 31

Mixed 21 25 18 21 16 21 25 23 10 20 23

Hvn't hrd engh 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 - 4 1 1

REFUSED 1 1 1 - 1 - 2 1 1 1 1

7. Is your opinion of Governor George Pataki favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 48% 53% 37% 55% 70% 35% 50% 53% 27% 53% 45%

Unfavorable 18 16 26 14 9 27 15 15 27 18 18

Mixed 25 24 27 25 15 32 24 24 37 22 28

Hvn't hrd engh 7 6 9 5 5 7 8 6 8 5 8

REFUSED 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1

8. Is your opinion of State Comptroller H.Carl McCall favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 34% 32% 35% 35% 30% 36% 34% 33% 45% 38% 29%

Unfavorable 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 5 4 4

Mixed 9 8 11 9 10 9 9 8 17 8 10

Hvn't hrd engh 52 54 49 51 52 51 51 54 32 48 55

REFUSED 1 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 2

9. Is your opinion of former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 28% 23% 35% 27% 19% 37% 26% 26% 37% 27% 29%

Unfavorable 17 19 12 22 27 8 20 18 7 22 13

Mixed 12 11 14 13 12 14 11 12 19 12 13

Hvn't hrd engh 41 46 38 38 41 40 41 42 36 38 44

REFUSED 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

10. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat, and George Pataki the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Cuomo 37% 26% 53% 34% 10% 63% 27% 31% 73% 34% 39% Pataki 46 54 35 49 78 23 52 51 15 53 41

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 1 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 DK/NA 13 16 10 13 9 11 16 14 8 9 17



11. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were H. Carl McCall the Democrat, and George Pataki the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


McCall 36% 28% 52% 30% 11% 60% 27% 30% 72% 37% 36% Pataki 43 48 33 49 75 23 46 49 15 46 41

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 1 - - 1 - 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 DK/NA 18 22 13 19 13 16 24 19 9 15 21



12. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic Primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were H.Carl McCall and Andrew Cuomo, for whom would you vote?
                Registered Democrats.........................


Tot Ups NYC Sub Wht Blk Men Wom

McCall 35% 32% 38% 30% 30% 51% 44% 28% Cuomo 36 32 38 36 36 39 28 41

SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1 - - - - - 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 3 3 1 3 1 3 2 DK/NA 27 32 21 32 31 10 25 28