April 26, 2001 - New Yorkers Balk At Bush Tax Cut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 2-1 Feel It Will Help The Rich
By a 47 - 42 percent margin, New York State voters oppose President Bush's plan for a $1.6 trillion tax cut, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Of those opposed to President Bush's proposal, 72 percent favor a smaller tax cut.

The Bush tax cut will help rich people most, 64 percent of New York voters tell the independent Quinnipiac University poll, while 24 percent say it will help the middle class most and 2 percent say it will help poor people most.

The tax cut should help the middle class most, 55 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say it should help the poor most and 1 percent say it should help the rich most.

"When we asked New Jersey voters about President Bush's tax cut proposal, 52 percent said, `Show me the money.' In New York, only 42 percent support the tax cut," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Who would benefit from tax cuts? Rich people, New Yorkers think.

"Who should benefit from tax cuts? The middle class and poor people, New Yorkers say, except for that 1 percent of our polling sample who are rich."

If there is a tax cut, 44 percent of New Yorkers say they will save the money they receive, while 28 percent say they will use the extra money to pay off debt and 20 percent say they will spend it.

By a 58 - 28 percent margin, New York voters support a Senate proposal to give all taxpayers a $300 rebate check this year.

New Yorkers approve 50 - 40 percent of the job Bush is doing as President.

Voters give Sen. Charles Schumer a 61 - 17 percent approval, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gets a 47 - 34 percent approval, her highest approval rating since she took office.

The state of the U.S. economy is "excellent," 2 percent of New York voters say, while 46 percent say it is "good;" 41 percent say it is "not so good," and 9 percent say it is "poor."

The U.S. economy will get better in the next 12 months, 32 percent of voters say, while 24 percent say it will get worse and 38 percent say it will stay the same.

From April 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,105 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

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.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 61% 57% 68% 58% 44% 71% 63% 62% 64% 60% 61%

Disapprove 17 16 15 23 34 11 14 17 16 22 14

DK/NA 22 27 17 19 22 19 23 21 19 18 25

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 47% 44% 58% 40% 24% 73% 35% 40% 79% 42% 52%

Disapprove 34 37 22 43 63 14 36 41 5 37 31

DK/NA 19 19 20 17 13 14 29 19 16 22 17

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 50% 59% 39% 48% 84% 25% 56% 55% 32% 51% 49%

Disapprove 40 32 49 42 13 61 35 37 52 38 42

DK/NA 10 9 12 10 4 13 9 8 16 11 10

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 39% 35% 49% 33% 10% 65% 30% 32% 72% 34% 43%

Unfavorable 31 33 20 39 59 10 33 37 3 34 28

Mixed 16 18 15 16 16 14 18 17 10 15 18

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

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

6. Is your opinion of Senator Charles Schumer favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 47% 42% 58% 42% 27% 62% 45% 48% 50% 48% 46%

Unfavorable 11 12 8 15 24 5 10 11 7 15 9

Mixed 16 15 15 20 21 12 19 17 13 16 16

Hvn't hrd enough 25 31 18 22 29 21 25 24 28 20 28

REFUSED 1 - 1 - - - 1 - 1 - 1

7. 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 42% 32% 59% 37% 17% 64% 32% 33% 85% 46% 39%

Unfavorable 32 39 19 38 66 8 39 39 5 36 30

Mixed 24 27 21 24 17 26 29 27 9 17 30

Hvn't hrd enough - 1 - - - 1 - - - 1 -

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

14. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Excellent 2% 2% 3% 3% 5% 2% 1% 2% 3% 4% 1%

Good 46 46 46 45 52 42 48 49 36 49 44

Not so good 41 40 40 43 35 43 41 39 50 36 44

Poor 9 10 9 8 6 11 8 8 12 8 10

DK/NA 2 2 3 1 2 2 1 3 - 2 2

15. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in the United States will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Get better 32% 34% 29% 35% 45% 27% 32% 34% 27% 35% 30%

Get worse 24 21 28 26 14 30 25 22 31 23 25

Stay the same 38 41 38 34 39 38 38 39 39 38 38

DK/NA 5 5 6 4 3 4 5 5 3 4 6

16. Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose President Bush's 1.6 trillion dollar tax cut for the country over the next ten years?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favor 42% 47% 34% 44% 75% 23% 40% 44% 34% 46% 40% Oppose 47 41 57 46 14 69 49 46 57 49 46

DK/NA 10 12 9 10 11 8 11 11 9 6 14

16a. (If "oppose" Q16) Would you favor or oppose a smaller tax cut for the country?

                 Oppose Bush's 1.6 
                 Trillion dollar cut Q16


Favor 72% Oppose 20 DK/NA 8

17. If the proposed Bush income tax cut is adopted, do you think you would put most of any extra money you'd get into savings of some sort, use most of it to pay off debt, or spend most of it?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Save it 44% 45% 41% 45% 48% 41% 47% 47% 37% 39% 47%

Pay off debt 28 29 31 23 24 31 25 24 38 28 28

Spend it 20 18 21 23 20 19 21 21 16 25 17

DK/NA 8 8 7 9 7 8 6 8 10 7 8

18. From what you know, do you think a tax cut of 1.6 trillion dollars over the next ten years would be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or won't it have much effect on the economy?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Good for economy 37% 42% 29% 38% 65% 20% 35% 38% 30% 40% 35%

Bad for economy 26 20 33 26 7 38 28 25 34 26 26

Won't effect economy 26 27 26 25 18 31 27 26 22 28 25

DK/NA 11 11 12 11 9 11 10 11 14 7 14

19. From what you've heard so far, who do you think would benefit most from Bush's tax cut plan - rich people, poor people, or middle income people?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Rich people 64% 59% 70% 64% 34% 82% 66% 62% 73% 61% 66%

Poor people 2 2 2 3 4 2 1 2 2 2 3

Middle income people 24 26 21 24 47 11 22 25 19 28 21

DK/NA 10 12 8 9 15 5 11 11 7 10 10

20. Who would you like to see benefit most from a tax cut - rich people, poor people, or middle income people?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Rich people 1% 1% 0% 2% 3% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%

Poor people 34 29 41 33 20 43 34 29 56 30 37

Middle income people 55 59 49 57 67 49 54 60 37 58 54

DK/NA 10 11 9 8 11 7 11 10 6 10 9

20a. Do you think it's possible or not possible to preserve programs like Social Security and Medicare and cut income taxes by 1.6 trillion dollars?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Yes/Possible 53% 57% 49% 51% 75% 39% 49% 52% 51% 58% 49%

No/Not possible 39 34 42 44 18 53 43 40 42 35 43

DK/NA 8 9 9 4 7 8 8 8 7 7 8

21. Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose a Senate proposal for giving all taxpayers a 300 dollar rebate check this year?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favor 58% 57% 63% 56% 64% 57% 54% 55% 68% 62% 56%

Oppose 28 28 25 31 22 29 33 29 20 29 27

DK/NA 14 15 12 13 14 14 14 16 11 9 17

22. From what you know, do you think giving all taxpayers a 300 dollar rebate check this year would be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or won't it have much effect on the economy?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Good for economy 28% 30% 26% 27% 36% 23% 29% 27% 31% 33% 23%

Bad for economy 10 8 14 8 6 12 10 8 20 9 11

Won't effect economy 57 56 57 57 52 59 57 59 45 55 58

DK/NA 6 6 3 7 5 6 5 6 3 3 8