June 28, 2001 - Sen. Clinton's Approval Tops 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; New Yorkers Say Late Budget Is Serious Problem
New York State voters approve 52 - 31 percent of the job Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing as their new senator, the first time her approval rating has topped 50 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Clinton's approval was 47 - 34 percent in an April 26 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, and lower than that in previous polls.

In this latest poll, women approve of Clinton 57 - 26 percent, while men approve 46 - 38 percent; Democrats approve 78 - 10 percent, while Republicans disapprove 57 - 24 percent.

From June 20 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 906 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

"New Yorkers elected Hillary Clinton by a comfortable 12-point margin, but the pardon scandal and the White House furniture fiasco put her behind the eight-ball before she even found her seat in the Senate," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Now, she's working her way back into the voters' good graces."

"Is the honeymoon over for President Bush? His 50 - 40 percent approval rating April 26 has slipped to a 47 - 44 percent disapproval," Carroll added.

Sen. Charles Schumer continues to enjoy 3 - 1 approval ratings, scoring 60 - 18 percent, compared to 61 - 17 percent April 26.

By a 39 - 26 percent margin, New York State voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, with 19 percent mixed and 15 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Schumer's favorability is 45 - 11 percent, with 16 mixed and 27 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion. Late Budget

New York's State late budget is a "very serious problem," 51 percent of voters say, while 32 percent say it's "somewhat serious;" 11 percent say it's "not very serious," and 5 percent say it's not a problem.

Gov. George Pataki is to blame for the late budget, 8 percent of voters say, while 22 percent blame the State Legislature and 63 percent blame both the Governor and the Legislature equally.

Forty-four percent of voters are "very concerned" that the late State budget will disrupt planning for their local schools, while 30 percent are "somewhat concerned;" 16 percent are "not too concerned," and 9 percent are "not concerned at all." Among voters with children in public schools, 59 percent are "very concerned."

"Government budgets may be dull and arcane, but everyone owns a calendar. Most New York voters find state dawdling over the budget to be a serious problem," Carroll said.

"Three out of four New Yorkers are concerned that funding for their local schools will be scrambled by a late state budget."

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 60% 55% 64% 64% 45% 72% 57% 60% 56% 62% 58%

Disapprove 18 16 20 18 34 10 17 19 14 21 16

DK/NA 22 29 17 18 21 18 26 21 30 17 26

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 52% 46% 60% 52% 24% 78% 44% 47% 74% 46% 57%

Disapprove 31 32 27 36 57 10 37 35 7 38 26

DK/NA 17 22 13 13 19 13 20 18 19 16 18

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 44% 48% 36% 46% 82% 21% 44% 48% 29% 48% 41%

Disapprove 47 42 55 46 13 69 45 43 59 45 49

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

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% 36% 46% 37% 12% 64% 30% 34% 65% 32% 45%

Unfavorable 26 27 21 31 52 8 28 31 5 31 23

Mixed 19 16 19 24 20 16 24 21 12 21 18

Hvn't hrd engh 15 19 14 8 16 11 17 14 19 16 14

REFUSED 1 1 - - 1 - 1 1 - - 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 45% 38% 51% 51% 28% 57% 43% 46% 41% 50% 42%

Unfavorable 11 11 10 10 22 5 8 11 6 14 8

Mixed 16 17 14 18 22 13 19 17 15 16 17

Hvn't hrd engh 27 34 24 20 26 25 30 26 38 20 33

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

18. New York State has not had a budget since April 1, the start of the fiscal year. Do you think that the state's failure to pass a budget is a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not very serious problem, or not a problem at all?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Very serious problem 51% 60% 47% 41% 43% 51% 56% 49% 59% 48% 53%

Smwht serious problem 32 28 32 39 35 33 30 35 18 32 33

Not vry serious problem 11 7 13 14 13 10 10 11 11 12 10

Not a problem 5 4 6 3 6 4 3 4 10 8 2

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

19. Who do you think is most responsible for the state's failure to pass a budget - Governor Pataki, the state legislature, or are they both equally to blame?

                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Governor Pataki 8% 5% 11% 8% 7% 11% 4% 7% 11% 9% 6%

State leg 22 26 15 25 32 15 24 24 11 27 18

Both, equally 63 62 68 60 52 65 67 62 74 57 68

DK/NA 7 7 7 8 9 9 4 8 3 7 8

20. (If "state legislature" or "both equally" in Q19) Is it mainly the Republicans in the state legislature or the Democrats, who are more responsible for the failure to pass a budget?

                 RESPONDED "STATE LEGISLATURE" OR "BOTH EQUALLY" IN Q19 ........
                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Republicans 21% 15% 29% 23% 5% 38% 16% 16% 46% 23% 20%

Democrats 16 16 16 16 34 8 16 17 10 22 12

DK/NA 62 69 55 61 61 55 68 67 44 55 68

21. How concerned are you that the failure to enact a New York State budget on time will disrupt planning for your local schools? Very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?

                                                                       Hv kids
                 Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   pub sch


Very concerned 44% 48% 47% 35% 34% 48% 47% 41% 60% 59%

Smwht concerned 30 29 32 29 29 30 30 32 17 28

Not too con 16 15 11 23 22 14 14 17 12 9

Not con at all 9 7 10 12 13 7 9 9 11 4

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