October 2, 2001 - New York Loves Giuliani, But Splits On Longer Term, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Governor's Lead Over Dems Soars
New York State voters give Mayor Rudolph Giuliani a huge 90 -7 percent approval rating, but split 48 - 45 percent on whether state government should repeal term limits so he can run for another term as Mayor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York City voters oppose repealing term limits 55 - 39 percent, while upstate voters support repeal 52 - 40 percent and suburban voters support repeal 54 - 41 percent. Democrats are opposed 52 - 43 percent, while Republican voters support the repeal 58 - 34 percent and independent voters split 47 - 48 percent.

Gov. George Pataki gets a 81 - 12 percent approval, while Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 69 - 11 percent approval and Sen. Hillary Clinton gets a 59 - 28 percent approval, the highest ratings any of them have received.

From September 24 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,262 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent. The survey includes 526 registered Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent.

"New Yorkers to Giuliani: Great job, Mr. Mayor. But they're split on whether to change the rules so the game can go into extra innings," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Elected officials - Gov. Pataki, President Bush, Sens. Schumer and Clinton and, most of all, Mayor Giuliani - all get good marks in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks," Carroll added. Governor's Race

If the November, 2002, governor's race were held today, Pataki would top State Comptroller H. Carl McCall 59 - 26 percent, up from a 46 - 35 percent lead in a June 26 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.

The Republican incumbent would beat former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo 60 - 25 percent, up from a 47 - 39 percent lead June 26.

In a Democratic primary, Cuomo beats McCall 41 - 29 percent, compared to a 44 - 31 percent lead June 26.

"Gov. Pataki, his performance in the aftermath of the terrorist attack impressing New Yorkers, soars dramatically against either of the Democrats who want his job," Carroll said.

By a 65 - 10 percent margin, New York State voters have a favorable opinion of Pataki, with 20 percent mixed and 5 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Favorability ratings for other possible candidates are:
                   Favorable     Unfavorable     Mixed     No Opinion
Cuomo                25%            14%           14%         46%
McCall               27              3             9          60



President Bush's approval rating is 82 - 14 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., 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
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 81% 81% 78% 87% 94% 75% 79% 83% 76% 80% 83%

Disapprove 12 13 14 7 4 18 13 11 18 14 11

DK/NA 7 6 8 6 2 8 8 6 6 6 7

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 69% 67% 74% 68% 63% 79% 69% 70% 73% 65% 72%

Disapprove 11 12 11 12 16 6 12 12 5 17 8

DK/NA 19 22 16 20 21 16 18 19 21 18 21

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 59% 55% 71% 51% 35% 81% 58% 53% 90% 51% 66%

Disapprove 28 33 18 33 53 9 29 34 4 35 23

DK/NA 12 12 10 15 12 10 13 13 6 14 11

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 82% 88% 71% 87% 98% 70% 84% 86% 69% 83% 82%

Disapprove 14 8 24 9 2 23 12 10 24 13 14

DK/NA 4 3 5 4 1 7 4 3 7 4 4

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rudolph Giuliani is handling his job as Mayor of New York City?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Approve 90% 93% 83% 93% 97% 85% 91% 94% 74% 90% 90%

Disapprove 7 3 14 5 2 11 6 3 24 7 7

DK/NA 3 4 3 1 1 4 2 3 2 3 3

6. 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 43% 38% 56% 35% 18% 69% 36% 35% 76% 38% 47%

Unfavorable 27 31 16 34 50 7 30 33 2 34 22

Mixed 16 18 13 16 20 10 18 19 4 13 18

Hvn't hrd enough 14 12 14 15 11 15 15 13 18 15 13

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

7. 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% 43% 52% 46% 35% 61% 43% 46% 54% 46% 47%

Unfavorable 8 9 6 10 12 3 8 9 2 11 6

Mixed 17 17 16 19 26 10 19 19 8 19 16

Hvn't hrd enough 27 31 25 25 26 25 29 26 36 23 31

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

8. Is your opinion of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favorable 78% 83% 64% 87% 95% 66% 78% 84% 46% 79% 76%

Unfavorable 7 3 13 6 2 11 5 4 22 7 7

Mixed 13 8 23 7 2 20 14 9 28 11 14

Hvn't hrd enough 2 5 - - 1 3 2 3 3 2 3

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

9. 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 65% 65% 59% 74% 88% 55% 60% 67% 57% 66% 64%

Unfavorable 10 12 11 5 2 14 11 9 14 12 8

Mixed 20 21 22 16 9 24 23 19 25 17 22

Hvn't hrd engh 5 3 7 5 1 6 5 4 3 4 5

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

10. 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 27% 30% 27% 24% 22% 33% 27% 25% 46% 30% 26%

Unfavorable 3 4 4 2 3 2 4 3 2 4 3

Mixed 9 9 11 7 12 8 7 9 6 10 8

Hvn't hrd engh 60 57 58 66 64 56 61 63 45 55 63

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

11. 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 25% 21% 31% 25% 14% 37% 22% 22% 36% 21% 28%

Unfavorable 14 14 11 18 27 6 13 16 6 18 11

Mixed 14 13 14 13 11 14 13 13 15 13 14

Hvn't hrd engh 46 52 42 44 47 42 52 49 43 48 45

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

12. 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 25% 23% 35% 18% 4% 48% 19% 21% 45% 23% 27% Pataki 60 62 48 70 92 33 63 65 38 64 56

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 - 2 2 2 3 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 - 1 2 1 1 1 1 DK/NA 12 12 14 10 4 16 14 11 14 10 14



13. 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 26% 23% 35% 18% 6% 46% 20% 20% 58% 25% 26% Pataki 59 61 50 69 89 37 62 64 32 62 57

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 - - 1 - 1 - 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 - 2 1 DK/NA 13 14 13 11 5 15 17 14 10 11 14



14. 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?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


McCall 29% 30% 29% 30% 26% 46% 32% 28% Cuomo 41 36 42 47 41 28 41 41

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 4 2 - 3 3 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 2 - 1 2 DK/NA 25 27 26 22 28 23 23 27

15. Under current law, Mayor Giuliani can not run for reelection due to term limits. Do you favor or oppose the state government repealing the term limits law, which would allow Giuliani to run for another term as Mayor of New York City?

                Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Men   Wom


Favor repealing limits 48% 52% 39% 54% 58% 43% 47% 53% 26% 43% 52%

Oppose repealing limits 45 40 55 41 34 52 48 40 70 51 41

DK/NA 7 8 6 5 8 5 6 6 4 7 6