December 13, 2000 - Sen. Clinton Is Just One Size Short Filling Moynihan's Shoes, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Have High Regard For Retiring Senator
New York State voters have a high degree of confidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be an effective U.S. Senator, a confidence level that almost matches voter evaluation of the job Daniel Patrick Moynihan has done in the Senate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Looking at Sen. Moynihan's overall performance, 23 percent of voters say he did an "excellent" job, while 58 percent say he did a "good" job; 9 percent say his performance was "not so good" and 3 percent say it was "poor."

Looking at Senator-elect Clinton, 34 percent are "very confident" she will do a good job, while 29 percent are "somewhat confident;" 16 percent are "not too confident" and 20 percent are "not confident at all."

"New Yorkers are almost reverential in their evaluation of Sen. Moynihan as he says farewell to 24 years in the U.S. Senate. Overwhelmingly, they think he was a good senator, an intellectual leader and a respected voice on national and state issues," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"And despite the bitterness of the race to replace him, voters give their new Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, a strong vote of confidence as she steps into Moynihan's very large shoes,"

Moynihan's "excellent" or "good" rating on the issues include: 77 percent for handling issues important to the nation; 74 percent for handling issues important to the state; 64 percent for handling issues important to the individual voter; 73 percent for working well with other senators to get things done; 61 percent for getting federal funds for New York projects; 75 percent for being an intellectual leader in the Senate; 76 percent for being honest and trustworthy; 75 percent for being an independent thinker.

Voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that Clinton will do a good job handling issues including: 66 percent for issues important to the nation; 65 percent for issues important to the state; 60 percent for issues important to the individual voter; 68 percent for working well with other senators to get things done; 69 percent for getting federal funds for New York projects; 68 percent for being an intellectual leader in the Senate; 59 percent for being honest and trustworthy; 75 percent for being an independent thinker.

"Clinton's lowest voter confidence measure -- 59 percent -- is that she will be honest and trustworthy. The only surprise is that she scored so well. And 69 percent of voters are very confident or somewhat confident that Clinton will serve six years in the Senate," Carroll said.

"Meanwhile, New York's soon-to-be Senior Senator, Charles Schumer, has a 62 - 19 percent approval rating, his highest mark in his two years in the Senate."

From December 5 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,063 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

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   Men   Wom


Approve 62% 61% 68% 57% 48% 77% 57% 59% 65%

Disapprove 19 17 15 26 29 10 19 26 12

DK/NA 19 22 17 17 23 13 24 15 23



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Daniel Patrick Moynihan is handling his job as United States Senator?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 65% 64% 67% 66% 54% 75% 65% 65% 65%

Disapprove 19 19 15 23 30 11 17 22 16

DK/NA 16 17 18 11 16 14 18 13 19



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 67% 63% 81% 57% 33% 91% 68% 64% 70%

Disapprove 31 36 16 40 65 7 30 34 28

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



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

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 46% 42% 60% 35% 16% 74% 37% 40% 51%

Unfavorable 36 37 23 50 67 10 40 40 32

Mixed 14 17 13 12 15 13 17 16 13

Hvn't hrd enough 2 3 1 2 1 2 4 3 2

REFUSED 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1



17. As you may know, Daniel Patrick Moynihan is retiring from the Senate. Thinking about the 24 years that he has been a United States Senator from New York, please tell me how you would rate Moynihan on each of the following. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan's overall job performance, would you say excellent, good, not so good or poor?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 23% 20% 26% 25% 11% 32% 22% 24% 22% Good 58 62 54 56 64 55 61 56 60

Not so good 9 8 9 11 14 6 7 10 8 Poor 3 3 1 5 3 2 3 5 1

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



18. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on his handling of issues important to the nation, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 21% 17% 27% 20% 12% 30% 19% 23% 19% Good 56 60 52 56 56 55 61 54 58

Not so good 11 11 10 13 17 7 10 12 11 Poor 3 3 1 6 6 - 4 5 2

DK/NA 8 8 10 4 9 7 7 6 9



19. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on his handling of issues important to New York State, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 22% 18% 27% 21% 12% 32% 18% 23% 21% Good 52 53 50 51 51 49 58 48 55

Not so good 15 15 11 19 22 9 13 16 13 Poor 4 5 3 5 6 2 4 6 2

DK/NA 8 10 9 4 9 8 7 6 10



20. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on his handling of issues important to you, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 15% 13% 18% 16% 6% 23% 14% 16% 15% Good 49 51 49 47 48 53 50 46 52

Not so good 19 19 17 21 26 12 18 22 16 Poor 6 6 5 7 9 4 6 8 5

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



21. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on working with other Senators to get things done, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 24% 23% 26% 25% 16% 33% 23% 27% 22% Good 49 53 45 48 54 43 53 51 48

Not so good 9 6 10 11 10 9 7 8 10 Poor 3 3 2 4 3 2 4 4 2

DK/NA 15 15 16 12 17 14 13 11 19



22. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on getting federal funds for projects in New York State, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 14% 13% 17% 13% 9% 21% 12% 16% 13% Good 47 50 44 43 45 46 49 43 50

Not so good 17 13 18 21 21 14 15 20 14 Poor 4 5 3 3 4 3 5 6 2

DK/NA 19 19 18 19 21 15 20 15 22



23. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on being an intellectual leader in the Senate, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 32% 29% 36% 33% 19% 44% 32% 35% 30% Good 43 46 41 42 48 38 45 41 45

Not so good 10 9 9 11 16 6 8 9 10 Poor 3 3 3 3 5 1 2 4 1

DK/NA 12 14 12 10 12 11 12 10 14



24. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on being honest and trustworthy, ...?
                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 34% 31% 37% 38% 22% 45% 34% 40% 30% Good 42 45 40 42 48 37 44 40 44

Not so good 9 10 10 6 13 8 8 8 10 Poor 4 4 2 4 5 2 3 4 3

DK/NA 11 11 11 10 12 9 12 7 13



25. How would you rate Daniel Patrick Moynihan on being an independent thinker, ...?
                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Excellent 32% 28% 36% 34% 19% 43% 32% 37% 28% Good 43 46 40 44 48 41 44 42 45

Not so good 10 11 10 10 15 7 9 10 11 Poor 3 3 2 3 4 1 2 3 3

DK/NA 11 12 12 8 15 8 12 8 14



26. Now I would like your opinion about the job Hillary Rodham Clinton will do as a United States Senator from New York. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will do a good job overall as a United States Senator from New York, are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 34% 31% 43% 26% 9% 57% 26% 27% 40% Smwht confident 29 30 30 25 23 30 31 31 27

Not too confident 16 18 11 18 23 6 23 18 14 Not conf. at all 20 19 13 29 42 5 18 22 18

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



27. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will do a good job handling issues important to the nation, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 35% 31% 45% 31% 10% 59% 28% 30% 39% Smwht confident 31 34 31 27 25 31 37 31 32

Not too confident 14 17 10 13 25 5 16 17 11 Not conf. at all 18 17 12 28 37 4 17 20 16

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



28. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will do a good job handling issues important to New York State, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 37% 34% 48% 27% 10% 60% 31% 30% 42% Smwht confident 28 29 26 28 27 28 29 31 26

Not too confident 14 17 11 14 22 5 18 16 13 Not conf. at all 19 18 13 29 38 6 19 22 17

DK/NA 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2



29. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will do a good job handling issues important to you, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 32% 27% 42% 27% 7% 56% 23% 25% 38% Smwht confident 28 30 27 25 21 30 32 28 28

Not too confident 14 17 11 13 23 6 18 16 12 Not conf. at all 24 24 18 33 46 7 25 29 20

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



30. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will work well with other Senators to get things done, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 34% 33% 42% 26% 16% 51% 29% 28% 40% Smwht confident 34 37 33 31 29 35 37 36 33

Not too confident 13 14 10 15 20 6 14 16 10 Not conf. at all 15 12 12 25 30 5 15 18 12

DK/NA 4 4 4 4 5 2 5 3 5



31. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be effective at getting federal funds for projects in NY state, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 32% 31% 39% 24% 14% 49% 26% 28% 35% Smwht confident 37 42 34 35 37 36 41 36 39

Not too confident 13 14 12 14 18 7 16 18 10 Not conf. at all 13 9 10 22 26 4 12 15 11

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



32. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be an intellectual leader in the Senate, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 38% 36% 48% 30% 15% 60% 31% 29% 46% Smwht confident 30 33 28 28 31 27 35 34 26

Not too confident 13 14 10 16 18 8 15 15 11 Not conf. at all 16 15 10 24 33 4 15 19 14

DK/NA 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 3



33. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honest and trustworthy, ...?
                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 32% 31% 39% 25% 10% 53% 24% 28% 35% Smwht confident 27 26 29 24 19 28 32 27 26

Not too confident 14 16 12 13 19 8 18 15 12 Not conf. at all 26 25 17 38 50 8 24 27 24

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



34. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be an in independent thinker, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 47% 47% 54% 39% 24% 68% 42% 42% 52% Smwht confident 28 30 26 25 31 22 33 30 25

Not too confident 8 8 5 10 14 3 9 9 7 Not conf. at all 15 12 11 24 28 5 13 17 13

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



35. How confident are you that Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve her entire 6 year term as Senator, ...?

                  Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very confident 41% 41% 47% 31% 24% 57% 36% 36% 45% Smwht confident 28 24 32 27 23 28 29 27 28

Not too confident 13 15 9 14 19 9 13 15 11 Not conf. at all 16 17 9 26 30 4 18 20 13

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