March 24, 1999 - Keep School Vouchers And Take Drunk Drivers' Cars, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac College Poll; Gore-Bush Presidential Race Is Very Close
Only 43 percent of New York State voters think school vouchers are a good idea, while 49 percent say they are a bad idea, according to a Quinnipiac College poll released today. While they don't support vouchers, voters say 59 - 34 percent that if vouchers are made available, they should be provided for religious schools as well.

Only 37 percent of upstate voters like school vouchers, while 54 percent say they are a bad idea. New York City and suburban voters split evenly on the subject.

By a 54 - 40 percent margin, New York State voters say it's a good idea to have police seize the cars of drunk drivers. Support for the idea is consistent among upstate, suburban and city voters. Women support car seizures 60 - 32 percent, while men say 46 - 50 percent that it's a bad idea.

"Upstate voters, who are more satisfied with public schools and who have less experience with parochial schools, yeshivas and other private schools, are pulling down statewide support for school vouchers," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"The interesting point here is that religion doesn't seem to be an issue. New Yorkers don't support school vouchers, but they say if we do have vouchers, it's OK to give them to children attending religious schools.

"New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's crackdown on drunk drivers, a plan which is being copied in other localities, is a big winner among women statewide."
Quinnipiac College Poll/March 24/page 2

The 2000 Presidential campaign in New York State shows Vice President Al Gore ahead of Texas Gov. George W. Bush 47 - 42 percent, a very narrow margin. Gore leads former Red Cross Chair Elizabeth Dole 49 - 38 percent.

Almost native son Bill Bradley, the former New Jersey Senator and ex-Knick, beats Bush 45 - 39 percent. Bradley tops Mrs. Dole 47 - 35 percent.

By a 43 - 24 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Gore, while 24 percent have a mixed opinion and 9 percent haven't heard enough to form an opinion. Among the other possible candidates:
                    Favorable    Unfavorable   Mixed     No Opinion

Bradley             43            6             11        40
Bush                40           14             13        31
Dole                50           11             14        24
	


"Shouldn't Democratic Vice President Al Gore be doing better in New York? Maybe New Yorkers don't believe that he invented the Internet. He leads Mrs. Dole but barely edges former First Son George W. Bush, a Texas governor who shouldn't be resonating so well in New York this early in the race," Carroll said.

The impeachment of President Clinton continues to haunt Republican prospects: 11 percent of voters say they are more likely to vote for GOP candidates next years because of the way House and Senate Republicans handled impeachment, while 45 percent say they are less likely and 40 percent say impeachment will have no effect on how they vote.

Because of the way House and Senate Democrats handled impeachment, 27 percent of voters say they are more likely to vote Democratic next year, while 19 percent say they are less likely and 51 percent say impeachment will have no effect on how they vote.

From March 17 - 21, Quinnipiac College surveyed 909 New Yorkers who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent. The Quinnipiac College 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

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Approve 60% 68% 45% 65% 82% 45% 63% 67% 53% 60% Disapprove 30 22 42 26 13 44 26 26 33 27 DK/NA 11 10 13 9 5 11 11 7 13 13



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?
                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Approve 64% 61% 75% 57% 35% 87% 61% 61% 67% 70% Disapprove 32 36 22 38 63 10 34 37 28 27 DK/NA 3 3 3 5 2 3 5 2 4 7



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

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999
                                                                         
Favorable           46%   43%   60%   34%   22%   70%   39%   46%   46%   46%
Unfavorable         31    37    19    38    65     8    33    36    27    28
Mixed               21    19    21    25    12    21    27    17    25    24
Haven't hrd enough   1     -     1     1     -     1     1     1     1     1
REFUSED              1     -     -     2     -     -     1     -     1     1




17. Is your opinion of Texas Governor George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Favorable 40% 44% 32% 45% 64% 22% 43% 43% 38% 32% Unfavorable 14 11 20 10 3 21 13 13 15 13 Mixed 13 14 13 13 9 18 13 14 13 9 Haven't hrd enough 31 31 33 29 24 38 30 28 34 45 REFUSED 1 - 1 3 - 1 1 2 1 1



18. Is your opinion of Vice President Al Gore favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Favorable 43% 46% 48% 31% 20% 63% 38% 42% 43% 39% Unfavorable 24 23 19 32 48 9 23 28 21 21 Mixed 24 24 22 28 26 18 29 22 26 22 Haven't hrd enough 9 7 11 8 5 10 9 8 9 17 REFUSED 1 1 1 - - - 1 1 - -



19. Is your opinion of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Favorable 43% 34% 47% 50% 37% 46% 46% 54% 33% 35% Unfavorable 6 6 7 5 9 5 5 7 5 4 Mixed 11 11 12 9 12 9 10 10 11 7 Haven't hrd enough 40 48 33 34 41 39 38 28 50 53 REFUSED 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1



20. Is your opinion of former Red Cross Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999
                                                                        
Favorable           50%   57%   39%   54%   62%   40%   52%   49%   52%   40%
Unfavorable         11    11    16     6     7    16    10    12    11    12
Mixed               14    12    14    18    14    16    12    15    13    13
Haven't hrd enough  24    21    30    21    16    28    25    24    23    34
REFUSED              -     -     -     1     -     -     -     -     -     1




21. If the election for President in the year 2000 were being held today and the candidates were Vice President Al Gore the Democrat and Texas Governor George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Al Gore 47% 42% 59% 40% 12% 78% 41% 44% 50% 49% George W. Bush 42 47 30 50 81 13 46 47 38 40 SOMEONE ELSE (VOL) 1 1 2 1 - 1 2 - 2 1 WOULDN'T VOTE (VOL) 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 DK/NA 8 9 7 8 6 6 11 8 8 8



22. If the election for President in the year 2000 were being held today and the candidates were former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley the Democrat and Texas Governor George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Bill Bradley 45% 36% 57% 45% 15% 71% 41% 49% 42% 41% George W. Bush 39 48 28 39 76 15 38 39 39 38 SOMEONE ELSE (VOL) 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 2 WOULDN'T VOTE (VOL) 2 2 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 3 DK/NA 13 13 12 15 8 10 18 10 16 16



23. If the election for President in the year 2000 were being held today and the candidates were Vice President Al Gore the Democrat and former Red Cross Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Al Gore 49% 41% 62% 44% 17% 75% 44% 51% 46% 50% Elizabeth Dole 38 44 25 43 67 14 42 37 38 37 SOMEONE ELSE (VOL) 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 WOULDN'T VOTE (VOL) 2 1 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 DK/NA 10 11 8 9 11 7 10 7 12 10



24. If the election for President in the year 2000 were being held today and the candidates were former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley the Democrat and former Red Cross Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Bill Bradley 47% 38% 59% 46% 22% 69% 43% 54% 40% 46% Elizabeth Dole 35 44 22 35 55 17 36 30 39 34 SOMEONE ELSE (VOL) 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 WOULDN'T VOTE (VOL) 3 2 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 DK/NA 14 14 13 16 19 10 16 13 16 16



25. Is your opinion of the Democratic party favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about it?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Favorable 39% 36% 47% 34% 11% 74% 26% 39% 39% 39% Unfavorable 17 21 13 17 45 2 16 22 13 17 Mixed 39 40 35 44 41 22 51 36 43 38 Haven't hrd enough 4 3 4 5 2 3 6 3 5 5 REFUSED - - 1 - 1 - - - 1 1



26. Is your opinion of the Republican party favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you hear d enough about it?

                                                                          Feb 24
                    Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   1999


Favorable 19% 20% 14% 23% 53% 3% 15% 20% 18% 19% Unfavorable 34 27 49 26 8 60 27 33 34 38 Mixed 42 48 30 48 37 32 51 43 41 37 Haven't hrd enough 5 5 6 4 1 6 6 3 6 5 REFUSED 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 2



27. Has the handling of the impeachment matter by House and Senate Republicans made you more likely to vote for Republican candidates in elections in the year 2000, less likely to vote for Republican candidates, or hasn't it had an effect?



                        Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


More likely 11% 11% 9% 13% 33% 2% 8% 11% 11% Less likely 45 40 56 42 14 69 43 45 46 No effect 40 47 31 42 52 25 47 41 40 DK/NA 3 2 4 3 1 4 3 3 3



28. Has the handling of the impeachment matter by House and Senate Democrats made you more likely to vote for Democratic candidates in elections in the year 2000, less likely to vote for Democratic candidates, or hasn't it had an effect?

                        Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


More likely 27% 23% 37% 21% 6% 51% 19% 26% 28% Less likely 19 20 14 22 49 3 17 24 14 No effect 51 54 44 53 44 43 61 48 54 DK/NA 3 2 4 4 1 3 2 2 5



29. Do you think having the police seize the cars of people arrested for drunken driving is a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom
                     
Good idea               54%   51%   56%   55%   52%   59%   53%   46%   60%
Bad idea                40    42    39    39    43    36    41    50    32
DK/NA                    6     6     5     6     5     5     6     3     8




30. Some people have suggested that parents should be given government funded school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private school.

                        Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Good idea 43% 37% 47% 46% 51% 41% 40% 42% 44% Bad idea 49 54 44 46 42 53 49 50 48 DK/NA 8 9 9 8 7 6 12 9 8



30a. If school vouchers are available, should parents be able to use them for schools run by religious organizations or not?

                        Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom
 
Yes                     59%   62%   52%   63%   70%   53%   57%   57%   61%
No                      34    33    39    30    26    41    34    37    32
DK/NA                    7     6     9     7     4     6    10     6     8