December 20, 2005 - Get Legislators Out Of Redistricting, NY State Voters Say 3 -1 In Quinnipiac University Poll; By Slim Margin, Voters Balk At NYC Commuter Tax
New York State voters say 66 - 22 percent that a non-partisan commission, not the State Legislature, should draw the district lines by which state legislators and members of Congress are elected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of New York State voters released today.

Support is strong among all parties and in all areas of the state, dropping to 56 - 25 percent among New York City voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

If a non-partisan commission were drawing the legislative and Congressional district lines, elections would be more competitive, voters say 67 - 12 percent. This feeling is consistent among all groups.

"By a 5 - 1 margin, voters understand that redistricting reform would make for more competitive elections," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"It's not even close. 'Don't let legislators draw their own district lines,' New Yorkers say 3 - 1."

New York State voters disapprove 47 - 33 percent of the way the State Legislature is doing its job. But they approve 55 - 22 percent of their own State Assembly member and 63 - 22 percent of their own State Senator.

They also approve 59 - 23 percent of their own member of Congress.

"The voters don't think the State Legislature is doing a good job, but they like the legislators - state and national - that they chose," Carroll said. Commuter Tax

By a 50 - 43 percent margin, New York State voters oppose a New York City commuter tax for suburbanites who work in the City.

New York City voters support the commuter tax 55 - 40 percent, while suburban voters oppose it 74 - 22 percent and upstate voters oppose it by a narrow 46 - 43 percent margin. Democrats statewide split 46 - 47 percent on the tax, while Republicans oppose it 52 - 42 percent and independent voters oppose it 50 - 42 percent.

"Predictable is suburban opposition to a commuter tax. They'd pay it. Not so predictable is the less-than-solid support among city voters. It would help pay City Hall's bills," Carroll said.

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,091 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 33% 43% 32% 29% 31% 35% Disapprove 47 44 48 51 51 44 DK/NA 20 13 21 20 18 21

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Approve 38% 32% 34% 30% 38% Disapprove 48 53 52 45 42 DK/NA 14 15 14 25 20

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        Dec 20  Dec 8   Sep 14  Aug 11  Jun 17  Jun 25
                        2005    2004    2004    2004    2004    2003


Approve 33 29 31 26 29 32 Disapprove 47 54 54 57 51 51 DK/NA 20 17 15 16 20 17



7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 55% 58% 58% 52% 52% 58% Disapprove 22 23 18 23 25 19 DK/NA 23 19 23 25 23 23

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Approve 56% 53% 54% 54% 58% Disapprove 27 28 27 16 22 DK/NA 17 19 18 30 20

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?

                        Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                        2005    2004    2004


Approve 55 48 54 Disapprove 22 26 24 DK/NA 23 26 22



8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 63% 67% 66% 58% 61% 64% Disapprove 22 23 17 27 23 21 DK/NA 15 11 17 15 16 14

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Approve 64% 64% 64% 59% 67% Disapprove 23 25 25 20 20 DK/NA 12 11 11 21 14

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                        Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                        2005    2004    2004


Approve 63 54 58 Disapprove 22 27 25 DK/NA 15 19 17



9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your member of Congress is handling their job?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 59% 59% 66% 51% 55% 61% Disapprove 23 25 20 23 24 21 DK/NA 19 17 14 27 20 18

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Approve 55% 56% 56% 57% 66% Disapprove 28 29 29 19 16 DK/NA 17 15 16 23 18



22. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very satisfied 4% 5% 5% 2% 5% 3% Smwht satisfied 47 51 47 42 47 46 Smwht dissatisfied 32 29 30 37 29 34 Very dissatisfied 16 15 17 16 16 16 DK/NA 2 - 1 3 3 1

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Very satisfied 4% 2% 2% 6% 3% Smwht satisfied 36 39 38 53 52 Smwht dissatisfied 35 36 35 28 32 Very dissatisfied 24 24 24 10 12 DK/NA 1 - - 3 2

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Dec 20  Oct 5   Aug 3   May 4   Feb 10  Dec 9   Sep 14
                        2005    2005    2005    2005    2005    2004    2004  


Very satisfied 4 4 4 2 4 3 5 Somewhat satisfied 47 44 44 36 36 39 42 Somewhat dissatisfied 32 32 31 35 32 32 33 Very dissatisfied 16 19 20 26 28 24 18 DK/NA 2 1 1 1 1 2 2



25. Do you think that New York State suburban residents who work in New York City should pay a New York City commuter tax of less than one dollar per day to help cover the cost of city services or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 43% 42% 46% 42% 43% 43% No 50 52 47 50 51 49 DK/NA 7 6 7 8 6 8

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Yes 52% 40% 43% 55% 22% No 39 48 46 40 74 DK/NA 9 12 11 5 4



26. Who do you think should draw the district lines by which members of the state legislature and Congress are elected -- the state legislature or a non-partisan commission?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


State legislature 22% 26% 22% 19% 20% 24% Non-part. commission 66 66 63 70 71 61 DK/NA 12 7 14 11 8 15

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

State legislature 21% 21% 21% 25% 19% Non-part. commission 75 71 72 56 70 DK/NA 4 9 7 18 12

27. If a non-partisan commission drew the district lines from which legislators and members of Congress are elected, would that make for more competitive elections or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 67% 69% 66% 68% 71% 63% No 12 15 12 12 12 13 DK/NA 21 16 22 20 17 24

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr total NYC Sub

Yes 75% 69% 71% 63% 66% No 12 14 13 10 14 DK/NA 13 17 16 27 20