December 21, 2011 - Support For Independent Redistricting Inches Up, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Voters Support Vegas-Style Casinos 2-1

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An independent commission with no ties to the New York State Legislature should draw district lines from which legislators are elected, 52 percent of voters say in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is up slightly from 48 percent in an October 26 survey. Another 27 percent support a commission with some legislative input and 11 percent support the current system where state legislators create election districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto any legislative districting plan that is not created by an independent commission, voters say 45 - 37 percent in the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University poll.

"Drawing new legislative and congressional district lines will be high on Albany's 2012 agenda. Quinnipiac University has been tracking this sleeper issue for some time and we see support for an independent commission to draw the lines is edging up," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "By a decisive 56 - 36 percent, New York State voters say keep legislators away from this so-called independent commission."

New York State voters are split like a hydro-fracked rock on the issue of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale: 44 percent support drilling because of the economic benefits and 45 percent oppose drilling because of environmental concerns. Opposition to drilling is 48 - 43 percent among upstate voters and 49 - 40 percent among New York City voters while suburban voters support drilling 53 - 34 percent.

Voters support 57 - 31 percent a tax on companies drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale and say 75 - 18 percent that drilling will create jobs. All groups agree strongly about jobs.

But voters say 55 - 13 percent, with 31 percent undecided, that hydro-fracking will cause environmental damage. Again, all groups agree on the risk of damage.

"Another big 2012 issue - hydro-fracking - has New Yorkers split right down the middle. Overwhelmingly, voters think it would produce jobs. A smaller majority worries that it would damage the environment," Carroll said.

New York State voters support 64 - 31 percent Atlantic City or Las Vegas style casinos in the Empire State. Support for casinos is strong among all groups and in all areas of the state.

There is a gender gap as men support casinos 68 - 28 percent while women say roll the dice 60 - 34 percent. Support ranges from 57 - 37 percent among voters making less than $40,000 per year to 71 - 26 percent among people making $100,000 to $150,000 per year.

New casinos would be good for the economy, New York State voters say 68 - 27 percent. All groups share this view. Casinos also will lead to an increase in gambling addiction, voters say 58 - 36 percent with similar findings among men and women.

"Casino gaming requires a constitutional amendment, and the State Legislator must act soon to get the process started. New Yorkers say shuffle and deal," Carroll said.

Obama, Schumer, Gillibrand Approval

New York State voters approve 50 - 45 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, a number that hasn't changed in three months.

In an early look at the 2012 presidential race, President Obama tops two leading Republican challengers:
  • 53 - 35 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney;
  • 55 - 32 percent over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich leads the GOP primary pack at 29 percent, followed by Romney at 26 percent.
Voters approve 50 - 23 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, with 27 percent undecided. This is down from her all-time high of 54 - 22 percent in a June 29 Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 62 - 27 percent approval rating.

From December 12 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,143 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. There are 352 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If Registered Republican) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                 1%     1%     -
Gingrich             29     33     23
Romney               26     26     26
Bachmann              4      1      8
Santorum              3      3      3
Paul                  9     12      5
Huntsman              5      5      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      3
DK/NA                16     12     22
 
 
2. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                53%     8%    86%    42%    47%    58%    42%    94%    62%
Romney               35     84      8     38     42     29     43      1     27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      1      7      3      3      4      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      3      2      2      2      -      1
DK/NA                 7      3      4     11      5      9      8      2      8
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Obama                50%    64%    39%    52%    51%    56%
Romney               38     25     46     36     34     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      3      4      4      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      4      1      3      1
DK/NA                 7      6      9      7      9      5
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Obama                59%    57%    50%    49%    59%    52%    47%    55%
Romney               27     33     40     36     26     38     42     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       8      2      1      2      2      4      5      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      2      4      3      1      2      1
DK/NA                 5      6      6      9      9      5      5      3
 
 
3. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                55%    10%    86%    47%    50%    59%    46%    93%    58%
Gingrich             32     82      7     33     40     25     39      2     25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      1      6      3      3      4      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      5      2      3      3      1      4
DK/NA                 8      3      6     10      5     10      8      4     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Obama                52%    66%    41%    57%    51%    61%
Gingrich             35     21     45     32     33     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      4      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      4      3      3      2
DK/NA                 8      9      7      5     10      4
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Obama                61%    60%    50%    53%    56%    57%    51%    61%
Gingrich             23     31     40     32     26     35     35     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      2      2      1      1      3      6      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      3      4      2      2      5      2
DK/NA                 9      5      5     10     13      4      3      1
 
 
4. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         50%     7%    80%    40%    44%    55%    41%    97%    50%
No/Does not          44     88     14     54     51     38     53      2     44
DK/NA                 6      6      6      6      5      7      6      2      7
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    58%    39%    53%    49%    52%
No/Does not          48     34     56     42     45     43
DK/NA                 5      8      6      5      6      5
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes/Deserves         51%    52%    48%    52%    56%    47%    44%    54%
No/Does not          43     44     48     41     36     48     53     42
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      7      6      3      4
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  June 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Deserves         50      50      51      48      56      57
No/Does not          44      44      43      46      39      36
DK/NA                 6       6       6       6       5       6
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    38%    79%    58%    58%    66%    60%    77%    55%
Disapprove           27     53     11     30     35     20     30     11     31
DK/NA                11      9     10     12      7     14     11     13     13
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              58%    66%    61%    66%    59%    67%
Disapprove           27     24     32     28     27     26
DK/NA                14     10      7      6     14      7
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              51%    66%    68%    60%    57%    65%    62%    73%
Disapprove           31     24     25     29     25     27     33     22
DK/NA                18     10      7     12     18      8      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 69% Oct 2001)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2004*   1999
 
Approve              62      61      59      56      64      69      51
Disapprove           27      28      31      32      24      16      22
DK/NA                11      11       9      12      12      15      28
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    34%    63%    46%    46%    52%    51%    56%    32%
Disapprove           23     35     11     28     26     20     23     17     26
DK/NA                27     31     26     25     27     27     26     27     42
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              53%    47%    48%    54%    47%    55%
Disapprove           24     23     21     21     23     24
DK/NA                23     30     31     25     31     22
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              36%    49%    57%    55%    45%    55%    49%    58%
Disapprove           26     27     20     20     23     22     27     19
DK/NA                38     24     23     26     31     23     24     23
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator? (*High also 54% Feb 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Jun 29  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              50      50      52      49      54      54      28
Disapprove           23      24      23      27      22      22      10
DK/NA                27      26      24      24      24      24      62
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    12%    81%    38%    44%    56%    42%    94%    51%
Disapprove           45     85     15     56     54     37     53      3     46
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      2      7      5      4      2
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              48%    59%    39%    52%    49%    52%
Disapprove           47     36     56     44     45     45
DK/NA                 5      5      5      3      6      3
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              53%    55%    48%    48%    57%    45%    47%    53%
Disapprove           43     43     47     45     36     50     53     43
DK/NA                 4      1      5      7      7      4      -      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 12  Jun 29  Feb 19  Aug 12
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              50      50      50      45      57      72      45
Disapprove           45      45      45      49      38      17      49
DK/NA                 5       5       6       6       5      10       6
 
 
30. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Drilling             44%    71%    31%    45%    49%    40%    49%    32%    41%
No drilling          45     21     57     48     44     46     42     52     46
DK/NA                11      8     12      8      7     14     10     16     13
 
                                                               HEARD OF
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEG   FRACKING.
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes    Yes    No
 
Drilling             43%    40%    53%    45%    46%    41%    42%    48%
No drilling          48     49     34     47     40     53     52     36
DK/NA                 9     11     13      8     14      6      6     17
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Drilling             39%    43%    46%    47%    42%    46%    52%    42%
No drilling          54     46     45     39     45     45     43     52
DK/NA                 7     10      9     14     13      9      5      7
 
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Sep 21  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Drilling             44      44      45      47
No drilling          45      43      41      42
DK/NA                11      12      13      12
 
 
31. Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    41%    66%    58%    59%    56%    57%    52%    60%
Oppose               31     47     23     30     34     28     31     33     30
DK/NA                12     12     10     11      7     16     11     14     10
 
                                                               HEARD OF
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEG   FRACKING.
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes    Yes    No
 
Support              62%    57%    49%    58%    52%    66%    63%    50%
Oppose               30     29     35     34     34     26     29     34
DK/NA                 8     13     16      8     14      9      8     16
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Support              61%    61%    59%    49%    51%    63%    60%    62%
Oppose               32     29     29     32     32     28     32     26
DK/NA                 7      9     12     19     17     10      8     11
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Sep 21  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Support              57      55      51      59
Oppose               31      32      36      29
DK/NA                12      13      12      12
 
 
32. Do you think that drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale will create jobs or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  75%    87%    74%    71%    81%    70%    78%    73%    62%
No                   18      8     19     24     17     19     15     20     28
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      3     10      6      7     10
 
                                                               HEARD OF
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEG   FRACKING.
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes    Yes    No
 
Yes                  79%    71%    76%    74%    74%    77%    76%    75%
No                   18     21     14     19     18     18     19     17
DK/NA                 3      8      9      7      7      6      4      8
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  79%    73%    77%    73%    71%    78%    81%    74%
No                   18     19     18     16     20     17     14     20
DK/NA                 3      7      5     11      9      5      4      7
 
TREND: Do you think that drilling for natural gas in the state's Marcellus Shale will create jobs or not?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Sep 21  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes                  75      73      74      75
No                   18      19      19      17
DK/NA                 7       9       7       8
 
 
33. Have you heard or read anything about hydro-fracking?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  59%    65%    54%    63%    71%    49%    69%    31%    36%
No                   39     35     45     35     28     49     29     69     60
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2      1      -      4
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  76%    43%    58%    63%    49%    76%
No                   24     55     40     36     49     23
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      2      1
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  46%    55%    72%    63%    45%    67%    67%    71%
No                   54     43     27     35     54     31     32     27
DK/NA                 -      2      1      2      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Have you heard or read anything about hydro-fracking?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Sep 21  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes                  59      54      53      57
No                   39      44      46      42
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1
 
 
34. Natural gas drilling companies want to practice hydro-fracking in New York State. Hydro-fracking is the process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground under high pressure to fracture rocks. This releases natural gas trapped in the rocks which is then collected. Do you think hydro-fracking will cause environmental damage or not, or don't you know?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Will damage      55%    40%    62%    58%    52%    57%    54%    52%    54%
No/Won't damage      13     24      5     15     19      8     17      5      3
DK/NA                31     35     32     27     28     34     28     43     40
REFUSED               1      -      -      -      -      1      1      -      3
 
                                                               HEARD OF
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEG   FRACKING.
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes    Yes    No
 
Yes/Will damage      57%    57%    47%    61%    53%    59%    62%    46%
No/Won't damage      16      7     18     10     12     15     19      5
DK/NA                25     36     34     28     34     26     19     49
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes/Will damage      59%    55%    56%    51%    55%    56%    53%    56%
No/Won't damage      11      9     16     14      9     14     17     13
DK/NA                29     35     27     35     36     30     30     29
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      1      1      -      2
 
TREND: Natural gas drilling companies want to practice hydro-fracking in New York State. Hydro-fracking is the process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground under high pressure to fracture rocks. This releases natural gas trapped in the rocks which is then collected. Do you think hydro-fracking will cause environmental damage or not, or don't you know?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Sep 21  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/Will damage      55      50      51      52
No/Won't damage      13      14      13      15
Don't Know           31      35      35      33
REFUSED               1       1       -       -
 
 
35. As you may know the MTA is the agency which provides rail and bus service in the New York Metropolitan area. Do you think the state government should provide additional funds to the MTA or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  43%    25%    54%    41%    41%    46%    40%    59%    42%
No                   50     71     38     52     55     46     51     37     55
DK/NA                 7      4      8      7      5      8      9      3      3
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  37%    51%    43%    43%    46%    40%
No                   53     46     52     51     47     54
DK/NA                10      4      5      7      7      6
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  58%    38%    40%    39%    45%    46%    41%    38%
No                   39     56     55     47     46     48     56     58
DK/NA                 3      5      5     14      9      6      3      4
 
TREND: As you may know the MTA is the agency which provides rail and bus service in the New York Metropolitan area. Do you think the state government should provide additional funds to the MTA, or not?
                     Dec 21  Oct 27  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Yes                  43      42      44
No                   50      51      48
DK/NA                 7       7       8
 
 
36. Currently, employers in New York City and the suburban areas served by the MTA pay a special tax to help the transit agency. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to reduce this tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                53%    58%    50%    54%    51%    55%    48%    59%    69%
Disagree             37     32     38     39     41     34     41     33     29
DK/NA                 9     10     12      7      8     11     11      9      2
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Agree                42%    58%    66%    49%    58%    46%
Disagree             47     34     26     41     33     43
DK/NA                11      8      8     10      9     10
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Agree                62%    52%    51%    48%    57%    52%    50%    51%
Disagree             30     40     41     38     36     37     43     43
DK/NA                 8      8      7     14      8     11      7      6
 
 
37. Do you think reducing this tax will leave the MTA with insufficient funds for rail and bus service or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  35%    38%    36%    32%    41%    30%    38%    24%    32%
No                   47     44     45     54     42     51     41     70     58
DK/NA                18     19     19     14     17     19     20      6     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  39%    32%    32%    35%    31%    41%
No                   39     53     52     49     51     41
DK/NA                22     15     16     16     18     18
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  38%    43%    37%    24%    32%    37%    38%    38%
No                   48     44     45     48     49     47     46     45
DK/NA                14     13     18     28     20     16     16     17
 
38. 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 commission that has no connection to the state legislature or an independent commission with some legislative input?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
State legislature    11%     9%    14%    10%    11%    12%     8%    22%    13%
Commissn/No connect  52     53     51     53     59     45     54     43     50
Commissn/Legis input 27     31     26     28     25     29     29     26     25
DK/NA                10      8      9      9      5     14      8      9     12
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
State legislature    11%    12%    10%     7%    14%     8%
Commissn/No connect  53     52     49     55     47     58
Commissn/Legis input 30     22     32     33     26     29
DK/NA                 6     13     10      6     13      5
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
State legislature    18%     9%     8%    11%    16%    11%     6%     2%
Commissn/No connect  44     55     60     46     43     53     67     53
Commissn/Legis input 24     32     27     27     25     30     21     38
DK/NA                13      5      6     15     16      6      6      7
 
TREND: 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 commission that has no connection to the state legislature or an independent commission with some legislative input?
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 11  Jun 28  Jun 02  Apr 14
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
State legislature    11      11      10      13      14      13      12
Commissn/No connect  52      48      50      50      42      46      51
Commissn/Legis input 27      28      27      26      34      31      29
DK/NA                10      13      13      11      10      10       7
 
 
39. Do you think Governor Cuomo should veto a redistricting plan that is not created by an independent commission, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/veto             45%    47%    40%    54%    52%    39%    48%    34%    36%
No                   37     36     44     31     36     39     35     50     49
DK/NA                17     17     16     15     12     22     17     16     15
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/veto             47%    42%    47%    45%    34%    63%
No                   37     40     35     39     44     27
DK/NA                16     18     18     16     22     11
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes/veto             43%    46%    53%    40%    32%    52%    62%    63%
No                   38     40     36     34     46     35     29     20
DK/NA                20     14     11     25     22     13     10     17
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Cuomo should veto a redistricting plan that is not created by an independent commission or not?
                     Dec 21  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Yes/veto             45      45      47      49
No                   37      33      35      30
DK/NA                17      22      18      21
 
 
40. Do you think an independent commission should have some legislative members or no legislative members?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Some                 36%    30%    41%    32%    30%    40%    31%    48%    45%
None                 56     59     52     62     65     49     61     45     46
DK/NA                 8     11      7      6      5     10      8      7      9
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Some                 34%    39%    33%    35%    39%    30%
None                 61     52     56     60     51     64
DK/NA                 5      9     11      5     10      6
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Some                 42%    37%    35%    30%    43%    33%    31%    32%
None                 53     57     61     53     47     61     64     63
DK/NA                 6      7      4     18     11      6      5      5
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose the creation of non-indian casinos in New York State, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              64%    68%    59%    67%    68%    60%    64%    71%    44%
Oppose               31     29     36     27     28     34     32     24     46
DK/NA                 5      3      5      6      4      6      4      5     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Support              58%    65%    70%    65%    65%    62%
Oppose               38     27     27     30     31     32
DK/NA                 4      7      3      4      4      6
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Support              72%    66%    61%    57%    57%    65%    71%    68%
Oppose               24     30     35     38     37     31     26     29
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      6      4      4      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the creation of non-indian casinos in New York State, similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas?
                     Dec 21  Sep 21
                     2011    2011
 
Support              64      56
Oppose               31      37
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
42. Do you think the creation of these casinos would be good for the economy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  68%    73%    63%    70%    73%    63%    69%    69%    55%
No                   27     23     32     23     24     29     26     27     36
DK/NA                 6      3      6      7      3      8      5      5      9
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  67%    65%    72%    69%    65%    71%
No                   28     27     23     26     28     25
DK/NA                 5      8      5      5      7      4
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  72%    71%    68%    59%    64%    67%    75%    73%
No                   19     26     29     33     30     26     22     26
DK/NA                 9      3      3      8      6      7      3      1
 
TREND: Do you think the creation of these casinos would be good for the economy or not?
                     Dec 21  Sep 21
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  68      64
No                   27      31
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
43. Do you think the creation of these casinos would lead to an increase in gambling addiction or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  58%    64%    61%    53%    59%    58%    60%    53%    63%
No                   36     30     34     43     38     34     35     41     27
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      3      8      5      6     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  63%    55%    56%    62%    59%    57%
No                   33     38     38     31     35     38
DK/NA                 3      7      6      7      6      5
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  56%    59%    61%    60%    60%    56%    58%    63%
No                   39     37     36     32     32     40     40     30
DK/NA                 5      4      3      9      7      4      3      7
 
TREND: Do you think the creation of these casinos would lead to an increase in gambling addiction or not?
                     Dec 21  Sep 21
                     2011    2011
 
Yes                  58      63
No                   36      33
DK/NA                 6       4
 
 

Demographic Summary