August 22, 2013 - Virginia Voters Tell NYC's Bloomberg To (Gun) Butt Out, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Divided On Whether Governor Is Honest
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should keep his nose out of Virginia issues, 52 percent of Old Dominion voters say, while 43 percent say the State Legislature should try to address Mayor Bloomberg's claim that many guns used in New York City crimes come from Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

There is wide partisan, gender and racial divisions on the gun question, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Democrats say 67 - 29 percent that the State Legislature should address the issue, while Republicans say 74 - 22 percent that Bloomberg should not be involved in Virginia issues, with independent voters agreeing 57 - 38 percent. Against Bloomberg are men, 57 - 37 percent, and white voters, 56 - 40 percent. Women are divided 48 - 48 percent and black voters back the New York City mayor 55 - 38 percent.

"The sizable splits on this question across political, racial and gender lines largely reflect the division of opinion in Virginia and the country on gun control matters," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Virginia voters are divided 42 - 41 percent on whether Gov. Bob McDonnell is honest and trustworthy, compared to a July 17 survey when voters said 44 - 36 percent he was honest. There is a large partisan split as Republicans vouch for the governor 69 - 18 percent while Democrats say he is not honest 55 - 25 percent. Independent voters are divided 44 - 40 percent.

Voters still approve 47 - 39 percent of the job Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing, little changed from his all-time low 46 - 37 percent score July 17. The governor gets a split 34 - 35 percent favorability rating.

"Virginia voters are not giving Gov. Bob McDonnell a ringing vote of confidence for his honesty and integrity," Brown added. "His approval rating and favorable/unfavorable ratio are a far cry from when the governor was admired for his job performance and liked by voters. McDonnell's favorability numbers were slightly positive 36 - 33 percent in July, and back in May it was almost two-to-one favorable, 40 - 23 percent.

"The fact that he gets a thumbs up for his job performance but a split on favorability indicates that to some degree voters seem able to separate their views of him personally and their evaluation of his ability to run the state. But as the questions about his and his family's relationship with a prominent campaign donor continue to swirl he will have a difficult time pushing his numbers up."

Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to be the apple of Virginia voters' eyes, leading New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 46 - 37 percent, compared to 45 - 40 percent when Quinnipiac University asked that question in July.

Christie continues to lead Vice President Joseph Biden, 44 - 37 percent today compared to 46 - 38 percent last month.

Clinton crushes Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 53 - 34 percent. Biden tops Cruz 47 - 37 percent.

Virginia voters give President Barack Obama a split 48 - 48 percent job approval rating, compared to a negative 46 - 51 percent score last month.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner gets a 61 - 25 percent job approval rating, with a 55 - 32 percent score for Sen. Tim Kaine.

From August 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,374 registered voters with a margin of error of +/-2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

4. Is your opinion of Bob McDonnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            34%    54%    16%    38%    36%    32%    38%    23%
Unfavorable          35     13     54     34     38     33     34     49
Hvn't hrd enough     28     30     29     25     24     31     25     27
REFUSED               3      3      1      3      2      3      3      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Bob McDonnell favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 20  Jan 09  Aug 22
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Favorable            34      36      40      42      41      45      34
Unfavorable          35      33      23      22      24      23      35
Hvn't hrd enough     28      28      35      33      33      30      28
REFUSED               3       4       2       4       3       2       3
 
 
9. (INTRO Q9-16: Thinking far ahead to the 2016 election for President... ) If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Clinton              46%     6%    90%    36%    40%    53%    38%    77%
Christie             37     84      2     41     42     33     46     11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      2      -      6      6      2      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      1      7      6      3      5      -
DK/NA                 8      3      6     10      7      9      7     11
 
                     WHITE........................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom
 
Clinton              40%    37%    31%    35%    58%    30%    45%
Christie             43     47     54     50     22     50     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      3      2      4      7      5      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      6      4      4      8      2
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      8      6      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Clinton              46%    46%    53%    38%    47%    49%    47%    46%    44%
Christie             37     38     29     44     42     33     38     39     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      4      5      4      2      7      4      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      4      7      3      5      5      3      4
DK/NA                 8      8      9      7      6      6      6     10     10
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17
                     2013    2013
 
Clinton              46      45
Christie             37      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                 8       9
 
 
10. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Biden                37%     3%    79%    28%    34%    40%    28%    66%
Christie             44     88      9     47     47     42     54     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      2      1      7      7      3      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      6      5      3      4      1
DK/NA                10      3     10     12      8     12      9     16
 
                     WHITE........................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom
 
Biden                32%    26%    22%    27%    43%    26%    30%
Christie             50     56     60     54     38     56     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      4      4      4      7      6      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      4      5      5      5      6      3
DK/NA                 7     11      9      9      7      5     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Biden                37%    37%    41%    31%    37%    40%    37%    35%    38%
Christie             45     43     36     51     49     41     45     46     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      5      6      6      2      8      5      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      3      4      4      3      4      5      3      3
DK/NA                 8     11     12      8      8      7      9     12     12
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17
                     2013    2013
 
Biden                37      38
Christie             44      46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       4
DK/NA                10      10
 
 
11. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Ted Cruz the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Clinton              53%    11%    92%    46%    48%    57%    45%    83%
Cruz                 34     80      -     35     37     30     43      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      -      -      4      4      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      1      3      3      2      2      2
DK/NA                 8      5      7     11      7      9      8     10
 
                     WHITE........................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom
 
Clinton              48%    42%    36%    43%    65%    37%    51%
Cruz                 41     45     51     50     21     50     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      2      4      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      3      3      1
DK/NA                 7      9     11      3      6      7      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Clinton              54%    52%    58%    46%    57%    53%    58%    52%    47%
Cruz                 34     33     26     41     37     33     30     36     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      4      2      1      4      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      2      1      3      3      2      2
DK/NA                 8      9     10      8      4      7      7      8     12
 
 
12. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Ted Cruz the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Biden                47%     5%    90%    40%    45%    49%    37%    80%
Cruz                 37     83      1     38     38     35     47      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      3      1      4      5      3      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      6      4      3      4      2
DK/NA                 9      5      6     12      7     10      9     10
 
                     WHITE........................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Men    Wom
 
Biden                42%    34%    29%    37%    56%    34%    40%
Cruz                 44     49     57     49     26     51     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      2      6      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      3      4      5      4      4
DK/NA                 7     10     10      8      6      7     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Biden                48%    46%    50%    43%    48%    46%    49%    44%    47%
Cruz                 38     36     31     43     39     38     35     39     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      5      5      2      3      6      4      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      4      2      3      3      5      4      1
DK/NA                 8      9     10      9      6      6      8     10     12
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            57%    19%    95%    50%    52%    62%    49%    87%
Unfavorable          38     76      2     45     44     32     47      5
Hvn't hrd enough      3      4      3      2      2      4      2      8
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      2      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            57      58
Unfavorable          38      37
Hvn't hrd enough      3       4
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            48%    11%    87%    43%    48%    48%    38%    81%
Unfavorable          44     84      5     49     45     43     55      6
Hvn't hrd enough      7      5      7      7      6      8      6     13
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  Jun 07
                     2013    2013    2012
 
Favorable            48      47      39
Unfavorable          44      44      38
Hvn't hrd enough      7       8      20
REFUSED               1       1       2
 
 
15. Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            56%    69%    47%    59%    60%    52%    59%    49%
Unfavorable          18     13     21     18     20     17     18     21
Hvn't hrd enough     24     16     30     21     19     29     21     29
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      1      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            56      55
Unfavorable          18      17
Hvn't hrd enough     24      26
REFUSED               2       2
 
 
16. Is your opinion of Ted Cruz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            21%    43%     2%    23%    26%    16%    25%     4%
Unfavorable          19      2     36     17     21     17     16     32
Hvn't hrd enough     60     55     62     59     52     66     58     63
REFUSED               1      -      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    75%    25%    49%    50%    45%    52%    28%
Disapprove           39     16     59     36     38     39     36     52
DK/NA                14      9     17     16     12     17     11     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bob McDonnell is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 20  Oct 12  Jul 17
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011    2013
 
Approve              47      46      49      53      53      62      46
Disapprove           39      37      28      26      28      22      37
DK/NA                14      17      23      21      19      16      17
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              40%    61%    25%    41%    45%    36%    45%    25%
Disapprove           46     26     61     44     44     47     41     57
DK/NA                14     13     14     16     11     17     14     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*High also 48% Jun 2011, **Low also 38% Mar 2012, Feb 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 20  Sep 14  May 15
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013**
 
Approve              40      41      38      40      38      48      38
Disapprove           46      42      42      40      46      34      42
DK/NA                14      18      20      20      16      18      20
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              61%    49%    76%    58%    61%    61%    59%    71%
Disapprove           25     40     10     26     25     24     27     14
DK/NA                14     11     14     16     14     15     14     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Warner is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 64% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 21  Feb 09  Mar 27
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2012*   2013
 
Approve              61      61      59      56      58      64      56
Disapprove           25      23      22      26      28      22      26
DK/NA                14      16      18      18      14      14      18
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              55%    35%    80%    48%    54%    55%    49%    78%
Disapprove           32     54      9     35     35     29     38      6
DK/NA                14     11     12     16     12     16     13     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Kaine is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 21  Jan 09
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              55      51      46      47      50      48
Disapprove           32      30      33      33      33      30
DK/NA                14      19      21      20      17      22
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%     8%    90%    42%    46%    50%    39%    85%
Disapprove           48     90      6     55     50     46     58     10
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      3      4      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 52% Nov 2012)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 28  Feb 21  Jan 10  Sep 15
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013*   2011
 
Approve              48      46      49      45      51      52      40
Disapprove           48      51      47      49      46      44      54
DK/NA                 4       4       4       6       4       3       6
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              43%    58%    34%    43%    44%    42%    44%    40%
Disapprove           17     12     26     14     18     17     15     24
DK/NA                40     30     40     43     38     42     41     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bolling is handling his job as Lieutenant Governor? (*Low also 35% Oct 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 18  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 20  Aug 22  Dec 22
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*
 
Approve              43      42      37      37      36      43      35
Disapprove           17      16      17      15      18      17      18
DK/NA                40      42      46      48      45      40      46
 
 
24. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        8%    13%     6%     7%     8%     8%     8%     6%
Smwht satisfied      52     66     41     54     56     48     53     49
Smwht dissatisfied   29     17     40     27     27     30     28     32
Very dissatisfied    11      3     12     12      8     14     10     13
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      -      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*High also 68% Jun 2011)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  Jul 17  May 15  Mar 27  Feb 20  Sep 14  Feb 20
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013
 
Very satisfied        8       8       8       7       8      13       8
Smwht satisfied      52      54      54      57      50      55      50
Smwht dissatisfied   29      26      26      25      29      24      29
Very dissatisfied    11      11      11      10      12       7      12
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       1       1
 
 
34. Would you say that Bob McDonnell is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  42%    69%    25%    40%    43%    41%    46%    27%
No                   41     18     55     44     43     39     39     54
DK/NA                17     14     20     16     14     20     15     19
 
TREND: Would you say that Bob McDonnell is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Aug 22  Jul 17
                     2013    2013
 
Yes                  42      44
No                   41      36
DK/NA                17      21
 
 
37. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that many of the guns used in crimes in New York City come from Virginia. Which comes closer to your point of view, the Virginia legislature should try to address this issue or Mayor Bloomberg should not get involved in Virginia issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
VA leg. shld address 43%    22%    67%    38%    37%    48%    40%    55%
Bloombrg not invlved 52     74     29     57     57     48     56     38
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      4      4      6
 
                     Gun
                     HsHld
 
VA leg. shld address 33%
Bloombrg not invlved 64
DK/NA                 3
 
 

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