June 12, 2008 - New York Voters Back Gov On Gay Marriage, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Paterson Approval Up, But Bloomberg Leads Gov Race

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New York State voters support 53 - 40 percent Gov. David Paterson's order to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But voters say 55 - 30 percent that this issue should have been decided by the State Legislature, not the Governor.

Democrats support the Governor's gay marriage order 64 - 30 percent, as do independent voters 56 - 37 percent, while Republicans oppose it 57 - 37 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

When New York State voters are given three choices on the gay marriage union:
  • 42 percent say same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry;
  • 31 percent say these couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not marry;
  • 21 percent say there should be no legal recognition of same-sex unions.
There is a significant gender split, with 48 percent of women and 34 percent of men supporting same-sex marriage. A total of 63 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independent voters support either same-sex marriage or civil unions.

"Who says people have to be consistent? Most New Yorkers think the State Legislature - not Gov. David Paterson - should call the shots on gay marriage. But they approve of Paterson's order recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"On the fundamental issue, a plurality would okay gay marriage. And a big majority would support some form of recognition, either marriage or civil union."

New York State voters approve 56 - 17 percent of the job Gov. Paterson is doing and say 67 - 20 percent that he will be able to govern effectively. Voters also say 51 - 34 percent that Paterson will be able to restore trust and confidence in state government.

This compares to a 50 - 10 percent approval rating, with 39 percent undecided, in an April 17 Quinnipiac University poll, one month after Gov. Paterson took office.

But when New York voters are asked who they want to see elected Governor in 2010:
  • 30 percent name New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
  • 26 percent name former New York city Mayor Rudolph Giuliani;
  • 23 percent want Gov. Paterson reelected;
  • 15 percent want State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Bloomberg is off 2 points in this matchup since the April 17 survey, while Paterson is up 6 points.

"After a rocky period, Gov. Paterson's job approval has moved up. Most New Yorkers think he'll be an effective governor and can work well with the Legislature," Carroll said.

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg's private polls are said to favor a run for Governor. The Quinnipiac University numbers say so, too. He leads overall among the four choices we offered. But Rudolph Giuliani beats him among Republicans."

In this year's election cycle, voters say 51 - 35 percent that they would like to see Democrats take control of the State Senate, the only arm of state government still in Republican hands. Republicans want to keep control of the Senate 76 - 10 percent, while Democrats want to take over 86 - 7 percent and independent voters split 39 - 39 percent.

New York State voters support 63 - 34 percent recent action to increase cigarette taxes, making New York's cigarette tax the highest in the nation. Even Republicans support this tax hike, 52 - 45 percent.

A total of 59 percent of voters say the higher taxes will be "very effective" or "somewhat effective" in discouraging young people from starting to smoke, while 41 percent say the taxes will be "not too effective" or "not effective at all.

From June 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,388 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

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

For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 56%     51%     64%     53%     58%     54%     55%     66%
Disapprove              17      26      10      15      20      14      19      12
DK/NA                   27      23      27      31      22      32      27      22
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 61%     55%     56%     56%     55%     60%     54%
Disapprove              21      20      20      15      12      16      17
DK/NA                   18      25      23      29      33      24      29
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17
                        2008    2008
 
Approve                 56      50
Disapprove              17      10
DK/NA                   27      39
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 66%     43%     87%     63%     58%     73%     62%     80%
Disapprove              28      51       9      32      37      21      33       8
DK/NA                    5       6       4       5       5       5       5      11
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 61%     60%     60%     76%     63%     71%     63%
Disapprove              32      36      35      18      32      25      31
DK/NA                    7       5       5       5       6       3       6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Dec 14  Feb 14
                        2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2006    2001
 
Approve                 66      62      64      64      65      72      38
Disapprove              28      31      29      29      30      23      30
DK/NA                    5       8       7       7       5       5      33
 
 
9. 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
 
Approve                 66%     52%     77%     67%     64%     68%     64%     69%
Disapprove              21      34      10      20      28      14      21      18
DK/NA                   14      14      13      13       8      18      14      13
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 53%     62%     61%     72%     66%     62%     68%
Disapprove              22      21      21      16      25      22      20
DK/NA                   24      16      18      11       9      16      12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? * also 69% on 10/02/01
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  Oct 2   Dec 8   Apr 15
                        2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2004*   1999
 
Approve                 66      65      66      59      63      69      51
Disapprove              21      18      18      22      20      16      22
DK/NA                   14      17      16      19      17      15      28
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 29%     27%     33%     29%     27%     30%     28%     36%
Disapprove              55      57      50      60      63      49      57      49
DK/NA                   16      16      18      11      10      21      15      14
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 25%     28%     27%     33%     25%     36%     25%
Disapprove              60      59      59      52      52      53      56
DK/NA                   14      14      14      15      22      11      18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                                 Highest Lowest
                                                                 Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17   Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4   Aug 11
                        2008    2008     2007    2007    2007    2007    2004
 
Approve                 29      32       30      32      31      34      26
Disapprove              55      51       52      49      49      43      57
DK/NA                   16      17       18      19      20      23      16
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 30%     37%     29%     29%     33%     28%     30%     39%
Disapprove              13      14      10      14      14      12      14       8
DK/NA                   57      49      61      57      53      60      57      53
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 33%     32%     32%     28%     31%     33%     30%
Disapprove              14      15      15       9      15      16      12
DK/NA                   54      53      53      63      54      52      59
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Apr 4
                        2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007
 
Approve                 30      27      30      34      25      24
Disapprove              13      16      12      15      14      13
DK/NA                   57      57      58      51      61      63
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 69%     63%     73%     73%     71%     67%     69%     73%
Disapprove              15      20      11      13      15      14      15      13
DK/NA                   17      18      17      14      14      19      16      14
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 67%     69%     68%     68%     70%     63%     73%
Disapprove              17      16      16      14      14      18      13
DK/NA                   17      15      16      18      16      18      15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 12  Feb 13
                        2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2008    2007
 
Approve                 69      65      59      62      68      69      42
Disapprove              15      13      12      17      19      15      16
DK/NA                   17      21      30      21      14      17      42
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 32%     30%     38%     32%     30%     34%     27%     43%
Disapprove              31      37      23      34      42      22      37      14
DK/NA                   37      34      39      35      28      44      35      43
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 24%     26%     25%     42%     30%     36%     30%
Disapprove              29      37      35      26      30      23      36
DK/NA                   47      38      39      32      40      41      34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Oct 2   Jul 31  Jun 19  Oct 2   Aug 11
                        2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2003    2004
 
Approve                 32      34      29      33      29      35      26
Disapprove              31      31      35      35      33      26      33
DK/NA                   37      35      36      32      37      39      41
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 37%     50%     31%     39%     38%     37%     36%     43%
Disapprove              34      29      34      37      42      28      37      32
DK/NA                   28      21      35      24      20      35      28      25
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 38%     40%     39%     38%     32%     42%     36%
Disapprove              32      35      34      36      32      28      37
DK/NA                   30      26      27      26      36      30      27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                                                                 Highest Lowest
                                                                 Approve Approve
                        Jun 12  Apr 17   Dec 12  Oct 2   Jul 31  Apr 17  Feb 13
                        2008    2008     2007    2007    2007    2008    2007
 
Approve                 37      40       26      30      33      40      25
Disapprove              34      32       36      39      40      32      39
DK/NA                   28      28       39      32      27      28      36
 
 
16. Now I'm going to name four people who might run for Governor in 2010. After I read all four names, please tell me which one you would most like to see elected Governor in 2010. Here are the choices: Governor David Paterson, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Paterson                23%     15%     33%     16%     21%     25%     19%     40%
Cuomo                   15      10      20      13      13      17      15      16
Bloomberg               30      26      31      36      33      28      28      34
Giuliani                26      46      12      28      28      25      32       7
DK/NA                    6       3       5       7       6       6       6       3
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Paterson                34%     23%     25%     24%     17%     26%     21%
Cuomo                   18      17      17      14      13      11      18
Bloomberg               12      15      14      44      40      32      29
Giuliani                27      37      35      16      26      28      26
DK/NA                   10       9       9       2       5       4       6
 
TREND: Now I'm going to name four people who might run for Governor in 2010. After I read all four names, please tell me which one you would most like to see elected Governor in 2010. Here are the choices: Governor David Paterson, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 20
                        2008    2008    2008
 
Paterson                23      17      27
Cuomo                   15      13      11
Bloomberg               30      32      29
Giuliani                26      30      25
DK/NA                    6       7       8
 
 
17. 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     Wht     Blk
 
Very satisfied           3%      3%      4%      3%      5%      2%      2%      6%
Smwht satisfied         37      33      43      34      34      39      38      37
Smwht dissatisfied      34      36      30      40      35      34      34      37
Very dissatisfied       25      26      22      22      25      25      25      20
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Very satisfied           1%      1%      1%      5%      3%      4%      2%
Smwht satisfied         30      29      29      46      36      41      35
Smwht dissatisfied      32      36      35      29      41      32      36
Very dissatisfied       37      33      34      19      18      22      27
DK/NA                    -       1       1       1       2       -       1
 
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?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 24  Dec 12  May 17  Mar 29  Jan 20
                        2008    2008    2008    2007    2006    2006    2006
 
Very satisfied           3       3       3       5       3       3       5
Somewhat satisfied      37      38      34      44      36      42      41
Somewhat dissatisfied   34      33      37      33      35      34      32
Very dissatisfied       25      24      23      18      26      20      21
DK/NA                    1       2       2       1       -       1       1
 
 
18. As you may know, Democrats hold all statewide offices and control the Assembly, while Republicans control the State Senate. Would you like to see the State Senate stay Republican controlled or would you like to see the Democrats take control of the State Senate?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Republican              35%     76%      7%     39%     46%     25%     41%     16%
Democrat                51      10      86      39      41      59      44      72
DK/NA                   14      14       6      22      13      15      15      12
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Republican              29%     38%     37%     27%     44%     32%     37%
Democrat                54      44      46      62      43      58      47
DK/NA                   16      17      17      11      14      10      16
 
 
26. Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as - Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Excellent                -       1%      -       -       1%      -       -       2%
Good                    21      19      21      24      25      18      21      22
Not so good             48      52      50      47      41      55      50      53
Poor                    28      26      27      26      30      26      27      23
DK/NA                    3       1       2       3       3       2       3       -
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Excellent                -       -       -       1%      -       1%      -
Good                    15      14      14      29      22      27      18
Not so good             51      46      47      46      54      46      50
Poor                    33      38      37      20      21      24      30
DK/NA                    -       1       1       4       2       2       2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days a - Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 29  Oct 2   Feb 12  Dec 18  Sep 26
                        2008    2008    2006    2003    2003    2002    2002
 
Excellent                -       1       2       1       1       1       1
Good                    21      20      35      18      19      25      29
Not so good             48      53      40      47      47      51      47
Poor                    28      25      22      33      33      23      19
DK/NA                    3       1       2       1       -       1       3
 
 
27. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York State will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Get better              14%     16%     15%      9%     12%     15%     11%     30%
Get worse               46      43      44      51      49      44      45      38
Stay the same           36      38      36      36      36      35      39      31
DK/NA                    4       3       5       4       3       5       5       1
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Get better              15%     10%     11%     17%     14%     14%     14%
Get worse               37      52      49      43      47      47      47
Stay the same           46      35      37      35      33      36      35
DK/NA                    2       3       3       5       6       4       4
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New York State will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                        Jun 12  Mar 29  Oct 2   Sep 26  Jan 23  Nov 15
                        2008    2006    2003    2002    2002    2001
 
Get better              14      15      28      32      42      36
Get worse               46      24      22      19      13      22
Stay the same           36      58      47      42      42      37
DK/NA                    4       4       3       8       3       4
 
 
31. Compared to elected officials in other states, do you think that New York's elected officials have more honesty and integrity, less honesty and integrity, or about as much honesty and integrity?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
More                     6%      4%      7%      5%      6%      5%      4%     12%
Less                    23      27      19      20      27      19      21      21
About as much           67      67      69      70      62      72      69      63
DK/NA                    5       2       5       5       6       3       5       3
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
More                     2%      4%      3%     10%      3%      7%      5%
Less                    28      26      26      22      17      24      23
About as much           64      66      65      64      77      68      67
DK/NA                    7       5       5       4       4       1       6
 
TREND: Compared to elected officials in other states, do you think that New York's elected officials have more honesty and integrity, less honesty and integrity, or about as much honesty and integrity?
                        Jun 12  Mar 20  Oct 2   Nov 6
                        2008    2008    2007    2003
 
More                     6       5       9       9
Less                    23      20      11      17
About as much           67      68      75      70
DK/NA                    5       7       5       5
 
 
32. Do you think Eliot Spitzer should be charged with a crime or is resigning as Governor punishment enough?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Charged with crime      39%     53%     30%     38%     40%     37%     41%     27%
Resigning enough        55      42      65      55      54      56      52      72
DK/NA                    6       6       5       7       6       7       7       1
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Charged with crime      40%     44%     43%     35%     37%     45%     36%
Resigning enough        59      50      51      59      56      52      57
DK/NA                    2       7       6       7       7       4       7
 
TREND: Do you think Eliot Spitzer should be charged with a crime or is resigning as Governor punishment enough?
                        Jun 12  Mar 20
                        2008    2008
 
Charged with crime      39      48
Resigning is enough     55      40
DK/NA                    6      11
 
 
33. Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to govern the state effectively?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Effectively             67%     60%     78%     66%     64%     71%     65%     81%
NOT Effectively         20      28      11      19      24      16      21      13
DK/NA                   13      12      10      15      12      13      15       6
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Effectively             68%     66%     66%     73%     61%     71%     67%
NOT Effectively         17      19      19      19      23      22      18
DK/NA                   15      15      15       8      16       8      15
 
TREND: Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to govern the state effectively?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 20
                        2008    2008    2008
 
Effectively             67      62      75
Not effectively         20      15       6
DK/NA                   13      23      19
 
 
34. Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to restore public trust in state government?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Will restore trust      51%     48%     61%     48%     44%     57%     48%     76%
Will not restore trust  34      39      25      36      42      28      35      19
DK/NA                   14      13      14      16      14      15      17       5
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Will restore trust      50%     48%     48%     59%     45%     54%     50%
Will not restore trust  32      37      36      29      39      38      32
DK/NA                   18      15      16      12      16       8      18
 
TREND: Do you think that Governor David Paterson will or will not be able to restore public trust in state government?
                        Jun 12  Apr 17  Mar 20
                        2008    2008    2008
 
Will restore trust      51      55      67
Will not                34      27      15
DK/NA                   14      18      18
 
 
35. Do you think that Governor Paterson and the state legislature will be able to work together to get things done for the people of New York State?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Yes                     69%     65%     78%     63%     61%     75%     64%     88%
No                      21      27      11      25      30      13      25       7
DK/NA                   11       7      11      12       9      12      11       5
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Yes                     69%     63%     64%     77%     66%     72%     67%
No                      16      27      25      15      21      19      21
DK/NA                   15      11      12       8      13       9      12
 
 
36. How much have you heard or read about an investigation by the Attorney General's office into improper state police investigations of New York legislators? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
A lot                   17%     18%     12%     20%     25%     10%     17%     11%
Some                    36      38      38      37      34      38      39      36
Not much                26      27      29      26      21      31      25      36
Nothing at all          19      17      19      16      19      20      17      17
DK/NA                    1       -       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
A lot                   19%     19%     19%     16%     15%     12%     20%
Some                    34      40      39      32      38      33      40
Not much                25      23      23      31      24      29      24
Nothing at all          19      18      18      20      22      25      15
DK/NA                    2       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
37. How much have you heard or read about Governor Paterson's proposed budget cuts for next year - A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
A lot                   10%     11%     10%     10%     13%      8%      9%     10%
Some                    36      33      37      36      35      37      41      27
Not much                31      35      28      32      30      31      29      33
Nothing at all          23      21      25      20      21      24      20      30
DK/NA                    1       -       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
A lot                   16%     12%     12%      9%      6%     11%     10%
Some                    43      42      42      34      28      31      40
Not much                24      29      28      32      34      32      30
Nothing at all          17      17      17      24      31      27      20
DK/NA                    -       1       1       1       1       -       1
 
 
38. (Heard "a lot" or "some" q37) Do you approve or disapprove of these budget cuts?
                        HEARD A LOT OR SOME Q37....................
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom
 
Approve                 46%     46%     35%     60%     58%     35%
Disapprove              36      43      40      24      29      42
DK/NA                   19      12      25      16      13      23
 
                        UpState                 Age     Age
                        Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 52%     38%     42%     46%     46%
Disapprove              29      46      37      39      34
DK/NA                   19      17      20      14      20
 
 
39. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Marry                   42%     28%     54%     41%     34%     48%     42%     34%
Civil unions            31      35      26      34      34      28      32      34
No recognition          21      33      14      19      26      16      21      25
DK/NA                    6       4       6       7       5       7       6       7
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Marry                   42%     35%     37%     47%     43%     56%     33%
Civil unions            30      33      33      28      33      28      33
No recognition          23      26      25      17      18      11      26
DK/NA                    6       6       6       7       6       4       7
 
TREND: Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                        Jun 12  Dec 12  Jun 19
                        2008    2007    2007
 
Marry                   42      40      35
Civil unions            31      29      35
No recognition          21      23      22
DK/NA                    6       8       8
 
 
40. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Paterson's order to state agencies to recognize same sex marriages performed outside New York?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Approve                 53%     37%     64%     56%     44%     60%     54%     47%
Disapprove              40      57      30      37      50      32      40      41
DK/NA                    7       6       6       7       6       8       6      11
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Approve                 53%     48%     49%     55%     56%     65%     46%
Disapprove              37      45      44      40      35      30      48
DK/NA                   10       6       7       6       8       5       7
 
 
41. Do you think the Governor should have decided this issue or do you think this issue should have been decided by the state legislature?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Governor                30%     18%     41%     30%     25%     34%     29%     28%
Legislature             55      70      46      56      59      51      55      58
DK/NA                   15      13      14      14      16      15      16      14
 
                        UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Governor                28%     27%     27%     35%     27%     36%     26%
Legislature             54      56      56      51      59      50      59
DK/NA                   18      17      17      14      14      14      16
 
 
42. New York State recently increased cigarette taxes an additional $1.25, making New York State's cigarette tax the highest in the country. The average price of a pack of cigarettes in the state will exceed $7 and in New York City could exceed $10. The tax increase is expected to bring in $265 million dollars a year. Do you support or oppose this cigarette tax increase?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Support                 63%     52%     70%     66%     60%     65%     61%     75%
Oppose                  34      45      28      32      37      31      36      22
DK/NA                    3       3       2       3       2       4       3       3
 
                                UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Smokers Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
                                
Support                 24%     57%     56%     56%     69%     66%     64%     63%
Oppose                  75      38      41      40      28      31      34      34
DK/NA                    -       5       3       3       3       3       2       3
 
 
43. How effective do you think a one dollar and twenty-five cent increase in the cigarette tax will be in reducing smoking among current smokers? Very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Very effective          10%     10%     12%      9%     10%     10%      8%     18%
Smwht effective         42      38      46      42      42      42      43      40
Not too effective       25      27      20      30      27      23      27      19
Not effective at all    22      24      20      18      20      23      20      21
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
                                UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Smokers Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
                                
Very effective          12%      6%      8%      7%     15%      7%     13%      9%
Smwht effective         32      45      43      44      42      40      40      44
Not too effective       17      22      29      27      22      25      26      24
Not effective at all    38      27      20      21      20      25      20      22
DK/NA                    1       -       1       1       1       2       -       1
 
 
44. How effective do you think a one dollar and twenty-five cent increase in the cigarette tax will be in discouraging young people from starting to smoke? Very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Wht     Blk
 
Very effective          18%     20%     19%     16%     18%     17%     16%     20%
Smwht effective         41      44      39      44      40      41      45      36
Not too effective       21      19      23      22      21      21      22      20
Not effective at all    20      17      18      18      20      19      17      23
DK/NA                    1       -       1       -       1       1       1       1
 
                                UpState.....    UpState                 Age     Age
                        Smokers Urban   Othr    Total   NYC     Sub     18-44   45+
 
Very effective          25%     22%     17%     18%     21%     12%     17%     18%
Smwht effective         26      38      44      43      37      42      39      43
Not too effective       19      20      20      20      21      24      23      19
Not effective at all    30      20      18      18      20      21      21      19
DK/NA                    1       -       1       1       1       1       -       1