July 28, 2010 - Politics Thwarts Att'y General In Fighting Corruption, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Dems Have No Clue Of Attorney General Candidates

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Only 30 percent of New York State voters say giving the next Attorney General more power to fight corruption in state government would be effective, while 54 percent say political considerations would prevent the Attorney General from using this power to clean up Albany, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In fact, 51 percent of New York State voters say the Attorney General already has the right amount of power to fight Albany corruption, while 32 percent say more power is needed, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Incumbent Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been "about right" fighting corruption, 49 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say he has not been aggressive enough. Independent voters split 43 - 43 percent on whether Cuomo has been too aggressive or about right fighting corruption.

Cuomo still has a 69 - 17 percent approval rating and tops either Republican contender more than 2 - 1 in the race for Governor:
  • Beating Rick Lazio 56 - 26 percent;
  • Topping Carl Paladino 55 - 25 percent.
Lazio leads Paladino in a Republican primary 39 - 23 percent, with 33 percent undecided.

"It's all coming up roses for Cuomo. While he gets OK grades for battling corruption, his overall job approval rating is still stratospheric. And he continues to trounce either of the Republican wannabes, Rick Lazio or Carl Paladino," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

New York State government is dysfunctional, voters say 75 - 20 percent, and voters say 53 - 35 percent their own state senator should be swept out of office in a general house-cleaning. By a similar 49 - 33 percent margin, voters say their State Assembly member should go, also.

New York State voters approve 48 - 26 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, inching her up to her highest approval rating ever.

Sen. Gillibrand leads either of her two Republican challengers:
  • 48 - 27 percent over Bruce Blakeman;
  • 49 - 24 percent over David Malpass.
In a Republican primary, Blakeman tops Malpass 19 - 12 percent, but 62 percent are undecided.

The Democratic primary for Attorney General is even more uncertain: When asked if they knew who they would vote for, with no names offered, 81 percent of Democrats said, "no." Only three percent could name any of the five candidates while 9 percent offered names of people whose names will not appear on the September 14 Democratic primary ballot.

When Democrats are offered the names of the five contenders for Attorney General, 11 percent pick Kathleen Rice, with no one else topping 5 percent and 73 percent undecided.

"Suppose they gave a primary and nobody came. Believe it or not, the polls will be open September 14, but most New Yorkers - Democrats and Republicans alike - don't seem to be following the primary races for Governor, Attorney General or U.S. Senator," Carroll said.

"On the Republican side, Rick Lazio leads Carl Paladino but one-third of voters don't know who they'll pick for governor. In the Republican Senate race, almost two-thirds are undecided," Carroll said.

"On the Democratic side, four out of five voters can't name a choice for Attorney General. When Quinnipiac University pollsters give them the five candidates' names, only Kathleen Rice edges into double digits - barely."

From July 20 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. The survey includes 380 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points and 441 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide 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 2010 Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
 
Lazio                39%
Paladino             23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                33
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS.......
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Lazio                39      46      34
Levy                 na      na      11
Paladino             23      17      11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4       5       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       4       2
DK/NA                33      28      40
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
 
Malpass              12%
Blakeman             19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4
DK/NA                62
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
                     Jul 28  Jun 22
                     2010    2010
 
Malpass              12      11
Blakeman             19      14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                62      67
 
 
3. (If registered Democrat) As you may know, there is a Democratic primary for State Attorney General in New York this year. Do you know who you will vote for? (If YES) Who?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
 
No/don't know        81%
Yes/Eric Schneiderman -
Yes/Kathleen Rice     2
Yes/Richard Brodsky   -
Yes/Eric Dinallo      1
Yes/Sean Coffey       -
Yes/any other name    9
WLDN'T VOTE           2
Refused               6
 
 
4. (If registered Democrat) The five candidates in the Democratic primary for State Attorney General are Eric Schneiderman, Kathleen Rice, Richard Brodsky, Eric Dinallo, and Sean Coffey. If the Democratic primary for State Attorney General were being held today, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
 
Schneiderman          4%
Rice                 11
Brodsky               5
Dinallo               2
Coffey                3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3
DK/NA                73
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rick Lazio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                56%    18%    86%    49%    52%    59%
Lazio                26     70      6     23     29     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      -      4      2      1
DK/NA                14     11      8     21     15     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Cuomo                48%    69%    48%
Lazio                30     15     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1
DK/NA                18     12     12
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rick Lazio the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Oct 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Cuomo                56      58      55      57      62      61
Lazio                26      26      26      25      22      22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       2       1       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                14      13      15      11      14      13
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Carl Paladino the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                55%    21%    85%    47%    54%    57%
Paladino             25     63      6     23     28     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      4      2      2
DK/NA                16     15      9     23     14     19
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Cuomo                44%    70%    52%
Paladino             34     12     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -
DK/NA                19     13     17
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Carl Paladino the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Cuomo                55      59      60
Paladino             25      23      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2
DK/NA                16      15      14
 
 
7. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and Bruce Blakeman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Gillibrand           48%    16%    78%    37%    46%    50%
Blakeman             27     63      6     28     31     23
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      5      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                21     18     15     29     18     24
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Gillibrand           45%    58%    38%
Blakeman             30     17     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      1
DK/NA                23     17     25
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and Bruce Blakeman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Gillibrand           48      46      47      44
Blakeman             27      26      25      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       3       2
DK/NA                21      26      24      26
 
 
8. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and David Malpass the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Gillibrand           49%    18%    79%    37%    48%    50%
Malpass              24     62      4     24     28     21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      5      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      -      1      2      1
DK/NA                23     17     17     32     20     27
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Gillibrand           45%    60%    37%
Malpass              29     14     32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      5      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      -
DK/NA                25     18     30
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat and David Malpass the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Jul 28  Jun 22
                     2010    2010
 
Gillibrand           49      47
Malpass              24      25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                23      25
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    23%    33%    33%    37%    26%
Disapprove           57     72     54     54     52     60
DK/NA                12      5     13     12     10     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              31%    36%    25%
Disapprove           58     51     64
DK/NA                12     13     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling his job as Governor? (*Low also 21% Mar 2010)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Mar 10  Aug 6   Mar 10  Apr 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2008    2010*   2010
 
Approve              31      29      25      21      64      21      25
Disapprove           57      62      65      61      14      61      65
DK/NA                12       9      10      17      22      17      10
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    26%    67%    40%    43%    52%
Disapprove           26     48     11     28     33     19
DK/NA                26     26     22     32     24     28
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Jul 28  Feb 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009
 
Approve              48      44      47      42      40      48      28
Disapprove           26      27      25      28      21      26      10
DK/NA                26      29      29      31      39      26      62
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              55%    32%    74%    48%    55%    55%
Disapprove           33     59     15     36     39     27
DK/NA                12      9     11     15      6     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High app also 69% Oct 2001)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 8   Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2004*   1999    2010
 
Approve              55      60      61      58      69      51      55
Disapprove           33      28      26      30      16      22      33
DK/NA                12      12      13      12      15      28      12
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              16%     9%    27%    11%    13%    19%
Disapprove           74     84     62     78     80     69
DK/NA                10      7     10     11      7     12
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              12%    23%    13%
Disapprove           80     67     74
DK/NA                 8     10     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? (*Low app also 16% Jun 2010 & Feb 2010)
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Feb 3   Apr 4   Jul 28  Jun 23
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2007    2010*   2010
 
Approve              16      16      21      16      34      16      16
Disapprove           74      76      68      71      43      74      76
DK/NA                10       7      10      13      23      10       7
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              69%    50%    85%    66%    69%    70%
Disapprove           17     36      6     16     19     15
DK/NA                14     14      9     18     12     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              66%    75%    67%
Disapprove           19     14     18
DK/NA                16     12     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jul 28  Jun 22  Apr 13  Mar 3   Feb 17  Feb 13  Jul 31
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2007    2007
 
Approve              69      72      74      70      76      42      68
Disapprove           17      16      14      16      11      16      19
DK/NA                14      12      12      14      13      42      14
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              26%    23%    37%    17%    23%    29%
Disapprove           44     48     34     51     57     33
DK/NA                30     29     29     32     20     38
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              24%    33%    17%
Disapprove           45     42     46
DK/NA                31     25     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Apr 6   Feb 17  Dec 24  Apr 14
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2008    2010
 
Approve              26      26      25      28      30      38      25
Disapprove           44      39      40      36      33      34      40
DK/NA                30      34      35      36      37      38      35
 
 
16. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     4%     2%     4%     1%
Smwht satisfied      20     13     29     19     18     22
Smwht dissatisfied   32     29     38     25     29     35
Very dissatisfied    45     57     28     53     49     41
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Very satisfied        1%     5%     1%
Smwht satisfied      11     28     24
Smwht dissatisfied   28     38     29
Very dissatisfied    59     29     45
DK/NA                 -      -      -
 
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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Feb 3   Dec 16  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       1       2       2       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      20      18      20      24      22      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   32      33      32      35      37      20      33
Very dissatisfied    45      47      46      39      38       7      47
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
17. Which comes closer to your view about your state Senator - A) there are a lot of problems in Albany but your state Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or B) almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your state Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Deserves reelection  35%    20%    50%    28%    29%    39%
Shld be thrown out   53     71     38     59     62     45
DK/NA                13      9     12     13      9     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Deserves reelection  29%    40%    36%
Shld be thrown out   59     47     51
DK/NA                12     13     13
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Senator - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your State Senator?
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14  Dec 16  Aug 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Deserves reelection  35      36      39      41      40
Shld be thrown out   53      51      50      46      49
DK/NA                13      13      11      13      11
 
 
18. Which comes closer to your view about your State Assembly member - A) there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Assembly member has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or B) almost everyone in the State Assembly should be thrown out including your State Assembly member?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Deserves reelection  33%    24%    48%    23%    28%    38%
Shld be thrown out   49     62     32     60     58     42
DK/NA                17     14     20     17     14     20
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Deserves reelection  31%    41%    26%
Shld be thrown out   55     43     51
DK/NA                14     16     23
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Assembly member - there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Assembly member has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Assembly should be thrown out including your State Assembly member?
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Deserves reelection  33      34      35
Shld be thrown out   49      50      48
DK/NA                17      16      17
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling - the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    22%    33%    34%    41%    23%
Disapprove           59     71     56     55     51     66
DK/NA                10      7     11     11      8     11
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Approve              33%    35%    24%
Disapprove           59     56     64
DK/NA                 8      9     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way David Paterson is handling the state budget? (*handled the state budget)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 28  Feb 4   Aug 18  Apr 6   Feb 18  Apr 17  Apr 6
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2008*   2009
 
Approve              31      33      25      19      36      52      19
Disapprove           59      57      61      70      45      18      70
DK/NA                10      10      15      11      19      29      11
 
 
20. Some people have said that New York State government is dysfunctional. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Agree                75%    83%    66%    81%    79%    72%
Disagree             20     14     31     14     18     23
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      3      5
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Agree                84%    63%    80%
Disagree             12     33     16
DK/NA                 4      4      5
 
TREND: Some people have said that New York state government is dysfunctional. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Jul 28  Jun 23  Dec 16  Aug 18  Jun 22  Apr 7
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Agree                75      83      76      77      78      71
Disagree             20      14      19      19      18      23
DK/NA                 4       3       5       3       4       6
 
 
21. When it comes to prosecuting corruption in state government, do you think the New York State Attorney General should have more power, less power, or has the right amount of power?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More power           32%    29%    33%    34%    34%    30%
Less power            7     11      4      8     10      5
Has right amount     51     49     54     50     48     53
DK/NA                10     11      9      9      8     12
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
More power           31%    36%    29%
Less power            8      5      9
Has right amount     51     51     50
DK/NA                10      9     12
 
 
22. If the New York State Attorney General had more power to prosecute corruption, do you think this would help clean up state government or do you think political considerations would prevent the Attorney General from using this new power?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Help clean up        30%    23%    35%    30%    29%    31%
Prevented from use   54     63     45     56     58     50
DK/NA                16     13     20     14     13     19
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Help clean up        26%    37%    26%
Prevented from use   58     48     55
DK/NA                16     16     19
 
 
23. When it comes to fighting corruption in Albany, do you think Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been too aggressive, not aggressive enough, or about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Too aggressive        3%     3%     3%     2%     3%     2%
Not enough           38     46     26     43     39     37
About right          49     41     61     43     50     48
DK/NA                11     10     10     12      8     14
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
 
Too aggressive        1%     3%     4%
Not enough           39     34     41
About right          49     51     43
DK/NA                11     11     12