June 1, 2011 - New Yorkers, Even GOP, Like Everything About Cuomo, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Approve Of Obama And Say 2-1 Four More Years

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New York State voters approve 61 - 18 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing and by almost identical margins they like him personally and like most of his policies, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Even Republicans approve 59 - 22 percent.

No matter what they think of his policies, voters say 61 - 13 percent, including 59 - 19 percent among Republicans, that they like Gov. Cuomo as a person, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. And no matter what they think of him as a person, voters say 61 - 23 percent, including 61 - 29 percent among Republicans, that they like most of his policies. Looking at other measures of Cuomo's success:
  • Voters approve 57 - 30 percent of the way he is handling the state budget;
  • Voters say 61 - 21 percent that Cuomo has been successful getting his policies passed by the State Legislature;
  • Cuomo has been accessible enough to the news media, voters say 52 - 38 percent.
Cuomo is doing the right thing traveling the state to build public support for his proposals, 64 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say he should stay in Albany and work with legislators.

"Talk about a clean sweep! There's not a single negative number for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He even gets a positive score, almost 2-1, on that bugaboo that haunts most elected officials, the budget," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers like him personally and they like his policies. Voters even say 40 - 32 percent that Gov. Cuomo has broken with Albany's time-honored decision making by 'three men in a room' and opened up the process to other legislators."

"Did he win in the Legislature? Big. Are his travels with power-point messages a good thing? You bet. Only on accessibility is there a smidgin of negativity," Carroll added.

New York State voters approve 42 - 39 percent of the job their local State Assembly member is doing and approve 51 - 34 percent of the job their state senator is doing.

Voters still disapprove 62 - 25 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing.

"The good feeling about Cuomo may be spilling over to other Albany players," Carroll said. "Overall the Legislature's job-approval marks are lousy, as usual. But New Yorkers like their own Assembly member and state senator." Obama, Gillibrand Approval

New York State voters approve 60 - 35 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his highest score since February 19, 2009, one month after inauguration. Independent voters split 47 - 47 percent, while Democrats approve 89 - 7 percent and Republicans disapprove 76 - 19 percent.

Looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election, voters say 57 - 36 percent that President Obama deserves reelection and pick him 55 - 27 percent over an unnamed Republican opponent.

"This deep-blue state always has given President Barack Obama positive marks. Now he's back in that 60-percent range. New Yorkers also say that he deserves reelection and that they'd vote for him in 2012."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 53 - 22 percent approval rating, near her 54 - 20 percent all-time high in a February 23 survey.

Voters approve 60 - 28 percent of the job Sen. Charles Schumer is doing.

From May 24 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,257 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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 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. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              61%    59%    66%    57%    62%    60%    64%    49%
Disapprove           18     22     18     15     20     16     17     31
DK/NA                21     19     17     28     18     24     19     20
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              63%    57%    65%    61%
Disapprove           18     21     12     23
DK/NA                18     22     23     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              61      64      56
Disapprove           18      16      15
DK/NA                21      21      29
 
 
2. 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              60%    44%    75%    49%    61%    59%
Disapprove           28     49     13     35     30     26
DK/NA                12      7     11     16      8     15
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              57%    66%    55%    66%
Disapprove           31     21     36     26
DK/NA                12     13      9      8
 
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
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Dec 08  Apr 15  Jul 28
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2004*   1999    2010
 
Approve              60      55      60      57      69      51      55
Disapprove           28      32      26      24      16      22      33
DK/NA                12      13      14      18      15      28      12
 
 
3. 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              53%    44%    62%    43%    52%    53%
Disapprove           22     35     12     28     25     19
DK/NA                25     22     25     28     23     27
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              55%    50%    54%    54%
Disapprove           23     21     22     22
DK/NA                22     30     23     24
                    
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Sep 01  Feb 23  Feb 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011    2009
 
Approve              53      49      54      48      46      54      28
Disapprove           22      26      20      21      27      20      10
DK/NA                25      26      26      31      27      26      62
 
 
4. 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              60%    19%    89%    47%    58%    61%    50%    93%
Disapprove           35     76      7     47     38     32     46      1
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      4      7      4      6
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    69%    58%    64%
Disapprove           43     26     38     34
DK/NA                 6      5      5      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 27  Dec 08  Feb 19  Dec 08
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              60      54      53      53      48      72      48
Disapprove           35      42      41      40      43      17      43
DK/NA                 5       4       6       7       9      10       9
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              25%    26%    31%    16%    21%    29%
Disapprove           62     66     55     70     71     55
DK/NA                12      8     14     14      8     16
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              23%    25%    30%    21%
Disapprove           65     61     61     67
DK/NA                12     15      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE......   DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Sep 01  Apr 04  Sep 01  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2007    2010    2010
 
Approve              25      29      20      15      34      15      16
Disapprove           62      58      65      75      43      75      76
DK/NA                12      13      15       9      23       9       7
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              42%    50%    44%    34%    41%    43%
Disapprove           39     39     37     41     44     34
DK/NA                19     11     19     25     15     23
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              40%    41%    47%    46%
Disapprove           39     41     35     37
DK/NA                21     18     18     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              42      41      35      55      48      54
Disapprove           39      40      42      22      26      24
DK/NA                19      19      22      15      19      17
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              51%    48%    57%    40%    48%    53%
Disapprove           34     40     27     41     39     29
DK/NA                16     11     16     18     13     18
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              50%    49%    54%    54%
Disapprove           37     33     31     33
DK/NA                13     18     15     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2005    2004    2004
 
Approve              51      49      49      63      54      58
Disapprove           34      36      32      22      27      25
DK/NA                16      15      18      15      19      17
 
 
8. 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%     2%     4%     2%     3%     4%
Smwht satisfied      34     29     46     23     31     38
Smwht dissatisfied   32     31     30     39     34     31
Very dissatisfied    29     38     19     34     32     26
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      2
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        2%     4%     4%     4%
Smwht satisfied      35     36     31     30
Smwht dissatisfied   27     35     38     36
Very dissatisfied    36     24     25     29
DK/NA                 1      2      2      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 08  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       2       2       2       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      34      32      29      26      23      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   32      34      34      37      31      20      33
Very dissatisfied    29      31      33      33      42       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       2       2       1       1       1
 
 
9. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama the Democratic candidate, or for the Republican candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                55%    10%    87%    42%    53%    57%
Republican           27     76      3     29     30     24
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 11     10      5     20     11     12
DK/NA                 7      4      5     10      6      7
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Obama                46%    66%    51%    61%
Republican           33     17     32     22
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 14      9     12      8
DK/NA                 7      7      5      8
 
 
10. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President... 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
 
Yes/Deserves         57%    14%    88%    44%    56%    59%
No/Does not          36     81      8     47     40     33
DK/NA                 6      5      3      9      4      8
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    69%    54%    62%
No/Does not          44     27     39     34
DK/NA                 8      4      7      4
 
 
11. Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 61%    59%    68%    53%    65%    58%
Don't Like           13     19     11     13     14     13
DK/NA                26     23     21     34     22     29
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 62%    58%    64%    64%
Don't Like           11     16     11     15
DK/NA                27     25     25     21
 
 
12. And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 61%    61%    64%    59%    65%    58%
Don't Like           23     29     22     21     23     23
DK/NA                16      9     14     20     11     19
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 64%    58%    63%    58%
Don't Like           22     24     23     28
DK/NA                14     18     13     13
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              57%    62%    55%    57%    62%    52%
Disapprove           30     28     30     31     29     31
DK/NA                13     10     14     13      9     17
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              63%    51%    58%    52%
Disapprove           25     35     29     37
DK/NA                12     14     13     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              57      57      57
Disapprove           30      29      28
DK/NA                13      14      16
 
 
14. In general, do you think Governor Cuomo has been successful in getting his policies passed by the state legislature or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  61%    62%    63%    57%    63%    60%
No                   21     20     18     25     22     20
DK/NA                18     18     18     18     16     21
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Yes                  61%    58%    67%    62%
No                   19     26     15     23
DK/NA                21     16     18     15
 
 
15. Historically, the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker have made all the big decisions in Albany with little input from state legislators. Do you think that with Andrew Cuomo as governor - The three men in a room approach to decision making has continued or other legislators have been more involved in decision making?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
3 men continued      32%    32%    31%    33%    39%    26%
Others involved      40     42     42     38     39     42
DK/NA                28     26     28     30     23     32
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
3 men continued      38%    27%    30%    40%
Others involved      34     45     43     36
DK/NA                28     28     27     24
 
 
16. Do you think Governor Cuomo has been accessible enough to the news media or do you think he should be more accessible to the news media?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Accessible enough    52%    58%    50%    48%    55%    49%
More accessible      38     33     40     43     37     39
DK/NA                10      9     10      9      8     12
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Accessible enough    57%    42%    60%    52%
More accessible      33     49     30     40
DK/NA                10     10     10      7
 
 
17. Governor Cuomo has been traveling around the state to build public support for his legislative proposals. Do you think Cuomo has been doing the right thing by traveling to build public support for his legislative proposals or do you think it would be better if he stayed in Albany and worked with legislators?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Doing right thing    64%    62%    67%    61%    68%    61%
Should stay Albany   28     31     26     31     28     28
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8      4     10
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Doing right thing    68%    58%    69%    61%
Should stay Albany   25     34     25     34
DK/NA                 7      8      6      5