August 10, 2011 - Cuomo Is 'good,' 'competent,' 'trying,' New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Gov Is Better Leader Than Obama, Bloomberg

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"Good," "competent," "trying," "honest" and "OK" top the list when 1,640 New York State voters use one word to describe Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. For example 76 voters say "good," followed by 51 who say "competent" and another 51 who say "trying" as in attempting. These are actual voter counts, not percentages.

Except for "arrogant" at number nine on the list, "liberal," a word that goes either way, at 13 and "disappointed" at 22, the 30 top words are positive. Way down the list, 6 people say "bully" and 5 people say "sleazy," but the words are overwhelmingly positive throughout.

In fact, only one person offered a profanity.

New York State voters approve 62 - 22 percent of the job Gov. Cuomo is doing, compared to 64 - 19 percent in a June 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University. Voters say 64 - 12 percent that they like Cuomo as a person and 61 - 26 percent that they like most of his policies.

Cuomo is a better leader than President Barack Obama, voters say 46 - 38 percent, and is a better leader than New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, voters say 51 - 35 percent. Democrats say the president is a better leader than Cuomo 63 - 22 percent, while Cuomo leads 72 - 12 percent among Republicans and 55 - 28 percent among independent voters.

Bloomberg is a better leader, Republicans say 45 - 40 percent, but Cuomo leads 59 - 29 percent among Democrats and 50 - 36 percent among independent voters. New York City voters salute Cuomo as a better leader 50 - 42 percent.

"We're running out of ways to measure how much New York State voters like Gov. Andrew Cuomo," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers, not known for mincing words, have mostly good words for their governor, who still is in his first year," Carroll added.

"'Honest,' 'competent,' 'effective.' When's the last time you heard voters use those kinds of words to describe a politician?

"Cuomo's job approval holds high at almost two-thirds, and even Republicans like the Democratic governor."

Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie are different rather than similar in their approach to cutting costs and balancing their state budgets, voters say 46 - 17 percent, with 37 percent undecided.

New York State voters say 40 - 29 percent that Cuomo does a better job than Christie cutting costs and balancing his budget. New York Republicans say 49 - 20 percent that Christie does a better job, while Cuomo leads 58 - 12 percent among Democrats. Independent voters split with 34 percent for Christie and 32 percent for Cuomo.

"It's a trifecta! President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie all lose when they're compared to Gov. Cuomo," Carroll said. "He's a better leader than the president or the mayor, New Yorkers think. And he's been better than New Jersey's Republican governor at cutting costs and balancing budgets."

New York State voters disapprove 62 - 27 percent of the job the state legislature is doing. Voters approve 49 - 37 percent of their local State Senator, and split 40 - 43 percent in their approval of their local State Assembly member.

"All that love for Gov. Cuomo doesn't carry over to the State Legislature as a whole, or to individual legislators," Carroll said.

From August 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,640 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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 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
 
Approve              62%    53%    69%    63%    63%    62%
Disapprove           22     33     16     20     24     20
DK/NA                16     14     15     17     13     19
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              61%    62%    65%    58%
Disapprove           22     22     22     28
DK/NA                17     16     14     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              62      64      61      64      56
Disapprove           22      19      18      16      15
DK/NA                16      17      21      21      29
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              27%    22%    35%    22%    25%    28%
Disapprove           62     67     54     66     66     59
DK/NA                11     11     11     12      9     13
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              23%    31%    26%    25%
Disapprove           65     58     65     66
DK/NA                12     11      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE......   
                                                             High    Low     
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Apr 04  Sep 01  
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2010    
                                                             
Approve              27      26      25      29      20      34      15      
Disapprove           62      62      62      58      65      43      75      
DK/NA                11      12      12      13      15      23       9      
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              40%    43%    46%    33%    40%    41%
Disapprove           43     44     34     50     48     38
DK/NA                17     13     20     17     12     21
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              39%    43%    39%    41%
Disapprove           46     37     46     45
DK/NA                16     20     15     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Feb 23  
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011    
                                                                             
Approve              40      45      42      41      35      55      35      
Disapprove           43      38      39      40      42      22      42      
DK/NA                17      17      19      19      22      15      22      
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    47%    57%    40%    45%    52%
Disapprove           37     41     27     45     44     31
DK/NA                14     12     16     15     11     17
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              47%    52%    45%    48%
Disapprove           40     31     42     41
DK/NA                13     17     13     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job? (* Low also 49% Apr 2011, Feb 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Dec 20  Aug 10
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011*
 
Approve              49      54      51      49      49      63      49
Disapprove           37      33      34      36      32      22      37
DK/NA                14      13      16      15      18      15      14
 
 
8. 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              25%    16%    36%    19%    21%    30%
Disapprove           49     58     36     59     59     39
DK/NA                26     26     28     22     20     31
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              21%    34%    19%    25%
Disapprove           52     43     53     52
DK/NA                27     23     28     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker? (*Low also 25% Apr 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Dec 24  Aug 10  
                     2011*   2011    2010    2010    2010    2008    2011*   
                                                                             
Approve              25      29      28      26      26      38      25      
Disapprove           49      43      43      44      39      34      49      
DK/NA                26      28      29      30      34      38      26      
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              23%    23%    24%    20%    22%    23%
Disapprove           40     37     37     46     48     33
DK/NA                37     40     39     34     30     44
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              20%    23%    28%    20%
Disapprove           39     39     44     45
DK/NA                42     38     28     35
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                     Aug 10  Jun 29
                     2011    2011
 
Approve              23      25
Disapprove           40      35
DK/NA                37      40
 
 
10. 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        2%     1%     4%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      33     22     43     28     31     34
Smwht dissatisfied   31     32     32     30     30     33
Very dissatisfied    33     44     20     38     36     30
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      1
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      28     36     34     26
Smwht dissatisfied   32     32     28     34
Very dissatisfied    36     26     37     37
DK/NA                 1      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
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        2       4       3       2       2      13       1
Smwht satisfied      33      34      34      32      29      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   31      34      32      34      34      20      33
Very dissatisfied    33      27      29      31      33       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
13. Thinking about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo... What one word best describes your impression of Andrew Cuomo? NOTE: Based on registered voters: Figures shows the number of respondents who offered each response: these numbers are not percentages. This table reports only those words that were mentioned at least three times.
Good                        76
Competent                   51
Trying                      51
Effective                   39
Honest                      38
Okay                        35
Politician                  32
Tough                       24
Arrogant                    23
Leader                      23
Determined                  22
Efficient                   21
Ambitious                   20
Liberal                     20
Strong                      20
Dedicated                   18
Aggressive                  17
Satisfactory                17
Decisive                    16
Excellent                   16
Forceful                    16
Confident                   15
Disappointed                15
Surprise                    15
Fair                        14
Hardworking                 14
Intelligent                 14
Energetic                   13
Tenacious                   13
Adequate                    12
Diligent                    10
Dissatisfied                10
Integrity                    9
Committed                    8
Opportunistic                8
Smart                        8
Consistent                   7
Progressive                  7
Action                       6
Alright                      6
Bully                        6
Capable                      6
Courage                      6
Focused                      6
Go-Getter                    6
Phony                        6
Business                     5
Compromising                 5
Driven                       5
Dynamic                      5
Egotistical                  5
Great                        5
Moderate                     5
Professional                 5
Responsible                  5
Sleazy                       5
Slick                        5
Thorough                     5
Approve                      4
Bold                         4
Cautious                     4
Change                       4
Charismatic                  4
Conservative                 4
Gutsy                        4
Incompetent                  4
Liar                         4
Nepotism                     4
Outstanding                  4
Pompous                      4
Positive                     4
Pragmatic                    4
Qualified                    4
Realistic                    4
Steady                       4
Successful                   4
Accomplished                 3
Active                       3
Assertive                    3
Bad                          3
Bulldog                      3
Corrupt                      3
Crooked                      3
Different                    3
Dishonest                    3
Doer                         3
Experienced                  3
Fighter                      3
Follow-Through               3
Helpful                      3
Hopeful                      3
Hypocrite                    3
Idiot                        3
Indecisive                   3
Interesting                  3
Knowledgable                 3
Lousy                        3
Misleading                   3
Mixed                        3
Motivated                    3
Nice                         3
Persistent                   3
Personable                   3
Savvy                        3
Selfish                      3
Sellout                      3
Unhappy                      3
 
DK/NA                      207
 
 
14. 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                 64%    56%    72%    61%    64%    64%
Don't Like           12     19      7     15     13     12
DK/NA                24     26     21     24     23     24
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 64%    67%    60%    63%
Don't Like           13     11     13     14
DK/NA                23     23     27     23
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 64      64      61
Don't Like           12      12      13
DK/NA                24      24      26
 
 
15. 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%    49%    69%    63%    62%    61%
Don't Like           26     37     21     25     29     24
DK/NA                12     15     10     12     10     15
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Like                 61%    61%    63%    55%
Don't Like           29     25     23     35
DK/NA                10     14     14     10
 
TREND: 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?
                     Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 61      62      61
Don't Like           26      24      23
DK/NA                12      14      16
 
 
16. Thinking about President Barack Obama and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who do you think is a better leader?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                46%    72%    22%    55%    53%    39%
Obama                38     12     63     28     33     43
NO DIFF(VOL)          7      9      4      8      6      7
DK/NA                 9      7     11      8      8     11
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Cuomo                53%    31%    56%    42%
Obama                32     52     27     40
NO DIFF(VOL)          6      7      7      9
DK/NA                 9      9     10      9
 
 
17. Thinking about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who do you think is a better leader?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                51%    40%    59%    50%    51%    51%
Bloomberg            35     45     29     36     37     33
NO DIFF(VOL)          4      5      3      5      4      4
DK/NA                 9      9     10      9      8     11
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Cuomo                56%    50%    46%    53%
Bloomberg            25     42     43     36
NO DIFF(VOL)          5      2      5      4
DK/NA                14      6      7      8
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              59%    52%    59%    64%    65%    54%
Disapprove           29     35     28     27     27     31
DK/NA                11     12     13      9      8     14
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Approve              59%    58%    62%    56%
Disapprove           31     29     26     35
DK/NA                10     13     11      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Aug 10  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              59      57      57      57
Disapprove           29      30      29      28
DK/NA                11      13      14      16
 
 
19. Thinking about New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, would you say that Christie and Cuomo are similar or different in their approach to cutting costs and balancing their state budget, or don't you know?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Similar              17%    19%    10%    22%    22%    13%
Different            46     42     51     43     51     41
Don't Know           37     39     38     34     26     46
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Similar              14%    15%    24%    19%
Different            35     55     49     52
Don't Know           49     29     26     29
REFUSED               1      -      1      1
 
 
20a. (If 'similar' q19) Would you say that they are very similar, or just somewhat similar?
                     SIMILAR Q19...........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very similar         21%    22%    17%    23%    24%    17%
Somewhat similar     73     74     70     75     74     72
DK/NA                 5      4     13      2      1     11
 
 
20b. (If 'different' q19) Would you say that they are very different, or just somewhat different?
                     DIFFERENT Q19.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very different       55%    61%    58%    50%    57%    53%
Somewhat different   42     37     39     49     42     43
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      1      4
 
 
21. Who do you think is doing a better job cutting costs and balancing their state budget Cuomo or Christie?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                40%    20%    58%    32%    38%    42%
Christie             29     49     12     34     37     22
NO DIFF(VOL)          4      5      2      5      4      3
DK/NA                27     26     28     30     21     33
 
                                          Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds
 
Cuomo                31%    50%    38%    45%
Christie             31     24     34     28
NO DIFF(VOL)          3      3      5      4
DK/NA                34     23     22     24
 
 

Demographic Summary