December 20, 2011 - New York Voters Confused By Tax Deal, But Love Cuomo, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Voters Think It's A Tax Hike

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New York State voters are divided on whether they approve or disapprove of the new state tax rates and seem confused on whether the new rates are a tax hike or tax cut, but they approve 68 - 17 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, his highest score in his first year in office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Cuomo's approval sweeps across the political spectrum, 71 - 12 percent among Democrats, 69 - 17 percent among independent voters and 63 - 25 percent among Republicans, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Approval ranges from 59 - 20 percent among New York City voters to 71 - 16 percent among upstate voters to 76 - 12 percent among suburban voters.

Grading his first year in office, 10 percent of voters give Cuomo an 'A,' while 53 percent give him a 'B;' 25 percent say 'C,' as 6 percent say 'D' and 3 percent say 'F.'

New York State's new tax rates get a 38 percent approval and a 34 percent disapproval, with 28 percent undecided. Democrats approve 44 - 31 percent, while Republicans split 36 - 38 percent and independent voters split 36 - 36 percent.

The new rates are a tax hike, 40 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say they are a tax cut, with 32 percent undecided. Their own taxes will go up, 35 percent of voters say, while 23 percent say they go down, with 43 percent who don't know. Voters with a college degree split 30 - 31 percent while voters with no degree say 38 - 18 percent their taxes go up.

"The speed in changing the state tax code has left a lot of New Yorkers confused. Most of the state is divided on the merits, with New York City voters more negative than not," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Whatever they think about the tax deal, New Yorkers still love their governor. Andrew Cuomo's job approval hits a new high, higher than we've seen since the post-9/11 approval ratings for Gov. George Pataki," Carroll said. "Voters like Gov. Cuomo as a person 65 - 13 percent and they like his policies.

"How about your taxes? A lot of people think they'll pay more; a fair percentage think they'll pay less and a lot just don't know."

Cuomo has not kept his promise not to raise taxes, voters say 47 - 35 percent, with 18 percent undecided. Cuomo broke his no-tax promise, Republicans say 53 - 31 percent and independent voters say 51 - 32 percent. Democrats split 41 - 40 percent.

New York State voters also believe 42 - 23 percent, with 35 percent undecided, that in making the tax deal Cuomo broke his promise to end government by "three men in a room."

The new tax rates are fair to them, 37 percent of voters say, while 43 percent say they are unfair. The "fairness" vote increases with income: voters making less than $40,000 say "unfair" 53 - 28 percent while voters making more than $150,000 say "fair" 54 - 36 percent.

The new tax rates for people making more than $2 million are too low, 43 percent of voters say, while 10 percent say they are too high and 34 percent say the rates are about right.

"A lot of people still think those earning $2 million or more don't pay enough," Carroll said.

"That transparent government that Gov. Cuomo promised? Opaque is more like it. A lot of voters think that, in the quickie tax deal, Cuomo broke his promise to end Albany's tradition of 'three men in a room.'"

New York State voter attitudes on other budget-cutting measures are:
  • 60 - 34 percent oppose layoffs for state workers:
  • 45 - 41 percent for state worker furloughs;
  • 59 - 34 percent in favor of a wage freeze for state workers.
From December 12 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,143 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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.

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              68%    63%    71%    69%    70%    66%    75%    58%    53%
Disapprove           17     25     12     17     17     16     13     20     29
DK/NA                15     12     17     14     13     18     12     22     18
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              71%    59%    76%    64%    65%    73%
Disapprove           16     20     12     24     20     12
DK/NA                12     21     12     13     16     15
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              53%    73%    71%    74%    60%    74%    69%    77%
Disapprove           18     20     16     13     17     14     22     10
DK/NA                28      8     14     13     22     13      9     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Dec 20  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              68      65      66      62      64      68      56
Disapprove           17      19      17      22      19      17      15
DK/NA                15      15      17      16      17      15      29
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              26%    20%    32%    23%    29%    24%    27%    30%    21%
Disapprove           59     68     49     66     63     55     60     46     64
DK/NA                15     12     18     11      9     21     13     24     15
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              28%    22%    30%    22%    25%    28%
Disapprove           61     58     56     64     58     60
DK/NA                11     20     13     13     17     12
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              25%    27%    25%    29%    28%    25%    24%    28%
Disapprove           60     58     63     56     54     63     66     56
DK/NA                15     16     12     15     18     12     10     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Apr 04  Sep 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007    2010
 
Approve              26      25      26      27      26      34      15
Disapprove           59      63      61      62      62      43      75
DK/NA                15      13      13      11      12      23       9
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    42%    45%    43%    43%    43%    45%    51%    33%
Disapprove           39     41     37     40     41     37     37     36     48
DK/NA                18     17     18     17     16     20     18     13     19
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              47%    39%    43%    38%    42%    44%
Disapprove           40     39     35     44     39     38
DK/NA                13     22     22     18     19     18
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              47%    39%    40%    46%    41%    47%    44%    37%
Disapprove           33     42     45     35     38     42     36     38
DK/NA                19     20     15     19     21     11     20     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Dec 20  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011
 
Approve              43      39      41      40      45      55      35
Disapprove           39      43      39      43      38      22      42
DK/NA                18      18      20      17      17      15      22
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              54%    48%    57%    54%    49%    57%    53%    55%    50%
Disapprove           33     42     25     37     39     27     33     25     39
DK/NA                14     11     18      9     11     16     14     19     11
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              55%    49%    58%    54%    54%    53%
Disapprove           32     34     33     35     32     34
DK/NA                13     17      9     11     14     13
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              51%    59%    52%    54%    53%    58%    51%    55%
Disapprove           34     31     37     29     32     33     35     30
DK/NA                15     10     12     17     15      9     14     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job? (* Low also 49% Feb 2011, Apr 2011, Aug 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Dec 20  Oct 26
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011*
 
Approve              54      49      50      49      54      63      49
Disapprove           33      37      35      37      33      22      37
DK/NA                14      15      15      14      13      15      15
 
 
12. 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    Hsp
 
Approve              25%    14%    33%    25%    26%    24%    22%    48%    24%
Disapprove           44     59     35     46     52     37     48     25     41
DK/NA                31     27     32     29     22     38     30     27     35
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              23%    30%    22%    28%    25%    25%
Disapprove           50     40     42     45     43     46
DK/NA                28     31     36     27     31     29
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              31%    30%    23%    20%    24%    30%    28%    22%
Disapprove           29     41     51     52     38     46     50     45
DK/NA                40     29     26     29     37     24     21     34
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker? (*Low also 25% Apr 2010, Aug 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Dec 24  Dec 20
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2008    2011*
 
Approve              25      27      30      25      29      38      25
Disapprove           44      45      45      49      43      34      44
DK/NA                31      28      25      26      28      38      31
 
 
13. 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    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              24%    25%    26%    22%    24%    23%    22%    34%    20%
Disapprove           34     34     32     38     40     29     34     34     37
DK/NA                42     41     41     40     35     48     44     32     43
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              23%    22%    27%    24%    25%    21%
Disapprove           39     32     31     37     31     40
DK/NA                38     46     42     38     44     39
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              30%    24%    18%    26%    23%    27%    21%    27%
Disapprove           26     38     39     32     30     34     46     38
DK/NA                44     38     43     42     47     38     33     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              24      21      23      23      25
Disapprove           34      36      36      40      35
DK/NA                42      42      41      37      40
 
14. 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    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     5%     2%     3%     2%     2%     8%     -
Smwht satisfied      39     29     49     34     41     37     37     48     35
Smwht dissatisfied   35     38     33     38     33     37     36     29     37
Very dissatisfied    23     33     13     25     22     24     24     15     28
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     3%     2%     2%     4%
Smwht satisfied      35     45     35     38     36     42
Smwht dissatisfied   35     32     39     32     36     34
Very dissatisfied    27     19     22     26     25     19
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     4%     2%     3%     3%     3%     5%
Smwht satisfied      42     37     34     43     37     37     38     47
Smwht dissatisfied   30     35     37     36     34     37     39     29
Very dissatisfied    23     26     25     19     25     23     20     19
DK/NA                 2      -      -      -      1      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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       4       2       2       4      13       1
Smwht satisfied      39      30      34      33      34      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   35      34      33      31      34      20      33
Very dissatisfied    23      31      31      33      27       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       1       1
 
 
15. 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    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Like                 65%    67%    69%    61%    71%    60%    67%    66%    54%
Don't like           13     17     10     14     12     14     12     12     17
DK/NA                22     16     20     25     18     25     20     22     29
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Like                 67%    62%    67%    62%    66%    64%
Don't like           14     14     12     16     12     15
DK/NA                19     24     21     22     22     21
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Like                 55%    73%    67%    65%    67%    67%    65%    67%
Don't like           22     12     10     12     12     14     17      9
DK/NA                24     16     23     23     21     19     18     24
 
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?
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 65      63      64      64      64      61
Don't like           13      12      13      12      12      13
DK/NA                22      25      23      24      24      26
 
 
16. 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    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Like                 64%    54%    73%    65%    68%    61%    69%    50%    52%
Don't like           22     32     16     22     21     23     19     29     30
DK/NA                14     14     11     13     11     16     12     20     18
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Like                 65%    59%    71%    57%    58%    73%
Don't like           23     25     17     29     25     17
DK/NA                12     16     13     13     16     10
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Like                 51%    72%    66%    65%    58%    67%    68%    77%
Don't like           32     19     22     18     23     22     24     16
DK/NA                17      9     12     17     19     11      8      7
 
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?
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 29  Jun 01
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 64      61      64      61      62      61
Don't like           22      25      23      26      24      23
DK/NA                14      14      12      12      14      16
 
 
17. What letter grade would you give him for the job he has been doing as governor: A, B, C, D, or F?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A                    10%     5%    15%     8%    12%     9%    11%     8%     8%
B                    53     50     56     54     55     52     56     54     38
C                    25     33     18     28     24     26     25     19     31
D                     6      8      5      6      5      8      5      9     13
F                     3      3      2      4      3      3      2      5      6
DK/NA                 3      1      4      1      1      3      2      5      4
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
A                     9%    10%    11%     9%     7%    15%
B                    54     51     57     48     51     56
C                    26     24     24     30     28     21
D                     7      8      3      9      7      5
F                     3      4      1      4      3      2
DK/NA                 1      3      4      1      3      2
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
A                     6%    11%    10%    14%     7%     9%    11%    22%
B                    47     57     58     49     49     55     56     57
C                    31     23     22     25     27     28     23     14
D                     7      4      6      9      8      6      5      3
F                     4      4      2      1      3      2      3      3
DK/NA                 5      1      2      2      5      1      1      1
 
TREND: What letter grade would you give him for the job he has been doing as governor: A, B, C, D, or F?
                     Dec 20  Jun 29
                     2011    2011
 
A                    10      13%
B                    53      48
C                    25      26
D                     6       7
F                     3       2
DK/NA                 3       4
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    52%    61%    54%    64%    49%    60%    48%    43%
Disapprove           32     38     25     38     27     36     29     39     43
DK/NA                12     10     14      8      9     15     11     13     13
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              59%    51%    58%    52%    52%    63%
Disapprove           32     34     29     38     35     26
DK/NA                 8     16     13     10     13     10
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              36%    57%    65%    63%    49%    60%    60%    68%
Disapprove           51     35     24     21     34     31     32     25
DK/NA                13      9     11     16     17      9      8      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Aug 10  Jun 01  Apr 13  Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              56      57      62      59      57      57      57
Disapprove           32      29      25      29      30      29      28
DK/NA                12      14      13      11      13      14      16
 
 
19. How much have you heard or read about the new New York State income tax rates agreed to by Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature: a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                14%    12%    13%    16%    19%     9%    13%    18%    16%
Some                 40     43     41     39     41     39     42     30     29
Not much             32     34     33     31     29     35     31     37     39
Nothing at all       13     10     12     14     10     15     12     14     15
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      2      1      -
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
A lot                14%    13%    15%    17%    11%    18%
Some                 40     36     46     42     35     48
Not much             33     35     26     29     36     25
Nothing at all       12     15     11     10     15      9
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      2      1
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
A lot                 6%    17%    18%    13%    10%    16%    14%    25%
Some                 29     43     45     42     32     41     49     44
Not much             44     29     29     28     40     31     24     24
Nothing at all       20     11      7     15     16     11     12      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      -      -
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the new New York State income tax rates agreed to by Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              38%    36%    44%    36%    44%    33%    42%    28%    25%
Disapprove           34     38     31     36     34     35     31     38     51
DK/NA                28     26     26     28     23     32     27     34     24
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Approve              40%    32%    44%    38%    32%    47%
Disapprove           30     40     31     40     38     28
DK/NA                29     28     25     22     30     25
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Approve              25%    40%    43%    42%    32%    42%    41%    52%
Disapprove           44     35     35     24     36     33     38     30
DK/NA                32     25     22     33     32     26     21     18
 
 
21. Would you describe this new tax deal as a tax hike or a tax cut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Tax hike             40%    45%    34%    43%    40%    41%    39%    40%    48%
Tax cut              28     25     35     23     32     24     28     28     26
DK/NA                32     30     31     33     28     35     33     32     27
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Tax hike             39%    40%    42%    42%    40%    40%
Tax cut              27     27     30     31     26     30
DK/NA                34     32     28     27     33     30
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Tax hike             45%    40%    43%    33%    37%    39%    45%    49%
Tax cut              23     33     31     26     27     30     28     32
DK/NA                32     27     26     42     36     31     27     18
 
 
22. Do you believe Governor Cuomo kept his promise not to raise taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  35%    31%    41%    32%    38%    32%    37%    36%    23%
No                   47     53     40     51     47     47     44     51     59
DK/NA                18     17     19     16     15     20     18     13     18
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes                  39%    31%    36%    39%    34%    37%
No                   46     50     44     48     50     42
DK/NA                15     19     20     13     16     21
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                    AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes                  21%    36%    42%    42%    34%    38%    37%    37%
No                   60     46     44     38     47     47     46     47
DK/NA                20     18     14     20     19     15     17     16
 
 
23. Do your taxes go up or down under this new agreement?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Up                   35%    36%    31%    38%    32%    37%    30%    39%    51%
Down                 23     21     26     21     27     19     24     21     18
DK/NA                43     42     43     41     40     44     46     40     31
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Up                   27%    40%    38%    37%    38%    30%
Down                 25     20     22     27     18     31
DK/NA                47     39     40     36     45     39
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Up                   47%    36%    31%    27%    35%    32%    35%    46%
Down                 16     32     28     17     15     30     28     32
DK/NA                37     32     41     56     50     38     38     22
 
 
24. Do you think the new tax rates are fair or unfair to people like you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Fair                 37%    34%    44%    34%    44%    31%    41%    26%    29%
Unfair               43     48     37     46     38     48     38     59     62
DK/NA                20     19     20     20     18     21     21     15      9
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Fair                 40%    34%    38%    39%    31%    48%
Unfair               41     46     41     45     51     31
DK/NA                19     19     21     15     18     21
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Fair                 29%    42%    42%    36%    28%    44%    43%    54%
Unfair               52     42     40     39     53     37     36     36
DK/NA                20     16     19     25     19     19     21     10
 
 
25. Do you think the new tax rate for people making more than two million dollars per year is too high, too low, or about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too High             10%    20%     6%     8%    13%     8%    10%     6%     8%
Too Low              43     27     50     40     39     46     40     51     54
About right          34     38     34     36     36     33     35     31     34
DK/NA                13     15     10     16     12     14     14     12      4
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Too High             11%     8%    12%     8%    10%    11%
Too Low              47     44     32     47     47     36
About right          29     34     43     30     31     39
DK/NA                13     14     13     14     12     14
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Too High             10%     7%    11%    13%     9%    10%    10%    15%
Too Low              40     49     40     44     47     41     45     34
About right          37     34     34     33     33     36     34     40
DK/NA                13     10     15     10     10     12     11     10
 
 
26. 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 Andrew Cuomo broke his promise to end the "three men in a room" approach by the way the new tax deal was done?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Broke promise    42%    49%    38%    42%    45%    39%    38%    64%    46%
No/Did not           23     16     28     23     26     20     25     14     27
DK/NA                35     35     35     35     28     41     37     22     28
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Yes/Broke promise    43%    44%    37%    50%    45%    37%
No/Did not           25     21     23     20     20     28
DK/NA                33     35     40     30     35     36
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Yes/Broke promise    41%    44%    42%    39%    42%    41%    43%    40%
No/Did not           22     25     23     21     24     24     24     27
DK/NA                37     31     34     40     34     35     33     33
 
 
27. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              34%    49%    23%    41%    44%    26%    39%    20%    26%
Oppose               60     46     72     52     52     67     55     74     70
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      5      7      7      6      3
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Support              38%    28%    37%    25%    33%    37%
Oppose               57     65     57     67     62     57
DK/NA                 5      7      7      8      6      7
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Support              24%    35%    39%    36%    31%    35%    34%    43%
Oppose               71     60     56     54     63     60     61     52
DK/NA                 5      5      5     10      6      5      5      6
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose layoffs for state employees?
                     Dec 20  Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              34      46      45      43
Oppose               60      48      47      52
DK/NA                 6       6       8       6
 
 
28. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - furloughs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              45%    59%    38%    50%    49%    42%    48%    34%    38%
Oppose               41     31     47     38     41     40     39     50     47
DK/NA                14     10     15     12      9     18     13     16     15
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Support              47%    42%    49%    35%    44%    48%
Oppose               42     41     39     51     40     42
DK/NA                11     17     12     14     16     10
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Support              46%    48%    44%    45%    43%    44%    48%    55%
Oppose               32     45     46     40     38     46     45     33
DK/NA                22      8     10     15     19     10      7     11
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose furloughs for state employees?
                     Dec 20  Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              45      56      52      56
Oppose               41      32      30      32
DK/NA                14      12      17      13
 
 
29. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              59%    73%    49%    63%    62%    57%    64%    41%    43%
Oppose               34     22     43     33     33     36     31     50     47
DK/NA                 6      5      8      4      5      8      5     10     10
 
                                          Union  COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No     Yes
 
Support              65%    50%    64%    48%    56%    63%
Oppose               30     42     29     45     37     31
DK/NA                 5      8      6      7      7      6
 
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <40K   100K   150K   >150K
 
Support              42%    59%    63%    68%    52%    63%    51%    76%
Oppose               46     37     33     26     37     34     43     21
DK/NA                12      4      4      6     11      3      6      3
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Dec 20  Feb 23  Jan 26  Dec 09  Feb 04  Dec 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009
 
Support              59      72      75      72      75      68
Oppose               34      24      20      23      20      28
DK/NA                 6       5       5       5       5       5
 
 

Demographic Summary