January 31, 2013 - Equal Pay For Women Has Most Support In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Minimum Wage 5-1, Split On Gas Drilling

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Looking at some of the proposals Gov. Andrew Cuomo made in his State of the State Address, New York State voters offer their strongest support for state action to achieve equal pay for women, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Equal pay for women should be the highest priority for Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature, 53 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll. Another 36 percent say it should be a high priority, but not the highest, while 10 percent say it should be a lower priority.

Among women, 60 percent say highest priority and 33 percent say high priority. Among men, 46 percent say highest and 38 percent say high.

Voter sentiments on other issues are:
  • Campaign finance reform - 31 percent highest priority and 37 percent high priority;
  • Bar exam-type test for teachers - 28 percent highest and 43 percent high;
  • Merit pay for teacher - 26 percent highest and 45 percent high;
  • Longer school day/school year - 17 percent highest and 39 percent high.
"That liberal shibboleth - equal pay for women - wins overwhelming support in this liberal state," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Even Republicans make it their top priority, although with less support than Democrats.

"Campaign finance reform edges out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's innovative idea of a 'Bar Exam' for would-be teachers on the to-do list. Merit pay for teachers is next on the list and voters don't seem to have a lot of love for more classroom time."

New York State voters support 80 - 17 percent raising the state's minimum wage. Support is 61 - 35 percent among Republicans, 95 - 3 percent among Democrats and 77 - 22 percent among independent voters. Support in every income, age, educational and regional group tops 70 percent. Natural Gas Drilling

Voters, however, remain divided on the issue of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale as 43 percent support drilling because of the economic benefits while 42 percent oppose drilling because of environmental concerns.

Support is 48 - 40 percent upstate and 48 - 36 percent in the suburbs while New York City voters are opposed 48 - 36 percent.

"Yes, yes, yes to a hike in the minimum wage, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly in poll after poll," Carroll said.

"With the same consistency, Quinnipiac University polls show voters are divided on drilling for natural gas. It's a persisting issue and it continues to split voters down the middle."

In an open-ended question, where respondents can give any answer, 32 percent of New York votes say the economy is the most important problem facing the Empire State, followed by 17 percent who list taxes, 9 percent who cite education and 7 percent who say the state budget.

From January 23 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,127 New York State 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.

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6. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        7%     2%    11%     5%     6%     7%     4%    11%
Smwht satisfied      43     28     56     40     41     46     43     38
Smwht dissatisfied   24     28     19     27     26     23     24     33
Very dissatisfied    25     42     12     29     27     23     27     18
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied        6%     7%     9%     5%     1%    10%     3%     8%
Smwht satisfied      53     38     40     46     51     46     46     42
Smwht dissatisfied   24     24     26     25     23     29     24     23
Very dissatisfied    16     30     24     22     24     16     27     26
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      -      1      1
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Very satisfied        3%    10%     8%     4%
Smwht satisfied      33     53     46     45
Smwht dissatisfied   28     18     27     26
Very dissatisfied    34     19     18     25
DK/NA                 1      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
                     Jan 31  Dec 12  Sep 12  Jul 26  May 31  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2013    2102    2012    2012    2012    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        7       5       5       4       6      13       1
Smwht satisfied      43      50      47      42      46      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   24      29      30      33      28      20      33
Very dissatisfied    25      15      17      21      18       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
7. What do you think is the most important problem facing New York State today? (Trend information is available upon request back through Aug 1997)
                            Tot
 
Economy Total               32%
 Economy general             6
 Unemployment/jobs          23
 Cost of living              1
 Economy other               2
 
Taxes Total                 17%
 Taxes general              11
 Property tax                3
 Income Tax                  1
 Taxes other                 2
 
Education Total              9%
 Education general           3
 Funding education           3
 Teachers                    1
 Education other             2
 
Budget Total                 7%
 Budget general              2
 Gov too big/Gov spending    2
 Budget deficits             1
 Budget priorities           1
 Budget other                1
 
Gun control                  4%
 
Politicians Total            4%
 Politicians/Campaigns
  general                    1
 Governor/State
  leadership/Legislature     1
 Political corruption        1
 Politicians other           1
 
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's   3%
 
Hurricane Sandy Recovery     3%
 
Crime Total                  2%
 Crime/Violence general      1
 Crime other                 1
 
Hydrofracking/Natural
 Gas Drilling                1%
Welfare                      1%
Pension                      1%
Housing general              1%
Energy crisis/Gas 
 prices general              1%
Environment/Pollution        1%
 
Other                        4%
DK/NA                        6%
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              53%    47%    61%    47%    54%    51%    56%    48%
Disapprove           31     35     21     39     32     30     29     35
DK/NA                16     18     18     14     14     18     16     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              62%    47%    47%    54%    62%    37%    51%    63%
Disapprove           25     35     34     30     28     40     34     23
DK/NA                14     18     19     16     10     23     14     14
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Approve              46%    54%    62%    54%
Disapprove           38     26     28     34
DK/NA                16     20     10     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 31  Feb 15  Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Sep 20  Jan 31
                     2013    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2013
 
Approve              53      57      56      57      62      62      53
Disapprove           31      31      32      29      25      25      31
DK/NA                16      12      12      14      13      13      16
 
 
9. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged that in trying to balance the state's budget that he will not raise taxes. Do you think Andrew Cuomo should have made this pledge or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  55%    66%    50%    53%    53%    56%    56%    57%
No                   39     28     42     42     41     37     38     33
DK/NA                 7      6      8      5      6      7      6     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  54%    55%    52%    53%    59%    56%    51%    57%
No                   40     38     40     41     39     36     44     35
DK/NA                 6      7      8      6      2      7      5      8
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Yes                  55%    53%    58%    50%
No                   39     40     36     44
DK/NA                 6      8      6      6
 
TREND: Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged that in trying to balance the state's budget that he will not raise taxes. Do you think Andrew Cuomo should have made this pledge or not?
                     Jan 31  Feb 23
                     2013    2011
 
Yes                  55      46
No                   39      48
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
10. Do you think Andrew Cuomo will be able to keep this pledge or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  31%    25%    38%    26%    31%    30%    27%    44%
No                   56     63     46     63     59     53     59     44
DK/NA                14     12     16     10     10     17     14     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  34%    28%    28%    30%    33%    26%    31%    33%
No                   52     58     59     57     59     63     60     50
DK/NA                14     13     14     13      8     11     10     17
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Yes                  23%    36%    36%    32%
No                   65     48     53     56
DK/NA                12     17     10     12
 
TREND: Do you think Andrew Cuomo will be able to keep this pledge or not?
                     Jan 31  Feb 23
                     2013    2011
 
Yes                  31      29
No                   56      60
DK/NA                14      11
 
 
16. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Drilling             43%    63%    28%    49%    53%    34%    47%    34%
No drilling          42     21     55     42     35     48     39     53
DK/NA                15     16     17     10     12     17     13     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Drilling             36%    48%    42%    44%    43%    36%    45%    46%
No drilling          53     36     39     44     46     47     44     39
DK/NA                12     16     18     12     10     17     11     15
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Drilling             48%    36%    48%    41%
No drilling          40     48     36     47
DK/NA                13     16     16     12
 
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view? (* Low also 43% Jul 2012)
                                                             DRILLING......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 31  Dec 13  Sep 12  Jul 26  Dec 21  Aug 11  Jan 31
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2013
 
Drilling             43      44      45      43      44      47      43
No drilling          42      42      41      44      45      42      42
DK/NA                15      15      13      13      11      12      15
 
 
17. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New York State, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              80%    61%    95%    77%    75%    85%    76%    95%
Oppose               17     35      3     22     23     12     21      3
DK/NA                 2      4      2      1      2      3      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              82%    79%    85%    78%    78%    79%    83%    80%
Oppose               16     19     14     20     20     20     16     18
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      1      1      3
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Support              73%    87%    81%    86%
Oppose               24     10     18     13
DK/NA                 3      2      1      1
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New York State, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                     Jan 31  Dec 13  May 30  Apr 04
                     2013    2012    2012    2012
 
Support              80      80      79      78
Oppose               17      18      18      20
DK/NA                 2       1       2       3
 
 
18. (Intro Q18-22 rotated) Governor Cuomo made a series of proposals in his State-of-the-State speech. For each proposal I name, please tell me what kind of priority you think Cuomo and the legislature should give it; the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority. Do you think Cuomo and the legislature should give - equal pay for women the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highest priority     53%    41%    61%    51%    46%    60%    50%    72%
High/Not highest     36     45     33     35     38     33     38     22
Lower priority       10     14      4     13     15      5     11      6
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Highest priority     53%    54%    57%    50%    51%    49%    52%    57%
High/Not highest     38     34     34     37     39     37     36     35
Lower priority        9     10      7     12     10     12     12      7
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Highest priority     50%    56%    55%    60%
High/Not highest     39     33     35     31
Lower priority       11      9      9      8
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1
 
 
19. Do you think Cuomo and the legislature should give - campaign finance reform the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highest priority     31%    18%    32%    36%    33%    28%    30%    34%
High/Not highest     37     41     36     37     36     39     40     37
Lower priority       27     36     28     23     27     28     26     26
DK/NA                 4      5      5      4      4      4      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Highest priority     30%    31%    28%    34%    31%    19%    27%    38%
High/Not highest     39     36     40     35     41     36     41     36
Lower priority       29     27     26     29     26     42     28     22
DK/NA                 1      6      6      2      2      4      4      4
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Highest priority     30%    29%    36%    32%
High/Not highest     39     39     33     40
Lower priority       27     28     27     26
DK/NA                 5      5      3      2
 
 
20. Do you think Cuomo and the legislature should give - merit pay for teachers the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highest priority     26%    21%    27%    27%    23%    28%    22%    38%
High/Not highest     45     44     46     45     46     43     45     42
Lower priority       27     29     24     27     28     25     30     19
DK/NA                 3      6      3      1      2      4      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Highest priority     23%    27%    29%    22%    24%    30%    27%    23%
High/Not highest     48     43     42     46     47     47     45     44
Lower priority       27     26     23     31     28     19     26     30
DK/NA                 2      4      5      2      1      4      2      3
 
                     AREA.............    Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld  <18    InPubSch
 
Highest priority     20%    29%    30%    23%    31%    31%
High/Not highest     43     47     43     44     43     42
Lower priority       34     19     26     31     23     24
DK/NA                 3      5      -      1      4      2
 
 
21. Do you think Cuomo and the legislature should give - a longer school day or longer school years the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highest priority     17%    11%    20%    17%    14%    19%    14%    26%
High/Not highest     39     39     40     36     38     39     37     42
Lower priority       42     49     36     45     45     39     46     31
DK/NA                 3      2      4      2      2      3      3      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Highest priority     14%    18%    21%    15%    13%    13%    15%    20%
High/Not highest     38     39     37     38     41     40     37     39
Lower priority       45     39     39     45     45     45     45     37
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      2      2      2      4
 
                     AREA.............    Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld  <18    InPubSch
 
Highest priority     18%    17%    15%    16%    13%    15%
High/Not highest     38     39     39     34     39     36
Lower priority       43     40     44     48     45     46
DK/NA                 2      4      2      2      3      3
 
 
22. Do you think Cuomo and the legislature should give - a bar-exam type test for all prospective teachers the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Highest priority     28%    21%    28%    29%    24%    32%    22%    45%
High/Not highest     43     46     42     45     43     43     45     39
Lower priority       26     29     26     25     30     22     31     16
DK/NA                 3      5      4      1      3      3      2      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Highest priority     21%    32%    33%    23%    23%    36%    27%    24%
High/Not highest     44     42     43     46     43     38     42     47
Lower priority       31     23     21     28     31     23     28     26
DK/NA                 4      3      2      2      3      3      3      4
 
                     AREA.............    Union  HAVE KIDS......
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld  <18    InPubSch
 
Highest priority     22%    34%    30%    29%    33%    33%
High/Not highest     46     40     40     41     41     42
Lower priority       30     20     29     28     22     20
DK/NA                 3      6      1      2      4      5
 
 
23. Do you think Cuomo's proposals are mostly about doing what is best for New York State or mostly about gaining political advantage in a possible Presidential campaign?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Best for NYS         47%    35%    59%    41%    42%    52%    47%    53%
Political advantage  44     57     30     52     50     38     45     37
DK/NA                 9      8     11      7      8     10      8     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Best for NYS         51%    45%    44%    45%    52%    41%    46%    52%
Political advantage  40     46     46     46     41     49     47     38
DK/NA                 9      9     10      9      7     10      7     10
 
                     AREA.............    Union
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHld
 
Best for NYS         41%    51%    52%    46%
Political advantage  52     38     38     48
DK/NA                 8     11     10      6
 

Demographic Summary