June 25, 2003 - Pataki Approval Levels Off, Despite Budget Battle, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Governor Is Likable, Voters Say, But No Fun At Dinner
New York voters give Gov. George Pataki low marks for his handling of key issues, but they still say their Governor has strong leadership qualities and his overall approval remains at 43 - 45 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Pataki first hit this 43 - 45 percent mark, his lowest net approval ever, in an April 23 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

"Talk about Teflon: Gov. Pataki strikes out on every how's-he-doing question, except the big one. Unlike governors in New Jersey and Connecticut who are looking at big disapproval ratings, Pataki gets a split on his overall performance score," said Maurice Carroll director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Voters say 65 - 27 percent that Pataki has a "likable personality," but only 42 percent say he "would be fun to have dinner with."

"Pataki came out of the budget fight with a mixed result, but slightly ahead. While he insisted he was holding the line on taxes, New Yorkers aren't convinced. Even though he lost the budget battle with the State Legislature, he's winning the war. New Yorkers still think he's a strong leader. And despite the harsh words volleyed back and forth, New Yorkers say their Governor is likable," Carroll said.

"For New Yorkers, however, likable does not translate to being a fun dinner companion," Carroll added.

Only 39 percent of voters say Pataki's veto of the state budget shows he is "dedicated to holding taxes down," but 48 percent disagree.

Only 27 percent of voters say the State Legislature's override of Pataki's budget veto shows that he's an ineffective leader, while 63 percent disagree.

Pataki gets a 26 - 66 percent negative approval for his handling of the state budget. His negative ratings on other issues are:
  • 30 - 62 percent for handling education;
  • 28 - 66 percent for handling taxes;
  • 29 - 63 percent for handling the economy and jobs;
  • 36 - 44 percent for dealing with the State Legislature.
The State Legislature gets a negative 32 - 51 percent overall approval rating and an even bigger negative 20 - 66 percent for handling the state budget.

Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer cruises along with a 57 - 23 percent approval and Sen. Hillary Clinton has a 57 - 34 percent approval, both scores little changed from prior Quinnipiac University polls.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has the best score in Albany, a 57 - 14 percent approval, while Comptroller Alan Hevesi has 40 - 18 percent, with 42 percent undecided.

From June 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,095 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?
                         App        Dis        DK/NA 
                                                     
June 25, 2003            43         45         11    
April 23, 2003           43         45         12    
February 12,2003         49         41         10    
December 19, 2002        58         31         11    
September 25, 2002       62         26         12    
July 2, 2002             66         18         17    
September 25, 2002       62         26         12    
July 2, 2002             66         18         17
May 1, 2002              67         19         14 
April 18, 2002           66         19         15
February 27, 2002        70         18         13    
January 23, 2002         70         16         14    
November 14, 2001        78         12         10    
October 2, 2001          81         12          7    
June 26, 2001            56         30         14    
April 24, 2001           58         27         15    
March 28, 2001           61         24         16    
February 14, 2001        57         28         15    
December 14, 2000        66         23         11
August 10, 2000          61         24         15
July 13, 2000            60         27         12
June 7, 2000             62         25         13
May 16, 2000             63         27         10
May 2, 2000              58         29         12
April 6, 2000            56         31         13
March 2, 2000            57         31         12
February 10, 2000        57         32         12
January 20, 2000         60         29         11
December 14, 1999        60         29         11
November 11, 1999        60         29         12
October 5, 1999          57         31         11
September 15, 1999       60         27         12
August 2, 1999           56         34         10
July 1, 1999             54         35         11
May 24, 1999             58         32         10
April 25, 1999           57         31         12
April 15,  1999          59         31         10
March 24, 1999           60         30         11
February 24, 1999        60         27         13
February 4, 1999         64         27          8
October 28, 1998         64         25         11
October 15, 1998         63         26         11
September 27, 1998       62         26         11
June 17, 1998            64         29          7
March 25, 1998           69         24          7
February 25, 1998        70         22          8
December 10, 1997        62         30          7
September 24, 1997       60         35          6
July 22, 1997            52         41          7
April 24, 1997           54         35         11
March 4, 1997            56         34         10
October 30, 1996         53         31         16
September 22, 1996       51         35         14
June 18, 1996            46         45          9
April 28, 1996           48         40         12
March 4, 1996            47         41         12


Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?
                         App        Dis        DK/NA 

December 11, 1995        46         40         14
November 6, 1995         42         41         18
April 27, 1995           41         40         20


Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                         App        Dis        DK/NA      
                                                          
June 25, 2003            57         23         21         
April 24, 2003           59         22         19         
February 12, 2003        56         22         22         
December 19, 2002        57         22         21         
September 26, 2002       58         17         25         
July 3, 2002             61         17         22         
May 1, 2002              58         18         24         
April 18, 2002           60         17         23         
February 27, 2002        61         16         23         
January 25, 2002         63         17         21         
November 14, 2001        64         16         20         
October 2, 2001          69         11         19         
June 28, 2001            60         18         22         
April 26, 2001           61         17         22         
March 28, 2001           60         18         22         
February 14, 2001        56         21         23         
December 13, 2000        62         19         19
May 2, 2000              52         18         30
November 11, 1999        55         19         26
September 16, 1999       55         18         27
April 15, 1999           51         22         28
March 23, 1999           52         20         28


Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                         App        Dis        DK/NA      
                                                          
                                                          
June 25, 2003            57         34          9         
April 24, 2003           52         36         12         
February 12, 2003        56         34          9         
December 19, 2002        57         31         12         
September 26, 2002       53         35         12         
July 3, 2002             56         31         13         
May 1, 2002              57         30         13         
April 18, 2002           58         28         13         
February 27, 2002        58         32         10         
January 25, 2002         55         31         14         
November 14, 2001        54         34         13         
October 2, 2001          59         28         12         
June 28, 2001            52         31         17         
April 26, 2001           47         34         19         
March 28, 2001           40         38         23         
February 14, 2001        38         30         33         


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     Smwht     Very
                      Sat      Sat       DisSat    DisSat   DK/NA    
                                                                     
                                                                     
June 25, 2003          4       33        37        25        1       
April 23, 2003         5       32        32        29        2       
February 12, 2003      4       40        33        22        1       
December 19, 2002      7       44        27        21        -       
September 26, 2002     8       54        23        14        1       
January 24, 2002      12       58        21         8        1       
December 27, 2000     13       57        20         8        1
March 25, 1998        12       55        23         9        1
February 25, 1998     13       60        20         7        1
December 10, 1997      9       51        27        12        1


1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             43%     65%     33%     39%     49%     39%     42%
Disapprove          45      23      60      47      40      49      48
DK/NA               11      12       7      14      11      12      11

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             42%     42%     42%     38%     56%
Disapprove          44      46      45      53      32
DK/NA               14      12      13       9      13


2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             57%     47%     64%     58%     56%     58%     50%
Disapprove          23      35      16      19      26      20      26
DK/NA               21      18      19      23      19      22      24

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             52%     55%     54%     59%     58%
Disapprove          26      22      23      22      24
DK/NA               22      23      23      19      18


3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             57%     28%     78%     56%     51%     61%     57%
Disapprove          34      65      12      33      39      30      31
DK/NA                9       7       9      10       9       9      13

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             55%     48%     50%     70%     47%
Disapprove          35      42      40      19      48
DK/NA               11       9      10      11       5


5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             57%     59%     57%     59%     61%     53%     55%
Disapprove          14      17      15       9      14      14      13
DK/NA               29      25      28      31      25      33      32

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             55%     61%     59%     56%     55%
Disapprove          15      10      11      17      13
DK/NA               30      30      30      27      32


6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Alan Hevesi is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             40%     37%     47%     36%     41%     40%     41%
Disapprove          18      19      14      23      18      18      20
DK/NA               42      43      39      41      41      42      39

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             31%     34%     33%     51%     37%
Disapprove          20      14      16      19      19
DK/NA               50      51      51      30      43


7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             33%     25%     39%     31%     31%     35%     32%
Disapprove          25      34      19      26      29      22      27
DK/NA               42      41      42      43      40      43      41

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             36%     32%     33%     39%     23%
Disapprove          28      30      29      21      26
DK/NA               37      38      38      40      51


8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             32%     35%     32%     30%     34%     30%     30%
Disapprove          25      24      27      24      27      24      24
DK/NA               43      40      41      46      39      46      46

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             31%     36%     34%     31%     29%
Disapprove          26      26      26      26      23
DK/NA               43      39      40      43      47


17. 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?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Very satisfied       4%      7%      4%      1%      4%      3%      3%
Smwht satisfied      33      45      26      32      35      30      28
Smwht dissatisfied   37      30      36      41      35      39      37
Very dissatisfied    25      18      32      26      25      26      31
DK/NA                 1       1       2       -       1       2       1

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Very satisfied       4%      3%      3%      3%      5%
Smwht satisfied     26      34      32      25      47
Smwht dissatisfied  43      38      39      36      35
Very dissatisfied   24      25      24      34      13
DK/NA                3       1       1       2       -


18. Would you say that George Pataki - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 62%     77%     55%     60%     66%     57%     63%
No                  32      20      36      38      28      36      32
DK/NA                6       3       8       2       5       7       5

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 65%     61%     62%     57%     68%
No                  28      31      30      36      29
DK/NA                7       8       8       6       3


19. Would you say that George Pataki is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 55%     74%     47%     52%     59%     51%     48%
No                  35      19      41      40      32      37      39
DK/NA               10       6      12       8       9      12      13

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 53%     54%     54%     49%     67%
No                  34      34      34      40      25
DK/NA               12      11      12      10       8


20. Would you say that George Pataki cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 42%     63%     30%     41%     49%     36%     38%
No                  48      30      60      52      41      55      51
DK/NA                9       7      10       7      10       9      11

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 43%     42%     42%     32%     58%
No                  53      47      49      57      34
DK/NA                5      11       9      10       8


21. Would you say that George Pataki has a likable personality or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 65%     77%     58%     67%     70%     60%     68%
No                  27      15      35      26      23      30      25
DK/NA                8       7       8       7       7      10       6

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 58%     69%     66%     60%     72%
No                  29      21      23      33      24
DK/NA               13      10      11       8       4


22. Would you say that George Pataki - would be fun to have dinner with or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 42%     51%     36%     42%     46%     38%     42%
No                  48      38      55      47      45      50      50
DK/NA               10      11       9      11       9      11       9

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 42%     41%     42%     40%     45%
No                  46      47      47      51      45
DK/NA               12      12      12       9      10


23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling the state budget?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             26%     43%     18%     19%     33%     19%     26%
Disapprove          66      48      74      74      62      69      67
DK/NA                8       9       8       7       5      12       7

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             19%     24%     23%     20%     39%
Disapprove          73      67      69      74      48
DK/NA                8       9       9       6      12


24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling education?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             30%     49%     19%     25%     33%     27%     25%
Disapprove          62      43      72      66      60      63      67
DK/NA                8       8       8       9       7      10       8

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             30%     29%     29%     26%     38%
Disapprove          63      63      63      65      54
DK/NA                7       8       8       9       8


25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling taxes?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             28%     44%     19%     27%     34%     22%     31%
Disapprove          66      49      77      66      60      71      64
DK/NA                6       7       4       8       6       7       5

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             22%     22%     22%     25%     44%
Disapprove          72      69      70      71      50
DK/NA                5       9       8       5       6


26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling the economy and jobs?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             29%     46%     18%     25%     35%     24%     29%
Disapprove          63      43      75      68      60      66      64
DK/NA                8      10       7       7       5      10       7

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             19%     28%     26%     24%     43%
Disapprove          71      62      65      71      48
DK/NA               10       9      10       5       9


27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is dealing with the state legislature?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             36%     52%     28%     33%     40%     32%     32%
Disapprove          44      28      52      48      42      45      45
DK/NA               21      20      19      20      18      23      23

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             28%     33%     32%     33%     47%
Disapprove          56      46      49      48      28
DK/NA               17      21      19      19      25


28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             32%     31%     34%     29%     32%     32%     31%
Disapprove          51      53      49      56      55      48      51
DK/NA               17      17      17      15      14      21      18

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             26%     31%     30%     34%     32%
Disapprove          58      52      54      51      45
DK/NA               16      17      16      15      23

9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling the state budget?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Approve             20%     22%     22%     18%     24%     18%     24%
Disapprove          66      64      64      71      65      67      64
DK/NA               14      14      14      11      11      16      13

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Approve             19%     21%     20%     21%     20%
Disapprove          70      67      67      65      65
DK/NA               11      12      12      15      15


30. Does Governor Pataki's veto of the state budget make you think that he is dedicated to holding down taxes or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 39%     54%     28%     42%     48%     31%     38%
No                  48      32      60      48      42      54      52
DK/NA               13      14      12      10      10      14      10

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 37%     40%     39%     31%     51%
No                  50      48      49      54      38
DK/NA               13      12      12      14      11


31. As you may know, the state legislature overrode Pataki's veto of the state budget. Does this make you think that Pataki is an ineffective leader or not?
                                                                    Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHolds

Yes                 27%     19%     35%     25%     24%     31%     27%
No                  63      72      53      68      68      59      65
DK/NA               10       9      11       6       8      10       7

                    UpState.....    UpState
                    Urban   Othr    total   NYC     Sub

Yes                 30%     25%     27%     31%     24%
No                  63      63      63      61      67
DK/NA                8      12      11       8       9