May 1, 2002 - Cuomo Holding Pataki's Coat After Attack On Gov, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Challenger Loses Ground
Former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo has lost ground against Republican Gov. George Pataki since Cuomo's criticism of Pataki's post-September 11 leadership, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Since an April 18 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, conducted before Cuomo's "holding Mayor Giuliani's coat" comment, Pataki has widened his November election lead from 54 - 30 percent to 59 - 26 percent.

The April 18 poll had shown Cuomo inching up on Pataki and widening his lead over State Comptroller H. Carl McCall in the Democratic primary.

McCall trails Pataki 58 - 27 percent, similar to the April 18 poll.

Cuomo tops McCall in a Democratic primary 43 - 33 percent, compared to his 44 - 30 percent lead April 18.

"Holding the coat or holding the bag? Gov. Pataki's leadership rating is twice as high as Andrew Cuomo's. Cuomo's favorability ratings are 2 -1 negative, his worst readings," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Cuomo was on a campaign bus to Buffalo, with momentum on his side, when he made that `holding-the-coat' remark. He was headed for Buffalo, but ended up in the soup."

"He lost momentum against Pataki in the general election and against McCall in the Democratic primary. Can he get out of the soup and back on the bus?" Carroll added.

By a 67 - 25 percent margin, New York State registered voters disagree with Cuomo's comment that Pataki provided weak leadership after September 11 and was only holding Giuliani's coat. Democrats disagree with Cuomo 55 - 36 percent.

Voters say 71 - 19 percent, that Pataki has strong leadership qualities.

Voters split 32 - 32 percent on whether Cuomo has strong leadership qualities.

McCall has strong leadership, voters say 33 - 19 percent.

Pataki has a 50 - 10 percent favorability rating, with 24 percent mixed and 14 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion. This is up from Pataki's 46 - 13 percent favorability April 18.

McCall's 22 - 6 percent favorability ratings are little changed from April 18.

Cuomo, however, dropped from a 20 - 18 percent favorability April 18 to a negative 15 - 28 percent rating today.

Pataki did an "excellent" job helping New York City recover from the September 11 terrorist attack, 26 percent of voters say, while 59 percent say he did a "good" job.

Giuliani did an "excellent" job after September 11, 70 percent of voters statewide say, while 23 percent say he did a "good" job.

"Post September 11, Giuliani remains the star, but Pataki's ratings are more than respectable," Carroll said.

From April 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,046 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The survey includes 404 registered Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Approve 67% 62% 64% 64% 77% 85% 56% 66% 73% 48% 69% 65% Disapprove 19 23 18 23 13 8 28 18 15 34 17 20 DK/NA 14 15 18 14 10 7 16 15 12 18 14 15

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Approve 58% 56% 52% 57% 67% 55% 65% 54% 61% 54% 57% 59% Disapprove 18 11 18 21 15 25 10 22 18 11 23 14 DK/NA 24 33 30 22 18 20 25 24 22 34 20 28

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Approve 57% 55% 47% 69% 50% 34% 79% 52% 49% 81% 50% 62% Disapprove 30 31 35 22 37 53 10 35 37 8 38 24 DK/NA 13 15 17 9 13 13 11 14 14 11 12 14

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Approve 69% 69% 77% 58% 76% 93% 52% 68% 78% 40% 72% 67% Disapprove 25 26 18 34 18 4 42 25 18 51 23 26 DK/NA 6 5 5 8 6 3 6 8 5 8 5 7

6. Is your opinion of Governor George Pataki favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Favorable 50% 40% 50% 48% 59% 73% 35% 50% 57% 31% 56% 46% Unfavorable 10 11 10 11 9 4 13 12 9 15 9 11 Mixed 24 31 26 24 20 10 34 25 23 27 21 26 Hvn't hrd enough 14 15 13 16 11 11 17 12 10 26 12 15 REFUSED 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2

7. Is your opinion of State Comptroller H.Carl McCall favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Favorable 22% 20% 22% 22% 22% 18% 25% 23% 21% 38% 24% 20% Unfavorable 6 7 8 6 5 13 4 5 7 3 11 3 Mixed 15 12 15 15 16 15 16 14 16 14 17 13 Hvn't hrd enough 55 61 55 54 55 54 53 55 55 42 46 62 REFUSED 2 - 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2

8. Is your opinion of former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Favorable 15% 20% 15% 14% 15% 9% 21% 15% 16% 16% 13% 17% Unfavorable 28 17 28 26 34 47 15 27 34 14 36 21 Mixed 17 18 15 18 17 9 19 22 15 17 13 20 Hvn't hrd enough 39 43 41 41 33 34 44 35 34 53 36 42 REFUSED 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 2 1

9. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat, and George Pataki the Republican, for whom would you vote?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Cuomo 26% 40% 19% 31% 23% 3% 46% 25% 19% 47% 22% 29% Pataki 59 47 63 53 65 88 39 57 67 33 65 53

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 4 5 - 2 3 3 2 5 3 3 DK/NA 11 10 11 10 12 7 11 12 10 14 8 13

10. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were H. Carl McCall the Democrat, and George Pataki the Republican, for whom would you vote?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


McCall 27% 27% 21% 35% 22% 5% 47% 25% 19% 62% 25% 28% Pataki 58 55 61 52 63 85 36 58 66 24 61 54

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 2 - - 1 1 2 - 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 4 - 1 3 2 1 3 3 2 DK/NA 12 14 15 8 15 8 13 14 12 11 9 15

11. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic Primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were H.Carl McCall and Andrew Cuomo, for whom would you vote?

                 REGISTERED
                 DEMOCRATS


McCall 33% Cuomo 43

SMONE ELSE(VOL) - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 DK/NA 21

12. Would you say that George Pataki - has strong leadership qualities or not?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Yes 71% 65% 76% 65% 78% 83% 64% 71% 77% 56% 73% 70% No 19 22 16 23 16 8 24 25 16 33 20 19 DK/NA 9 13 7 12 6 9 12 5 8 12 7 11

13. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - has strong leadership qualities or not?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Yes 32% 43% 29% 34% 31% 21% 42% 33% 32% 32% 28% 35% No 32 14 35 35 28 43 25 32 32 29 39 26 DK/NA 36 43 36 31 40 37 34 36 36 39 33 38

14. Would you say that H.Carl McCall - has strong leadership qualities or not?
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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Yes 33% 37% 35% 34% 30% 29% 38% 31% 31% 58% 34% 33% No 19 11 19 22 18 22 16 21 17 15 25 14 DK/NA 47 52 47 44 52 49 45 48 52 28 41 53

15. How would you rate the job New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 12% 18% 14% 10% 10% 12% 11% 14% 12% 10% 10% 13% Good 54 47 51 56 58 57 57 51 56 57 57 52 Not so good 13 9 12 14 14 13 12 14 12 12 11 14 Poor 5 4 3 7 5 3 7 6 4 6 4 6 DK/NA 16 22 20 13 14 15 14 16 16 15 17 15

16. How would you rate the job Governor George Pataki has done helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 26% 22% 29% 21% 30% 36% 19% 25% 30% 12% 27% 24% Good 59 64 58 60 59 55 62 60 59 63 58 61 Not so good 9 7 6 13 8 3 13 11 7 14 9 10 Poor 2 1 2 3 1 2 2 1 1 5 3 1 DK/NA 4 6 6 2 2 4 3 3 4 6 4 4

17. How would you rate the job President George W. Bush has done helping New York City recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 34% 34% 36% 28% 42% 50% 27% 32% 38% 17% 35% 34% Good 46 47 47 47 42 41 48 46 46 50 45 46 Not so good 12 13 9 16 11 4 16 15 9 22 13 12 Poor 4 2 3 6 4 1 6 5 3 6 4 4 DK/NA 3 5 5 2 2 4 3 3 3 5 3 3

18. How would you rate the job Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has done helping New York City recover - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 12% 18% 10% 13% 13% 7% 18% 10% 12% 20% 11% 13% Good 45 37 38 56 40 34 56 41 40 56 42 48 Not so good 21 14 24 17 23 29 14 22 23 12 22 19 Poor 11 12 11 9 14 18 4 14 14 1 15 8 DK/NA 11 18 16 5 10 12 8 12 12 10 9 12

19. How would you rate the job Senator Charles Schumer has done helping New York City recover - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 13% 14% 12% 11% 17% 11% 15% 14% 15% 11% 15% 11% Good 51 53 47 53 55 53 53 50 51 55 51 52 Not so good 11 8 10 14 10 12 11 12 11 14 12 11 Poor 5 4 7 5 2 7 1 6 5 2 8 2 DK/NA 20 22 24 18 15 16 20 18 18 18 14 24

20. How would you rate the job Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has done helping New York City recover- excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Excellent 70% 80% 71% 61% 78% 80% 65% 69% 79% 39% 67% 72% Good 23 19 21 28 19 16 28 21 18 39 24 22 Not so good 3 1 3 4 1 1 2 3 1 6 3 2 Poor 3 - 1 6 1 1 3 4 - 12 4 2 DK/NA 2 1 4 1 1 2 1 2 1 5 2 2

21. Andrew Cuomo says that George Pataki provided weak leadership in handling the September 11th terrorist attack and was only holding Rudolph Giuliani's coat. Do you agree or disagree?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


Agree 25% 34% 23% 27% 20% 13% 36% 24% 21% 35% 23% 26% Disagree 67 61 65 67 73 78 55 69 72 61 71 64 DK/NA 8 6 13 5 8 9 9 6 8 4 6 10



22. How will Andrew Cuomo's criticism of the way George Pataki handled the September 11th terrorist attack influence your vote in the general election for Governor in November?

Will it make you more likely to vote for Andrew Cuomo in the general election, less likely to vote for Cuomo in the general election, or won't it have much effect one way or the other?

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                 Tot  Urbn Othr NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Wht  Blk  Men  Wom


More likely 4% 5% 5% 5% 2% 2% 6% 5% 3% 7% 4% 5% Less likely 36 32 38 31 44 51 24 40 43 18 41 33 Won't have much effect 53 55 51 56 51 44 62 50 50 66 51 55 DK/NA 6 8 6 7 4 4 8 4 5 9 5 7



23. (If registered Democrat) How will Andrew Cuomo's criticism of the way George Pataki handled the September 11th terrorist attack influence your vote in the Democratic primary for Governor in September?

Will it make you more likely to vote for Andrew Cuomo in the primary, less likely to vote for Cuomo in the primary, or won't it have much effect one way or the other?

                 REGISTERED
                 DEMOCRATS


More likely 5% Less likely 28 Won't have much effect 56 DK/NA 10