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FOR RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
 
NEW YORK VOTERS WANT CUOMO TO CLEAN UP CORRUPTION,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;UPSTATE VOTERS TIP STATE IN FAVOR OF DRILLING
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, not legislative leaders, should take the lead in cleaning up legislativecorruption in New York State, voters say 54 – 32 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll releasedtoday. Corruption is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious problem, 79 percent of voters say.Gov. Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job cleaning up legislative corruption, 56 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll. A total of 29 percent of voters rate Cuomo’s clean-up efforts as “not so good” or “poor.”Clean-up efforts by legislative leaders are “not so good” or “poor,” 63 percent of voterssay, while 24 percent say “excellent” or “good.” New York State voters oppose 76 – 17 percent a pay raise for legislators, withoverwhelming opposition among every group. Higher pay will not attract better candidates, voterssay 81 – 14 percent. Voters also oppose 48 – 41 percent public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide office and the Legislature.
Is legislative corruption a big deal? This poll echoes the headlines. New Yorkers don’tlike what they see,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.“More New Yorkers say it’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job to clean up the legislature’s house,and they give him pretty good marks for doing it. Thumbs down for legislative leaders.“Perhaps prompted by the persistent stories of Albany misbehavior, New Yorkersoverwhelmingly reject a legislative pay raise. If their pay was raised, would that produce a higher caliber of lawmaker? Thunderously, voters say ‘no.’” 
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Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
Quinnipiac University Poll/September 12, 2012 – page 2
 New York State voters approve 70 – 16 percent of the job Cuomo is doing as governor,with Republican approval at 66 – 21 percent, Democratic approval at 73 – 12 percent and approvalfrom independent voters at 71 15 percent. Approval is 68 19 percent upstate, 70 13 percent in New York City and 73 – 13 percent in the suburbs.Cuomo made the right decision to avoid a major role in last week’s Democratic NationalConvention, voters say 51 – 20 percent, including 65 – 7 percent among Republicans, 39 – 30 percent among Democrats and 57 – 16 percent among independent voters.“A comparison of two Cuomos was prompted by the Democratic convention: Gov. MarioCuomo lit up the house as the 1984 keynoter while Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept his candle under a bushel. New Yorkers think the current governor was right to take a 2012 back seat. There’salways 2016,” Carroll said.
Hydro-Fracking
By a narrow 45 – 41 percent, New York State voters say the economic benefits of drillingfor natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the environmental concerns. Republicans supportdrilling 72 – 16 percent while Democrats are opposed 54 – 31 percent and independent voters aredivided with 46 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed.Upstate voters support drilling 48 – 40 percent, up from 43 – 44 percent in a July 26Quinnipiac University poll and the strongest upstate support since a 51 – 39 percent result whenthe question first was asked August 11, 2011. New York City voters are split with 41 percent for drilling and 44 percent opposed. Suburban voters support drilling 49 – 39 percent.Drilling will create jobs, voters say 81 – 12 percent, with no opposition from any group.But hydro-fracking will damage the environment, voters say 48 – 14 percent, with 37 percent undecided.“Upstate voters, who have the most to gain, and the most to lose, have tipped the statewide balance in favor of drilling for natural gas,” Carroll said.From September 4 – 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,589 New York State voters witha margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia andthe 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 onTwitter.
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7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk HspApprove 70% 66% 73% 71% 71% 69% 73% 68% 58%Disapprove 16 21 12 15 17 14 14 15 21DK/NA 14 12 15 14 12 17 12 16 21UpStat NYC SubApprove 68% 70% 73%Disapprove 19 13 13DK/NA 13 16 14TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job asGovernor?APPROVE.......High LowSep 12 Jul 25 May 30 Apr 04 Feb 15 Jul 25 Feb 232012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011Approve 70 73 71 68 69 73 56Disapprove 16 16 16 19 19 16 15DK/NA 14 12 13 13 12 12 298. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job asUnited States Senator?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk HspApprove 62% 35% 77% 60% 60% 63% 61% 68% 69%Disapprove 25 56 8 25 31 20 28 14 15DK/NA 13 8 15 15 10 16 11 18 15UpStat NYC SubApprove 57% 70% 56%Disapprove 31 17 30DK/NA 12 14 15TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job asUnited States Senator? (*High also 69% Oct 2001)APPROVE.......High LowSep 12 Jul 25 May 30 Apr 05 Feb 15 Dec 08 Apr 152012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2004* 1999Approve 62 61 64 63 60 69 51Disapprove 25 25 26 25 29 16 22DK/NA 13 14 10 12 11 15 28
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