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“Good government or power grab? Most rate it as good government, but a sizable groupsays power grab,” Carroll added.“Politicians and pundits keep talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo for President. But it’sworth noting that Cuomo-as-Governor still polls lofty job-approval numbers. He gets greatgrades for coping with Sandy.”Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not run for mayor of New York City, votersstatewide say 58 – 36 percent. New York City voters say 51 – 46 percent Clinton should not runfor mayor. New York State voters approve 61 – 18 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isdoing, her highest score ever.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 63 – 23 percent approval rating, continuing his multi-year tradition of +60 scores.Voters disapprove 46 – 35 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, continuing itsown long tradition of bad grades, but the least bad score since a 43 – 34 percent disapproval in anApril, 2007, Quinnipiac University poll.“Who knows?” Carroll asked. “Maybe the new coalition leadership in the State Senatefinally will lift the State Legislature out of the job approval swamp.”A total of 73 percent of New York State voters say government corruption is a “veryserious” or “somewhat serious” problem, with agreement among all groups.Cuomo, not the State Legislature, should have primary responsibility for cleaning uplegislative corruption, voters say 48 – 36 percent.A total of 48 percent of voters say Cuomo is doing an “excellent” or “good” job cleaningup legislative corruption. The clean-up job legislative leaders are doing is “not so good” or “poor,” 64 percent of voters say. New York State voters oppose 51 – 39 percent of public campaign financing for candidates for governor, the State Legislature and other statewide office.From December 5 – 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,302 New York State voterswith a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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, Virginiaand the nation as a public service and for research.