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Complete March 2013 Marist Poll Release and Tables

Complete March 2013 Marist Poll Release and Tables

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Marist College Institute for Public Opinion
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone 845.575.5050
More View NYS Economy as Getting Worse,Fewer See It Improving
*** Complete Tables for Poll Appended ***
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 8, 2013
Contact: Lee M. Miringoff Barbara L. CarvalhoMary E. GriffithMarist College845.575.5050
This Marist Poll Reports:
Although a majority of New York State voters -- 53% -- think the state’s economy is stayingabout the same as it has been, there has been an uptick in the proportion of voters whothink it is getting worse and a drop in the proportion who believe it is getting better. Nearlythree in ten -- 29% -- say the state’s economy is getting worse, and 18% report it is gettingbetter.“The sluggish economy continues to impact New Yorkers,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff,Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. In fact, the proportion of voterswho think the economy is getting better and not worse has flipped since last spring.”When Marist last reported this question in April, nearly half -- 49% -- perceived the economyas status quo. 27% thought it was getting
while 23% said it was getting
.Among Republicans -- 40% -- and non-enrolled voters -- 35%, there has been an increase inthe proportions of those who view the state’s economy as worsening. In April, 33% of Republicans and 23% of non-enrolled voters statewide shared this view. AmongDemocrats, there has been little change in the proportion of those who perceive theeconomy as getting worse. 21% have this view now while 18% did so last spring. However,there has been an increase in the proportion of Democrats who believe the economy isabout the same as it has been. 57% of Democrats currently have this view compared with45% in April.By region, the largest shift has occurred in the suburbs of New York City. While 35% of these voters thought the state’s economy was on an upswing last spring, 15% have thisimpression now. However, nearly six in ten in this region -- 58% -- say the economy isstatus quo compared with 44% in April. Upstate, 16% of registered voters think the state’seconomy is getting better compared with 22% in April. A third of these voters -- 33% --perceive the economy as worsening while 27% had this view last spring.
 But, do New York voters think the Empire State is in a recession? More than six in ten --61% -- do while 35% do not. Four percent are unsure. There has been a modest decrease in the proportion of voters who say the state is in arecession. In April, 67% thought New York was in a recession while 30% did notcharacterize the state in this way. Three percent, at that time, were unsure.
Majority Perceives Family Finances as Steady
When it comes to their own personal family finances, a majority of registered votersstatewide -- 56% -- think their family finances will remain about the same in the coming year.One in four -- 25% -- say they will get better while 19% believe their financial situation willget worse.In April, 53% of voters did not expect any change in their family finances, 31% believed theywould get better while 16% said they would get worse.
Gas Prices Stretch Family Finances
Almost three in four New Yorkers who have gas expenses -- 74% -- experience someamount of financial strain on family finances due to the price of gas. This includes 31% whofeel a great deal of financial strain and 43% who have a moderate amount of stress becauseof this expense. 15%, however, do not feel much economic strain while 11% feel none atall.When Marist last reported this question in April, 78% felt, at least, a moderate amount painat the pump. 12% didn’t experience much financial strain due to the price of gas while 10%underwent none at all.But, are drivers adjusting their transportation choices because of the high price of gas? Aslim majority -- 51% -- say they are. 49% are not. In April, 58% of drivers reported theychanged their driving habits because of gas prices while 42% said they did not.Page 2 of 2
How the Survey was ConductedNature of the Sample: New York State Poll of 814 Adults
 This survey of 814 adults was conducted February 26
through February 28
, 2013. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the state of New York were interviewed by telephone. Telephone numberswere selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the state. The exchangeswere selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. To increasecoverage, this landline sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2010 censusresults for age, gender, income, race, and region. Results for adults are statistically significant within±3.4 percentage points. There are 673 registered voters. The results for this subset are statisticallysignificant within ±3.8 percentage points. Registered voters were balanced to reflect the difference inregistration in New York City, the suburbs, and upstate New York as reported by state election officials. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.

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