Quinnipiac University Poll/July 28, 2010 – page 2
New York State government is dysfunctional, voters say 75 – 20 percent, and voters say53 – 35 percent their own state senator should be swept out of office in a general house-cleaning.By a similar 49 – 33 percent margin, voters say their State Assembly member should go, also. New York State voters approve 48 – 26 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isdoing, inching her up to her highest approval rating ever.Sen. Gillibrand leads either of her two Republican challengers:
48 – 27 percent over Bruce Blakeman;
49 – 24 percent over David Malpass.In a Republican primary, Blakeman tops Malpass 19 – 12 percent, but 62 percent areundecided.The Democratic primary for Attorney General is even more uncertain: When asked if they knew who they would vote for, with no names offered, 81 percent of Democrats said, “no.”Only three percent could name any of the five candidates while 9 percent offered names of people whose names will not appear on the September 14 Democratic primary ballot.When Democrats are offered the names of the five contenders for Attorney General, 11 percent pick Kathleen Rice, with no one else topping 5 percent and 73 percent undecided.“Suppose they gave a primary and nobody came. Believe it or not, the polls will be openSeptember 14, but most New Yorkers – Democrats and Republicans alike – don’t seem to befollowing the primary races for Governor, Attorney General or U.S. Senator,” Carroll said.“On the Republican side, Rick Lazio leads Carl Paladino but one-third of voters don’tknow who they’ll pick for governor. In the Republican Senate race, almost two-thirds areundecided,” Carroll said.“On the Democratic side, four out of five voters can’t name a choice for AttorneyGeneral. When Quinnipiac University pollsters give them the five candidates’ names, onlyKathleen Rice edges into double digits - barely.”From July 20 – 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York State registeredvoters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. The survey includes 380 Republicanswith a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points and 441 Democrats with a margin of error of +/-4.7 percentage points.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio andnationwide as a public service and for research.