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072810 NY GOV + BP

072810 NY GOV + BP

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FOR RELEASE: JULY 28, 2010
POLITICS THWARTS ATT’Y GENERAL IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION,NEW YORK STATE VOTERS TELL QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL;DEMS HAVE NO CLUE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES
Only 30 percent of New York State voters say giving the next Attorney General more power tofight corruption in state government would be effective, while 54 percent say politicalconsiderations would prevent the Attorney General from using this power to clean up Albany,according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.In fact, 51 percent of New York State voters say the Attorney General already has theright amount of power to fight Albany corruption, while 32 percent say more power is needed,the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.Incumbent Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been “about right” fighting corruption,49 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say he has not been aggressive enough. Independentvoters split 43 – 43 percent on whether Cuomo has been too aggressive or about right fightingcorruption.Cuomo still has a 69 – 17 percent approval rating and tops either Republican contender more than 2 - 1 in the race for Governor:
Beating Rick Lazio 56 – 26 percent;
Topping Carl Paladino 55 – 25 percent.Lazio leads Paladino in a Republican primary 39 – 23 percent, with 33 percentundecided.“It’s all coming up roses for Cuomo. While he gets OK grades for battling corruption,his overall job approval rating is still stratospheric. And he continues to trounce either of theRepublican wannabes, Rick Lazio or Carl Paladino,” said Maurice Carroll, director of theQuinnipiac University Polling Institute.
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Maurice Carroll, DirectorQuinnipiac University Polling InstituteRubenstein Associates, Inc.,Public RelationsPat Smith (212) 843-8026
 
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.
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For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow usonTwitter.
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