Quinnipiac University Poll/September 1, 2010 – page 2
“Is Cuomo’s reticence to speak out simply polite deference to the sitting Governor, DavidPaterson, or is he ducking his responsibilities? Lots of New Yorkers agree with each of thosearguments, but more say ‘ducking,’” Carroll added.“Rick Lazio or Carl Paladino – take your pick. Cuomo trounces either of them.”U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat, dominates any of her three possibleRepublican challengers:
44 – 26 percent over Bruce Blakeman;
45 – 24 percent over David Malpass;
43 – 28 percent over Joseph DioGuardi. New York State voters approve 46 – 27 percent of the job Sen. Gillibrand is doing and giveher a 38 – 21 percent favorability rating, with 39 percent who haven’t heard enough about her toform an opinion.The “don’t know enough” factor for each of the three Republicans ranges from 76 percentto 85 percent.“Who are those guys who want to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand? In match-ups, eachof the three gets the generic Republican vote. But most voters don’t know much about any of them,” Carroll said.
Worst Score Ever for State Legislature
New York State voters disapprove 75 – 15 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing,matching the 76 – 16 percent disapproval from a June 23 Quinnipiac University poll for the worstoverall net score ever. Voters say 55 – 31 percent that their local state senator should be voted outof office as part of an overall house-cleaning in Albany, the highest anti-incumbent score ever.Their State Assembly member should go, too, voters say 53 – 33 percent, the highest anti-incumbent score for Assembly members as well.“State legislators ought to be nervous. More than half of voters say that, to clean house inAlbany, they’d even vote against their own senator or Assembly member. That sort of massmovement never has happened – but the Legislature overall gets terrible marks, and New Yorkers,overall, are unhappy with the state of the state,” Carroll said.From August 23 – 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,497 New York State registeredvoters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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.