Quinnipiac University Poll/June 28, 2011 – page 2
New York State voters support 62 – 29 percent rent regulation controlling the amount alandlord can charge a tenant. Support is 73 – 20 percent among Democrats, 48 – 42 percentamong Republicans and 59 – 31 percent among independent voters.Support ranges from 51 – 37 percent among upstate voters to 63 – 25 percent amongsuburban voters to 73 – 23 percent among New York City voters.
Ban on Texting While Driving
Voters also support 94 – 5 percent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ban texting or typing while driving. Support tops 90 percent among all groups, even young voters.The appropriate penalty for someone caught texting while driving is a $100 recklessdriving ticket and points on the driver’s license, voters say 79 – 19 percent, again with no seriousdissent.Voters reject more severe penalties:
51 – 46 percent against suspending a texter’s driver’s license;
59 – 39 percent against police confiscating the smart phone, or other offending device.“Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ban on texting-while-driving is one of those apple-pie-and-motherhood things. And New Yorkers love their apple pie,” Carroll said.“When the Quinnipiac University poll first asked about banning cell phones whiledriving, New York State voters supported the ban 87 – 10 percent on March 29, 2001. A fewmonths later, New York became the first state in the nation to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.”New York State should have an independent commission to draw legislative district lines,42 percent of voters say, while 34 percent want a commission that has some input from the StateLegislature and 14 percent favor the current system where the State Legislature draws the lines.“Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch got a lot of politicians to promise they’d reformhow legislative district lines are drawn, but it didn’t get done,” Carroll said. “Actually, there’sno pressure to make the fix until next year. New Yorkers still want some reform 5 -1.“Wait until next year – or a special session.”From June 20 – 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,317 registered voters with a marginof 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.