Quinnipiac University Poll/September 20, 2011 – page 2
“There’s NO gender gap in Cuomo’s approval. That’s a polling rarity,” Carroll added.“Overwhelmingly, voters do want Cuomo to lead the charge on legislative redistricting.”“It’s no contest – New Yorkers think Cuomo gets what he wants from the legislature andObama doesn’t get what he wants from Congress,” Carroll added.
New York State should have a commission independent of the State Legislature to drawthe district lines from which state legislators and members of Congress are elected, 50 percent of voters say. Another 27 percent support an independent redistricting commission with some inputfrom the legislature and 10 percent want the State Legislature to continue drawing district lines.Support for Cuomo speaking out on redistricting is 66 – 19 percent among Republicans,69 – 16 percent among Democrats and 76 – 16 percent among independent voters.But voters say 55 – 24 percent that Cuomo and state legislators will not keep their promise, made during the 2010 election campaign, to create non-partisan redistricting.Voters say 48 – 36 percent they would feel “betrayed” if New York State officialsapproved a plan created by the legislature rather than an independent commission. Feelings aresimilar among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.“New Yorkers don’t want the State Legislature to draw the district lines that decidewhere they and members of Congress will get elected. Half prefer an independent commission.Some think there should be some legislative say,” Carroll said.“But most voters don’t believe that New York’s political leaders will keep their word.“We chose a provocative word deliberately and almost half of the voters say they’d feel‘betrayed’ if elected officials don’t change the districting system.”
Obama, Schumer, Gillibrand
New York State voters approve 50 – 45 percent of the job President Obama is doing, upfrom a negative 45 – 49 percent score August 12.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 59 – 31 percent score and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrandhas a 52 – 23 percent approval rating.From September 13 – 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,016 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 3.1 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.