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FOR RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
 
STORM SURGE TAKES CUOMO APPROVAL TO ALL-TIME HIGH,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;VOTERS WANT GOV TO SPEAK UP ON REDISTRICTING
An 86 – 7 percent approval rating for his handling of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee pushes NewYork Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a 66 – 17 percent overall approval rating, the highest score for anygovernor in states surveyed by Quinnipiac University and among the highest for any New York governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.Voters say 70 – 17 percent the governor “should speak out more forcefully” to convincethe State Legislature to turn legislative redistricting over to an independent commission.Cuomo should veto a redistricting plan not created by an independent commission, voterssay 47 – 35 percent in the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll.Approval ratings for Gov. Cuomo are 72 – 14 percent among Democrats, 61 – 20 percentamong Republicans and 61 – 21 percent among independent voters. He gets a 62 – 21 percentthumbs up from New York City voters, 74 – 7 percent from suburban voters and 64 – 19 percentfrom upstate voters. Men approve 65 – 17 percent while women approve 66 – 17 percent. New York State voters say 77 – 12 percent that Cuomo is successful getting his policies passed by the State Legislature. In contrast, voters say 67 – 30 percent that President Barack Obama is not successful getting his policies through Congress.President Obama should be more like Cuomo in dealing with the legislature, voters say53 – 14 percent. Voters say 44 – 40 percent that Cuomo is a better leader than Obama.“New York’s love affair with Gov. Andrew Cuomo persists, perhaps helped along byIrene and Lee,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.“Yes, we like him. Yes, we like his policies. Yes, we think he did a good job on the tropicalstorms. Yes, he’s dominating the legislature. Maybe we should ask about his Queens accent.”
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Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
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.
Legislative Redistricting
 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.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, orfollow us onTwitter.
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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men WomApprove 66% 61% 72% 61% 65% 66%Disapprove 17 20 14 21 17 17DK/NA 17 19 14 19 17 17UnionUpStat NYC Sub HsHldsApprove 64% 62% 74% 67%Disapprove 19 21 7 21DK/NA 16 17 19 13TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job asGovernor?Sep 20 Aug 10 Jun 29 Jun 01 Apr 13 Feb 232011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011Approve 66 62 64 61 64 56Disapprove 17 22 19 18 16 15DK/NA 17 16 17 21 21 292. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job asUnited States Senator?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men WomApprove 59% 39% 75% 54% 52% 66%Disapprove 31 52 14 39 40 23DK/NA 9 9 11 7 8 11UnionUpStat NYC Sub HsHldsApprove 55% 63% 60% 60%Disapprove 33 28 32 33DK/NA 11 8 7 7TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job asUnited States Senator? (*High also 69% Oct 2001)APPROVE.......High LowSep 20 Aug 12 Jun 29 Jun 01 Apr 13 Dec 08 Apr 152011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2004* 1999Approve 59 56 64 60 55 69 51Disapprove 31 32 24 28 32 16 22DK/NA 9 12 12 12 13 15 28
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