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FOR RELEASE: OCTOBER 26, 2011
PLEASE NOTE: EMBARGOED FOR WIRE RELEASE UNTIL 6:00 AMOCTOBER 26
KEEP RACE, JOB PROTECTION OUT OF REDISTRICTING,NEW YORK STATE VOTERS TELL QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL;CUOMO SHOULD VETO LAWMAKERS’ LINES, VOTERS SAY
Don’t draw legislative district lines to create racial or ethnic districts, such as blacks andHispanics, New York State voters say 72 – 21 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll releasedtoday. There is strong agreement among all political groups.White voters object to racial/ethnic districts 80 – 14 percent and black voters object50 – 45 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.Voters also reject 53 – 29 percent drawing legislative districts with an eye to protectingincumbents. There is strong agreement among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.An independent commission with no connection to the State Legislature should draw thedistrict lines for electing members of the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature, 48 percent of  New York State voters say. Another 28 percent support an independent commission with somelegislative input and 11 percent say the State Legislature should create the districts.Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto any redistricting plan not created by an independentcommission, 45 percent say, while 33 percent say Cuomo should not veto such a plan.“The State Legislature is pushing ahead with its own redistricting plan and there’s noagreement on the design of a so-called independent commission, but a plurality of voters stillthink Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto any plan that isn’t independently designed,” saidMaurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.“Should the lines be drawn to protect incumbents, the way they did it for the legislatureacross the river in New Jersey? Absolutely not, New Yorkers say almost 2-1.“How about protecting minorities, such as blacks and Hispanics? Again, a resounding‘no,’ more than 3-1, from voters. Even Democrats, whose candidates are usually the beneficiaries of racial preferences, are opposed 2-1.”
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Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
 
Quinnipiac University Poll/October 26, 2011 – page 2
 New York State voters approve 65 – 19 percent of the job Gov. Cuomo is doing,continuing his six-month string of +60 percent approval ratings, with six months of the highestscore of any governor in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. Voters like Cuomo63 – 12 percent and like his policies 61 – 25 percent.Cuomo is “about right” in his handling of public employee unions, 46 percent of voterssay, while 21 percent say he is “too tough” and 20 percent say he is “not tough enough.” New York State public employees are not doing their fair share to ease the state’sfinancial problems, voters say 53 – 36 percent. Democrats are split 44 – 45 percent, butRepublicans say 64 – 25 percent and independent voters say 55 – 35 percent that publicemployees are not doing their fair share. Voters in households with at least one union member say 50 – 41 percent that public employees are doing their fair share.“Fair weather or foul, New Yorkers admire their governor. As the sun comes out, Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s job approval numbers are still at the peak he hit after the big storms,” Carrollsaid. “It’s a demographic clean sweep – he scores high in every category.“Is he too tough on the unions? Some people might have thought so after those layoff threats. But a lot of voters think he’s doing just right and many even think he’s too easy.”President Barack Obama gets a 50 – 45 percent approval rating in New York State, withDemocrats approving 78 – 18 percent. Disapproval is 84 – 13 percent among Republicans and50 – 43 percent among independent voters.Voters say 50 – 44 percent that President Obama does deserve to be reelected.U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 50 – 24 percent approval rating, compared to 52 – 23 percent September 20.Charles Schumer gets a 61 – 28 percent approval rating, compared to 59 – 31 percentSeptember 20.From October 18 – 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,540 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 2.5 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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