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Fair Share Poll Toplines

Fair Share Poll Toplines

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Published by: Elizabeth Benjamin on Dec 15, 2008
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Kiley & Company 
Sample: 600 voters in New York StateInterview dates: November 23-25, 2008 ____________________________________________________________________________________ KC 28212
A Survey of AttitudesAmong Voters inNew York State
November 2008
 ____________________________________________________________________________________ AA. Did you vote in the national and state elections on November 4
, or were you unable to vote thisyear for any reason?VOTED CONTINUEALL OTHERS TERMINATE ____________________________________________________________________________________ 01. Next, do you feel that things in New York State are basically heading in the right direction, or doyou feel things are pretty seriously off on the wrong track?Right direction 29Wrong track 53(Not sure) 17 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 02. How would you rate the job that David Paterson has been doing as Governor would you sayPaterson has been doing an excellent, good, not-so-good or poor job as Governor?
Total positive 72Total negative 19
Excellent 10Good 62Not-so-good 14Poor 5(Not sure) 9 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
KC28212 – New York Budget Issues, Nov. 23-25, 2008 Kiley & Company 
203. Next, would you say the economy in your part of the state is in very good shape, fairly goodshape, not-so-good shape or poor shape?
Total very/fairly good 20Total not-so-good/poor 79
 Very good shape 1Fairly good shape 19Not-so-good shape 43Poor shape 36(Not sure) 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 04. Looking ahead to the next year or so, do you feel that economic conditions in your part of thestate will probably improve; will stay about the same; or will probably get worse?Probably improve 23Stay the same 33Probably get worse 39(Not sure) 6 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 05. Next, do you feel that the budget problems facing New York State this year are a real crisis, arevery serious, but not a crisis, are somewhat serious, or are not very serious?Real crisis 41Very serious 45Somewhat serious 13Not very serious 1(Not sure) 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 06. Governor Paterson recently said that, as a result of the financial crisis on Wall Street and theweakening economy, New York State faces a budget deficit of roughly $14 billion over the nextyear and a half. Do you think the state should try to close this budget gap: (ROTATE) by makingmajor cuts in state spending and not raising taxes OR by making some cuts in state spending andincreasing some taxes?Making major cuts in state spending 55Making some cuts/increasing taxes 38(Tax increases alone/no spending cuts) 1(Not sure) 6 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
KC28212 – New York Budget Issues, Nov. 23-25, 2008 Kiley & Company 
3Next, Governor Paterson recently proposed a number of measures aimed at trying to close the state’sbudget gap. For each one I mention, please tell me whether you think the state should seriously consider taking that step in order to try to close the budget gap OR should definitely not take that step.Seriously Definitely (Not(RANDOMIZE) consider not sure)07. Reducing state funding for Medicaid and other healthcare services by $1.7 billion over the next year anda half. 29 65 608. Cutting state aid to public schools by roughly$1.4 billion over the next year and a half. 22 75 309. Increasing tuition at state colleges and universitiesby $900 a year. 48 50 210. Reducing state aid to New York City by $41 milliona year. 47 43 1111. Closing half a dozen juvenile detention centersacross the state. 28 60 1212. Imposing a 5-cent deposit on bottled water, similar to the deposit currently imposed on beer and soda. 84 14 213. Requiring retired public employees to pay half thecost of their health insurance benefit, rather thanthe 10% they currently pay. 39 56 414. Requiring all state employees to give up the 3%pay raise they are scheduled to receive next year. 56 39 515. Increasing state taxes on health insurance providers. 38 54 916. Sharply reducing the amount the state wouldreimburse hospitals for services provided under theMedicaid program. 32 60 9 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 17. Next, some state leaders have proposed increasing personal income tax rates on householdsmaking more than $200,000 a year, as a way to help close the state’s budget gap. Do youstrongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?
Total favor 75Total oppose 23
Strongly favor 43Somewhat favor 32Somewhat oppose 10Strongly oppose 13(Not sure) 1 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 

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