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FOR RELEASE: MAY 30, 2012
 
CUOMO APPROVAL TOPS 70 PERCENT, HIGHEST IN 11 YEARS,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;GILLIBRAND SCORES HIGH AS SHE BURIES GOP CHALLENGERS
 New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets a 71 – 16 percent approval rating today, the highestscore for an Empire State governor since Gov. George Pataki hit 81 – 12 percent in the wake of 9/11, and continuing Gov. Cuomo’s year-long trend with the highest approval rating of anygovernor in the seven states surveyed by the Quinnipiac University poll.Voters support 79 – 18 percent, including 61 – 34 percent among Republicans, raising theminimum wage, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.Cuomo’s job approval is 68 – 20 percent among Republicans, 76 – 11 percent amongDemocrats and 69 – 19 percent among independent voters, 71 – 15 percent among Protestants, 71 – 18 percent among Catholics and 83 – 9 percent among Jews. There is no gender or racial gap.Approval is 68 – 19 percent upstate, 72 – 15 percent in New York City and 76 – 12 percent in thesuburbs. New York State voters support 73 – 21 percent a key Cuomo initiative to create a new stateagency to monitor treatment of the disabled and to investigate claims of abuse. Support is strongamong all groups. Treatment of the disabled is so important that a new state agency is needed, 54 percent of voters say, while 31 percent say it concentrates too much power in the governor’s office.“For the first time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval tops 70 percent,” said MauriceCarroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “We haven’t seen scores this highsince Gov. George Pataki – and everyone else – got a vote of confidence right after 9/11.“Gov. Cuomo might not be the most popular governor in the nation, but he’s the most popular – Democrat or Republican – in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. For example, he’s well-ahead of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie’s all-time best 59 – 36 percent.Cuomo tops that score among Republicans in New York State.”
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Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
Quinnipiac University Poll/May 30, 2012 – page 2
Many New York State voters want to hike the minimum wage beyond the $8.50 per hour  presently under consideration in Albany:
32 percent of voters support an $8.50 per hour minimum wage;
6 percent support a raise, but not as high as $8.50;
40 percent support a raise higher than $8.50;
18 percent oppose any increase.Small businesses will not reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage isincreased, voters say 51 – 41 percent.Voters also support 56 – 33 percent the creation of Las Vegas-type casinos, with noopposition from any group. Support for changing the State Constitution, a necessary step to createnon-Indian casinos, is 49 – 42 percent. Women are divided, with 45 percent opposed and 42 percent in support.Teacher evaluations should be made public, New York State voters say 56 – 40 percent,including 62 – 33 percent among voters who have children in public schools. Union householdsare divided 49 – 48 percent, but all other groups support the release. Voters say 45 – 18 percent,however, that the teacher evaluations are flawed.“New Yorkers are consistent on the issues left for the Legislature’s closing days. We’re atrue-blue state and we like raising the minimum wage,” Carroll said. “We want to better protectthe disabled, even if it means another government agency. We want real casinos, but we’re a littleless eager about changing the State Constitution. And we want to know how our teachers aredoing, even if we don’t trust the results of the tests.”Voters approve 60 – 22 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is doing, matchingher best score. Sen. Gillibrand tops any of her largely unknown Republican challengers 2-1:
56 – 26 percent over U.S. Rep. Robert Turner;
57 – 24 percent over Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos;
58 – 24 percent over businesswoman Wendy Long.The number of voters who don’t know enough to form an opinion about the threeRepublican contenders ranges from 76 to 84 percent.From May 22 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,504 New York State 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, Virginia andthe nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml,call (203) 582-5201, or follow us onTwitter.
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5. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidateswere Bob Turner the Republican and Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat, for whom would youvote?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk HisTurner 26% 69% 3% 26% 32% 21% 31% 10% 16%Gillibrand 56 17 85 47 51 62 53 75 62SMONE ELSE(VOL) - - - 1 - - - 1 -WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 3 1 1 2 2DK/NA 15 13 9 25 15 16 14 12 20UpStat NYC SubTurner 29% 18% 36%Gillibrand 52 66 47SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - -WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2DK/NA 17 14 15TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and thecandidates were Bob Turner the Republican and Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat, for whomwould you vote?May 30 Apr 052012 2012 Turner 26 27Gillibrand 56 57SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2DK/NA 15 136. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidateswere George Maragos the Republican and Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat, for whom wouldyou vote?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk HisMaragos 24% 62% 3% 22% 30% 18% 29% 9% 7%Gillibrand 57 20 86 49 53 61 54 78 64SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 2 1 - 1 1 -WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 3 2 2 3 3DK/NA 16 16 8 25 13 18 15 9 26UpStat NYC SubMaragos 27% 13% 37%Gillibrand 54 69 45SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 -WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2DK/NA 16 15 16TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and thecandidates were George Maragos the Republican and Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat, forwhom would you vote?May 30 Apr 052012 2012 Maragos 24 23Gillibrand 57 57SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2DK/NA 16 15
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