Maurice Carroll, Director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute (203) 582-5334 Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

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FOR RELEASE: MARCH 19, 2013

NEW YORK REPUBLICANS TURN ON CUOMO FOR FIRST TIME EVER, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; CLINTON IS TOP 2016 CHOICE AS CUOMO BEATS CHRISTIE
Republican voters disapprove of New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time since he took office two years ago, leaving him with an overall 55 – 27 percent job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Today’s results compare to a 59 – 28 percent job approval January 30 and an all-time high of 74 – 13 percent in a December 12 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-peack) University. Approval today is 69 – 12 percent among Democrats and 49 – 34 percent among independent voters, while Republicans disapprove 49 – 38 percent, the poll finds. Men approve 55 – 31 percent while women approve 55 – 24 percent. Republican approval of Cuomo peaked at 69 – 19 percent July 25 and dropped to a 44 – 43 percent split January 30. Upstate voters approve 44 – 38 percent, while New York City voters approve 68 – 13 percent and suburban voters approve 53 – 33 percent. New York State voters support 64 – 31 percent the stricter gun-control laws which Cuomo signed in January, with Republicans opposed 59 – 37 percent. Voters approve 49 – 38 percent of Cuomo’s handling of gun policy, with Republicans disapproving 63 – 28 percent and upstate voters disapproving 55 – 35 percent. Approval is 67 – 18 percent among Democrats, 61 – 22 percent in New York City and 54 – 33 percent in the suburbs. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo built his envy-of-the-nation string of approval ratings on huge support from the other party – unheard of in today’s era of take-no-prisoners partisan politics,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “His first-in-the-nation move for gun control hurt Gov. Cuomo with Republicans and independent voters. The geographical split is wide: upstaters disapprove heavily of the way the governor handled the gun issue, but city voters support him even more heavily. “But, by 2-1, voters approve of tougher laws and they approve 2-1 of Cuomo overall.” -more-

Quinnipiac University Poll/March 19, 2013 – page 2 “This week’s news on the state budget could help Cuomo win back some Republicans in the months ahead – or not,” Carroll added. In an early look at the 2016 presidential race in New York State, voters back former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over New Jersey Gov. Christie 59 – 32 percent. Cuomo tops Christie in New York 46 – 38 percent. The big swing is among independent voters, who back Clinton over Christie 48 – 35 percent and back Christie over Cuomo 48 – 29 percent. Cuomo gets a 52 – 27 percent favorability rating from New York State voters, almost matching his approval rating. Clinton gets a 71 – 24 percent favorability rating, with 55 – 17 percent for Christie. “Gov. Cuomo tops New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie in the way-down-the-road presidential election,” Carroll said. “But the Empire State’s adopted daughter, Chappaqua’s own Hillary Clinton, is the New Yorker with the big numbers. “When we look at favorability, Cuomo’s in third place, behind Clinton and Christie.” New York State votes approve 57 – 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer gets a 61 – 27 percent approval rating, with 57 – 21 percent for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. From March 11 – 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 55% 27 18 Rep 38% 49 14 Dem 69% 12 20 Ind 49% 34 17 Men 55% 31 14 Wom 55% 24 21 Wht 53% 32 16 Blk 66% 15 20

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 64% 25 11 49% 29 22

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 53% 26 20 58% 31 11 62% 27 11

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 46% 26 28 54% 30 16 60% 27 13

AREA............. UpStat NYC Sub Approve Disapprove DK/NA 44% 38 19 68% 13 19 53% 33 14

UPSTATE NY....... Rep Dem Ind 30% 55 15 60% 19 20 38% 43 19

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor? REGISTERED VOTERS..................................... APPROVE....... High Low Mar 19 Jan 30 Dec 12 Sep 12 Jul 25 Dec 12 Mar 19 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2013 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 55 27 18 59 28 13 74 13 13 70 16 14 73 16 12 74 13 13 55 27 18

REPUBLICANS........................................... APPROVE....... High Low Mar 19 Jan 30 Dec 12 Sep 12 Jul 25 Jul 25 Mar 19 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2013 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 38 49 14 44 43 13 68 18 13 66 21 12 69 19 13 69 19 13 38 49 14

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 61% 27 13 Rep 44% 47 9 Dem 75% 10 15 Ind 54% 35 11 Men 56% 33 10 Wom 65% 21 14 Wht 58% 30 12 Blk 78% 12 10

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 68% 23 8 56% 29 15

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 58% 24 18 63% 28 9 68% 29 4

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 45% 29 25 63% 28 8 66% 24 9

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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 69% Oct 2001) APPROVE....... High Low Dec 08 Apr 15 2004* 1999 69 16 15 51 22 28

Mar 19 2013 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 61 27 13

Jan 30 2013 60 30 10

Dec 12 2012 63 23 15

Sep 12 2012 62 25 13

Jul 25 2012 61 25 14

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 57% 21 22 Rep 40% 37 22 Dem 71% 9 21 Ind 51% 27 23 Men 54% 26 20 Wom 61% 16 23 Wht 56% 23 21 Blk 70% 7 22

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 66% 18 16 51% 23 26

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 55% 18 27 60% 23 17 65% 20 15

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 51% 25 24 60% 19 21 60% 20 20

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator? APPROVE....... High Low Mar 19 Jan 30 Dec 12 Jul 25 May 30 Dec 12 Feb 17 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2009 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 57 21 22 57 21 22 61 18 21 54 20 26 60 22 18 61 18 21 28 10 62

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 57% 39 4 Rep 14% 81 4 Dem 86% 12 2 Ind 46% 48 6 Men 53% 43 4 Wom 61% 35 4 Wht 49% 48 4 Blk 90% 9 1

WHITE................................. COLLEGE DEG Yes No Prot Cath Men Wom Approve Disapprove DK/NA 56% 41 3 43% 53 4 42% 53 4 43% 54 3 45% 51 4 52% 45 3 AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 59% 38 3 56% 39 5 58% 39 4

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 61% 35 3 55% 41 4

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 62% 34 3 55% 40 5 56% 43 2

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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? APPROVE....... High Low Feb 19 Aug 12 2009 2011 72 17 10 45 49 6

Mar 19 2013 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 57 39 4

Jan 30 2013 57 39 4

Dec 12 2012 62 35 3

Jul 25 2012 57 38 5

May 31 2012 58 39 3

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 30% 55 15 Rep 18% 68 14 Dem 42% 42 16 Ind 21% 64 15 Men 32% 56 12 Wom 29% 54 18 Wht 25% 60 15 Blk 44% 45 11

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 31% 53 16 29% 56 15

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 32% 49 18 31% 57 12 30% 59 11

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 39% 46 14 27% 60 13 29% 54 17

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job? APPROVE....... High Low Dec 12 Sep 01 2012 2010 35 46 18 15 75 9

Mar 19 2013 Approve Disapprove DK/NA 30 55 15

Jan 30 2013 32 50 18

Dec 12 2012 35 46 18

Sep 12 2012 34 50 15

Jul 26 2012 31 51 18

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6. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote? Tot Cuomo Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 46% 38 4 3 10 Rep 12% 77 3 1 6 Dem 75% 13 3 2 8 Ind 29% 48 5 5 14 Men 42% 40 4 3 11 Wom 49% 35 3 4 9 Wht 38% 44 4 4 10 Blk 70% 17 4 1 8

WHITE................................. COLLEGE DEG Yes No Prot Cath Men Wom Cuomo Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 47% 39 2 4 8 31% 48 5 4 12 32% 51 2 4 10 32% 51 4 4 9 34% 46 6 4 10 41% 43 2 4 10 AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 49% 32 2 3 14 45% 41 5 3 6 45% 38 3 3 10

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Cuomo Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 50% 36 2 4 8 43% 39 5 3 11

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 49% 32 3 4 12 44% 41 4 4 7 43% 46 1 2 8

7. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote? Tot Clinton Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 59% 32 1 2 6 Rep 18% 74 1 1 6 Dem 88% 9 2 Ind 48% 35 3 4 9 Men 53% 35 2 4 6 Wom 64% 29 1 1 5 Wht 51% 39 2 2 6 Blk 90% 7 3

WHITE................................. COLLEGE DEG Yes No Prot Cath Men Wom Clinton Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 58% 33 1 1 6 46% 43 2 3 5 44% 46 1 1 8 47% 44 3 2 4 45% 41 3 4 6 57% 37 1 1 5 AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 60% 31 2 5 3 60% 31 2 2 5 59% 32 1 1 7

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Clinton Christie SMONE ELSE(VOL) WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) DK/NA 62% 29 1 1 7 57% 33 2 3 5

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 65% 26 1 2 6 58% 32 2 3 5 54% 39 1 5

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8. Is your opinion of Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? Tot Favorable Unfavorable Hvn't hrd enough REFUSED 55% 17 27 2 Rep 71% 6 21 1 Dem 45% 24 30 1 Ind 60% 13 24 2 Men 57% 19 23 2 Wom 53% 15 30 2 Wht 57% 16 25 2 Blk 46% 20 33 1

9. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? Tot Favorable Unfavorable Hvn't hrd enough REFUSED 52% 27 17 3 Rep 34% 46 14 6 Dem 69% 11 17 3 Ind 44% 35 19 3 Men 49% 33 16 2 Wom 55% 22 19 4 Wht 51% 32 15 3 Blk 66% 6 23 6

TREND: Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 63% Apr 2009 and Feb 2009/**"Governor Andrew Cuomo") FAVORABLE..... High Low Jun 24 Jan 26 2009* 2011** 63 15 20 2 47 11 36 6

Mar 19 2013 Favorable Unfavorable Hvn't hrd enough REFUSED 52 27 17 3

Jan 26 2011** 47 11 36 6

Sep 01 2010 54 21 22 3

Jun 22 2010 57 18 22 3

Apr 13 2010 59 19 20 2

10. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? Tot Favorable Unfavorable Hvn't hrd enough REFUSED 71% 24 5 Rep 37% 55 7 1 Dem 92% 5 3 Ind 67% 28 5 Men 65% 30 5 Wom 76% 19 4 Wht 66% 30 4 Blk 98% 1 2 -

TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her? FAVORABLE..... High Low Mar 19 Apr 18 2013 2008 71 24 5 48 45 5 2

Mar 19 2013 Favorable Unfavorable Hvn't hrd enough REFUSED 71 24 5 -

Jun 11 2008 53 40 4 3

Apr 18 2008 48 45 5 2

Mar 21 2008 53 40 5 3

Dec 17 2007 53 34 9 3

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11. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? Tot Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 4% 42 29 23 1 Rep 3% 27 37 33 Dem 5% 55 26 12 2 Ind 4% 35 30 30 1 Men 4% 39 28 26 2 Wom 4% 45 30 20 1 Wht 3% 39 32 25 1 Blk 7% 55 26 9 3

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 5% 49 28 17 1 3% 38 30 27 1

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 4% 39 32 24 5% 40 26 27 2 4% 47 28 19 1

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 3% 42 33 21 5% 41 29 25 1 4% 44 27 23 2

AREA............. UpStat NYC Sub Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 3% 35 30 32 4% 52 27 16 2 6% 39 33 19 2

UPSTATE NY....... Rep Dem Ind 1% 15 41 43 7% 52 26 15 1% 31 27 41 -

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? VERY+SMWHT SAT High Low Feb 25 Jun 23 1998 2010 13 60 20 7 1 1 18 33 47 1

Mar 19 2013 Very satisfied Smwht satisfied Smwht dissatisfied Very dissatisfied DK/NA 4 42 29 23 1

Jan 31 2013 7 43 24 25 1

Dec 12 2102 5 50 29 15 1

Sep 12 2012 5 47 30 17 1

Jul 26 2012 4 42 33 21 1

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12. Do you approve or disapprove of Andrew Cuomo's handling of gun policy? Tot Approve Disapprove DK/NA 49% 38 13 Rep 28% 63 9 Dem 67% 18 15 Ind 40% 47 13 Men 48% 44 8 Wom 50% 33 17 Wht 45% 43 12 Blk 70% 17 14

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Approve Disapprove DK/NA 57% 33 10 44% 41 15

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 47% 36 17 54% 40 6 55% 36 9

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 40% 46 14 49% 39 11 54% 34 12

AREA............. UpStat NYC Sub Approve Disapprove DK/NA 35% 55 9 61% 22 17 54% 33 13

DENSITY............ Urban Suburb Rural 59% 27 14 48% 39 13 32% 60 8

GUN HSHOLD Yes No 25% 71 5 58% 26 16

UPSTATE NY....... Rep Dem Ind Approve Disapprove DK/NA 22% 73 6 55% 32 12 28% 63 9

13. Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in New York State? Tot Support Oppose DK/NA 64% 31 4 Rep 37% 59 4 Dem 86% 11 2 Ind 54% 38 7 Men 57% 39 4 Wom 71% 24 5 Wht 57% 38 5 Blk 96% 3 1

COLLEGE DEG Yes No Support Oppose DK/NA 71% 26 3 60% 35 5

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC <50K 50-100 >100K 63% 30 7 62% 35 3 72% 27 1

AGE IN YRS....... 18-34 35-54 55+ 58% 36 6 66% 33 1 66% 28 5

AREA............. UpStat NYC Sub Support Oppose DK/NA 45% 49 6 82% 14 4 70% 27 3

DENSITY............ Urban Suburb Rural 77% 20 2 65% 29 6 36% 59 6

GUN HSHOLD Yes No 33% 64 3 76% 19 5

UPSTATE NY....... Rep Dem Ind Support Oppose DK/NA 25% 71 4 73% 24 4 35% 55 10

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