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Maurice Carroll, Director

,
Quinnipiac University Polling
Institute
(203) 582-5334
Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
Contact:
Pat Smith
(212) 843FOR RELEASE:
NOVEMBER
26, 2013

NEW YORK’S CUOMO OPENS ELECTION YEAR WITH A ROAR,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
2-1 APPROVAL AND HUGE LEAD OVER UNKNOWN CONTENDER
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who saw his job approval rating drop in Quinnipiac
University polls in the first six months of the year, opens his reelection bid with a 62 – 25
percent approval rating today.
This compares to a 53 – 30 percent approval rating, his lowest ever, in a June 5 survey by
the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Cuomo’s approval is up in every
region, to 53 – 37 percent upstate, 62 – 23 percent in the suburbs and 71 – 13 percent in New
York City.
Republicans go from a negative 37 – 49 percent June 5 to a positive 50 – 37 percent
today. Republican support was key to Cuomo’s +70 approval ratings during his first two years
in office.
In an early look at the 2014 governor’s race, Cuomo tops Westchester County Executive
Rob Astorino, a possible Republican challenger, 56 – 25 percent. Astorino leads 62 – 23 percent
among Republicans while Cuomo takes every other party, age, gender, income and regional
group.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has much for which to be thankful. The only thing better than lots
of opponents is an unknown opponent. The Democratic governor scores a demographic sweep,
except among Republicans,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling
Institute.
“At mid-year, Cuomo was coming off a generally unsatisfying legislative session. His
news-making plan to make Roe v Wade part of state law and his anti-corruption efforts didn’t go
anywhere. Now his job approval as he heads into the election year is healthy and a big majority
of New Yorkers think he deserves a second term.”
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Quinnipiac University Poll/November 26, 2013 – page 2
New York State voters say 59 – 31 percent that Cuomo deserves to be reelected. That
includes 81 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independent voters and 40 percent of
Republicans.
Cuomo gets a 55 – 27 percent favorability rating. For Astorino, 84 percent of voters
don’t know enough to form an opinion.
President Obama’s Approval
President Barack Obama gets a split 47 – 49 percent job approval rating, near his all-time
New York State low of 45 – 49 percent in an August 12, 2011, Quinnipiac University poll. The
president is down 13 – 87 percent among Republicans and 35 – 61 percent among independent
voters, while Democrats approve 81 – 15 percent.
There is a large gender gap as women approve 51 – 45 percent while men give a negative
42 – 54 percent score.
“Since the healthcare website collapse, President Barack Obama has been going down,
down, down in Quinnipiac University polls nationally and in the states. Now he’s even
struggling to stay above water in true-blue New York,” Carroll said.
New York State voters approve 60 – 30 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is
doing and give U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 57 – 24 percent job approval.
A total of 50 percent of voters are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the way
things are going in the Empire State today, while 50 percent are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very
dissatisfied.”
From November 20 – 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,337 New York State voters
with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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, Iowa, Ohio,
Virginia, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or
follow us on Twitter.

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1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were
Andrew Cuomo the Democrat and Rob Astorino the Republican, for whom would you vote?

Cuomo
Astorino
SMONE ELSE(VOL)
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)
DK/NA

Cuomo
Astorino
SMONE ELSE(VOL)
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)
DK/NA

Cuomo
Astorino
SMONE ELSE(VOL)
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

56%
25
2
2
15

23%
62
4
1
10

86%
4
10

48%
23
2
4
23

55%
28
2
2
14

57%
23
2
2
16

49%
32
2
2
15

80%
4
3
13

79%
14
2
5

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

62%
23
1
2
12

56%
24
2
2
16

51%
29
1
2
16

52%
27
3
2
16

57%
26
3
1
14

57%
29
3
1
10

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

45%
34
3
3
16

18%
67
3
2
10

70%
15
2
1
12

53%
27
1
1
17

83%
4
1
12

52%
26
2
3
17

61%
24
4
1
11

59%
23
2
1
15

40%
31
2
5
21

2. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough
about him?

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

55%
27
14
3

38%
43
15
4

73%
9
15
3

51%
33
13
4

54%
30
13
4

57%
24
15
3

53%
33
10
3

72%
2
21
5

62%
12
26
1

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

64%
26
7
3

54%
23
19
4

48%
19
32
1

51%
28
18
3

56%
33
9
2

60%
31
5
4

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

44%
39
13
3

27%
56
13
4

66%
15
16
3

57%
26
12
5

70%
12
15
2

51%
30
16
3

61%
27
7
5

62%
25
10
3

42%
43
12
3

3

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
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Nov 26
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 26
2011**

Sep 01
2010

Jun 22
2010

FAVORABLE.....
High
Low
Jun 24 Jan 26
2009*
2011**

55
27
14
3

52
27
17
3

47
11
36
6

54
21
22
3

57
18
22
3

63
15
20
2

47
11
36
6

3. Is your opinion of Rob Astorino favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough
about him?

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Favorable
Unfavorable
Hvn't hrd enough
REFUSED

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

10%
5
84
-

17%
2
80
-

6%
7
86
-

11%
5
84
-

10%
6
83
1

10%
4
86
-

10%
5
84
-

5%
4
90
1

11%
4
85
-

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

11%
7
82
-

10%
2
88
-

6
94
-

10%
4
86
-

8%
7
84
1

12%
8
80
-

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

8%
4
87
-

13%
3
84
1

9%
4
87
-

15%
9
75
1

4%
6
90
-

13%
4
83
-

11%
6
82
-

10%
5
84
1

10%
5
85
-

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

62%
25
14

50%
37
13

80%
10
10

54%
29
16

60%
28
12

63%
21
15

59%
31
10

80%
5
15

68%
10
22

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

66%
24
10

63%
20
16

63%
16
21

59%
25
15

61%
31
8

62%
28
10

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

53%
37
11

43%
48
9

71%
13
16

62%
23
15

76%
15
9

57%
27
16

64%
27
9

67%
23
11

48%
39
13

4

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as
Governor?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

Apr 17
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 30
2013

APPROVE.......
High
Low
Dec 12 Jun 05
2012
2013

62
25
14

53
30
17

57
29
15

55
27
18

59
28
13

74
13
13

53
30
17

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as
United States Senator?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

60%
30
10

35%
55
10

82%
10
8

55%
33
12

56%
37
7

64%
23
13

57%
34
9

80%
7
13

65%
22
13

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

66%
27
7

56%
30
14

49%
33
18

57%
31
12

65%
30
5

64%
30
6

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

50%
38
12

29%
61
10

70%
19
11

60%
33
6

82%
8
9

61%
28
11

68%
25
8

58%
35
7

47%
38
14

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
Disapprove
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

Apr 17
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 30
2013

APPROVE.......
High
Low
Dec 08 Apr 15
2004*
1999

60
30
10

59
30
11

64
26
10

61
27
13

60
30
10

69
16
15

51
22
28

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6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as
United States Senator?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

57%
24
19

36%
46
19

75%
7
19

53%
27
21

53%
32
15

60%
17
23

57%
28
15

60%
6
35

57%
16
28

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

64%
22
14

55%
21
24

50%
21
29

52%
26
22

62%
27
10

61%
25
14

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

54%
31
15

35%
50
15

60%
15
25

56%
26
18

79%
8
13

54%
24
22

61%
23
16

59%
26
14

53%
31
16

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as
United States Senator?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

Apr 17
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 30
2013

APPROVE.......
High
Low
Dec 12 Feb 17
2012
2009

57
24
19

55
24
21

57
21
21

57
21
22

57
21
22

61
18
21

28
10
62

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

47%
49
4

13%
87
1

81%
15
4

35%
61
4

42%
54
3

51%
45
5

35%
61
4

86%
10
4

70%
26
4

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

51%
47
2

52%
42
6

46%
51
2

44%
51
5

42%
57
1

45%
52
3

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

38%
57
5

16%
82
2

65%
31
4

33%
64
2

83%
15
2

45%
53
2

51%
44
5

46%
48
5

26%
66
8

6

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as
President?

Approve
Disapprove
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

Apr 17
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 30
2013

APPROVE.......
High
Low
Feb 19 Aug 12
2009
2011

47
49
4

55
41
3

55
41
4

57
39
4

57
39
4

72
17
10

45
49
6

14. Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does
not deserve to be reelected?

Yes/Deserves
No/Does not
DK/NA

Yes/Deserves
No/Does not
DK/NA

Yes/Deserves
No/Does not
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

59%
31
11

40%
51
10

81%
10
9

52%
36
12

59%
34
7

59%
27
13

54%
36
10

87%
8
6

64%
19
18

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

63%
28
9

59%
28
13

65%
26
9

57%
32
11

58%
34
8

60%
32
8

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

49%
42
9

33%
62
4

69%
20
11

59%
27
14

79%
11
10

54%
33
12

61%
30
9

61%
28
11

44%
46
10

TREND: Do you feel that Andrew Cuomo deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he
does not deserve to be reelected?

Yes/Deserves
No/Does not
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

59
31
11

58
31
11

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15. 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 satisfied
Smwht satisfied
Smwht dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
DK/NA

Very satisfied
Smwht satisfied
Smwht dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
DK/NA

Very satisfied
Smwht satisfied
Smwht dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
DK/NA

Tot

Rep

Dem

Ind

Men

Wom

Wht

Blk

Hsp

5%
45
28
22
-

1%
32
31
35
-

8%
61
21
10
-

3%
38
34
23
-

5%
40
30
25
-

5%
49
26
20
1

5%
41
28
26
-

5%
57
28
9
1

5%
55
26
15
-

COLLEGE DEG
Yes
No

ANNUAL HSHOLD INC
<50K
50-100 >100K

AGE IN YRS..............
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+

6%
52
25
18
-

4%
41
29
25
1

4%
50
33
12
-

4%
41
30
25
-

4%
47
28
22
-

4%
48
27
21
-

AREA.............
UpStat NYC
Sub

UPSTATE NY.......
Rep
Dem
Ind

3%
36
29
31
-

21
31
47
-

6%
52
27
14
-

5%
49
27
19
-

7%
63
24
6
-

4%
46
27
23
-

4%
45
27
23
-

6%
43
25
24
1

3%
32
33
32
-

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 satisfied
Smwht satisfied
Smwht dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
DK/NA

Nov 26
2013

Jun 05
2013

Apr 17
2013

Mar 19
2013

Jan 31
2013

VERY+SMWHT SAT
High
Low
Feb 25 Jun 23
1998
2010

5
45
28
22
-

5
45
26
23
1

5
40
28
26
1

4
42
29
23
1

7
43
24
25
1

13
60
20
7
1

1
18
33
47
1

8