March 28, 2018 - New York City Voters Divided On Paying First Lady, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want Mayor, Council To Have Equal Power Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York City voters approve 43 - 28 percent of the job First Lady Chirlane McCray is doing and are divided 46 - 45 percent on whether she should be paid for her city work, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

There is not much of a gender gap, but a substantial racial gap on whether Ms. McCray should be paid, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Men are split 45 - 47 percent on paying the First Lady, and women support paying her by a thin 48 - 43 percent. Support for paying McCray is 61 - 33 percent among black voters and 49 - 41 percent among Hispanic voters. White voters oppose paying her 57 - 35 percent.

New York City voters approve 48 - 38 percent of the job Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing, his lowest grade since a 45 - 46 percent approval rating in a January 18, 2017 survey.

Looking at the mayor's qualities, voters say:
  • 50 - 39 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 51 - 43 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 50 - 42 percent the he understands their problems.
New York City voters approve 56 - 37 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing and say 58 - 22 percent that he would be better for the city than Cynthia Nixon. Democrats say 64 - 21 percent that Cuomo would be better.

"New York City voters like First Lady Chirlane McCray, but they're apparently of mixed opinion about giving her a paycheck," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is much better for the city than his high profile challenger, Cynthia Nixon. Again, the governor has a higher job approval rating than Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"New Yorkers to Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, 'Yeah, we know you don't get along, but knock it off for the good of the city.'"

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are involved in a "personal feud" 47 percent of New York City voters say, while 40 percent believe they have "honest disagreements."

Either way, 60 percent of voters say the conflict hurts the city, while 9 percent say it helps the city and 25 percent say it makes no difference.

In this conflict, New York City voters agree more with Cuomo than de Blasio 38 - 32 percent. Democrats agree more with de Blasio 40 - 33 percent. Mayor and City Council

The mayor and the New York City Council should have equal power governing the city, 71 percent of voters say, as 18 percent want the mayor to have more power and 7 percent want the City Council to have more power.

Voters approve 43 - 15 percent of the job newly elected City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is doing, an approval rating Melissa Mark-Viverito achieved only once in her four years as Council Speaker. Approval ratings for other citywide leaders are:
  • 53 - 18 percent for Police Commissioner James O'Neill;
  • 46 - 19 percent for Public Advocate Letitia James;
  • 55 - 19 percent for City Comptroller Scott Stringer, close to his highest rating ever.
New York City voters disapprove 76 - 19 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing.

Voters approve 52 - 37 percent of the way de Blasio is handling the Police Department, but he gets mixed or negative grades for handling other issues:
  • A divided 43 - 46 percent for handling the public schools;
  • 26 - 60 percent for handling public housing projects;
  • 31 - 56 percent for handling affordable housing;
  • Split 40 - 40 percent for handling taxes;
  • 28 - 62 percent for handling poverty and homelessness.
From March 22 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 955 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              48%    10%    60%    38%    48%    48%    35%    60%    55%
Disapprove           38     75     27     50     40     38     54     26     31
DK/NA                13     15     13     13     12     15     10     14     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%    48%    53%    47%    34%    45%    54%    45%    46%
Disapprove           35     38     34     39     61     37     34     44     39
DK/NA                16     14     13     14      4     17     11     11     15
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James O'Neill is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              53%    54%    53%    56%    56%    51%    58%    61%    48%
Disapprove           18     26     15     21     21     16     13     20     24
DK/NA                28     20     32     24     23     33     29     19     28
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%    56%    53%    53%    60%    38%    54%    56%    63%
Disapprove           26     19     13     19     14     22     21     21     12
DK/NA                26     26     34     28     26     40     24     23     26
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Letitia James is handling her job as Public Advocate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              46%    23%    52%    48%    47%    46%    40%    66%    39%
Disapprove           19     39     13     24     23     17     24     13     22
DK/NA                34     38     34     28     30     37     36     21     39
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    59%    42%    41%    44%    48%    49%    46%    46%
Disapprove           22     14     17     27     20     14     20     22     23
DK/NA                40     27     41     32     36     38     31     32     31
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Corey Johnson is handling his job as City Council Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    32%    49%    40%    42%    43%    36%    55%    48%
Disapprove           15     31      7     22     20     12     20     13     16
DK/NA                42     37     44     38     38     45     44     32     36
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    50%    44%    36%    38%    44%    49%    43%    37%
Disapprove           21     14     10     18     14     16     17     16     14
DK/NA                41     35     46     45     47     40     34     40     48
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Scott Stringer is handling his job as City Comptroller?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              55%    45%    61%    53%    59%    52%    58%    62%    47%
Disapprove           19     26     12     23     19     20     18     18     25
DK/NA                26     29     26     24     22     29     23     20     28
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              43%    61%    57%    54%    53%    42%    58%    59%    65%
Disapprove           24     14     20     21     23     24     18     22     14
DK/NA                33     25     23     25     24     34     24     19     21
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    35%    64%    51%    53%    59%    49%    64%    63%
Disapprove           37     61     29     45     42     33     47     29     29
DK/NA                 6      3      7      4      5      8      4      7      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              57%    61%    52%    57%    43%    50%    59%    60%    56%
Disapprove           37     32     41     36     54     41     39     35     35
DK/NA                 5      6      7      8      3      9      3      5      9
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              19%    72%     6%    27%    23%    16%    30%     7%    16%
Disapprove           76     21     92     66     72     80     68     89     83
DK/NA                 4      7      2      7      5      4      2      4      1
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              16%    24%    12%    18%    34%    14%    21%    18%    22%
Disapprove           82     70     87     75     62     82     75     78     73
DK/NA                 3      5      1      8      4      4      4      4      5
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chirlane McCray is handling her job as First Lady of New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    27%    49%    40%    44%    42%    39%    57%    47%
Disapprove           28     52     21     33     28     28     34     23     29
DK/NA                28     21     29     26     27     29     26     20     24
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              43%    50%    46%    34%    35%    40%    44%    49%    42%
Disapprove           33     22     23     37     35     25     29     28     34
DK/NA                24     28     30     30     30     34     27     23     23
 
 
9. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        7%     4%     9%     4%     9%     5%     6%     7%    10%
Smwht satisfied      45     35     51     41     48     43     46     48     44
Smwht dissatisfied   28     24     26     36     23     33     29     29     23
Very dissatisfied    18     37     12     20     19     18     20     16     21
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      2      -      1      3
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        6%     5%    11%     5%     7%     7%     5%     7%    10%
Smwht satisfied      41     51     45     40     46     38     52     45     43
Smwht dissatisfied   30     27     26     33     19     36     27     26     25
Very dissatisfied    22     17     14     20     28     17     15     21     21
DK/NA                 1      1      3      1      -      3      -      1      1
 
 
10. Thinking about the election for governor this year, who do you think would be better for New York City as Governor: Andrew Cuomo or Cynthia Nixon?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Cuomo                58%    49%    64%    55%    56%    59%    56%    66%    60%
Nixon                22     19     21     26     25     20     23     19     26
DK/NA                20     32     16     20     19     21     21     14     14
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Cuomo                63%    61%    50%    58%    55%    51%    55%    63%    64%
Nixon                15     23     25     21     28     34     26     16     13
DK/NA                23     16     24     21     17     15     19     21     22
 
 
11. Who should have more power in governing New York City: the Mayor, the City Council or both equally?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Mayor                18%    31%    17%    19%    21%    16%    19%    16%    14%
City Council          7     11      6      9      9      5     10      3      6
Both equally         71     55     76     67     65     76     67     77     77
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      5      3      4      4      2
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Mayor                14%    19%    22%    17%    19%     6%    21%    26%    16%
City Council          4      8      6      8      8      6      6      7      8
Both equally         76     69     72     70     72     84     70     65     72
DK/NA                 6      4      1      5      1      4      3      2      4
 
 
12. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  51%    20%    62%    42%    50%    52%    36%    70%    52%
No                   43     78     34     52     44     43     60     26     41
DK/NA                 5      2      4      7      5      5      4      3      7
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  57%    52%    52%    50%    36%    53%    59%    44%    48%
No                   40     43     42     44     60     41     36     51     48
DK/NA                 3      5      6      6      4      6      6      5      4
 
 
13. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - understands the problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    24%    60%    44%    52%    50%    41%    64%    50%
No                   42     72     32     51     42     42     56     30     41
DK/NA                 7      4      8      5      6      9      4      6      9
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  45%    55%    52%    51%    38%    43%    62%    49%    50%
No                   46     39     38     43     61     49     30     48     44
DK/NA                 9      7     10      7      2      7      9      3      5
 
 
14. Would you say that Bill de Blasio - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    22%    62%    39%    50%    51%    40%    63%    51%
No                   39     70     28     49     42     36     52     28     36
DK/NA                11      7     11     12      8     13      8      8     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  48%    50%    54%    50%    41%    48%    59%    47%    46%
No                   39     37     35     40     55     41     34     44     39
DK/NA                13     13     11      9      3     11      8      9     15
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - the police department?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    29%    60%    46%    49%    55%    50%    61%    48%
Disapprove           37     67     28     45     43     32     43     36     37
DK/NA                11      3     12      8      7     13      7      4     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    52%    59%    53%    43%    46%    55%    51%    57%
Disapprove           43     38     28     36     55     40     37     39     34
DK/NA                10     10     13     11      2     13      8     10      9
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - the public schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              43%    25%    49%    40%    47%    39%    38%    55%    38%
Disapprove           46     64     41     49     42     49     47     39     52
DK/NA                11     11     10     12     11     12     15      6     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              34%    51%    42%    40%    37%    41%    47%    41%    39%
Disapprove           53     38     44     51     53     52     44     48     45
DK/NA                13     10     14      9      9      7      9     10     16
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - public housing projects for low income people?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              26%    18%    28%    24%    29%    24%    24%    28%    25%
Disapprove           60     72     58     62     58     62     63     63     62
DK/NA                14     10     14     14     13     14     13      9     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              23%    28%    29%    26%    21%    25%    31%    24%    23%
Disapprove           64     57     58     61     69     61     55     66     63
DK/NA                13     15     14     14     10     14     13     10     14
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - affordable housing for low and middle income people?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              31%    19%    36%    25%    32%    30%    26%    38%    26%
Disapprove           56     68     51     61     55     56     60     54     65
DK/NA                14     13     13     14     13     14     13      9      9
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              27%    31%    35%    31%    20%    22%    37%    32%    28%
Disapprove           68     52     53     53     60     62     52     57     57
DK/NA                 4     17     12     16     20     16     11     11     15
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              40%    19%    47%    36%    41%    40%    36%    48%    37%
Disapprove           40     72     31     47     44     37     47     35     39
DK/NA                20      9     22     17     15     23     17     17     24
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              39%    42%    43%    38%    30%    38%    45%    41%    39%
Disapprove           42     39     34     44     54     40     39     45     40
DK/NA                19     19     23     18     16     22     16     15     21
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - poverty and homelessness?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              28%    16%    32%    26%    27%    30%    25%    37%    22%
Disapprove           62     77     58     67     64     61     67     57     68
DK/NA                 9      7     10      7      9     10      8      6     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              27%    33%    26%    28%    18%    24%    31%    29%    27%
Disapprove           63     56     68     61     76     68     59     66     63
DK/NA                 9     11      7     11      6      8     10      5     10
 
 
21. Do you think First Lady Chirlane McCray should be paid if she is doing work for New York City or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Paid             46%    36%    51%    45%    45%    48%    35%    61%    49%
No                   45     58     41     48     47     43     57     33     41
DK/NA                 9      6      8      8      8      9      8      6     10
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Paid             50%    51%    50%    36%    42%    61%    50%    45%    32%
No                   43     42     39     54     47     31     43     47     58
DK/NA                 7      7     11     10     11      8      7      8     10
 
 
31. Who do you think most closely represents your political views: Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, or neither?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Cuomo                29%    15%    33%    30%    27%    30%    30%    28%    31%
de Blasio            21     13     29     12     21     22     22     26     19
Neither              44     72     32     54     49     40     47     44     40
DK/NA                 6      -      7      3      2      8      2      3     11
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Cuomo                25%    29%    27%    33%    25%    24%    26%    34%    33%
de Blasio            15     21     28     22     12     23     24     19     23
Neither              50     45     38     41     61     44     46     43     40
DK/NA                10      5      6      4      3      9      4      3      5
 
 
32. Do you believe Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are involved in a personal feud or do you believe they have honest disagreements about what's best for New York City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Personal feud        47%    53%    40%    61%    52%    43%    57%    44%    40%
Honest disagreements 40     31     48     26     39     40     34     45     39
DK/NA                13     17     12     12      8     17      9     10     21
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Personal feud        38%    49%    50%    48%    45%    44%    49%    49%    48%
Honest disagreements 45     40     39     38     39     46     36     40     39
DK/NA                17     12     11     14     16     10     15     11     13
 
 
33. Thinking about this conflict, do you agree more with de Blasio or more with Cuomo?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
de Blasio            32%    14%    40%    26%    36%    29%    28%    36%    36%
Cuomo                38     58     33     44     39     37     43     30     40
DK/NA                30     28     27     30     25     34     28     34     24
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
de Blasio            26%    30%    40%    33%    26%    36%    38%    28%    31%
Cuomo                40     40     26     42     51     37     35     45     38
DK/NA                34     30     34     26     23     27     27     27     31
 
 
34. Does the conflict between Cuomo and de Blasio help New York City, hurt New York City, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Help NYC              9%    11%     8%    10%    10%     8%     8%     6%    14%
Hurt NYC             60     62     63     57     62     58     69     60     50
No difference        25     24     22     32     24     26     21     31     28
DK/NA                 6      3      7      2      4      8      3      3      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS..............
                     Brnx   Bklyn  Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Help NYC             12%    10%    11%     7%     5%    15%     9%     5%     7%
Hurt NYC             58     61     60     62     57     53     66     64     59
No difference        26     26     22     25     31     25     22     28     27
DK/NA                 5      4      8      7      7      8      3      3      7