June 3, 2015 - Ethics Help Pull New York Gov. Cuomo To New Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say 2-1 Clean House To Clean Up Albany Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Low grades on his handling of ethics help sink New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to his lowest approval rating ever, a divided 44 - 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 50 - 39 percent job approval rating in a March 18 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

All elected officials in Albany should be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate, voters say 55 - 28 percent. No party, gender, age or regional group thinks New York State elected officials are capable of ending political corruption in Albany.

Approval of Gov. Cuomo among Democrats is an unusually low 55 - 29 percent, as Republicans disapprove 58 - 31 percent. Independent voters are divided 45 - 45 percent.

Approval is 52 - 29 percent in New York City, 48 - 37 percent in the suburbs and negative 34 - 56 percent among upstate voters.

New York State voters disapprove 53 - 33 percent of the way Cuomo is handling ethics in government, compared to a 54 - 35 percent disapproval March 18.

When it comes to ethics in government, voters say 52 - 32 percent that the governor is part of the problem, not part of the solution, his worst score ever on this question.

"Can Albany fix itself? A lot of New Yorkers don't think so. And most of them think Gov. Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem, not of the solution," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"There have been no charges of corruption leveled against the governor or anyone in his administration, but when the stench gets this bad, everyone starts to smell."

Only 5 percent of New York State voters say U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has gone too far investigating corruption in state government, while 36 percent say he has not gone far enough and 32 percent say he has handled corruption investigations "about right."

The Albany practice of "three men in a room," in which the governor and two legislative leaders make important decisions in secret, is one of several causes of corruption in Albany, 67 percent of voters say, while 12 percent say it is the main cause and 11 percent say it is not a cause of corruption at all.

If more legislators were directly involved in making important decisions, it would help end corruption, New York State voters say 66 - 27 percent.

Voters disapprove 60 - 26 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, but approve 44 - 37 percent of their own Assembly member and approve 54 - 31 percent of their own state senator. At the same time, 45 percent of voters say their state senator should be thrown out in a general house-cleaning, while 40 percent say their senator deserves reelection. Voters are divided 41 - 41 percent on whether their Assembly member should be reelected or thrown out.

"Why, when there are 213 state legislators, do three men in a room make the big Albany decisions? New York State voters wonder," Carroll said. "Four out of five voters think the leadership domination helps lead to corruption. If democracy ruled in the State Legislature, most New Yorkers think it would help curb misbehavior.

Voters approve 57 - 28 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is doing and give U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 53 - 20 percent score.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets a 51 - 22 percent job approval rating while State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gets a 43 - 21 percent approval rating.

From May 28 - June 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,229 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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 @QuinnipiacPoll.

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              44%    31%    55%    45%    42%    46%    41%    46%    44%
Disapprove           42     58     29     45     44     39     35     41     45
DK/NA                14     11     16     10     14     15     24     12     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              34%    52%    48%
Disapprove           56     29     37
DK/NA                 9     19     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Dec 22  Aug 20  May 21  Dec 12  Jun 03
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2012    2015
 
Approve              44      50      58      57      59      74      44
Disapprove           42      39      32      38      32      13      42
DK/NA                14      10      11       5       9      13      14
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              57%    38%    74%    54%    54%    60%    43%    57%    65%
Disapprove           28     48     11     30     33     23     28     28     26
DK/NA                15     14     15     16     14     16     29     15      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    65%    54%
Disapprove           34     20     30
DK/NA                14     16     16
 
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
                     Jun 03  Mar 23  Dec 23  Aug 21  May 21  Dec 08  Apr 15
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2004*   1999
 
Approve              57      60      62      63      56      69      51
Disapprove           28      26      24      26      26      16      22
DK/NA                15      14      15      10      18      15      28
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              53%    39%    66%    53%    51%    56%    47%    53%    58%
Disapprove           20     32      7     25     25     16     20     19     22
DK/NA                26     29     27     22     24     28     33     28     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              53%    54%    53%
Disapprove           25     16     21
DK/NA                23     30     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator? (*High also 61% Dec 2012)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Mar 23  Dec 23  Aug 21  May 21  Aug 21  Feb 17
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2014*   2009
 
Approve              53      54      58      61      53      61      28
Disapprove           20      18      18      20      18      20      10
DK/NA                26      27      24      20      29      20      62
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              26%    20%    34%    23%    25%    27%    43%    23%    22%
Disapprove           60     65     53     66     63     58     45     64     65
DK/NA                14     15     13     11     12     15     12     13     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              21%    31%    26%
Disapprove           68     54     58
DK/NA                11     15     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Mar 19  Dec 22  Aug 20  May 21  Dec 12  Sep 01
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2012    2010
 
Approve              26      23      28      26      26      35      15
Disapprove           60      62      55      61      55      46      75
DK/NA                14      15      17      13      18      18       9
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              44%    38%    51%    42%    44%    44%    48%    43%    45%
Disapprove           37     42     31     39     39     35     36     37     38
DK/NA                19     20     18     19     17     21     17     20     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    44%    43%
Disapprove           37     37     37
DK/NA                18     20     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Nov 27  Jun 05  Feb 15  Dec 20  Dec 20  Feb 23
                     2015    2013    2013    2012    2011    2005    2011
 
Approve              44      48      42      46      43      55      35
Disapprove           37      33      40      38      39      22      42
DK/NA                19      18      18      16      18      15      22
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              54%    49%    65%    50%    53%    55%    58%    54%    53%
Disapprove           31     34     23     36     34     27     31     31     31
DK/NA                15     17     12     14     13     17     11     15     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              50%    60%    53%
Disapprove           34     26     33
DK/NA                17     14     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job? (* Low also 49% Feb 2011, Apr 2011, Aug 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Nov 27  Jun 05  Feb 15  Dec 20  Dec 20  Oct 26
                     2015    2013    2013    2012    2011    2005    2011*
 
Approve              54      56      54      54      54      63      49
Disapprove           31      29      31      33      33      22      37
DK/NA                15      16      15      13      14      15      15
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              43%    39%    49%    43%    48%    38%    37%    42%    49%
Disapprove           21     22     15     23     20     21     28     19     19
DK/NA                37     39     37     34     33     40     35     39     32
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              46%    42%    39%
Disapprove           21     19     22
DK/NA                33     39     39
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Mar 19  Dec 23  Aug 20  May 21  Aug 20  Apr 04
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2007
 
Approve              43      35      39      45      36      45      24
Disapprove           21      19      16      19      12      19      13
DK/NA                37      46      45      36      52      36      63
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Schneiderman is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              51%    37%    62%    52%    53%    50%    49%    50%    55%
Disapprove           22     30     14     23     24     20     25     22     20
DK/NA                27     33     24     26     23     30     26     28     25
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              46%    59%    47%
Disapprove           27     16     24
DK/NA                27     25     29
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Schneiderman is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Jun 03  Mar 19  Dec 23  Aug 20  May 21
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              51      45      47      51      46
Disapprove           22      22      20      22      18
DK/NA                27      33      33      27      37
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Carl Heastie is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              25%    15%    33%    24%    26%    25%    39%    27%    19%
Disapprove           24     28     18     25     26     22     20     25     26
DK/NA                51     56     49     50     48     53     41     48     56
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              22%    29%    25%
Disapprove           25     24     22
DK/NA                53     47     53
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Carl Heastie is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                     Jun 03  Mar 19
                     2015    2015
 
Approve              25      20
Disapprove           24      15
DK/NA                51      65
 
 
16. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     5%     2%     4%     3%     6%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      38     21     55     34     40     36     39     37     40
Smwht dissatisfied   33     40     25     37     32     34     38     33     31
Very dissatisfied    25     36     14     27     24     25     16     28     25
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      -      1      2      -      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        3%     4%     2%
Smwht satisfied      29     43     46
Smwht dissatisfied   35     32     31
Very dissatisfied    32     19     21
DK/NA                 1      2      -
 
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
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Dec 22  Aug 20  May 21  Feb 25  Jun 23
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    1998    2010
 
Very satisfied        3       3       6       5       5      13       1
Smwht satisfied      38      44      42      43      44      60      18
Smwht dissatisfied   33      30      29      27      27      20      33
Very dissatisfied    25      23      22      24      22       7      47
DK/NA                 1       1       1       -       2       1       1
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - the economy and jobs?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              46%    31%    55%    51%    51%    42%    44%    45%    48%
Disapprove           46     60     35     45     44     48     48     46     45
DK/NA                 8      9      9      4      6     11      9      9      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              40%    48%    53%
Disapprove           53     42     40
DK/NA                 7     11      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the economy and jobs?
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Aug 20  May 21  Feb 13
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              46      49      53      49      46
Disapprove           46      44      41      40      45
DK/NA                 8       7       6      10       9
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - energy and the environment?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              45%    33%    55%    48%    47%    43%    45%    44%    47%
Disapprove           36     48     27     35     38     34     37     35     37
DK/NA                19     18     18     17     14     23     18     21     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              43%    49%    44%
Disapprove           40     29     40
DK/NA                17     22     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling energy and the environment?
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Aug 20  May 21  Feb 13
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              45      48      51      47      49
Disapprove           36      36      35      36      32
DK/NA                19      16      13      18      19
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - ethics in government?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              33%    20%    43%    31%    33%    33%    35%    36%    30%
Disapprove           53     65     42     56     56     50     53     49     57
DK/NA                14     14     15     12     12     17     12     15     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              27%    38%    34%
Disapprove           59     45     55
DK/NA                14     17     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling ethics in government?
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Aug 20  May 22  Feb 13
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              33      35      39      48      52
Disapprove           53      54      50      34      31
DK/NA                14      11      10      18      17
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - the state budget?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              42%    35%    49%    40%    45%    38%    36%    41%    46%
Disapprove           43     50     36     44     40     46     51     44     39
DK/NA                15     15     15     15     14     16     13     15     14
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              38%    43%    45%
Disapprove           50     39     39
DK/NA                12     18     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 03  Mar 18  Jan 31  Feb 15  Dec 20  Sep 20  Jun 03
                     2015    2015    2013    2012    2011    2011    2015
 
Approve              42      43      53      57      56      62      42
Disapprove           43      43      31      31      32      25      43
DK/NA                15      14      16      12      12      13      15
 
 
22. Which comes closer to your view about your state Senator, there are a lot of problems in Albany but your state Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your state Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Deserves reelection  40%    34%    50%    34%    39%    41%    46%    41%    37%
Shld be thrown out   45     52     34     53     47     43     44     43     47
DK/NA                15     14     16     13     14     16      9     16     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Deserves reelection  37%    40%    44%
Shld be thrown out   48     44     43
DK/NA                15     17     12
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Senator, there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Senator has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Senate should be thrown out including your State Senator?
                                                             DESERVES REELECTION
                                                             HIGH    LOW
                     Jun 03  Jun 05  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Dec 16  Sep 01
                     2015    2013    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Deserves reelection  40      40      31      35      36      41      31
Shld be thrown out   45      47      55      53      51      46      55
DK/NA                15      13      14      13      13      13      14
 
 
23. Which comes closer to your view about your state assembly member, there are a lot of problems in Albany but your state assembly member has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Assembly should be thrown out including your state assembly member?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Deserves reelection  41%    37%    48%    39%    42%    41%    53%    42%    38%
Shld be thrown out   41     45     32     47     43     40     39     37     46
DK/NA                18     18     20     14     16     20      9     21     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Deserves reelection  42%    40%    41%
Shld be thrown out   43     39     42
DK/NA                15     21     17
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your view about your State Assembly member, there are a lot of problems in Albany but your State Assembly member has done a good job and deserves to be reelected or almost everyone in the State Assembly should be thrown out including your State Assembly member?
                     June 03  Jun 05  Sep 01  Jul 28  Jun 23  Apr 14
                     2015     2013    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Deserves reelection  41       38      33      33      34      35
Shld be thrown out   41       45      53      49      50      48
DK/NA                18       17      14      17      16      17
 
 
38. When thinking about the problem of ethics in government, do you think Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem or part of the solution?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Problem              52%    64%    41%    54%    58%    47%    57%    50%    52%
Solution             32     23     42     31     30     34     27     35     35
DK/NA                15     14     17     14     12     19     16     15     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Problem              62%    40%    54%
Solution             25     40     32
DK/NA                13     19     14
 
TREND: When thinking about the problem of ethics in government, do you think Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem or part of the solution?
                     Jun 03  Mar 19  Aug 20
                     2015    2015    2014
 
Problem              52      47      48
Solution             32      41      41
DK/NA                15      12      11
 
 
39. When it comes to investigating corruption in New York State government, do you think U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has gone too far, has not gone far enough, or has handled this about right?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Too far               5%     3%     4%     7%     5%     5%     7%     5%     3%
Not far enough       36     31     32     43     40     33     39     33     38
About right          32     32     35     33     36     29     27     35     33
DK/NA                27     35     29     17     20     33     27     26     25
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Too far               2%     6%     7%
Not far enough       41     31     36
About right          29     37     30
DK/NA                28     26     27
 
 
40. Do you think New York State elected officials are capable of ending political corruption in Albany or should all current elected officials be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Capable              28%    25%    32%    27%    29%    26%    28%    28%    27%
All voted out        55     61     46     62     56     54     61     54     56
DK/NA                17     14     22     11     15     19     11     18     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Capable              27%    27%    29%
All voted out        59     52     55
DK/NA                15     20     16
 
 
41. Do you think the so-called Three Men in a Room practice in Albany, where the governor, the leader of the State Assembly and the leader of the State Senate make important decisions in secret and then present these decisions to the legislators, is the main cause of corruption in state government, one of several causes or not a cause at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Main cause           12%    15%     9%    13%    12%    13%    11%    11%    14%
One of several       67     65     67     69     68     66     77     69     62
Not a cause at all   11     10     14     12     13     10      6     14     12
DK/NA                 9     10     11      6      7     11      6      6     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Main cause           15%    11%     9%
One of several       67     62     75
Not a cause at all   10     13     11
DK/NA                 8     13      5
 
 
42. If more legislators were directly involved in making important decisions, do you think it would help end corruption in state government or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/End corruption   66%    66%    68%    64%    68%    64%    74%    61%    66%
No                   27     25     26     30     28     27     20     34     26
DK/NA                 7     10      7      6      5     10      6      5      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/End corruption   68%    63%    66%
No                   23     29     30
DK/NA                 8      9      4