March 29, 2017 - Cuomo Gets Approval Bounce, Mandate To Battle Trump, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But New York State Voters Don't Want Gov In Pres Race Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York State voters approve 52 - 31 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, up slightly from a 49 - 34 percent approval rating December 20.

In fact, this is Gov. Cuomo's best job approval score since a 58 - 32 percent rating in a December 22, 2014 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Cuomo gets a hefty 60 - 23 percent approval rating from New York City voters and a 54 - 31 percent thumbs up from suburban voters. Among upstate voters, 43 percent approve and 41 percent disapprove.

In his first home-state job approval rating since he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump gets a negative 29 - 67 percent score. Republicans approve 79 - 16 percent and white voters with no college degree are divided, with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. Every other party, gender, age, racial, area and education group listed disapproves.

Cuomo would not make a good president, New York State voters say 52 - 37 percent. New York City voters are divided 43 - 43 percent. Non-white voters and Democrats say he would make a good president, but by lukewarm margins, while all other groups say he is not ready for the White House. Voters say 53 - 40 percent that Cuomo should not run for president.

But New York State voters say 57 - 38 percent that Cuomo should become a national leader challenging the policies of the Trump Administration. If Cuomo challenges Trump policies, it would be good for New York, voters say 57 - 35 percent.

"Use the bully pulpit against President Donald Trump, Governor, but stay out of Washington - that's the mixed message that New Yorkers have for Gov. Andrew Cuomo," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Most of his neighbors tell their Governor that he should be a national leader against Trump, and if he is, it will be good for New York," Carroll added.

"But - for now, at least - New York State voters don't think Gov. Cuomo would be a good President and they tell him not to run. Every politician in the state thinks he's already running, so he's not likely to obey voters' advice.

"But cheer up, Gov. Cuomo, you've got three years to change their minds.

"Back home in Albany, the Gov gets good job approval marks. And he ranks high on the standard traits that we measure - leadership, honesty, empathy.

"And, in the fight he's already in - the persistent squabble against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio - New Yorkers feel more at home ideologically with Cuomo than with de Blasio."

Looking at Cuomo's personal qualities, New York State voters say:
  • 65 - 27 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 49 - 38 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 54 - 39 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
Cuomo more closely represents their political views, 31 percent of voters, including 45 percent of Democrats, say. Another 16 percent, including 24 percent of Democrats, say Mayor de Blasio more closely represents their views and 49 percent say neither represents their views.

Approval ratings for other New York State leaders are:
  • 58 - 34 percent for Sen. Charles Schumer, down from 67 - 23 percent December 20;
  • 56 - 22 percent for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, virtually unchanged from December;
  • 41 - 19 percent for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli;
  • 55 - 22 percent for State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
New York State voters approve 52 - 17 percent of the way Preet Bharara did his job as U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, but there is not a groundswell for him to jump into politics in 2018: 10 percent think he should run for governor; 6 percent say he should try for the U.S. Senate and 21 percent say he should run for State Attorney General.

From March 23 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,446 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              52%    24%    73%    44%    49%    56%    49%    43%
Disapprove           31     60     15     35     37     26     37     40
DK/NA                16     15     12     21     14     18     13     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              47%    51%    56%    57%    41%    52%    47%    62%
Disapprove           24     34     34     33     47     31     38     20
DK/NA                29     15     10     10     12     18     15     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              43%    60%    54%
Disapprove           41     23     31
DK/NA                16     17     15
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              58%    20%    85%    47%    51%    64%    63%    46%
Disapprove           34     71     11     42     40     28     32     45
DK/NA                 8      9      4     12      9      8      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              42%    65%    63%    61%    48%    62%    56%    63%
Disapprove           35     31     33     35     46     31     38     26
DK/NA                23      4      4      4      6      6      6     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    64%    58%
Disapprove           40     27     37
DK/NA                 8      9      5
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    29%    77%    46%    49%    62%    65%    45%
Disapprove           22     44      6     30     29     16     24     32
DK/NA                22     27     17     23     21     22     12     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              50%    53%    62%    59%    49%    62%    56%    56%
Disapprove           17     25     22     26     35     21     27     15
DK/NA                33     22     16     15     16     17     17     29
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              54%    58%    55%
Disapprove           29     17     22
DK/NA                17     25     23
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              29%    79%     5%    35%    34%    26%    29%    47%
Disapprove           67     16     94     60     62     71     67     49
DK/NA                 4      5      2      5      4      3      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              22%    26%    33%    35%    40%    35%    37%    16%
Disapprove           78     70     64     61     55     61     58     81
DK/NA                 1      4      3      4      5      4      4      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              38%    20%    31%
Disapprove           59     76     65
DK/NA                 3      4      4
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              32%    28%    37%    31%    35%    29%    28%    33%
Disapprove           49     55     44     51     50     48     55     45
DK/NA                19     17     19     18     14     23     18     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              32%    35%    33%    28%    31%    30%    30%    35%
Disapprove           54     48     49     49     55     46     50     47
DK/NA                14     17     17     23     14     24     19     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              28%    33%    36%
Disapprove           55     47     44
DK/NA                17     20     20
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    43%    60%    44%    50%    51%    48%    53%
Disapprove           30     35     23     34     33     27     31     27
DK/NA                20     21     18     22     17     22     21     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              56%    49%    49%    54%    51%    50%    51%    52%
Disapprove           27     32     33     24     33     26     29     30
DK/NA                17     18     18     21     17     23     20     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    51%    53%
Disapprove           33     28     27
DK/NA                19     21     20
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    40%    70%    46%    54%    58%    55%    53%
Disapprove           29     47     17     35     34     26     31     32
DK/NA                15     13     12     18     13     16     14     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              60%    54%    53%    58%    51%    57%    54%    59%
Disapprove           24     32     35     27     36     27     31     26
DK/NA                16     13     12     15     13     16     15     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    59%    58%
Disapprove           36     25     27
DK/NA                13     16     15
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    41%    46%    36%    43%    39%    43%    41%
Disapprove           19     20     13     23     19     18     15     15
DK/NA                40     39     41     42     38     43     42     43
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              30%    42%    46%    46%    47%    38%    42%    39%
Disapprove           24     18     20     12     16     15     15     25
DK/NA                45     40     34     41     38     47     43     36
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    37%    42%
Disapprove           21     17     17
DK/NA                34     46     42
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Schneiderman is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              55%    42%    66%    47%    55%    54%    60%    50%
Disapprove           22     32     13     27     25     19     20     23
DK/NA                24     25     21     26     20     27     20     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              48%    54%    58%    61%    54%    58%    56%    53%
Disapprove           24     25     21     17     27     16     21     23
DK/NA                28     21     21     22     19     26     23     24
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              53%    54%    58%
Disapprove           24     20     21
DK/NA                23     26     22
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Carl Heastie is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              26%    23%    31%    21%    26%    26%    18%    26%
Disapprove           23     28     17     26     29     17     26     18
DK/NA                52     50     53     53     46     57     56     56
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              37%    24%    23%    22%    23%    21%    22%    32%
Disapprove           20     24     25     21     28     18     23     23
DK/NA                43     52     51     57     49     61     56     45
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              32%    24%    19%
Disapprove           22     25     20
DK/NA                46     52     61
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Preet Bharara handled his job as U.S. Attorney?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              52%    36%    63%    49%    53%    52%    58%    49%
Disapprove           17     28     10     17     21     13     15     16
DK/NA                31     36     27     34     26     36     27     35
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              45%    51%    58%    56%    53%    54%    53%    49%
Disapprove           16     20     17     12     20     11     15     19
DK/NA                39     29     25     32     27     35     31     32
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              49%    54%    54%
Disapprove           18     15     18
DK/NA                33     31     28
 
 
12. Do you think Andrew Cuomo would make a good President or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  37%    14%    50%    35%    34%    40%    32%    32%
No                   52     79     38     54     57     48     58     60
DK/NA                11      7     12     11      9     12      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  34%    32%    41%    41%    27%    37%    32%    45%
No                   51     56     52     50     66     52     59     41
DK/NA                15     12      7     10      6     11      9     14
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  31%    43%    38%
No                   62     43     52
DK/NA                 7     14     10
 
 
13. Do you think Andrew Cuomo should run for President in 2020 or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  40%    19%    53%    37%    38%    41%    32%    36%
No                   53     77     39     55     57     49     60     57
DK/NA                 7      4      8      8      6      9      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  37%    40%    42%    39%    30%    38%    34%    48%
No                   53     56     53     51     65     53     58     44
DK/NA                10      4      5     10      5      9      7      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  34%    45%    40%
No                   62     45     52
DK/NA                 5     10      8
 
 
14. If Governor Cuomo ran for President in 2020, do you think that would be good for New York State or bad for New York State?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 54%    34%    69%    52%    53%    56%    54%    46%
Bad                  31     52     18     34     35     28     31     40
DK/NA                15     14     14     14     12     17     16     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Good                 54%    55%    59%    52%    51%    50%    50%    62%
Bad                  32     28     30     34     37     33     35     25
DK/NA                14     16     11     14     12     17     15     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Good                 48%    60%    54%
Bad                  40     23     30
DK/NA                12     17     15
 
 
15. In 2018, do you think Preet Bharara should run for Governor, should run for United States Senator, should run for State Attorney General, or should he not run for any of these things?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Governor             10%     6%    12%     8%    12%     8%    11%     7%
U.S. Senator          6      2      9      5      5      7      7      6
State Atty General   21     15     24     21     23     19     22     18
None                 28     40     19     33     30     26     27     29
DK/NA                36     36     36     33     31     41     33     40
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Governor              9%    10%    11%    10%    11%     8%     9%    11%
U.S. Senator          6      8      7      3      7      6      6      6
State Atty General   24     18     23     18     22     19     20     20
None                 22     28     28     30     31     26     28     27
DK/NA                41     35     31     39     30     42     36     36
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Governor             10%    11%     7%
U.S. Senator          6      7      5
State Atty General   16     22     24
None                 30     24     30
DK/NA                38     35     33
 
 
16. Do you think Governor Cuomo should become a national leader challenging the policies of the Trump Administration or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  57%    15%    82%    48%    50%    64%    57%    44%
No                   38     81     16     44     46     31     40     49
DK/NA                 5      4      2      9      4      5      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  61%    62%    57%    53%    44%    58%    51%    67%
No                   31     35     41     42     52     38     44     28
DK/NA                 8      3      2      5      4      4      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  48%    66%    57%
No                   49     29     38
DK/NA                 4      5      5
 
 
17. If Governor Cuomo became a national leader challenging the policies of the Trump Administration, do you think this would be good for New York State or bad for New York State?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 57%    17%    80%    47%    53%    60%    55%    45%
Bad                  35     74     13     40     38     32     36     45
DK/NA                 8      9      6     12      9      8      9     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Good                 63%    61%    54%    51%    48%    53%    51%    66%
Bad                  30     34     37     37     43     37     40     26
DK/NA                 7      5      9     12      9      9      9      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Good                 48%    64%    57%
Bad                  43     28     35
DK/NA                 9      8      8
 
 
18. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  65%    40%    83%    60%    60%    70%    64%    58%
No                   27     53     13     30     33     23     31     36
DK/NA                 7      8      4      9      7      7      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  59%    69%    70%    66%    55%    67%    61%    72%
No                   24     28     27     30     40     27     33     18
DK/NA                17      3      3      4      4      7      6     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  58%    70%    69%
No                   36     20     26
DK/NA                 6      9      6
 
 
19. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  49%    24%    66%    43%    47%    51%    42%    45%
No                   38     65     23     43     43     35     46     44
DK/NA                13     11     11     15     11     15     12     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  42%    50%    52%    51%    41%    45%    43%    58%
No                   39     40     40     36     50     41     45     27
DK/NA                19     11      8     13      9     14     11     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  39%    56%    52%
No                   50     29     37
DK/NA                11     15     11
 
 
20. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  54%    24%    76%    45%    51%    56%    51%    48%
No                   39     70     19     47     43     35     42     46
DK/NA                 7      6      5      8      6      9      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  50%    54%    57%    56%    45%    54%    50%    61%
No                   39     39     40     38     50     37     43     31
DK/NA                11      7      4      6      5      8      7      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  47%    60%    55%
No                   47     32     38
DK/NA                 6      9      7
 
 
26. Who do you think most closely represents your political views, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, or neither?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cuomo                31%    13%    45%    27%    29%    33%    27%    32%
de Blasio            16      6     24     12     15     17     14      8
Neither              49     80     26     59     53     45     57     56
DK/NA                 4      1      5      2      3      5      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Cuomo                25%    29%    36%    35%    28%    30%    29%    36%
de Blasio            29     19     11      9      9     14     12     24
Neither              44     49     48     52     61     52     56     35
DK/NA                 2      3      4      4      2      4      3      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                29%    31%    35%
de Blasio             8     27     10
Neither              60     37     50
DK/NA                 3      5      4