March 30, 2017 - New Yorkers Say 2-1, Don't Try Kids As Adults, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Free College Almost 3-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Teenagers 16 and 17 years old who are accused of a crime should be treated as juveniles and not sent to adult prisons, New York State voters say 59 - 29 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans say 49 - 40 percent these teenagers should be charged as adults, but every other party, gender, educational, age, racial and regional group listed says they should be charged as minors, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

New York State voters also support 70 - 26 percent providing free tuition to in-state public colleges and universities for New York students whose family income is $125,000 or less. Again, Republicans oppose the measure 54 - 44 percent, while all other groups support it by wide margins. White voters with no college degree back the measure 61 - 34 percent.

Satisfaction with life in New York hits a 15-year high as a total of 56 percent of voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the state, with 43 percent "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied." This is the highest satisfaction rate since a 62 - 37 percent rate in a September 26, 2002, Quinnipiac University poll.

Democrats are more than twice as satisfied as Republicans, with 76 percent very or somewhat satisfied, compared to 31 percent for Republicans.

Satisfaction is 63 percent among New York City voters, 60 percent among suburban voters and 48 percent among upstate voters.

"New Yorkers love their children. They don't want to put them in prison with adults and they want to pay for college for low-income students," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Reformers often point out that it costs more to keep a kid in prison than it does to send him to Harvard, or in this case, SUNY Oneonta."

"Except for Republicans and upstaters, New Yorkers seem more satisfied than they've been in a long while," Carroll added. "It can't be the election of President Donald Trump, because Democrats are much more satisfied than Republicans."

Government Corruption

A total of 80 percent of New York State voters say government corruption in Albany is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. Voters are divided on whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature will try to address the problem in 2017: 44 percent say they will and 43 percent say they won't.

Gov. Cuomo is "part of the problem of ethics in government," 43 percent of voters say, as 44 percent say he's "part of the solution."

Voters say 78 - 14 percent that elected state officials convicted of a felony should lose their pension.

"Corruption is an Albany problem, voters think, and they're dubious about whether Gov. Andrew and the State Legislature will try to fix it," Carroll said. "If an elected official is convicted, voters would punish their families by cancelling their pensions." Millionaire's Tax, Mayoral Control of the Schools

New York State voters support 56 - 25 percent extending the state's "Millionaire's Tax." Republicans are divided, with 34 percent for extending the tax and 38 percent for ending it. All other listed groups support extending the tax.

There are deep party, regional and racial divisions as voters statewide support 45 - 39 percent continuing mayoral control of the New York City public schools. Opposition is 62 - 27 percent among Republicans and 43 - 36 percent among independent voters, with Democrats supporting mayoral control 59 - 28 percent.

New York City voters support mayoral control 61 - 31 percent. Suburban voters are divided with 43 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed. Upstate voters oppose mayoral control 47 - 31 percent. White voters are opposed 45 - 36 percent, with non-white voters in favor 62 - 28 percent.

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.

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21. 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?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        8%     4%    13%     6%     9%     8%     7%     9%
Smwht satisfied      48     27     63     43     46     50     50     41
Smwht dissatisfied   21     26     15     25     22     21     23     24
Very dissatisfied    22     42      9     26     22     22     20     25
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Very satisfied        4%     9%    10%    10%     8%     8%     8%     9%
Smwht satisfied      50     46     48     48     43     49     46     51
Smwht dissatisfied   26     22     19     21     25     22     23     18
Very dissatisfied    20     23     23     21     24     21     22     22
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -      -      -
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        7%    10%     9%
Smwht satisfied      41     53     51
Smwht dissatisfied   22     20     22
Very dissatisfied    30     17     17
DK/NA                 -      -      -
 
 
22. How much of a problem, if at all, is government corruption in New York State today; is it a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very serious         41%    59%    31%    42%    45%    38%    44%    44%
Smwht serious        39     28     45     38     35     42     41     34
Not too serious      13      6     18     11     15     11     10     15
Not a problem at all  3      3      3      4      3      4      1      3
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      3      5      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Very serious         30%    46%    43%    39%    51%    39%    44%    36%
Smwht serious        43     31     42     41     34     41     38     40
Not too serious      15     18     11     10     13     12     12     14
Not a problem at all  8      2      2      3      1      3      2      6
DK/NA                 5      2      2      7      2      5      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         46%    33%    47%
Smwht serious        38     41     35
Not too serious       9     17     11
Not a problem at all  2      4      4
DK/NA                 4      4      4
 
 
23. Do you think Governor Cuomo and the state legislature will or will not take steps to improve ethics in state government in 2017?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Will take steps      44%    23%    61%    36%    38%    50%    36%    39%
Will not             43     62     29     50     51     36     53     47
DK/NA                13     15     10     14     11     15     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Will take steps      48%    47%    42%    39%    31%    43%    37%    55%
Will not             37     43     48     44     60     42     50     30
DK/NA                15     10      9     17      9     15     12     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Will take steps      38%    48%    48%
Will not             51     36     42
DK/NA                11     16     10
 
 
24. When thinking about the problem of ethics in government, do you think Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem or part of the solution?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Problem              43%    68%    26%    51%    49%    38%    53%    49%
Solution             44     19     63     34     40     47     35     35
DK/NA                13     13     11     15     11     15     12     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Problem              34%    45%    50%    45%    58%    45%    51%    31%
Solution             42     45     44     43     30     39     35     57
DK/NA                24     10      7     12     12     16     14     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Problem              53%    35%    41%
Solution             37     50     44
DK/NA                10     15     15
 
 
25. Do you think elected state officials who have been convicted of a felony should lose their pensions or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Lose pensions    78%    88%    78%    73%    79%    78%    86%    84%
No                   14      7     15     18     15     13      8      8
DK/NA                 8      5      7      9      6      9      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes/Lose pensions    67%    81%    84%    83%    85%    85%    85%    69%
No                   21     14     11     10      9      7      8     23
DK/NA                12      5      5      6      6      8      7      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Lose pensions    84%    71%    82%
No                   10     20     10
DK/NA                 6      9      8
 
 
27. As you may know, New York State's so called "millionaires' tax" is set to expire in December. Do you think the state should extend the millionaires' tax or end the millionaires' tax?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Extend               56%    34%    70%    52%    57%    56%    58%    53%
End                  25     38     16     26     27     23     22     25
DK/NA                19     27     15     22     17     22     20     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Extend               61%    58%    53%    57%    56%    55%    56%    58%
End                  21     24     29     23     25     22     23     26
DK/NA                17     19     19     19     19     23     21     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Extend               53%    59%    57%
End                  24     24     26
DK/NA                24     17     17
 
 
28. As you may know, in New York City the mayor has control of the public schools. Mayoral control of the New York City public schools expires this year, unless the state legislature renews it. Do you think mayoral control of the New York City public schools should continue or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Continue             45%    27%    59%    36%    45%    46%    38%    32%
Stop                 39     62     28     43     41     37     44     47
DK/NA                16     11     14     21     14     17     18     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Continue             55%    51%    41%    36%    39%    33%    36%    62%
Stop                 30     37     42     47     45     46     45     28
DK/NA                16     12     17     17     16     21     19     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Continue             31%    61%    43%
Stop                 47     31     39
DK/NA                22      9     17
 
 
29. There is a proposal to provide free college tuition for New York State students, whose family income is $125,000 per year or less, for them to attend public, in-state colleges and universities. Would you support or oppose this proposal?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              70%    44%    86%    63%    65%    74%    63%    61%
Oppose               26     54     11     32     31     22     34     34
DK/NA                 3      2      3      6      4      3      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Support              86%    73%    63%    61%    58%    66%    62%    83%
Oppose               13     25     34     31     39     30     34     15
DK/NA                 1      2      2      8      4      5      4      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              59%    82%    68%
Oppose               37     15     28
DK/NA                 3      3      4
 
 
30. As you may know, New York State currently charges all 16 and 17 year olds suspected of committing any crime as adults. If they are convicted of a crime that requires prison time, they are sent to adult prisons and not to juvenile detention facilities. Do you think 16 and 17 year olds should continue to be charged as adults, or do you think they should be charged as minors?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Charged as adults    29%    49%    22%    30%    37%    22%    30%    30%
Charged as minors    59     40     68     58     53     65     59     54
DK/NA                11     11     11     12     11     12     11     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Charged as adults    31%    28%    32%    26%    39%    23%    30%    28%
Charged as minors    60     60     59     60     49     63     56     63
DK/NA                 9     12     10     14     12     14     13      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Charged as adults    33%    27%    28%
Charged as minors    56     63     58
DK/NA                11     10     14