July 12, 2017 - NY Gov. Cuomo's Approval Drops To Near Record Low, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuomo Gets Low Grades For Handling Transit Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Plagued by low grades for his handling of mass transit, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets a 46 - 38 percent overall job approval rating from New York State voters, with a negative 37 - 48 percent approval rating among upstate voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today's approval is down from a 52 - 31 percent job approval in a March 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. It is Gov. Cuomo's lowest approval rating since a 43 - 43 percent split, his all-time lowest score, September 17, 2015.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hurting in Albany and New Yorkers say he should fuhgeddabout Washington," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"This might change - it almost certainly will - when the 2020 presidential year comes along. But for now his New York neighbors don't think Gov. Cuomo would be a good President and they don't want him to try for the job.

"He's got a couple of years - and more Trumpian tweets - to change their minds."

"Score one for New Yorkers' political practicality - if the Gov runs for President, 51 percent think it would be good for the state."

New York City voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing 52 - 33 percent, down from 60 - 23 percent March 29, while suburban voters approve 50 - 29 percent, down from 54 - 31 percent in March. Upstate voters go from a 43 percent approve/41 percent disapprove in March to a negative 37 - 48 percent score today.

Democrats approve 64 - 19 percent, while disapproval is 64 - 26 percent among Republicans and 44 - 40 percent among independent voters.

New York State voters disapprove 63 - 29 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing, compared to a 67 - 29 percent disapproval March 29.

New York State voters say 54 - 40 percent that Gov. Cuomo should be a national leader challenging the policies of the Trump Administration. This anti-Trump role would be good for New York, voters say 55 - 35 percent.

But Cuomo should not run for president, voters say 55 - 38 percent. Only 50 percent of Democrats say Cuomo should run, while 74 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independent voters say he should not run.

Cuomo would not make a good president, voters say 56 - 34 percent.

Looking at Cuomo's personal qualities, voters say:
  • 65 - 29 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 46 - 40 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 52 - 41 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
Voters approve 55 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is doing and give U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a 50 - 23 percent approval.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets a 47 - 22 percent job approval rating, with 35 - 20 percent for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Cuomo's grades for handling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are:
          Statewide     New York City     Suburbs     Upstate
A           4%            4%                5%          4%
B          24            27                28          17
C          26            28                20          26
D          15            14                19          13
F          17            23                17          12


"One ticking time bomb for Gov. Cuomo is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Voters don't give the Gov good marks on handling that. A couple more derailments or just overall weariness with traveling on the trains - could derail his political prospects," Carroll said.

From July 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,137 New York voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points, including design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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

Visit poll.qu.edu or www.facebook.com/quinnipiacpoll Call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.


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              46%    26%    64%    40%    43%    49%    47%    41%
Disapprove           38     64     19     44     40     36     39     45
DK/NA                16     10     17     16     17     16     15     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              39%    47%    51%    48%    38%    49%    44%    52%
Disapprove           36     38     38     38     45     39     42     30
DK/NA                25     15     11     14     17     12     14     19
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              37%    52%    50%
Disapprove           48     33     29
DK/NA                15     15     21
 
 
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              55%    28%    76%    47%    51%    58%    60%    43%
Disapprove           34     67     11     44     40     30     32     45
DK/NA                10      5     13      9      9     11      8     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              48%    62%    55%    58%    46%    58%    52%    62%
Disapprove           28     28     40     39     45     33     38     27
DK/NA                24     11      4      3      9      9      9     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              51%    61%    52%
Disapprove           41     28     35
DK/NA                 9     11     13
 
 
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              50%    27%    67%    45%    44%    54%    59%    45%
Disapprove           23     43      9     30     28     20     23     24
DK/NA                27     30     24     26     28     26     18     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              38%    58%    50%    56%    45%    59%    53%    46%
Disapprove           19     17     28     26     28     20     24     22
DK/NA                43     24     22     18     27     21     24     32
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              50%    52%    45%
Disapprove           28     21     20
DK/NA                22     27     35
 
 
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%    76%     5%    30%    34%    25%    28%    46%
Disapprove           63     18     91     59     56     70     68     46
DK/NA                 8      5      4     10     11      5      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              14%    27%    34%    38%    41%    33%    36%    15%
Disapprove           72     68     61     58     51     62     57     76
DK/NA                14      4      5      4      8      5      6      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              38%    20%    29%
Disapprove           56     72     60
DK/NA                 6      8     11
 
 
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              29%    21%    34%    26%    28%    30%    29%    33%
Disapprove           55     65     49     58     57     53     53     52
DK/NA                16     14     17     16     15     17     18     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              35%    27%    26%    30%    28%    33%    31%    27%
Disapprove           52     54     61     52     57     49     53     58
DK/NA                13     20     13     18     15     18     17     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              28%    28%    31%
Disapprove           56     56     52
DK/NA                16     16     17
 
 
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              44%    46%    50%    39%    39%    49%    50%    48%
Disapprove           33     37     27     38     36     30     28     31
DK/NA                22     17     23     22     24     21     22     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              36%    48%    46%    50%    46%    52%    49%    37%
Disapprove           31     32     38     30     31     28     29     39
DK/NA                33     20     17     21     23     21     22     24
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    46%    37%
Disapprove           33     34     33
DK/NA                20     21     30
 
 
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              51%    44%    62%    44%    45%    56%    57%    51%
Disapprove           32     42     20     42     36     29     26     35
DK/NA                17     14     17     14     19     15     17     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              39%    55%    56%    54%    49%    58%    54%    46%
Disapprove           30     28     36     31     32     29     30     34
DK/NA                31     17      8     15     20     13     16     19
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              51%    51%    49%
Disapprove           37     30     29
DK/NA                12     19     22
 
 
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              35%    38%    34%    37%    38%    33%    38%    42%
Disapprove           20     19     19     23     20     20     15     15
DK/NA                44     43     47     40     42     46     47     43
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              20%    38%    42%    41%    41%    39%    40%    28%
Disapprove           25     18     24     15     15     15     15     29
DK/NA                55     44     34     44     43     46     45     42
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    29%    31%
Disapprove           17     25     18
DK/NA                39     46     51
 
 
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              47%    36%    57%    45%    47%    48%    55%    52%
Disapprove           22     35     14     26     26     20     17     20
DK/NA                30     30     28     29     27     32     29     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              34%    50%    53%    53%    53%    53%    53%    39%
Disapprove           22     21     23     23     23     15     18     30
DK/NA                44     29     24     24     24     32     28     31
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              50%    48%    43%
Disapprove           20     25     22
DK/NA                30     27     36
 
 
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              21%    17%    22%    21%    21%    20%    18%    22%
Disapprove           24     28     20     26     28     20     25     21
DK/NA                56     54     58     52     51     59     58     57
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              22%    26%    18%    20%    20%    19%    19%    24%
Disapprove           17     22     32     22     27     20     23     26
DK/NA                60     52     51     58     53     61     58     51
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              19%    24%    18%
Disapprove           25     24     21
DK/NA                56     52     61
 
 
11. Do you think Andrew Cuomo would make a good President or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  34%    17%    49%    29%    32%    36%    32%    30%
No                   56     83     38     60     59     53     59     61
DK/NA                10      -     12     11      9     12      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  34%    32%    39%    33%    27%    34%    31%    43%
No                   53     60     53     57     65     57     60     46
DK/NA                13      8      8     10      8     10      9     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  27%    40%    36%
No                   66     48     52
DK/NA                 7     12     12
 
 
12. 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                  38%    24%    50%    35%    39%    38%    31%    31%
No                   55     74     43     59     55     56     60     64
DK/NA                 6      2      7      6      7      6      8      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  34%    39%    45%    35%    30%    32%    31%    53%
No                   57     55     51     58     63     61     62     42
DK/NA                 9      5      4      7      7      7      7      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  29%    48%    36%
No                   65     46     57
DK/NA                 7      6      7
 
 
13. 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                 51%    32%    65%    47%    52%    49%    52%    42%
Bad                  33     54     18     37     31     34     32     42
DK/NA                17     14     16     16     17     17     16     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Good                 49%    56%    55%    46%    50%    46%    48%    57%
Bad                  29     31     33     36     34     38     37     25
DK/NA                22     13     12     18     16     16     16     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Good                 45%    55%    52%
Bad                  40     29     27
DK/NA                16     16     20
 
 
14. 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                  54%    17%    80%    49%    48%    59%    52%    39%
No                   40     78     16     45     44     37     43     54
DK/NA                 6      5      4      6      7      5      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  57%    59%    54%    50%    39%    51%    46%    72%
No                   33     35     43     45     53     44     48     23
DK/NA                10      6      3      5      8      5      6      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  45%    64%    51%
No                   48     30     45
DK/NA                 7      6      4
 
 
15. 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                 55%    21%    79%    49%    52%    57%    54%    41%
Bad                  35     71     11     41     37     33     36     49
DK/NA                10      8     10     10     11     10     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Good                 63%    60%    54%    49%    45%    50%    48%    69%
Bad                  23     33     38     40     43     41     42     21
DK/NA                14      7      8     11     12      8     10     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Good                 48%    63%    52%
Bad                  43     28     35
DK/NA                 9      9     13
 
 
16. 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%    46%    79%    60%    64%    66%    66%    57%
No                   29     52     14     33     30     27     31     38
DK/NA                 6      2      7      7      6      6      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  62%    74%    67%    59%    57%    66%    62%    72%
No                   23     22     31     36     37     32     34     18
DK/NA                16      5      2      4      7      3      5     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  60%    67%    69%
No                   36     24     24
DK/NA                 3      9      7
 
 
17. Would you say that Andrew Cuomo - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  46%    27%    60%    42%    47%    45%    41%    43%
No                   40     63     25     43     42     38     47     44
DK/NA                14     10     15     15     12     17     13     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  46%    40%    51%    49%    40%    43%    42%    55%
No                   36     46     40     36     48     43     45     29
DK/NA                18     14      8     16     12     14     13     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  37%    52%    50%
No                   50     33     34
DK/NA                14     14     16
 
 
18. 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                  52%    29%    69%    45%    51%    52%    51%    44%
No                   41     70     22     48     41     41     44     52
DK/NA                 7      1      9      7      7      7      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  50%    53%    55%    52%    48%    48%    48%    59%
No                   36     42     42     43     47     47     47     29
DK/NA                15      5      4      5      4      5      5     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  42%    56%    60%
No                   52     35     35
DK/NA                 6      9      6
 
 
22. What letter grade would you give Andrew Cuomo's handling of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency responsible for mass transit in the New York Metropolitan Area, including the subways and the trains: A, B, C, D, or F?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A                     4%     5%     6%     2%     5%     3%     4%     3%
B                    24     13     34     20     25     23     22     22
C                    26     19     27     27     22     28     25     22
D                    15     19     13     17     15     14     20     13
F                    17     28      9     20     19     16     12     21
DK/NA                14     16     12     14     12     16     16     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
A                     3%     4%     5%     5%     4%     3%     4%     5%
B                    32     24     24     18     23     21     22     29
C                    25     27     25     26     20     27     24     30
D                    13     15     15     16     18     15     17     12
F                    16     15     18     18     19     14     16     18
DK/NA                11     14     14     17     16     19     18      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
A                     4%     4%     5%
B                    17     27     28
C                    26     28     20
D                    13     14     19
F                    12     23     17
DK/NA                28      3     11