February 14, 2018 - New York Voters Give Cuomo Half-Hearted Valentine, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Little Love For Cuomo Or Gillibrand White House Run Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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As he launches his campaign for a third term, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets a 47 - 37 percent job approval rating from voters statewide, with a negative 40 - 47 percent approval rating among upstate voters, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Today's results are little changed from a July 12, 2017, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll, showing Gov. Cuomo was at a 46 - 38 percent approval statewide and a negative 37 - 48 percent upstate approval.

In today's survey, Democrats approve 68 - 17 percent, the second poll in row in which he was below 70 percent among Democrats, a low level of same party approval for an elected official. Republicans disapprove 77 - 13 percent. Among independent voters, 41 percent approve and 39 percent disapprove.

New York City voters approve 53 - 27 percent and suburban voters approve 47 - 37 percent.

New York State voters say 50 - 40 percent they are "inclined to vote to reelect" Cuomo.

Only 5 percent of all voters, including 9 percent of Republicans, can correctly name any of the Republican candidates who have announced they are running for governor.

"Only half a box of Valentine's chocolates for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Support for Gov. Cuomo is as grey as a February Day. And upstate, it's downright chilly."

Looking at Gov. Cuomo's personal qualities, New York State voters say:
  • 64 - 28 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 43 - 42 percent, a statistical tie, that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 49 - 43 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
19-Year Low for Schumer

New York State voters approve 53 - 35 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is doing, his lowest job approval rating since a 51 - 22 percent score in an April 15, 1999, survey, three months after he took office.

Approval for other elected officials are:
  • Negative 30 - 65 percent for President Donald Trump, the first time he has hit 30 percent approval in his home state;
  • 52 - 27 percent for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand;
  • 35 - 17 percent for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli;
  • 52 - 22 percent for State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman;
  • 42 - 42 percent, including 55 - 41 percent in New York City, for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"'Proof perhaps that even one the most popular of Senators can get muddied up in today's Washington swamp," Malloy said. "Sen. Chuck Schumer gets the worst approval rating he's seen in nearly 20 years."

Voters say 57 - 21 percent, including 54 - 25 percent among men, that Sen. Gillibrand is doing a good job on the issue of sexual harassment. Voters say 55 - 31 percent they are inclined to vote to reelect Gillibrand this year.

New York State voters say 63 - 28 percent, including 49 - 38 percent among Democrats, they would not like to see Cuomo run for president in 2020.

Voters also say no to a Gillibrand White House run, 58 - 28 percent, including 47 - 35 percent among Democrats.

By an even greater 78 - 15 percent, New York voters say no to a de Blasio run for president, with Democrats opposed 71 - 21 percent.

If they had to choose one of the three to run for president, it would be a toss-up between Gillibrand at 33 percent and Cuomo at 31 percent, with de Blasio at 15 percent.

From February 9 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              47%    13%    68%    41%    42%    51%    46%    32%
Disapprove           37     77     17     39     44     30     41     52
DK/NA                17     10     15     20     13     19     13     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              34%    53%    47%    52%    35%    43%    39%    59%
Disapprove           31     38     43     36     53     39     46     21
DK/NA                35      8     10     12     12     17     14     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              40%    53%    47%
Disapprove           47     27     37
DK/NA                13     20     17
 
 
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              53%    22%    77%    44%    48%    58%    57%    39%
Disapprove           35     75     12     41     43     28     38     47
DK/NA                12      3     11     16      9     14      6     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              36%    57%    57%    62%    43%    54%    49%    60%
Disapprove           36     35     39     31     48     35     42     23
DK/NA                28      9      4      6      8     10      9     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              51%    57%    49%
Disapprove           40     27     41
DK/NA                 9     15     10
 
 
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              52%    24%    71%    46%    49%    54%    57%    44%
Disapprove           27     58     10     32     32     24     31     35
DK/NA                21     18     19     22     20     22     13     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              39%    55%    54%    60%    47%    55%    51%    54%
Disapprove           18     29     32     28     37     28     33     18
DK/NA                43     17     14     11     16     17     16     28
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              53%    54%    46%
Disapprove           31     23     31
DK/NA                17     23     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              30%    79%     5%    34%    40%    22%    31%    47%
Disapprove           65     15     93     59     56     74     66     47
DK/NA                 4      5      2      7      5      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              26%    29%    37%    28%    45%    32%    39%    17%
Disapprove           66     67     62     68     51     64     57     79
DK/NA                 7      4      2      4      4      4      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              36%    22%    37%
Disapprove           60     73     60
DK/NA                 4      5      3
 
 
5. 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%    34%    40%    33%    37%    34%    38%    32%
Disapprove           17     23     12     19     18     16     15     19
DK/NA                48     43     48     48     45     50     47     49
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              18%    38%    44%    40%    37%    33%    35%    35%
Disapprove           23     20     14     12     18     15     17     18
DK/NA                59     41     43     48     44     52     48     47
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              44%    30%    31%
Disapprove           15     18     16
DK/NA                41     52     53
 
 
6. 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              52%    36%    63%    48%    48%    55%    56%    49%
Disapprove           22     35     12     27     30     15     22     23
DK/NA                26     29     25     25     22     30     22     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              41%    52%    55%    63%    49%    56%    52%    51%
Disapprove           22     26     24     14     29     16     23     22
DK/NA                37     22     21     23     22     28     25     27
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              53%    54%    46%
Disapprove           22     21     24
DK/NA                25     25     30
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Mayor of New York City?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    13%    64%    33%    36%    48%    30%    28%
Disapprove           42     77     20     50     53     33     48     55
DK/NA                16     11     16     17     12     19     22     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              54%    44%    34%    44%    26%    32%    29%    66%
Disapprove           39     42     49     36     58     44     51     27
DK/NA                 8     15     17     20     17     24     20      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              30%    55%    38%
Disapprove           37     41     53
DK/NA                33      4      9
 
 
8. Would you be inclined to vote to reelect Andrew Cuomo the Democrat as Governor of New York in 2018, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Inclined         50%    13%    75%    40%    43%    56%    49%    34%
No                   40     85     15     45     48     33     41     59
DK/NA                10      1     10     15      9     11     10      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes/Inclined         37%    54%    52%    53%    37%    47%    42%    62%
No                   47     38     43     37     55     43     49     26
DK/NA                16      8      5     10      8     10      9     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Inclined         42%    55%    53%
No                   49     32     40
DK/NA                 9     13      7
 
 
9. Would you be inclined to vote to reelect Kirsten Gillibrand the Democrat as a U.S. Senator in 2018, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Inclined         55%    18%    78%    51%    49%    62%    60%    46%
No                   31     77      7     35     40     22     33     45
DK/NA                14      5     15     14     11     17      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes/Inclined         50%    54%    58%    61%    49%    59%    54%    58%
No                   28     28     34     31     45     32     38     19
DK/NA                22     18      8      8      7     10      8     23
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Inclined         53%    59%    53%
No                   38     21     35
DK/NA                 9     19     12
 
 
10. Do you happen to know the names of any of the Republican candidates running for Governor this year? (If Yes) Who would that be?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
No                   93%    87%    95%    93%    90%    96%    88%    94%
Yes/Incorrect name    2      4      1      2      3      1      4      2
Yes/Named correctly   5      9      4      3      6      3      8      4
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
No                   96%    94%    92%    89%    87%    94%    91%    96%
Yes/Incorrect name    -      2      3      2      4      2      3      -
Yes/Named correctly   2      4      4      8      8      4      6      2
REFUSED               2      -      1      -      1      -      -      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
No                   85%    98%    96%
Yes/Incorrect name    5      -      1
Yes/Named correctly  10      2      1
REFUSED               -      -      2
 
 
11. Would you like to see Andrew Cuomo run for President in 2020 or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  28%    13%    38%    24%    27%    29%    22%    19%
No                   63     86     49     67     67     60     71     76
DK/NA                 9      1     13      9      6     11      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  19%    30%    31%    28%    20%    21%    21%    40%
No                   66     62     65     62     75     72     74     47
DK/NA                15      8      5      9      5      7      6     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  19%    34%    30%
No                   72     56     63
DK/NA                 9     10      7
 
 
12. Would you like to see Kirsten Gillibrand run for President in 2020 or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  28%    14%    35%    30%    26%    31%    31%    24%
No                   58     80     47     58     61     55     61     61
DK/NA                14      6     18     12     13     15      8     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  31%    31%    28%    26%    26%    29%    28%    31%
No                   47     56     60     63     62     61     61     51
DK/NA                22     13     11     10     12     10     11     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  27%    33%    22%
No                   63     53     58
DK/NA                11     14     20
 
 
13. Would you like to see Bill de Blasio run for President in 2020 or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  15%     9%    21%    13%    13%    17%     8%     6%
No                   78     87     71     79     82     74     84     87
DK/NA                 7      3      8      8      4      9      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  26%    15%     8%    13%     9%     6%     7%    29%
No                   68     77     86     79     86     84     85     65
DK/NA                 6      8      6      8      5      9      7      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                   8%    26%     9%
No                   79     73     84
DK/NA                14      1      7
 
 
14. If you had to choose one, who would you most like to see run for president in 2020: Cuomo, Gillibrand, or de Blasio?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cuomo                31%    24%    38%    26%    31%    31%    28%    25%
Gillibrand           33     22     36     36     31     35     43     34
de Blasio            15     15     18     13     16     15      8     12
NONE OF THESE(VOL)   17     36      5     20     20     14     19     24
DK/NA                 4      2      4      4      3      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Cuomo                23%    34%    36%    30%    28%    26%    27%    38%
Gillibrand           32     37     33     31     34     43     39     24
de Blasio            34     12      9     12     12      7     10     25
NONE OF THESE(VOL)   10     11     20     23     22     20     21     10
DK/NA                 1      6      2      4      3      4      4      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                21%    38%    34%
Gillibrand           43     24     33
de Blasio            11     24      6
NONE OF THESE(VOL)   20     12     22
DK/NA                 5      2      5
 
 
15. Do you think that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is doing a good job or a bad job of addressing the issue of sexual harassment?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good job             57%    34%    70%    57%    54%    59%    64%    47%
Bad job              21     39     12     23     25     18     21     24
DK/NA                22     26     18     21     21     23     15     29
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Good job             46%    55%    62%    64%    54%    59%    56%    59%
Bad job              25     22     22     18     25     20     22     20
DK/NA                29     23     16     18     22     21     21     21
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Good job             62%    57%    49%
Bad job              16     19     33
DK/NA                22     24     18
 
 
16. Would you describe the job U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has been doing as Senate minority leader as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent            15%     3%    26%     8%    12%    17%    14%    13%
Good                 41     14     55     39     36     45     43     34
Not so good          17     17     12     24     14     20     15     15
Poor                 23     59      4     25     34     13     26     33
DK/NA                 5      7      4      3      4      5      2      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Excellent            11%    12%    14%    24%    11%    17%    14%    17%
Good                 30     42     43     41     35     43     39     42
Not so good          34     15     15     10     13     16     15     21
Poor                 16     24     26     22     39     20     29     12
DK/NA                 9      7      2      2      3      4      3      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Excellent            14%    18%    10%
Good                 41     42     37
Not so good          11     21     21
Poor                 29     15     27
DK/NA                 4      5      5
 
 
17. Would you like to see U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer do more to stand up against President Trump and his policies, or would you like to see him do more to compromise with President Trump and his policies?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Stand up against     53%    14%    79%    43%    44%    62%    48%    38%
Compromise           39     80     15     50     47     32     44     54
NEITHER(VOL)          3      3      1      3      5      1      3      5
DK/NA                 5      4      5      4      4      5      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Stand up against     53%    56%    50%    55%    36%    51%    43%    70%
Compromise           42     36     41     38     55     42     48     24
NEITHER(VOL)          4      4      3      1      6      2      4      1
DK/NA                 1      3      6      5      3      5      4      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Stand up against     44%    62%    52%
Compromise           45     32     44
NEITHER(VOL)          5      2      2
DK/NA                 6      5      2
 
 
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                  64%    41%    78%    61%    61%    67%    64%    56%
No                   28     51     13     34     33     24     33     38
DK/NA                 8      9      9      5      7      8      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  55%    69%    67%    63%    56%    65%    60%    71%
No                   23     28     30     30     38     32     35     16
DK/NA                22      3      3      6      6      3      4     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  59%    67%    67%
No                   37     18     32
DK/NA                 4     15      1
 
 
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                  43%    25%    56%    39%    41%    45%    41%    35%
No                   42     66     25     49     48     36     48     51
DK/NA                15      9     18     12     11     18     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  33%    43%    46%    50%    37%    40%    38%    51%
No                   42     43     45     38     54     46     50     30
DK/NA                25     14      9     12     10     14     12     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  37%    49%    43%
No                   54     29     46
DK/NA                10     22     10
 
 
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                  49%    16%    68%    43%    43%    55%    50%    38%
No                   43     78     24     49     51     37     46     56
DK/NA                 8      6      8      9      6      9      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non-
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes                  41%    45%    52%    54%    42%    48%    45%    56%
No                   43     49     44     38     54     46     50     32
DK/NA                16      5      4      8      4      6      5     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  43%    52%    53%
No                   53     35     43
DK/NA                 3     13      4