January 23, 2019 - Bloomberg Tops List Of New Yorkers In Limelight, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; Gillibrand Approval Rating Drops Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tops the list of New York State political leaders who have announced, or who are rumored to be interested, in running for president, or pushing into the national limelight, as 28 percent of voters statewide say Bloomberg would make the best president of anyone on the list, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Bloomberg is the choice of 34 percent of independent voters, 27 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. He leads among men, with 30 percent, and women, with 26 percent.

Looking at other contenders:
  • 17 percent say Gov. Andrew Cuomo would make the best president;
  • 11 percent say U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would make the best president;
  • 7 percent say U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won't be old enough until 2024, would make the best president;
  • 5 percent say New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would make the best president.
New York State voters approve 48 - 40 percent of the job Gov. Cuomo is doing, compared to 49 - 43 percent in a July 18 Quinnipiac University Poll.

Sen. Gillibrand gets a 46 - 35 percent approval rating and a 41 - 30 percent favorability rating, her lowest scores since 2010, in her first year after she was appointed to the U.S. Senate and voters knew little about her. She had a 52 - 30 percent approval rating and a 46 - 26 percent favorability rating July 18.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gets a 52 - 37 percent approval rating.

"While Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sailed to re-election in November, New Yorkers aren't showing as much enthusiasm about her presidential bid in 2020. Even though she has served in the Senate for a decade, roughly a quarter of New Yorkers say they don't know enough about her to form an opinion. That number jumps to 48 percent among young voters," said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't register much higher in his favorability rating than Sen. Gillibrand. Democrats in New York, however, think he'd make a better president than anyone else on the list, except Gov. Cuomo, with whom he's neck and neck," Snow added.

New York State voters disapprove 67 - 29 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing, compared to a 57 - 36 percent disapproval July 19.

Cuomo has the best favorability rating, 50 - 39 percent, among New Yorkers possibly seeking the White House. Favorability ratings for other contenders are:
  • 45 - 31 percent for Bloomberg;
  • 34 - 29 percent for Ocasio-Cortez;
  • Negative 32 - 44 percent for de Blasio.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gets a 37 - 15 percent approval rating, with 40 - 18 percent for State Attorney General Letitia James.

Legislative Pay Raises, Millionaires' Tax

New York State voters disapprove 56 - 36 percent of the decision to give state legislators a significant salary increase while limiting their outside income.

Democrats are divided on pay raises 44 - 43 percent. Disapproval is 72 - 21 percent among Republicans and 63 - 32 percent among independent voters.

Government corruption is a "very serious" problem in New York, 47 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say it is "somewhat serious."

Voters are divided on whether limiting outside income for state legislators will help decrease government corruption, as 48 percent say yes and 43 percent say no.

Voters support extending the millionaires' tax 56 - 25 percent. Republicans are divided, as 38 percent support an extension, with 36 percent opposed. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group supports an extension by wide margins.

From January 16 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 929 New York State voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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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              48%    15%    72%    40%    45%    52%    46%    37%
Disapprove           40     75     17     50     45     36     45     55
DK/NA                12     10     12     10     10     13     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              44%    48%    52%    52%    38%    46%    43%    61%
Disapprove           36     40     41     40     53     44     48     24
DK/NA                20     11      7      8      9      9      9     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              39%    58%    46%
Disapprove           50     28     45
DK/NA                11     14      9
 
 
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              52%    11%    83%    42%    47%    58%    52%    36%
Disapprove           37     79      8     49     43     32     42     56
DK/NA                10     10      9      8     10     10      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              46%    56%    55%    55%    39%    52%    46%    65%
Disapprove           29     35     41     40     54     42     47     18
DK/NA                25      9      4      4      8      6      7     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              47%    63%    44%
Disapprove           46     26     44
DK/NA                 7     12     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              46%    15%    72%    38%    41%    51%    52%    32%
Disapprove           35     66     13     43     40     30     37     48
DK/NA                19     19     15     20     20     19     11     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              36%    46%    54%    48%    39%    49%    45%    51%
Disapprove           40     29     34     36     46     36     41     22
DK/NA                23     26     12     16     15     14     14     26
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              41%    56%    38%
Disapprove           41     25     41
DK/NA                18     19     21
 
 
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%    70%     4%    34%    35%    24%    29%    48%
Disapprove           67     25     93     61     62     71     68     51
DK/NA                 4      5      3      6      3      5      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              20%    25%    34%    31%    41%    32%    37%    15%
Disapprove           72     71     64     63     57     64     61     77
DK/NA                 8      4      2      5      1      3      2      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              39%    15%    36%
Disapprove           57     80     60
DK/NA                 4      5      4
 
 
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              37%    35%    39%    39%    37%    37%    42%    42%
Disapprove           15     19      8     19     14     15     11     14
DK/NA                48     46     53     42     49     47     47     44
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              24%    36%    43%    46%    41%    43%    42%    30%
Disapprove           26     15     14      7     12     12     12     18
DK/NA                50     49     43     47     47     45     46     52
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              47%    29%    35%
Disapprove           11     18     17
DK/NA                42     54     48
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Letitia James is handling her job as state attorney general?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              40%    17%    57%    32%    37%    43%    40%    26%
Disapprove           18     30      7     23     22     14     18     23
DK/NA                42     53     36     45     41     43     42     51
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              43%    46%    41%    36%    31%    38%    35%    52%
Disapprove           21     15     19     16     25     15     20     14
DK/NA                36     39     40     47     44     47     46     35
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              33%    49%    36%
Disapprove           20     15     19
DK/NA                48     35     45
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            34%     6%    54%    30%    36%    33%    39%    13%
Unfavorable          29     60      8     35     35     23     34     40
Hvn't hrd enough     35     31     37     33     27     42     26     46
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      2      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Favorable            43%    33%    30%    33%    29%    29%    29%    45%
Unfavorable          21     24     33     33     44     29     36     14
Hvn't hrd enough     35     39     34     32     26     40     34     37
REFUSED               1      3      3      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            25%    49%    25%
Unfavorable          34     17     40
Hvn't hrd enough     39     31     34
REFUSED               2      3      1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Kirsten Gillibrand favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            41%    13%    63%    33%    37%    44%    50%    30%
Unfavorable          30     63      9     38     33     27     35     39
Hvn't hrd enough     28     24     27     28     29     28     15     30
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Favorable            29%    40%    49%    45%    38%    45%    42%    41%
Unfavorable          21     28     32     35     41     33     37     17
Hvn't hrd enough     48     31     17     19     21     21     21     40
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            38%    47%    34%
Unfavorable          36     19     38
Hvn't hrd enough     24     33     28
REFUSED               2      1      -
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Michael Bloomberg favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            45%    26%    56%    46%    46%    43%    53%    30%
Unfavorable          31     49     19     31     35     27     27     42
Hvn't hrd enough     20     21     21     19     16     24     16     26
REFUSED               4      3      3      3      3      5      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Favorable            30%    46%    49%    53%    47%    42%    44%    47%
Unfavorable          36     29     32     27     37     28     32     27
Hvn't hrd enough     27     22     16     16     13     26     20     22
REFUSED               8      3      3      3      3      4      4      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            28%    54%    55%
Unfavorable          33     32     26
Hvn't hrd enough     36     12     10
REFUSED               3      3      8
 
 
10. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            50%    14%    75%    44%    49%    52%    46%    34%
Unfavorable          39     75     17     48     42     36     47     56
Hvn't hrd enough      8      9      6      5      6      9      4      8
REFUSED               3      1      2      3      3      2      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Favorable            46%    49%    54%    55%    35%    46%    41%    68%
Unfavorable          32     41     42     40     54     46     50     20
Hvn't hrd enough     20      5      3      3      6      5      6     11
REFUSED               2      5      1      2      4      2      3      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            39%    64%    45%
Unfavorable          51     25     45
Hvn't hrd enough      8      8      8
REFUSED               3      3      2
 
 
11. Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            32%     5%    54%    22%    32%    31%    24%    15%
Unfavorable          44     66     25     57     48     41     51     50
Hvn't hrd enough     22     27     19     19     19     24     23     33
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      2      3      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Favorable            29%    32%    33%    32%    22%    18%    20%    51%
Unfavorable          41     49     45     43     54     48     51     33
Hvn't hrd enough     29     19     17     23     22     31     27     14
REFUSED               1      1      5      3      2      3      3      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            17%    50%    23%
Unfavorable          37     40     64
Hvn't hrd enough     43      8     11
REFUSED               2      3      2
 
 
12. Which of the following New York politicians do you think would make the best president: Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Bill de Blasio, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Gillibrand           11%     3%    16%     9%     9%    13%    19%    10%
Cuomo                17      5     26     15     16     18     10     13
Bloomberg            28     24     27     34     30     26     37     20
de Blasio             5      4      6      3      4      6      1      3
Ocasio-Cortez         7      1      8      8      7      6      5      3
DK/NA                33     63     17     30     34     32     28     51
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Gillibrand            7%     9%    15%    11%    11%    19%    16%     4%
Cuomo                18     20     16     17      9     13     11     27
Bloomberg            22     29     25     33     35     26     30     24
de Blasio             6      5      5      4      2      2      2     10
Ocasio-Cortez        18      8      3      2      5      5      5     11
DK/NA                29     29     35     34     38     36     37     24
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Gillibrand           16%     8%     8%
Cuomo                12     22     16
Bloomberg            16     30     42
de Blasio             4      6      2
Ocasio-Cortez         5     12      2
DK/NA                46     23     30
 
 
16. 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%    38%    68%    53%    56%    56%    59%    46%
End                  25     36     15     32     29     21     23     32
DK/NA                19     26     17     15     15     23     19     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Extend               60%    56%    56%    58%    55%    54%    54%    62%
End                  22     27     26     22     30     23     26     20
DK/NA                17     17     18     20     15     24     20     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Extend               49%    63%    54%
End                  25     23     27
DK/NA                26     14     19
 
 
18. 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         47%    68%    27%    59%    48%    45%    41%    57%
Smwht serious        38     25     50     34     33     43     44     34
Not too serious      10      3     17      4     12      8     10      6
Not a problem at all  2      1      4      1      3      1      2      -
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Very serious         48%    51%    46%    43%    50%    44%    47%    46%
Smwht serious        40     36     37     41     36     44     40     36
Not too serious       9      9     12     10      9      8      9     12
Not a problem at all  2      1      3      3      1      1      1      4
DK/NA                 1      3      2      4      3      3      3      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         52%    37%    55%
Smwht serious        38     43     31
Not too serious       6     14      9
Not a problem at all  2      3      1
DK/NA                 3      2      5
 
 
19. As you may know, ethics reforms are being considered in Albany. What comes closer to your point of view: that ethics reforms will make a significant difference in fighting corruption in Albany, ethics reforms will make a difference but not a significant one, or ethics reforms won't make too much of a difference in fighting corruption in Albany?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Significant diff     24%    18%    31%    19%    25%    23%    22%    24%
Diff but not sign    37     37     42     34     35     39     48     36
No difference        29     38     17     40     32     27     23     31
DK/NA                 9      7     10      7      8     11      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Significant diff     17%    24%    30%    22%    25%    21%    23%    25%
Diff but not sign    40     40     34     37     36     50     43     30
No difference        30     31     28     30     33     20     26     34
DK/NA                13      5      8     10      6      9      8     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Significant diff     22%    27%    21%
Diff but not sign    41     34     38
No difference        28     29     31
DK/NA                 9     10     10
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to give New York State lawmakers a significant increase in salary while limiting their outside income?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              36%    21%    44%    32%    36%    36%    45%    22%
Disapprove           56     72     43     63     55     56     48     73
DK/NA                 9      7     12      5      9      8      7      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Approve              30%    41%    35%    39%    39%    33%    36%    36%
Disapprove           53     56     60     55     53     61     57     53
DK/NA                17      4      5      7      7      6      6     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              31%    40%    35%
Disapprove           61     48     59
DK/NA                 8     11      6
 
 
21. Do you think that limiting outside income for New York State lawmakers will help to decrease corruption in state government, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Help decrease    48%    37%    57%    44%    49%    48%    54%    35%
No                   43     54     33     53     42     44     39     59
DK/NA                 8      9     10      3      9      8      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....           Non
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Wht
 
Yes/Help decrease    46%    55%    52%    43%    51%    43%    47%    51%
No                   43     41     41     48     41     52     46     37
DK/NA                11      4      7      9      8      6      7     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Help decrease    44%    53%    48%
No                   50     37     43
DK/NA                 6     10      9