April 4, 2016 - More New Yorkers Say Clean House To Fix Albany Ethics, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Little Support For De Blasio Control Of Schools Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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By a 48 - 34 percent margin, New York State voters say all elected officials should be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate to "end political corruption in Albany," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters approve 51 - 38 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, his best score since a 58 - 32 percent approval rating in a December 22, 2014, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, right after he won reelection to a second term.

Approval is 60 - 28 percent among New York City voters and 58 - 32 percent in the suburbs, while upstate voters give Cuomo a negative 38 - 50 percent approval rating.

A total of 86 percent of New York voters say government corruption is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, but voters say 50 - 38 percent that Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature will not take steps to improve ethics in state government.

In fact, 48 percent say Cuomo is part of the problem of ethics in government, while 39 percent say he is part of the solution.

"Can the people we elect to state government clean up the mess in Albany? Voters don't think so. They want to clean out the Albany crowd," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers think corruption is a serious Albany problem. People in all sections of the state worry about corruption.

"There's no rule that people have to be consistent in their beliefs. They're ambivalent about their elected officials."

"New York State voters say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem - not the solution - in government corruption, but they approve overall of the way he does his job," Carroll added.

"The job approval for the State Legislature is dismal. But voters approve of the job performance of their own Assembly member and State Senator."

New York State voters approve 38 - 15 percent of the job State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is doing and give Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a 47 - 21 percent job approval rating.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets a 54 - 18 percent job approval rating.

Voters approve 56 - 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his highest approval rating in New York State since a 57 - 39 percent rating in a March 19, 2013, Quinnipiac University poll. Mayoral Control of New York City Schools

New York State voters oppose 47 - 35 percent extending Mayor Bill de Blasio's control over New York City public schools.

Opposition is 50 - 22 percent among upstate voters and 51 - 36 percent among suburban voters. New York City voters are divided, with 46 percent who want to continue mayoral control of the schools and 43 percent opposed.

"Upstaters and suburbanites don't want Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep control of New York City schools. Even New York City voters aren't that wild about the idea," Carroll said. "Since this issue is decided by the State Legislature, not the New York City Council, Mayor de Blasio will have to press his case in Albany."

From March 22 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,667 New York State voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              51%    35%    62%    51%    47%    54%    50%    55%    47%    55%
Disapprove           38     57     25     40     42     34     32     37     44     34
DK/NA                11      8     13      9     10     12     18      8      9     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              38%    60%    58%
Disapprove           50     28     32
DK/NA                12     12     10
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kirsten Gillibrand is handling her job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              54%    38%    67%    51%    50%    58%    39%    59%    56%    64%
Disapprove           18     33      8     20     25     12     13     17     23     16
DK/NA                28     30     26     30     26     30     48     24     21     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              54%    56%    50%
Disapprove           21     15     19
DK/NA                25     29     31
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              56%    12%    90%    48%    50%    62%    68%    58%    49%    54%
Disapprove           41     85      8     49     47     34     28     39     49     43
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      2      4      4      3      2      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    71%    46%
Disapprove           49     26     50
DK/NA                 3      3      4
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              25%    17%    33%    21%    22%    27%    36%    26%    22%    18%
Disapprove           55     63     46     62     61     50     41     61     62     56
DK/NA                20     20     21     16     16     23     23     13     16     27
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              23%    28%    22%
Disapprove           59     50     58
DK/NA                18     22     19
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              42%    39%    51%    34%    41%    43%    47%    40%    40%    43%
Disapprove           35     39     27     42     39     30     27     40     39     32
DK/NA                23     22     23     24     20     27     26     19     21     26
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              42%    41%    44%
Disapprove           36     35     32
DK/NA                22     24     24
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              53%    44%    63%    46%    49%    56%    55%    53%    51%    54%
Disapprove           29     35     21     36     34     25     25     34     33     25
DK/NA                18     20     16     18     17     19     20     13     15     21
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              52%    58%    46%
Disapprove           31     24     36
DK/NA                18     18     18
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    35%    43%    33%    40%    36%    32%    37%    39%    45%
Disapprove           15     20     11     15     16     14     11     18     18     11
DK/NA                48     44     46     52     44     50     57     46     43     43
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              41%    35%    37%
Disapprove           14     15     16
DK/NA                45     51     48
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Schneiderman is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    31%    60%    45%    48%    46%    46%    48%    45%    52%
Disapprove           21     33     13     23     25     18     17     26     24     19
DK/NA                31     36     27     32     27     35     37     26     31     29
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              45%    51%    44%
Disapprove           22     20     24
DK/NA                33     29     33
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Carl Heastie is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              22%    17%    29%    18%    22%    22%    29%    27%    19%    17%
Disapprove           19     22     15     22     23     15      9     23     22     20
DK/NA                59     61     56     60     55     63     62     51     58     62
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              19%    27%    19%
Disapprove           20     19     16
DK/NA                60     54     65
 
 
27. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Continue             35%    18%    46%    33%    38%    32%    42%    35%    34%    29%
Stop                 47     63     37     47     45     49     39     47     51     52
DK/NA                18     18     17     20     17     19     19     18     15     19
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Continue             22%    46%    36%
Stop                 50     43     51
DK/NA                28     11     13
 
 
28. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very serious         49%    55%    42%    53%    52%    46%    34%    50%    54%    54%
Smwht serious        37     33     40     35     33     40     41     36     38     34
Not too serious      10      7     12     11     10     10     17     11      7      6
Not a problem at all  1      2      1      -      1      1      1      1      -      2
DK/NA                 4      4      5      1      4      3      6      2      1      5
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         53%    43%    52%
Smwht serious        35     38     37
Not too serious       8     12     10
Not a problem at all  1      2      -
DK/NA                 3      5      2
 
 
29. Do you think Governor Cuomo and the state legislature will or will not take steps to improve ethics in state government in 2016?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Will take steps      38%    28%    51%    32%    32%    44%    39%    40%    39%    39%
Will not             50     61     38     58     58     43     50     51     54     46
DK/NA                11     10     11     10      9     13     12      9      7     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Will take steps      30%    43%    44%
Will not             60     43     46
DK/NA                 9     14     10
 
 
30. When thinking about the problem of ethics in government, do you think Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem or part of the solution?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Problem              48%    66%    33%    53%    54%    42%    43%    49%    50%    47%
Solution             39     24     52     34     33     43     35     42     39     41
DK/NA                14     11     14     13     13     14     22      9     10     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Problem              60%    37%    45%
Solution             28     47     42
DK/NA                12     16     13
 
 
31. Do you think New York State elected officials are capable of ending political corruption in Albany or should all current elected officials be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Capable              34%    24%    44%    31%    32%    36%    39%    37%    33%    30%
All voted out        48     63     37     51     52     45     38     52     49     51
DK/NA                18     13     19     18     16     19     23     11     18     19
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Capable              33%    34%    36%
All voted out        50     46     48
DK/NA                17     20     16
 
 

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