July 20, 2016 - Corruption Is Very Serious And Albany Won't Fix It, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Effort To Boost Economy Will Fail, Upstate Voters Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Government corruption is a "very serious" problem in New York State today, 56 percent of voters say - the highest number ever on this point - while another 31 percent say it's "somewhat serious," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

New York State voters say 50 - 38 percent that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature will not take steps to improve ethics in state government in 2016. In fact, voters say 48 - 36 percent, current elected officials are incapable of ending political corruption and all should be voted out of office so new officials can start with a clean slate.

Gov. Cuomo gets a 50 - 40 percent job approval rating, similar to his 51 - 38 percent score in an April 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Only 13 percent of voters give him an A grade for his job as governor. Other grades are:
  • 33 percent - B
  • 26 percent - C
  • 13 percent - D
  • 13 percent - F
"Throw out everyone in Albany, say almost half of New Yorkers. Voters don't think that the current crowd is capable of cleaning up corruption," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"Almost nine-tenths of voters think corruption is a serious New York problem. And, although they give Gov. Andrew Cuomo OK job-approval numbers overall, lots of them think that on corruption he's part of the problem."

When it comes to corruption, Cuomo is part of the problem, 48 percent of voters say, while 36 percent say he is part of the solution.

Voters also say 78 - 15 percent that elected officials convicted of a felony should lose their pensions. Support is 67 percent or higher among every listed group.

New York State voters approve 49 - 23 percent of the job State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is doing and approve 39 - 18 percent of the job State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is doing.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara gets a 40 - 18 percent approval rating.

"They still haven't made U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the main scourge of corrupt legislators, a household name. But he's getting there," Carroll said.

Upstate Economy

Gov. Cuomo's efforts to improve the upstate New York economy will be successful, 38 percent of voters say, while 39 percent say it will not be successful.

Upstate voters say 53 - 34 percent the effort will fail.

A total of 41 percent of voters say the statewide economy is "excellent" or "good," while 57 percent say it is "not so good" or "poor."

Upstate, no voters say the economy is "excellent," while 29 percent say it is "good." Another 40 percent say the economy is "not so good" and 28 percent say it is "poor."

Only 21 percent of voters statewide say the economy is getting better, while 29 percent say it is getting worse and 47 percent say it is the same. Upstate results are similar.

"The governor's ballyhooed plans to boost the upstate economy have come under various investigations and voters split on whether or not the effort is working," Carroll said.

"Upstate voters give the recovery plans a big thumbs down."

From July 13 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,104 New York State voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 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.

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

11. 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              50%    29%    68%    48%    45%    55%    58%    49%    49%    50%
Disapprove           40     63     21     44     46     35     34     40     44     42
DK/NA                10      8     10      8      9     10      8     11      7      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              36%    62%    54%
Disapprove           56     27     35
DK/NA                 8     11     11
 
 
15. 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              24%    19%    29%    24%    24%    24%    29%    22%    24%    21%
Disapprove           63     71     57     63     62     64     49     70     67     64
DK/NA                13     10     15     13     14     12     22      8      9     15
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              18%    28%    28%
Disapprove           69     58     61
DK/NA                13     14     12
 
 
16. 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              43%    36%    53%    38%    43%    43%    53%    39%    40%    40%
Disapprove           39     47     27     47     39     40     29     47     41     42
DK/NA                18     17     20     15     18     17     19     14     19     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              41%    47%    40%
Disapprove           42     36     41
DK/NA                17     17     19
 
 
17. 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              52%    40%    69%    45%    47%    56%    54%    46%    51%    55%
Disapprove           34     45     19     42     37     32     31     40     38     32
DK/NA                14     15     12     13     16     12     15     14     11     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    59%    48%
Disapprove           37     28     39
DK/NA                15     13     14
 
 
18. 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              39%    36%    46%    34%    37%    41%    34%    31%    46%    41%
Disapprove           18     26     12     20     17     19     12     23     20     15
DK/NA                43     38     42     46     46     41     54     46     34     44
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              44%    37%    35%
Disapprove           18     19     17
DK/NA                39     44     48
 
 
19. 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              49%    37%    66%    42%    44%    53%    48%    38%    51%    57%
Disapprove           23     34     11     28     28     19     20     30     27     15
DK/NA                28     29     23     30     27     28     33     32     22     28
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    53%    42%
Disapprove           22     22     29
DK/NA                30     25     29
 
 
20. 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%    22%    26%    16%    22%    21%    27%    23%    23%    16%
Disapprove           25     29     19     31     29     22     19     27     29     25
DK/NA                53     49     55     53     49     57     54     51     48     59
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              22%    24%    16%
Disapprove           29     21     27
DK/NA                49     55     57
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Preet Bharara is handling his job as U.S. Attorney?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    27%    50%    42%    42%    38%    42%    34%    45%    38%
Disapprove           18     28      9     21     20     16     13     25     17     14
DK/NA                42     45     41     37     38     46     44     41     38     48
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              33%    47%    39%
Disapprove           18     17     19
DK/NA                49     36     42
 
 
22. What letter grade would you give Andrew Cuomo for the job he has been doing as Governor; A, B, C, D, or F?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A                    13%     7%    19%    11%    14%    12%    14%    12%    11%    11%
B                    33     15     49     29     28     37     44     28     31     34
C                    26     30     23     28     24     28     22     32     30     22
D                    13     22      5     17     11     15      7     11     15     15
F                    13     24      4     13     19      8      9     17     12     16
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      3      1      4      -      1      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
A                     8%    18%    13%
B                    26     37     38
C                    25     25     30
D                    18     11      8
F                    22      6      9
DK/NA                 1      3      2
 
 
23. What letter grade would you give the state legislature for the job it has been doing; A, B, C, D, or F?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
A                     4%     5%     6%     2%     5%     3%     8%     3%     3%     1%
B                    20     14     28     17     17     23     27     22     22     15
C                    34     32     33     38     29     38     30     38     32     34
D                    20     25     19     16     21     19     12     22     22     23
F                    14     18      7     18     18     10      8     11     16     18
DK/NA                 8      6      8      9     10      6     15      5      5      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
A                     2%     5%     6%
B                    17     21     25
C                    31     37     32
D                    25     15     19
F                    18     11      9
DK/NA                 6     10      9
 
 
29. Would you describe the state of New York State's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Excellent             2%     2%     3%     1%     3%     1%     5%     -      2%     1%
Good                 39     23     54     37     36     41     43     35     38     42
Not so good          37     39     30     42     36     37     31     39     38     36
Poor                 20     32     11     19     22     19     16     22     22     18
DK/NA                 3      3      1      2      3      3      5      3      1      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             -      4%     1%
Good                 29     43     48
Not so good          40     35     33
Poor                 28     15     15
DK/NA                 3      3      3
 
 
30. Do you think New York State's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               21%    15%    32%    14%    23%    19%    33%    14%    22%    19%
Worse                29     41     19     28     26     31     19     38     33     24
The same             47     40     46     55     46     48     39     47     45     55
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      5      2      9      1      1      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Better               19%    25%    17%
Worse                34     24     26
The same             45     45     52
DK/NA                 1      5      4
 
 
31. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Better off           36%    29%    44%    32%    39%    32%    60%    36%    31%    25%
Worse off            34     44     24     34     31     36     22     40     36     38
SAME(VOL)            29     26     30     32     26     31     18     22     32     37
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      4      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Better off           37%    34%    36%
Worse off            34     33     34
SAME(VOL)            27     30     29
DK/NA                 1      3      1
 
 
32. Do you think Governor Cuomo's efforts to improve the economy in upstate New York will be successful or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Successful       38%    28%    51%    33%    32%    43%    40%    35%    36%    41%
No                   39     54     24     43     45     34     35     43     45     38
DK/NA                23     18     26     24     23     23     26     22     19     21
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Successful       34%    44%    35%
No                   53     27     36
DK/NA                14     29     29
 
 
33. 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         56%    64%    51%    52%    58%    54%    49%    52%    63%    56%
Smwht serious        31     30     34     32     27     35     30     34     29     35
Not too serious       9      3     13      9     11      7     14      9      8      5
Not a problem at all  1      1      -      4      1      2      4      2      -      -
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      3      1      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         57%    55%    55%
Smwht serious        32     29     32
Not too serious       9     11      5
Not a problem at all  -      2      2
DK/NA                 1      3      6
 
 
34. 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%    30%    50%    32%    35%    42%    39%    33%    38%    42%
Will not             50     57     39     56     53     46     43     56     53     49
DK/NA                12     13     11     12     12     12     18     10      9      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Will take steps      31%    46%    37%
Will not             59     37     54
DK/NA                 9     17      9
 
 
35. 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%    64%    32%    52%    53%    44%    38%    50%    54%    51%
Solution             36     22     54     31     30     42     35     35     38     38
DK/NA                15     14     14     18     17     14     27     16      8     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Problem              61%    37%    46%
Solution             27     48     34
DK/NA                12     16     20
 
 
36. 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              36%    24%    49%    32%    31%    41%    44%    36%    35%    34%
All voted out        48     61     35     55     51     45     37     45     54     52
DK/NA                16     14     16     13     18     14     19     19     12     14
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Capable              34%    38%    35%
All voted out        52     47     43
DK/NA                14     15     22
 
 
37. Do you think elected state officials who have been convicted of a felony should lose their pensions or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Lose pensions    78%    86%    72%    77%    75%    81%    67%    76%    79%    86%
No                   15      9     18     18     18     13     25     15     17      6
DK/NA                 7      5     10      5      8      6      8      9      4      8
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Lose pensions    84%    68%    85%
No                    8     26      8
DK/NA                 8      6      7
 
 

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