March 19, 2015 - Voters Want Leaders', Spouses', Live-Ins' Income, Quinnipiac University New York Poll Finds; No Budget Without Ethics Fix, Voters Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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By an overwhelming 84 - 13 percent, New York State voters say elected officials should be required to disclose the source and amount of income from outside jobs and investments, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By a smaller, but still substantial 64 - 32 percent, voters say spouses and live-in partners of elected officials also should be required to disclose the source and size of income, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Voters back 45 - 40 percent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's threat to delay passage of the state budget to force legislators to enact ethics reform.

A total of 89 percent of New York State voters say government corruption is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in the state today.

But voters oppose 54 - 37 percent public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the State Legislature. There is a gender gap, with men opposed 50 - 45 percent and women opposed 58 - 30 percent.

"Follow the money, New Yorkers say. Overwhelmingly, they want legislators to tell how much they earn. Legislators say spouses and companions of government folks should have to tell all, too. Voters agree," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Voters say, almost unanimously, that corruption remains a serious Albany problem. They don't think Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing a good job combating it. He's part of the problem, more voters say."

New York State voters disapprove 54 - 35 percent of the way Gov. Cuomo is handling ethics in government. A total of 41 percent of voters say the governor is doing an "excellent" or "good" job cleaning up ethics in government while 51 percent say "not so good" or "poor."

In fact, 47 percent of voters say Cuomo is part of the problem with ethics in government while 41 percent say he is part of the solution.

By a strong 76 - 18 percent margin, voters say elected state officials who are convicted of a felony should lose their pension. Support is strong across party, gender, age and regional groups.

State legislators should serve full-time, with a higher salary and no outside employment, 57 percent of voters say, while 33 percent say legislators should serve part-time, collecting a lower salary but allowed to accept outside employment.

"New Yorkers think a full-time State Legislature would be a good idea," Carroll said.

Voters disapprove 62 - 23 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, compared to a 55 - 28 percent disapproval December 22.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gets a 45 - 22 percent job approval rating, while State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli gets a 35 - 19 percent score.

From March 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,228 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 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, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

27. 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  35-54  55+
 
Approve              23%    23%    28%    19%    20%    25%    29%    21%    22%
Disapprove           62     65     55     66     67     58     62     63     63
DK/NA                15     12     17     15     13     17     10     16     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              25%    20%    24%
Disapprove           64     61     61
DK/NA                12     19     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 19  Dec 22  Aug 20  May 21  Feb 13  Dec 12  Sep 01
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2012    2010
 
Approve              23      28      26      26      28      35      15
Disapprove           62      55      61      55      57      46      75
DK/NA                15      17      13      18      15      18       9
 
 
28. 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  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    38%    36%    32%    39%    31%    29%    32%    40%
Disapprove           19     18     17     23     20     19     26     21     15
DK/NA                46     44     47     45     41     50     45     47     45
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              39%    29%    37%
Disapprove           21     20     15
DK/NA                40     51     48
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Thomas DiNapoli is handling his job as State Comptroller?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 19  Dec 23  Aug 20  May 21  Apr 06  Aug 20  Apr 04
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2009    2014    2007
 
Approve              35      39      45      36      26      45      24
Disapprove           19      16      19      12      19      19      13
DK/NA                46      45      36      52      56      36      63
 
 
29. 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  35-54  55+
 
Approve              45%    34%    54%    45%    47%    43%    34%    45%    50%
Disapprove           22     32     14     21     26     19     32     21     17
DK/NA                33     33     33     34     27     38     33     34     33
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              46%    45%    43%
Disapprove           22     23     21
DK/NA                32     32     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Schneiderman is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Mar 19  Dec 23  Aug 20  May 21
                     2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              45      47      51      46
Disapprove           22      20      22      18
DK/NA                33      33      27      37
 
 
30. 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  35-54  55+
 
Approve              20%    23%    19%    20%    19%    20%    31%    17%    18%
Disapprove           15     15     13     14     17     14     16     15     15
DK/NA                65     62     67     66     63     66     53     68     68
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              20%    23%    12%
Disapprove           15     16     15
DK/NA                65     61     73
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              20%    27%    20%    18%    21%    20%    26%    20%    17%
Disapprove           30     27     30     30     35     26     29     27     33
DK/NA                50     47     50     51     45     54     45     53     51
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              19%    18%    26%
Disapprove           31     33     25
DK/NA                50     50     49
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader? (* State Senate Co-Leader)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 19  Nov 27  Jun 05  Apr 17  Feb 15  Feb 15  Mar 19
                     2015    2013*   2013*   2013*   2012    2012    2015
 
Approve              20      24      22      22      26      26      20
Disapprove           30      26      32      28      34      34      30
DK/NA                50      50      47      50      41      41      50
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - ethics in government?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    24%    44%    33%    31%    38%    39%    35%    35%
Disapprove           54     67     42     57     60     48     48     56     52
DK/NA                11      9     15     10      8     14     13      8     13
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              28%    38%    42%
Disapprove           62     49     47
DK/NA                10     13     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling ethics in government?
                     Mar 18  Aug 20  May 22  Feb 13
                     2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              35      39      48      52
Disapprove           54      50      34      31
DK/NA                11      10      18      17
 
 
46. How important would you say it is that the state pass a budget on time; very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very important       67%    70%    67%    66%    63%    70%    69%    65%    67%
Somewhat important   26     24     25     29     28     24     24     26     27
Not so important      4      5      4      3      5      4      1      6      5
Not important at all  1      -      2      1      2      1      3      1      1
DK/NA                 2      1      2      -      2      1      3      2      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very important       66%    67%    68%
Somewhat important   28     23     26
Not so important      3      6      3
Not important at all  1      1      2
DK/NA                 2      2      1
 
 
59. Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              37%    32%    43%    32%    45%    30%    31%    36%    41%
Oppose               54     61     45     62     50     58     58     54     52
DK/NA                 9      7     11      7      6     12     10     10      7
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              31%    41%    38%
Oppose               62     50     50
DK/NA                 7      9     12
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose public financing of campaigns for governor, other statewide offices and the state legislature? (* Low also 37% Jun 2013, Apr 2013)
                                                             SUPPORT.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 19  Aug 20  May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  May 22  Mar 19
                     2015    2014    2014    2013    2013    2014    2015*
 
Support              37      41      46      38      37      46      37
Oppose               54      52      44      52      53      44      54
DK/NA                 9       8       9      10       9       9       9
 
 
60. 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  35-54  55+
 
Very serious         51%    47%    46%    58%    56%    46%    50%    51%    51%
Smwht serious        38     45     41     33     33     43     33     41     39
Not too serious       7      4      9      8      8      7     12      6      6
Not a problem at all  1      1      2      1      1      1      3      1      -
DK/NA                 2      3      3      1      2      2      1      -      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very serious         49%    56%    47%
Smwht serious        43     31     43
Not too serious       6     10      5
Not a problem at all  -      1      2
DK/NA                 2      2      3
 
TREND: 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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 19  Aug 20  May 22  Nov 27  Jun 05  Mar 19  Nov 06
                     2015    2014    2014    2013    2013    2015    2003
 
Very serious         51      42      36      41      51      51      28
Smwht serious        38      41      45      41      35      38      44
Not too serious       7      14      14      13       8       7      19
Not a problem at all  1       1       1       1       1       1       3
DK/NA                 2       2       5       4       5       2       5
 
 
61. How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up government corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Excellent             3%     3%     4%     3%     3%     3%     4%     4%     3%
Good                 38     29     50     33     33     42     39     37     40
Not so good          27     30     25     30     28     26     24     25     30
Poor                 24     32     14     26     31     18     20     28     21
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      5     10     13      6      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Excellent             3%     4%     3%
Good                 32     40     44
Not so good          30     24     28
Poor                 30     23     15
DK/NA                 6      9      9
 
TREND: How would you rate the job Governor Cuomo is doing cleaning up government corruption; excellent, good, not so good, or poor? (* cleaning up corruption)
                     Mar 19  Aug 20
                     2015    2014*
 
Excellent             3       4
Good                 38      39
Not so good          27      29
Poor                 24      23
DK/NA                 8       5
 
 
62. 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  35-54  55+
 
Problem              47%    61%    35%    50%    53%    42%    49%    46%    45%
Solution             41     32     52     38     39     43     38     43     44
DK/NA                12      8     14     12      8     15     13     11     11
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Problem              57%    42%    38%
Solution             34     44     48
DK/NA                 9     14     13
 
TREND: When thinking about the problem of ethics in government, do you think Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem or part of the solution?
                     Mar 19  Aug 20
                     2015    2014
 
Problem              47      48
Solution             41      41
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
63. Do you support or oppose delaying passage of the state budget to force legislators to enact ethics reform?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              45%    49%    46%    41%    51%    40%    54%    43%    43%
Oppose               40     42     35     49     40     41     33     44     41
DK/NA                15      9     19     10      9     20     14     13     16
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Support              39%    51%    46%
Oppose               50     32     37
DK/NA                12     16     17
 
 
64. Do you think elected state officials should be required to disclose the source and size of income from outside jobs and investments, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Should disclose  84%    85%    79%    90%    87%    81%    74%    86%    87%
No                   13     14     17      8     10     15     22     13     10
DK/NA                 3      2      5      2      2      4      5      1      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Should disclose  84%    83%    84%
No                   13     14     11
DK/NA                 3      3      5
 
65. Do you think the spouses or live-in partners of elected state officials should be required to disclose the source and size of income from employment and investments, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Should disclose  64%    66%    60%    68%    66%    61%    54%    64%    67%
No                   32     32     33     29     29     34     39     33     29
DK/NA                 5      2      7      3      4      5      7      4      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Should disclose  64%    67%    58%
No                   33     28     35
DK/NA                 4      5      6
 
 
66. 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  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Lose pensions    76%    83%    70%    77%    76%    75%    68%    75%    79%
No                   18     11     22     18     18     18     29     17     15
DK/NA                 6      6      8      5      5      7      3      8      6
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes/Lose pensions    78%    69%    83%
No                   17     24     11
DK/NA                 6      7      6
 
 
67. Do you think New York State legislators should serve full-time with a higher state salary and no outside jobs or should they serve part-time with a lower salary and be allowed to accept outside employment?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Full-time            57%    45%    59%    62%    62%    52%    56%    59%    56%
Part-time            33     47     30     27     30     36     36     29     34
DK/NA                10      9     11     11      8     12      8     12      9
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Full-time            49%    64%    58%
Part-time            43     24     30
DK/NA                 8     12     12
 
 
68. Do you believe U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's public comments about state government corruption have been appropriate or inappropriate, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Appropriate          17%    13%    16%    21%    25%    11%     9%    15%    22%
Inappropriate         3      2      3      3      4      2      2      1      5
Hvn't hrd enough     79     84     79     75     70     86     89     83     72
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      -      -      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Appropriate          14%    21%    17%
Inappropriate         3      3      3
Hvn't hrd enough     82     75     78
REFUSED               -      1      2