September 17, 2015 - Cuomo And De Blasio Are Feuding, And It Hurts, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Governor's Job Approval Slump Continues Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New York State voters say 57 - 15 percent, including 61 - 21 percent among New York City voters, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are "engaged in a political feud" and not "effectively working together for the public good," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Among voters who say there is a feud, 78 percent say it is harmful to the people of New York State, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Voters statewide who say there is a feud say 61 - 9 percent, including 67 - 8 percent among New York City voters, that Cuomo is winning.

De Blasio did not work hard enough to convince state lawmakers to enact legislation important to New York City, 35 percent of voters statewide say, while 32 percent say Cuomo undermined de Blasio's efforts. New York City voters are divided as 39 percent blame de Blasio and 38 percent blame Cuomo.

The governor more closely represents their political views, 28 percent of New York State voters say, while 15 percent line up with de Blasio and 53 percent say neither official represents their views. Among New York City voters, 28 percent side with Cuomo and 26 percent line up with de Blasio, while 43 percent say "neither."

"The squabble between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't just media hype; it's real, voters say, and it's harmful to everyone in the state," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"As political referees, voters overwhelmingly pick Cuomo as the winner.

"As government observers, voters are divided. Who's to blame for the legislative session that left the city wish-list short? Cuomo 'undermined' de Blasio, says about a third of voters. De Blasio didn't work hard enough, says another third. The rest don't know - or don't care.

"There's no improvement in the governor's split job approval. But Cuomo out-points de Blasio on favorability among both city and state voters," Carroll added.

New York State voters give Gov. Cuomo a 43 - 43 percent job approval rating, compared to a 44 - 42 percent score in a June 3 Quinnipiac University poll, and Cuomo's lowest grade ever.

Cuomo gets a 45 - 43 percent favorability rating among voters statewide, compared to a negative 23 - 46 percent rating for de Blasio. New York City voters give Cuomo a 55 - 30 percent positive rating, compared to a negative 37 - 49 percent for de Blasio.

Education and ethics are Cuomo's big negatives as voters look at how he handles issues:
  • Negative 32 - 52 percent for handling ethics;
  • Negative 33 - 54 percent for handling education;
  • Split 40 - 42 percent for handling the state budget;
  • 47 - 32 percent for handling energy and the environment;
  • Split 46 - 44 percent for handling the economy and jobs.
New York State voters approve 41 - 19 percent of the job State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is doing and approve 49 - 23 percent of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

From September 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,366 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.

1. 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              43%    33%    58%    36%    41%    45%    45%    34%    42%    52%
Disapprove           43     57     28     46     46     39     30     53     47     36
DK/NA                15     10     15     18     13     16     25     13     11     12
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              33%    54%    41%
Disapprove           54     29     46
DK/NA                13     16     13
 
 
8. 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              41%    41%    47%    39%    43%    38%    32%    41%    43%    48%
Disapprove           19     29     10     20     20     18     16     19     23     13
DK/NA                40     30     43     40     37     43     52     40     35     39
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              41%    44%    35%
Disapprove           18     18     21
DK/NA                41     38     44
 
 
9. 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%    62%    46%    44%    53%    45%    50%    51%    53%
Disapprove           23     37     12     25     31     16     22     26     24     17
DK/NA                28     26     26     29     24     31     34     24     25     30
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              48%    56%    38%
Disapprove           24     22     25
DK/NA                28     22     37
 
 
10. 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              23%    15%    30%    23%    24%    22%    33%    23%    20%    18%
Disapprove           26     31     19     28     33     20     19     28     31     22
DK/NA                51     55     50     49     43     58     48     49     49     60
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              20%    33%    12%
Disapprove           28     24     25
DK/NA                52     43     63
 
 
16. Is your opinion of Andrew Cuomo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            45%    35%    59%    42%    42%    47%    44%    37%    45%    54%
Unfavorable          43     58     28     44     48     39     33     51     46     37
Hvn't hrd enough      9      5     12      9      8     10     23      7      7      4
REFUSED               3      2      2      5      2      3      -      4      2      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            34%    55%    47%
Unfavorable          55     30     44
Hvn't hrd enough     10     11      6
REFUSED               2      4      3
 
 
17. Is your opinion of Bill de Blasio favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            23%     5%    41%    18%    22%    23%    23%    24%    24%    19%
Unfavorable          46     69     29     48     51     40     34     46     49     50
Hvn't hrd enough     29     25     27     32     24     34     41     29     24     28
REFUSED               2      1      3      2      3      2      2      1      3      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            11%    37%    19%
Unfavorable          30     49     65
Hvn't hrd enough     55     12     13
REFUSED               3      1      3
 
 
18. Who do you think most closely represents your political views, Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, or neither?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Cuomo                28%    25%    36%    27%    23%    32%    25%    22%    31%    36%
de Blasio            15      2     28     11     16     14     13     19     17     11
Neither              53     71     31     59     58     49     56     56     50     49
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      3      5      6      3      3      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                23%    28%    36%
de Blasio             7     26     10
Neither              64     43     52
DK/NA                 6      3      2
 
 
19. Do you believe Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio are effectively working together for the public good or do you think they are engaged in a political feud?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Working together     15%     6%    23%    11%    15%    14%    22%    14%    14%    12%
Political feud       57     71     51     57     60     55     40     56     63     64
DK/NA                28     23     26     32     24     31     37     30     23     24
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Working together     14%    21%     7%
Political feud       46     61     71
DK/NA                40     18     23
 
 
20. (If political feud q19) Do you think this political feud is harmful or not harmful to the people of New York State?
                     IF POLITICAL FEUD Q19.................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Harmful              78%    79%    78%    76%    75%    81%
Not harmful          20     19     21     22     23     17
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Harmful              83%    78%    74%
Not harmful          13     22     23
DK/NA                 4      1      3
 
 
21. (If political feud q19) Do you think this political feud is harmful or not harmful to the people of New York State? COMBINED WITH: (If harmful q20) Would you say it is very harmful or somewhat harmful?
                     IF POLITICAL FEUD Q19.................
                     Q20 & Q20A COMBINED...................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very harmful         35%    43%    28%    33%    36%    33%
Somewhat harmful     42     35     50     42     39     46
Not harmful          20     19     21     22     23     17
DK/NA(Q20 or 20A)     3      3      1      3      2      4
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very harmful         35%    35%    35%
Somewhat harmful     47     42     37
Not harmful          13     22     23
DK/NA(Q20 or 20A)     5      1      5
 
 
22. (If political feud q19) Who do you think is winning this political feud: Cuomo or de Blasio?
                     IF POLITICAL FEUD Q19.................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cuomo                61%    62%    63%    60%    68%    54%
de Blasio             9     10     11      7      9      9
DK/NA                30     28     26     32     23     37
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Cuomo                50%    67%    64%
de Blasio             9      8     11
DK/NA                41     24     25
 
 
23. What's closer to your point of view: Mayor de Blasio did not work hard enough to convince New York State legislators to enact legislation important to New York City or Governor Cuomo undermined Mayor de Blasio's efforts to get state legislation important to New York City?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
de Blasio did not
 work hard enough    35%    39%    30%    40%    35%    35%    31%    38%    34%    32%
Cuomo undermined
 de Blasio's efforts 32     29     40     28     34     29     31     29     36     34
DK/NA                33     32     30     32     31     36     37     33     30     34
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
de Blasio did not
 work hard enough    25%    39%    45%
Cuomo undermined
 de Blasio's efforts 27     38     30
DK/NA                48     23     25
 
 
24. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     4%     2%     3%     3%     -      4%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      39     22     57     36     36     42     52     35     36     40
Smwht dissatisfied   30     32     27     29     30     31     31     29     29     32
Very dissatisfied    27     45     11     33     30     25     17     31     32     24
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very satisfied        3%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied      33     48     35
Smwht dissatisfied   32     28     33
Very dissatisfied    32     21     30
DK/NA                 -      -      1
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - the economy and jobs?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    32%    61%    47%    45%    47%    46%    46%    47%    48%
Disapprove           44     62     30     43     47     42     41     49     45     42
DK/NA                 9      5      9     10      8     11     13      5      9     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              39%    56%    43%
Disapprove           53     36     44
DK/NA                 8      8     14
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - energy and the environment?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    36%    59%    47%    45%    49%    43%    43%    50%    52%
Disapprove           32     48     19     35     37     29     26     36     35     30
DK/NA                20     16     22     18     18     22     31     22     15     18
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              39%    54%    50%
Disapprove           41     26     29
DK/NA                20     20     21
 
 
27. 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  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              32%    25%    41%    29%    29%    35%    34%    24%    35%    37%
Disapprove           52     60     42     56     58     47     46     58     56     43
DK/NA                16     15     17     15     13     19     19     18      9     20
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              26%    38%    33%
Disapprove           56     48     50
DK/NA                17     14     18
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - the state budget?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    34%    52%    38%    43%    38%    35%    30%    48%    48%
Disapprove           42     57     27     46     44     41     43     52     40     33
DK/NA                17      9     21     16     13     21     22     18     12     19
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              35%    45%    42%
Disapprove           50     37     39
DK/NA                15     18     19
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling - education?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              33%    31%    44%    29%    32%    35%    34%    31%    34%    36%
Disapprove           54     61     42     58     54     54     49     61     55     47
DK/NA                13      8     14     13     14     11     18      8     11     17
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              25%    44%    31%
Disapprove           67     39     56
DK/NA                 8     17     13
 
 

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