Poll: Disapproval of Spitzer Growing

121207 spitzer web Poll: Disapproval of Spitzer GrowingThere’s yet another poll out this morning about Eliot Spitzer’s approval ratings, though his re-election is still years down the line.

Like this week’s Siena poll, Quinnipiac shows that 37 percent of voters approve of the job the governor is doing.

It has 48 percent disapproving, a number that has been steadily growing since a low of 11 percent last February.

The poll also finds that 40 percent of state voters support gay marriage. Spitzer supports marriage equality, but has yet to make it a legislative priority.

Full results:

 

SPITZER APPROVAL DROPS TO NEW LOW IN NEW YORK,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
MORE THINK HE CAN BECOME KINDER, GENTLER GOVERNOR

New York State voters disapprove 48 – 37 percent of the job Gov. Eliot Spitzer is doing, giving him his first negative rating and the lowest marks of his first year in office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to Gov. Spitzer’s previous low, a 47 – 34 percent approval in an October 2 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, just as the controversy began over the Governor’s proposal to provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
But New York State voters say 47 – 30 percent, with 23 percent undecided, that Spitzer can become “a kinder, gentler governor.” Republicans say 41 – 36 percent that Spitzer can’t make the switch to “kinder, gentler,” while Democrats believe it 56 – 24 percent and independent voters agree 43 – 32 percent.
New York State voters disapprove 62 – 21 percent of Spitzer’s handling of immigration issues. Even Democrats disapprove 51 – 28 percent.
“When will it end? First Troopergate. Then driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. It’s been a lousy run for Gov. Spitzer. His job approval has gone down, down, down – and for the first time, more voters disapprove,” said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“But many New Yorkers, perhaps in the holiday spirit, hope Eliot Spitzer can be just like Ebenezer Scrooge and become a kinder, gentler governor. They think the poisonous relationship between Spitzer and the State Legislature can get better. Most of his fellow Democrats think so. Republicans aren’t sure. But at least they’re not saying, ‘Bah Humbug!’”
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Quinnipiac University Poll/December 12, 2007—page 2
Spitzer is doing a worse job as Governor than they expected, 33 percent of voters say, while 5 percent say he’s doing a better job and 53 percent say he’s performing as they expected.
Since Spitzer became Governor things in New York got better, 7 percent of voters say, with 21 percent who say things got worse and 68 percent who say things stayed the same.
“Gov. Spitzer promised that on day one, everything changes. One year later, 68 percent of New York State voters say it didn’t,” Carroll said.
Gay Marriage
Same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, 40 percent of New York State voters say, with 29 percent who support same-sex civil unions and 23 percent who say there should be no legal recognition for same-sex couples. Party breakdowns are:
• Democrats: 51 percent for gay marriage; 23 percent for civil unions; 18 percent for no recognition.
• Republicans: 24 percent for gay marriage; 35 percent for civil unions; 35 percent for no recognition.
• Independent voters: 38 percent for gay marriage; 34 percent for civil unions; 20 percent
for no recognition.
“There’s been some political speculation that Spitzer might push for legalizing domestic partnerships. He says he didn’t promise it and it is an election year. But – as an issue – New Yorkers are fairly liberal about both partnerships and gay marriage,” Carroll said.
From December 4 – 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,083 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research.
For more data — http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job as
Governor of New York?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Approve 37% 26% 48% 35% 34% 40%
Disapprove 48 63 37 49 54 43
DK/NA 15 11 15 16 11 18

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 37% 37% 37% 41% 33%
Disapprove 51 53 53 41 50
DK/NA 12 10 11 18 18

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eliot Spitzer is handling his job
as Governor of New York?
Highest Lowest
Approve Approve
Dec 12 Oct 2 Jul 31 Jun 19 Apr 4 Feb 13 Dec 12
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007

Approve 37 47 48 60 48 61 37
Disapprove 48 34 28 22 27 11 48
DK/NA 15 20 25 19 25 28 15

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Clinton is handling her job as United States Senator?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Approve 64% 35% 90% 56% 60% 68%
Disapprove 29 59 8 32 34 25
DK/NA 7 6 2 12 6 8

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 67% 59% 60% 70% 62%
Disapprove 25 36 35 21 31
DK/NA 8 5 5 8 8

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Hillary Rodham Clinton is handling
her job as United States Senator?
Highest Lowest
Approve Approve
Dec 12 Oct 2 Jul 31 Jun 20 Apr 5 Dec 14 Feb 14
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2001

Approve 64 65 63 67 68 72 38
Disapprove 29 30 30 27 26 23 30
DK/NA 7 5 7 5 6 5 33

8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job as United States Senator?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Approve 59% 48% 66% 62% 63% 56%
Disapprove 22 34 13 24 26 19
DK/NA 19 18 21 14 11 25

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 53% 57% 56% 59% 65%
Disapprove 31 25 26 18 21
DK/NA 15 18 18 23 15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Charles Schumer is handling his job
as United States Senator? (* = Also 69% on 10/02/01)

Highest Lowest
Approve Approve
Dec 12 Oct 2 Jul 31 Jun 20 Apr 4 Dec 8 Apr 15
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2004 * 1999

Approve 59 63 63 64 63 69 51
Disapprove 22 20 21 21 19 16 22
DK/NA 19 17 16 15 19 15 28

10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as
State Senate Majority Leader?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Approve 26% 33% 24% 25% 28% 24%
Disapprove 36 31 35 42 42 30
DK/NA 39 36 41 34 30 46

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 26% 29% 29% 22% 25%
Disapprove 44 40 40 34 29
DK/NA 30 31 31 44 45

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
Highest Lowest
Approve Approve
Dec 12 Oct 2 Jul 31 Jun 19 Apr 4 Oct 2 Feb 13
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2003 2007

Approve 26 30 33 26 27 36 25
Disapprove 36 39 40 34 34 25 39
DK/NA 39 32 27 40 39 39 36

13. 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?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Very satisfied 5% 3% 6% 4% 5% 4%
Smwht satisfied 44 38 52 41 44 43
Smwht dissatisfied 33 36 28 34 29 35
Very dissatisfied 18 22 12 21 21 16
DK/NA 1 1 2 1 1 1

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very satisfied 4% 2% 2% 7% 4%
Smwht satisfied 41 32 33 53 48
Smwht dissatisfied 34 39 38 26 32
Very dissatisfied 21 26 26 11 15
DK/NA – 1 1 2 1

TREND: 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?

Dec 12 May 17 Mar 29 Jan 20 Dec 20 Oct 5 Aug 3
2007 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005

Very satisfied 5 3 3 5 4 4 4
Somewhat satisfied 44 36 42 41 47 44 44
Somewhat dissatisfied 33 35 34 32 32 32 31
Very dissatisfied 18 26 20 21 16 19 20
DK/NA 1 – 1 1 2 1 1

14. Would you say Eliot Spitzer is doing a better job as governor than you expected, a worse job, or about what you expected?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Better 5% 2% 7% 3% 5% 5%
Worse 33 40 26 37 40 28
As expected 53 53 57 52 50 55
DK/NA 9 5 10 8 5 12

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Better 5% 3% 3% 8% 4%
Worse 38 38 38 30 29
As expected 52 53 53 51 56
DK/NA 6 6 6 11 10

15. Since Eliot Spitzer became Governor in January 2007, do you feel that things
in New York State have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Better 7% 2% 10% 6% 5% 8%
Worse 21 32 15 21 20 22
The same 68 64 71 71 71 66
DK/NA 4 2 4 3 4 4

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Better 7% 8% 8% 6% 5%
Worse 27 28 28 14 21
The same 62 62 62 74 70
DK/NA 4 2 3 6 4

16. Do you believe that Eliot Spitzer can become a kinder, gentler governor in
dealing with the legislature?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Yes 47% 36% 56% 43% 44% 49%
No 30 41 24 32 36 26
DK/NA 23 22 21 25 20 25

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 46% 42% 43% 52% 46%
No 31 37 36 25 29
DK/NA 23 21 22 23 25

17. Do you approve or disapprove of Eliot Spitzer’s handling of the illegal
immigration issue?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Approve 21% 10% 28% 19% 22% 19%
Disapprove 62 76 51 68 68 58
DK/NA 17 14 21 14 10 23

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 22% 14% 15% 27% 20%
Disapprove 65 73 72 54 57
DK/NA 13 13 13 19 22

24. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be
allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to
obtain legal recognition of their relationships?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Marry 40% 24% 51% 38% 37% 42%
Civil unions 29 35 23 34 29 28
No recognition 23 35 18 20 26 21
DK/NA 8 6 8 8 7 8

UpState….. UpState
Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Marry 31% 36% 36% 42% 46%
Civil unions 28 32 31 27 26
No recognition 30 25 26 20 24
DK/NA 11 7 8 10 4