Cuomo Soars In New Poll

Andrew Cuomo appears to have left the orbit where most pols grunge for popularity, with a new poll showing that two-thirds of New Yorkers of both political parties approve of the way he is handling the governor’s job.

According to a new Quinnipiac Poll out today, 68 percent of voters approve of the job Mr. Cuomo is doing, including 67 percent of both Republicans and Democrats.

If there is bad news in these new numbers, it is that his approval among black voters is a still respectable 58 percent and that three quarters of New Yorkers decry the administration’s “lack of transparency.”

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and New York voters say Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done a beautiful job so far,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “But if voters liked the result, they weren’t happy with the process, the so-called ‘Big Ugly’ deal where Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders worked out an agreement on pensions, legislative redistricting, casino gambling, DNA and whatever else they needed to resolve. Was the time honored – or dishonored – Albany practice of three-men-in-a-room the only practical way to get a deal?  Most voters don’t think so.  How about the lack of transparency – a big problem, three-fourth of voters think.”

Cross tabs below:

. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Approve              68%    67%    67%    73%    71%    65%    72%    58%    62%

Disapprove           19     24     20     14     18     21     17     24     25

DK/NA                13      9     13     14     12     14     11     18     13

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Approve              75%    64%    66%    66%    67%    75%    59%    68%    73%

Disapprove           15     22     20     22     22     17     23     22     16

DK/NA                10     15     14     12     11      9     18     10     12

UpStat NYC    Sub

Approve              65%    72%    67%

Disapprove           22     17     18

DK/NA                14     10     15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?

APPROVE…….

High    Low

Apr 04  Feb 15  Dec 20  Oct 26  Sep 20  Feb 15  Feb 23

2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2011

Approve              68      69      68      65      66      69      56

Disapprove           19      19      17      19      17      19      15

DK/NA                13      12      15      15      17      12      29

12. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the Senate Republican and Assembly Democratic majorities are being criticized for secrecy in negotiating major policy deals, then quickly voting at night on the measures.  Do you think these closed-door negotiations were necessary to achieve major policy deals or not?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Yes                  30%    27%    32%    30%    33%    26%    30%    29%    30%

No                   55     61     49     58     56     54     56     53     59

DK/NA                15     12     19     12     11     19     14     18     11

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Yes                  36%    26%    23%    24%    33%    39%    34%    32%    26%

No                   47     60     62     61     54     48     51     54     58

DK/NA                17     14     15     15     13     13     16     14     16

UpStat NYC    Sub

Yes                  25%    33%    32%

No                   63     48     53

DK/NA                12     19     15

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13. Do you think the lack of transparency surrounding these major policy deals is a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Very serious         40%    45%    35%    43%    42%    39%    41%    35%    44%

Somewhat serious     36     35     37     34     34     37     37     35     36

Not too serious      12      8     13     15     12     13     12     12     11

Not a problem         6      8      7      6      9      4      6      7      5

DK/NA                 6      5      8      2      4      7      5     10      4

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Very serious         35%    43%    39%    48%    43%    37%    37%    40%    43%

Somewhat serious     37     35     37     34     35     36     45     33     33

Not too serious      16     10      8     12     14     14     11     13     12

Not a problem         5      7      8      3      5      9      3     10      6

DK/NA                 6      5      8      4      2      5      4      4      6

UpStat NYC    Sub

Very serious         44%    37%    40%

Somewhat serious     35     35     37

Not too serious      11     14     12

Not a problem         6      7      6

DK/NA                 4      7      5

14. Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are being criticized for agreeing to new legislative district lines that weren’t created by an independent commission.  How serious a problem do you think it is that these new district lines weren’t created by an independent commission; a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Very serious         29%    35%    30%    26%    29%    30%    29%    37%    35%

Somewhat serious     39     40     39     39     39     39     42     30     37

Not too serious      16     10     18     17     17     16     14     19     13

Not a problem         7      7      6      8     10      4      8      5      8

DK/NA                 9      8      8      9      5     12      7      9      7

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Very serious         32%    28%    28%    35%    31%    30%    19%    29%    36%

Somewhat serious     39     39     36     35     40     42     47     39     36

Not too serious      16     16     16     18     16     18     22     16     14

Not a problem         6      7      6      4      7      7      5      7      7

DK/NA                 7     10     15      8      6      3      6      9      7

UpStat NYC    Sub

Very serious         27%    29%    33%

Somewhat serious     43     36     37

Not too serious      15     18     15

Not a problem         7      8      5

DK/NA                 8      8     10

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15. Governor Cuomo said he is so flexible he should be called ‘Gumby.’  Do you believe Cuomo is a compromiser who is flexible like Gumby, or is he rigid and uncompromising?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Flexible/Gumby       42%    37%    45%    46%    48%    37%    43%    40%    37%

Rigid/Uncompromising 35     45     31     33     34     36     36     35     45

DK/NA                23     18     24     21     18     27     21     25     18

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Flexible/Gumby       44%    41%    36%    40%    42%    51%    47%    41%    41%

Rigid/Uncompromising 32     37     34     42     38     33     31     40     35

DK/NA                24    22     31     18     20     16     21     19     25

UpStat NYC    Sub

Flexible/Gumby       39%    46%    42%

Rigid/Uncompromising 40     30     36

DK/NA                22     24     22

16. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New York State, which is now $7.25 an hour?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Support              78%    53%    91%    76%    72%    83%    73%    91%    81%

Oppose               20     43      7     21     25     14     24      8     16

DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      2      3      3      1      2

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Support              76%    79%    84%    79%    77%    74%    78%    79%    77%

Oppose               21     19     14     19     21     24     22     19     19

DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      2      –      2      4

UpStat NYC    Sub

Support              75%    82%    76%

Oppose               23     16     21

DK/NA                 2      2      3

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17. (If support q16) Do you think that the minimum wage should be $8.50 an hour, should be less than $8.50 an hour, or should be more than $8.50 an hour?

SUPPORT INCREASE Q16…………………………………

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Exactly $8.50        37%    54%    33%    38%    36%    38%    44%    19%    38%

Less than $8.50       8     12     4      9      8      8     10      2      6

More than $8.50      52     33     61     48     52     52     42     79     55

DK/NA                 3      1      1      4      4      2      4      –      1

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Exactly $8.50        38%    37%    35%    32%    35%    44%    37%    37%    39%

Less than $8.50       8      8     10     10      6      7      8      5     10

More than $8.50      49     54     54     57     57     46     53     56     48

DK/NA                 4      2      2      1      2      3      2      2      3

UpStat NYC    Sub

Exactly $8.50        44%    27%    44%

Less than $8.50      12      5      7

More than $8.50      42     65     48

DK/NA                 3      3      1

17a. (COMBINED Q16 & Q17)Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New York State, which is now $7.25 an hour?  IF SUPPORT: Do you think that the minimum wage should be $8.50 an hour, should be less than $8.50 an hour, or should be more than $8.50 an hour?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem   Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Increase to $8.50    29%    29%    30%    29%    26%    31%    32%    17%    31%

Increase < $8.50      6      6      4      7      6      7      7      2      4

Increase > $8.50     41     18     56     37     38     43     30     72     45

Oppose increase      20     43      7     21     25     14     24      8     16

DK/NA                 5      4      3      6      5      5      6      1      4

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Increase to $8.50    29%    29%    29%    25%    27%    32%    29%    29%    30%

Increase < $8.50      6      6      8      8      4      5      6      4      8

Increase > $8.50     38     42     45     45     44     34     41     44     37

Oppose increase      21     19     14     19     21     24     22     19     19

DK/NA                 6      4      4      2      4      5      1      4      6

UpStat NYC    Sub

Increase to $8.50    33%    22%    33%

Increase < $8.50      9      4      5

Increase > $8.50     31     53     37

Oppose increase      23     16     21

DK/NA                 5      5      4

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18. Do you think small businesses will reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage is raised, or don’t you think so?

Union

Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk  HsHld

Yes                  41%    59%    30%    44%    42%    40%    42%    47%    35%

No                   51     34     63     47     53     49     50     48     57

DK/NA                 8      7      7      9      5     11      8      5      8

COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME…  AGE IN YRS…….

Yes    No     <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+

Yes                  35%    46%    50%    39%    42%    36%    49%    40%    40%

No                   58     46     44     52     52     58     46     53     52

DK/NA                 7      8      7      8      6      6      5      7      8

UpStat NYC    Sub

Yes                  45%    39%    39%

No                   47     54     53

DK/NA                 8      7      9

Cuomo Soars In New Poll