Coco Chanel, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dior, Anna Wintour, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada: the list goes on. These influential names and brands in fashion are familiar to many Americans. Because we are familiar with these names, does it mean we are too focused on fashion? Many Americans, 68%, think we focus too much on fashion, while one quarter, 26%, say that the attention is about right. Only 7% believe fashion deserves more consideration. However, a majority, 55%, also say how they dress is an important part of who they are. Fewer Americans, 45%, report that choosing their outfit isn’t something they think about.
Does style need to come with a couture price tag? Most Americans say it does not. More than eight in ten Americans, 86%, say it’s possible to be stylish on a limited budget, while only 14% believe good fashion is just for those with a lot of money. But, while great style may not need to break the bank, many Americans, 65%, believe that fashion communicates status and divides people into social classes. Far fewer, 35%, disagree.
Aside from money, does fashion also require as much creativity as playing a musical instrument or painting a picture? Here, Americans divide. Just over half, 53%, of Americans say it doesn’t but 47% believe good style calls for creative thinking. Although putting an outfit together may call for creativity there are pressures to fit in. While a majority of Americans, 57%, believe someone who dresses very differently than most people is stylish, a notable proportion, 35%, say they’re strange.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in a close contest against potential GOP rival, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in a 2016 general election matchup in New Hampshire. Clinton has single-digit leads against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. She has a wider lead over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. But, only against Cruz is Clinton supported by more than 50% of New Hampshire voters. Clinton does better than each of her potential opponents among independent voters. The gender gap in all of these matchups is wide.
Clinton is well liked by a majority of New Hampshire residents owing to her strong standing among women. Vice President Biden has a higher negative rating than positive score among residents in the state.
New Hampshire residents give mixed reviews to Republicans Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Scott Walker. The ratings for Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz are all upside down with more residents viewing them negatively than positively.
The morning line for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary has Hillary Clinton the overwhelming choice of Democrats over Joe Biden. Both Clinton and Biden are popular among most Democrats in the state.
On the Republican side, there is no clear choice among the potential 2016 New Hampshire Primary electorate for their party’s nominee. More than one in five GOP’ers are undecided, and only Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush have low double-digit support. Each potential GOP contender is viewed more favorably than unfavorably by Republicans in the state. Rand Paul is the most popular among GOP voters.
“New Hampshire always gets a lot of attention because of its status as the first-in-the-nation primary and 2016 will be no exception,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “It may be a frequent stopping off point for the general election, as well.”
- Democrat Hillary Clinton is in a competitive contest against potential GOP rival Rand Paul, 46% to 43%. She has a narrow lead over Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio, 47% to 42%, in each instance. Clinton does better against Scott Walker, 48% to 39%, and Ted Cruz, 51% to 38%.
- Clinton is boosted by her support among independent voters and is backed by the majority of women in each matchup.
- Statewide, 53%, of residents have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton including 60% of women. 42% of state residents have an unfavorable opinion of her. Biden is viewed positively by 39% of New Hampshire residents, but 48% have a negative opinion of him.
- Residents in the state divide about how they view several of the potential GOP candidates: Marco Rubio who has a 31% positive rating and a 28% negative score; Rand Paul who receives a favorable rating of 39% and an unfavorable score of 38%; and Scott Walker, with whom voters are least familiar, is liked by 24% of residents and disliked by 23%.
- Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz all have ratings that are upside down.
Dems: Clinton Strong Frontrunner
- Hillary Clinton outpaces Joe Biden 74% to 18% among the potential New Hampshire Democratic Primary electorate for 2016.
- Most Democrats in the state, 94%, have a positive opinion of Clinton. Just 4% view her negatively. Joe Biden is also liked by most New Hampshire Democrats. 79% have a favorable view of him, and 14% have an unfavorable opinion of him.
GOP: No Pace Horse
- 22% of the potential New Hampshire Republican Primary electorate are undecided in their preference for a 2016 GOP presidential nominee. Paul at 14%, Christie at 13%, and Bush at 10% are the only potential candidates who have double-digit support.
- The contest is no clearer when the potential Republican electorate is asked for a second choice. Rubio is the backup pick of 16%, Bush garners 13%, Christie and Paul each attract 12%, and Ryan is the second choice of 10%.
- 71% of state Republicans have a positive opinion of Rand Paul and only 15% have a negative impression of him. Although each of the potential GOP candidates are more popular than unpopular among New Hampshire Republicans, Paul has the highest favorability rating. A majority of state Republicans like Bush, 65%, Rubio, 58%, and Christie, 52%. 50% have a positive view of Cruz and Walker.
Looking ahead to 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite against Vice President Joe Biden among Iowa Democrats for her party’s nomination. But, she would find a general election matchup against either Kentucky Senator Rand Paul or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie very competitive. Clinton edges former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and has an early lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. There is a wide gender gap in these matchups. Although each of the potential Republican candidates has a more positive than negative rating with GOP voters, all but Paul and Rubio are upside down when it comes to Iowa residents’ impressions of the Republican candidates.
But, first things first, one in five 2016 potential Republican caucus goers are unsure who they support for their presidential nominee, and no single potential candidate has broken out of the pack. Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan have low double-digit support among potential Republican caucus attendees in the state.
On the Democratic side, seven in ten support Clinton over Biden. Even though Clinton is more popular, both receive positive scores from most Democrats. Clinton is viewed favorably by a majority of Iowans. Not so for Biden whose negatives among state residents exceed his positives, overall.
“In a state Obama carried twice, Hillary Clinton would find Rand Paul and Chris Christie formidable opponents in the battle for Iowa’s six electoral votes,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “The contest narrows in these two matchups because Paul and Christie do better with independent voters than do the other Republicans.”
- Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is closely matched against potential GOP rivals Rand Paul, 45% to 45%, and Chris Christie, 44% to 43%, among Iowa’s registered voters. Clinton has a narrow lead over Jeb Bush, 46% to 42%.
- In these contests, Clinton and each of the potential Republican contenders, Paul, Christie, and Bush, are competitive among independents.
- Clinton is ahead of Marco Rubio, 49% to 40%; Ted Cruz, 49% to 37%; and Scott Walker, 50% to 37%.
- Regardless of the potential GOP opponent against Clinton, there is a wide gender gap.
- A majority of Iowans, 52%, have a positive impression of Hillary Clinton, and 42% have a negative view of her. In contrast, more state residents, 48%, have an unfavorable opinion of Joe Biden, and 39% have a favorable one.
- Rand Paul has a 38% favorable and a 36% unfavorable rating, and Marco Rubio has a 30% favorable and a 28% unfavorable score. They are the only two Republicans who are not viewed more negatively than positively by Iowans.
- Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush have higher negative scores than positive.
GOP: No Leader of the Pack
- 20% of the potential Republican electorate in Iowa are undecided about their choice for a 2016 GOP nominee. Bush at 12%, Paul at 12%, and Ryan at 11% are the only potential candidates in double-digits.
- The contest hardly clarifies when potential Republican caucus goers are asked their second choice. Bush at 12%, Santorum, Ryan, and Perry each at 11%, and Paul at 10% are the only potential candidates who attract double-digit support as a second choice.
- All the potential GOP candidates are more popular than unpopular among Iowa Republicans. Rand Paul is liked best by Iowa Republicans. 66% of Republicans have a positive view of him, and only 18% have a negative impression of him. A majority of state Republicans also have a favorable view of Bush, 63%, and Rubio, 57%. 50% have a positive impression of Christie.
Dems: Clinton Strong Front-runner
- Hillary Clinton receives the support of 70% of the potential Democratic electorate compared with 20% for Joe Biden.
- Most Democrats in the state, 89%, have a favorable impression of Clinton. Only 6% view her unfavorably. Joe Biden is also popular among Iowa Democrats. 72% view him positively, and just 18% see him in a negative light.
Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen leads potential Republican nominee Scott Brown by eight points in her bid to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. Shaheen is popular among a majority of Granite State residents, whereas, Brown is more polarized. But, it depends who you ask. There is a wide gender gap that is defining this matchup. Brown currently has a wide lead over his GOP rivals for the state’s Republican primary in September. A majority of state residents approve of the job incumbent Governor Maggie Hassan is doing. Her performance rating is strong among her Democratic base, as well as among women, and independent voters. President Obama is not popular in the state and neither is the Affordable Care Act.
“At this point, Scott Brown is not facing a high hurdle for the GOP nomination to oppose incumbent Senator Shaheen,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “But, Shaheen presents a bigger obstacle in his attempt to win this seat for the Republicans in November.”
- 50% of registered voters in New Hampshire, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, support incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen’s bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. 42% back GOP frontrunner Scott Brown. Only 6% of voters are undecided.
- The gender gap is the difference in this contest. Brown leads Shaheen among men, 51% to 42%. In contrast, Shaheen outpaces Brown among women, 59% to 34%.
- Shaheen is bolstered by support from 93% of Democrats, 56% of moderates, and 51% among independents.
- A majority of residents, 51%, have a favorable impression of Shaheen. Assessment of Brown is divided. 38% have a favorable view of him, and 37% have an unfavorable opinion. Again, men and women have very different perspectives on these two candidates.
- Scott Brown leads his Republican rivals by a wide margin in September’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Brown has the support of 61% of the potential Republican electorate compared with 16% for Bob Smith and 10% Jim Rubens. 12% are undecided.
- Incumbent Governor Hassan has a statewide approval rating of 53% including 79% of Democrats, 60% of women, and 59% of independents. More residents also have a positive view of her, 45%, than a negative one, 29%.
President Obama Upside Down and Congressional Republicans Even More So
- A majority of New Hampshire residents, 53%, disapprove of President Obama’s job performance. 39% approve.
- More than two-thirds of residents, 68%, disapprove of the how the Congressional Republicans are doing in Washington including a plurality of Republican voters, 47%. Just 19% of adults statewide approve of the job performance of the Congressional GOP.
- 68% of New Hampshire adults believe the nation is off course. 26% believe the nation is headed in the right direction. A majority of Democrats, 56%, think the nation is on the right path. But, 90% of Republicans and 72% of independents describe the nation as on the wrong track.
No to Health Care Plan, Yes to Limits on Greenhouse Gases, Divide on Immigration
- 51% of state residents think the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea including 45% who strongly feel that way. Overall, 35% of adults statewide view the health care plan as a good idea but just 26% say they hold this opinion strongly.
- Do residents want companies to be required to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming if utility costs are passed on to consumers? A majority of New Hampshire adults, 53%, approve of such a proposal, and 39% disapprove. A majority of people in all age groups supports requiring companies to do this although two-thirds of residents under 30 years of age favor these limits. Men divide but women overwhelmingly approve of this approach.
- Immigration legislation which allows for a pathway to citizenship divides New Hampshire residents. 48% support, and 47% oppose creating an opportunity for citizenship for foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States.
Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst are tied in their bid to win the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Senator Tom Harkin. About one in seven voters are undecided in this contest. Not surprisingly, there is a strong partisan divide. Braley overwhelmingly carries Democrats, and Ernst distances her opponent among Republicans by a similar margin. Independent voters split between the two candidates. A gender gap also keeps this a close matchup. Braley is ahead among women, and Ernst leads among men. A notable proportion of Iowans have yet to form an opinion about each of these candidates. Both, Braley and Ernst, have similar favorability ratings statewide. Incumbent Governor Terry Branstad has a double-digit lead over his competitor, State Senator Jack Hatch. A strong majority of Iowans approve of the job Governor Branstad is doing in office, and he is well liked in the state. Half of Iowans are not familiar enough with Democratic challenger, Jack Hatch to offer an opinion of him. A majority of Iowa residents disapprove of President Obama’s job performance.
“The contest to replace five-term Senator Tom Harkin is neck and neck,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Iowa, right now, represents a chance for the GOP to pick up a Democratic seat in their quest to gain the majority in the U.S. Senate.”
- Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst are locked in a close battle for U.S. Senate, 43% to 43%, among registered voters in Iowa, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate. 14% of voters are undecided.
- Braley and Ernst have secured similar shares of their base voters. Braley has the support of 84% of Democrats, and Ernst is backed by 85% of Republicans. Independents divide, 41% for Braley and 39% for Ernst.
- Braley leads Ernst among women, 45% to 37%. Ernst is ahead of Braley, 48% to 40%, among men.
- Both Senate candidates have ground to cover in building favorable name recognition among Iowans. 36% of state residents do not offer an opinion of Braley, and 31% are not familiar with Ernst. Right now, each candidate’s favorable rating approximates their unfavorable score.
- Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad has a strong lead over his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch, 53% to 38%, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate. Nine percent of voters are undecided.
- Incumbent Governor Branstad has an approval rating of 58% from residents in the state including 85% of Republicans, 58% of independents, and 36% of Democrats. 51% of Iowans have a favorable impression of the governor. 50% are not familiar with his Democratic opponent, Jack Hatch.
Majority Disapprove of President Obama, Congressional GOP More Unpopular
- 51% of Iowans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing in office. 36% approve.
- The Congressional Republicans are not held in high esteem. 63% of adults statewide disapprove of their job performance, and only 21% approve.
- Nearly two-thirds of Iowans, 66%, think the country is off on the wrong track compared with 26% who describe it as on the right path. A majority of Democrats, 52%, believe the nation is on course. But, 88% of Republicans and 69% of independents think the nation’s trajectory is misguided.
Mixed Bag on President’s Agenda
- 49% of Iowans describe the Affordable Care Act as a bad idea including 42% who hold this opinion strongly. Just 31% of adults statewide have a positive view of the health care plan including 22% who strongly feel this way.
- Nearly half of state residents, 49%, want to require companies to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming even if utility costs are passed on to consumers. 40% oppose such limits on business. Women are more likely to support the measure with 51% in favor and 35% opposed. Men are split, 48% back limits and 46% do not.
- A pathway to citizenship for foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States divides Iowans. 48% oppose creating an opportunity for citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally even if they have a job, and 46% support this proposed legislation.
In his effort to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate from Colorado, incumbent Democrat Mark Udall has a single-digit advantage over Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. Udall’s seven point lead over Gardner is based on his greater support from independents, women, and especially Latino voters. In the contest for governor, incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper leads his Republican challenger former Congressman Bob Beauprez. A majority of Coloradans approve of the job Hickenlooper is doing as governor including many independent voters among whom he leads Beauprez by double-digits. A notable proportion of Colorado residents are not familiar with Beauprez.
“Udall has the early advantage to hold his Senate seat,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “But, he’s under 50% with a low favorability rating.”
- 48% of registered voters statewide, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, support incumbent Democrat Mark Udall for U.S. Senate compared with 41% for his Republican challenger Cory Gardner. 10% of voters are undecided.
- There is a wide partisan divide. Udall has the support of 89% of Democrats and Gardner is favored by 83% of Republicans. Udall leads Gardner handily among independent voters, 50% to 34%.
- A notable gender gap exists in this contest. The candidates for U.S. Senate run neck and neck among men, but Udall is ahead among women, 50% to 38%.
- There is also a racial divide. Udall and Gardner are closely matched among white voters, 46% to 44%. However, Udall is favored over Gardner, 58% to 27%, among Latino voters.
- Udall’s favorability rating statewide is not strong. 41% of residents rate him positively and 35% rate him negatively. Coloradans evenly divide in their opinion about Gardner. 31% see him favorably, and 31% view him unfavorably.
- Incumbent Governor Hickenlooper leads his Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, 49% to 43%, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.
- Hickenlooper receives the support of 90% of Democrats, and Beauprez has 84% among Republicans. But, the key factor in the contest is Hickenlooper’s majority support, 52%, from independent voters compared with 35% for Beauprez.
- A majority of Latino voters, 55%, support Hickenlooper while 34% favor Beauprez.
- 54% of Coloradans approve of the job Hickenlooper is doing as governor including 56% of independents. Nearly half of state residents, 49%, have a favorable impression of the governor. 40% of residents do not offer an opinion of Beauprez.
President Obama and Congressional Republicans Not Popular
- Only 40% of Coloradans approve of President Obama’s job performance. Nearly half, 49%, disapprove.
- Colorado residents are even less enamored with the Congressional Republicans. 21% of adults statewide approve of the job they are doing, and 64% disapprove. Even a plurality of Republicans, 45%, disapprove of the Congressional GOP. 40% approve of the job they are doing.
- 63% of Coloradans are unhappy with where the nation is headed including 90% of Republicans and 64% of independents. 29% believe the nation is on the right course including 58% of Democrats.
OK Pathway to Citizenship, Limit Greenhouse Gases, but No to Health Care Act
- A majority of Colorado residents, 55%, support the idea of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States. A pathway to citizenship is favored by both white and Latino residents.
- 50% of Coloradans approve of a requirement to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming even if utility costs are passed on to consumers. 40% disapprove of the proposal to require companies to do this. 76% of Democrats support the proposal, 52% of independents, and 28% of Republicans share this view.
- The Affordable Care Act is considered a bad idea by 51% of Colorado residents including 45% who strongly hold this view. In contrast, 36% view the health care plan as a good idea of which 25% strongly have this opinion.
Polarized Over Firearms, Little Support for More Limits on Contraception or Abortion
- Regulation of the sale of firearms is a very controversial issue which divides residents in the state. Although a majority of Colorado residents, 52%, are less likely to support a candidate who wants fewer restrictions on the sale of firearms, 50% of Coloradans are also less likely to support a candidate who advocates increasing limits to their sale.
- Most Coloradans, 70%, are less likely to support a candidate who favors greater restrictions on the use of contraception. Only 16% are more likely to back a candidate with this view.
- 67% of Colorado residents are less likely to vote for a candidate who wants to increase restrictions on abortion. 25% are more likely to support a candidate who advocates greater limits.
- Although there is a gender gap on opinions about the sale of firearms, there is little difference in the views of men and women on the use of contraception or abortion.
Democrat Congressman Gary Peters is ahead of former Secretary of State and Republican Terri Lynn Land by six points in the race to win the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring six-term incumbent, Democrat Carl Levin. However, both candidates are not well known to voters, and nearly one in five voters are undecided. This remains a competitive race. Incumbent Governor Rick Snyder is neck and neck with his Democratic challenger and former Congressman Mark Schauer. Snyder has a positive job performance rating as governor statewide but his favorability rating is less strong. He is bolstered in his re-election effort by an advantage among independent voters and the electorate’s lack of familiarity with Schauer. Despite having carried Michigan twice, President Obama’s job rating is upside down.
“Peters has an early edge in this contest to hold Senator Levin’s seat for the Democrats,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “But Democrats can’t count on putting Michigan in their win column.”
- 43% of registered voters statewide, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, support Democrat Gary Peters for U.S. Senate compared with 37% for Republican Terri Lynn Land. 19% of voters are still undecided.
- There is a significant partisan divide with Peters carrying 82% of Democrats and Land supported by 79% of Republicans. Independents divide evenly, 36% to 36%.
- The candidates for U.S. Senate run evenly among men, but Peters leads among women by 13 points.
- Neither Peters nor Land is very well known statewide. 49% of Michigan residents do not have an opinion of Peters, and 40% are not familiar with Land.
- Incumbent Governor Snyder has 46% to 44% for his Democratic challenger Schauer. Both Snyder and Schauer have strong support with voters in their respective parties. Snyder has a 14 point lead among independent voters.
- 48% of statewide residents approve of the job Snyder is doing as governor including 53% of independents. However, when asked about their overall impression of Snyder, residents divide 41% favorable and 38% unfavorable. 55% of adults do not offer an opinion of Schauer.
President Obama and Congressional Republicans Not Well Received
- Only 40% of Michigan residents approve of the job President Obama is doing. 46% disapprove.
- Congressional Republicans are even less popular than the president. Just 19% of residents statewide approve of the job they are doing, and 62% disapprove. Even Republican voters divide. 43% approve and 42% disapprove of how the GOP is doing in Congress.
- 62% of Michigan adults describe the nation as headed in the wrong direction. 29% believe the nation is on the right path. A majority of Democrats, 57%, think the nation is on course. But, 83% of Republicans and 70% of independents do not share this view.
President’s Agenda Divides State
- Half of Michigan residents think the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea including 43% who strongly feel that way. Overall, 32% view the health care plan as a good idea with just 22% saying they strongly hold this view.
- Adults statewide divide on the issue of whether companies should be required to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming if utility costs are passed on to consumers. 46% disapprove of a proposal to require companies to take this step, and 45% approve. People under 30 years of age are more supportive of the proposal than those who are older.
- Michigan residents evenly divide, 47% favor to 47% oppose, on the issue of creating a pathway to citizenship for foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States.
The President’s approval rating in New York State has ticked upward since last November, but is still upside down. According to this Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 NY/Marist Poll, President Obama has improved his standing among African Americans and New York City voters. Reflecting national trends, voters in New York are not overly enthusiastic about the 2014 elections. Even in blue state New York, Republicans show greater enthusiasm than either Democrats or independents. New Yorkers rate each of their two U.S. Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, more positively than negatively.
“Even in New York, the president struggles to convince a majority of voters that he is doing a good job,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
- 45% of voters in New York State approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president including 15% who rate him as excellent and 30% who rate him as good. However, a majority, 55%, rate his performance as either fair, 23%, or poor, 32% (Trend).
- The marginal uptick in the president’s performance is primarily due to his backing from 87% of African Americans, an increase from 74% last time, and 65% of voters in New York City, up from 50% in November.
- Looking ahead to November’s elections, voters, overall, are not very enthusiastic about heading to the polls. There is a party difference with 26% of Republicans saying they are very enthusiastic compared with 16% of Democrats and 11% of independents who share this high level of interest.
- Only 3% of voters between 18 and 29 are very enthusiastic about voting in November. Although they lack intensity, nearly six in ten in this age group say they are somewhat enthusiastic.
New York’s U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Steady as they Go…
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand continue to enjoy steady approval ratings.
- A majority of voters, 54%, rate the job U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is doing in office as either excellent or good. 41% of New Yorkers disapprove of his job performance including 27% who rate his performance as fair and 14% who rate it as poor. In March, 53% of voters gave him a positive score (Trend).
- 49% of voters give Kirsten Gillibrand either an excellent, 15%, or good, 34%, score for her work as U.S. Senator. 38% disapprove including 29% who say she is doing a fair job and 9% who rate her performance as poor. In March, her approval rating was 45% (Trend).
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has a sizable lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in this Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 NY/Marist Poll. Cuomo is advantaged by strong support from his Democratic base, in addition, to leading among independents and even attracting a notable proportion of Republicans. Despite voters’ lingering concerns about the economy, Astorino has had difficulty getting traction. A majority of voters do not have an opinion of him, and those who do, divide. Governor Cuomo even outperforms his challenger among voters who see the state as still needing major changes or who see taxes or economic development as the top state priority.
“The combination of Cuomo’s standing and voters’ lack of familiarity with Astorino has resulted in a lopsided contest for governor in this Democratic state,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Getting well known requires a lot of resources which will be more than matched by the governor’s war chest.”
- 59% of registered voters statewide, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, support Governor Cuomo in his re-election bid compared with 24% for Republican Rob Astorino. Six percent back Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate. In March, Cuomo led Astorino by 40 points, 65% to 25%. The Green Party candidate was not included in the previous poll.
- Although Astorino tops Cuomo by two to one among Republicans, Cuomo still garners the support of 30% of the GOP. In contrast, Astorino attracts only 4% of Democrats.
- Cuomo even leads Astorino, 50% to 31%, among voters who believe New York State needs major changes or is broken and beyond repair. The governor also bests Astorino among those who cite taxes or economic development as the state’s top priority.
- 58% of registered voters have a positive view of the governor, a slight decline since March when 63% shared this view (Trend). But, Astorino is still not well known statewide. A majority of voters, 54%, do not offer an opinion of him. 23% rate him positively, and 23% view him negatively.
- Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout are not known by most voters.
Voters’ Impressions of the Governor Account for Wide Lead
- 55% are confident the Governor is changing the way things work in Albany for the better. 68% of Democrats, 46% of independents, and 45% of Republicans have this view.
- Still, 57% of voters think the state is in need of major changes, and 7% believe it is broken and beyond repair. When Cuomo first took office in January 2011, 73% of voters believed major changes in state government were essential, and 10% thought the state was beyond fixing.
- 45% see Cuomo as a moderate, 34% view him as a liberal, and 12% describe him as conservative. Close to half, 46%, are unsure about Astorino’s political ideology.
- Cuomo’s job approval rating has improved six points – climbing from 42% in March to 48% now. (Trend) This is in stark contrast to the 26% approval rating of the NYS Senate (Trend) and the 25% positive score for the NYS Assembly. (Trend)
Economy Still Top Challenge
Voters point to a number of economic issues when asked about their top priority for the state. Jobs, economic development, and taxes are three of the top four issues cited. Education ranks second, overall.
- Voters divide about whether the state is on track. (Trend) 47% believe it is on the right path, while 46% disagree. This is comparable to results seen in March.
- 60% still believe the state remains in a recession although this is down from 65% four months ago. (Trend) Impressions about the economy have improved slightly in New York City and its suburbs, but there has been little change Upstate.
- A sign that voters may be more optimistic about the state’s economic future is that 56% believe the worst of the economic slump has passed. A majority of voters in all three regions of the state share this view.
For more analysis see Lee Miringoff’s blog, “Incumbent Cuomo Favored by Those Who Want Change.”
The votes have been tallied (something at which we are adept), and The Marist Poll has declared a winner in its photo caption contest!
Last month, MIPO asked you to caption the attached photo of Dr. Lee M. Miringoff and President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. And, many of you joined in the fun to win a Marist Poll fleece jacket!
MIPO is pleased to announce the winner is:
“Sure, we’d love to have you join the White House intramural basketball league, Lee! As a matter of fact, Vice President Biden is looking for a low post player, and I think you would be perfect,” submitted by Sean Kaylor.
MIPO would also like to give honorable mention and a Marist Poll T-shirt to:
“Rock, Paper, Scissors Shoot.” I win again,” submitted by Margaret Monti.
Many thanks to all who participated!