10/31: Cuomo Outpaces Astorino in Governor’s Race

Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, 56%, leads his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 30%, by almost two-to-one in the race for governor in New York among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate or have voted early. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) Cuomo has the support of three in four likely voters from his own party, but he also has the backing of more than three in ten Republicans likely to cast a ballot.  Regionally, Cuomo has a wide lead among likely voters in New York City and receives majority support among... 

9/24: Cuomo Outpaces Astorino in NY Governor’s Race

In the race for New York State governor, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo leads his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by 25 percentage points among likely voters statewide including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.  Cuomo is bolstered by his Democratic base.  However, even 27% of Republicans favor the incumbent.  The governor’s support is also buoyed by likely voters in New York City where seven in ten say they will support Mr. Cuomo.  Governor Cuomo bests Astorino by more than two to one in the suburbs which surround New York City. ... 

8/5: NYS Voters Wary About Moreland Commission Controversy, But it Doesn’t Change Much for Governor’s Contest in November

August 5, 2014 by  
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Many New York State voters believe Governor Cuomo’s staff acted inappropriately when they engaged with members of the Moreland Commission which was established by the governor to root out corruption in state government.  A majority of registered voters also think the governor’s office did not proceed ethically although few think any laws were breached.  And, there are political costs for the governor’s image among voters familiar with the controversy. ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr But, the big takeaway for this November’s elections is that most of the electorate considers the controversy... 

7/10: Obama’s Rating Notches Up, But Majority of New Yorkers Still Down on President

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... 

7/9: Cuomo Outdistancing Largely Unknown GOP Challenger Astorino

©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr. 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... 

3/6: Cuomo Pummels GOP Opponents, But…

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election prospects are promising.  Cuomo outdistances each of his potential GOP rivals by at least 40 percentage points.  Cuomo also remains well-liked by most registered voters despite the lowest job approval rating the governor has received since taking office in 2011.  So, what accounts for the sharp drop in Cuomo’s job performance rating?  The view of many voters that the state’s economy is still struggling plays a role. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) “Governor Cuomo’s opponents face an uphill fight to unseat him this November,”... 

11/26: Cuomo Well-Positioned to Launch Re-Election Bid

November 26, 2013 by  
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a strong, early favorite to win re-election as he heads into 2014.  When matched against several potential Republican gubernatorial candidates, Cuomo leads each of them by at least 40 percentage points. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) “Right now, Governor Cuomo is in good shape to win a second term.  None of Governor Cuomo’s likely challengers are in striking distance,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “But, voters think any plans Cuomo might have for 2016 need to take a backseat... 

10/2: Economic Issues Top Priorities for Next Westchester County Executive… Taxes Number One

Economic concerns are top of mind for many Westchester County residents.  Three in ten adults in the county — 30% — think taxes should be the top priority for the next Westchester County Executive.  Jobs follows with 21%, and while education is third with 19%, 12% of adults in the county say economic development needs to be addressed.  Seven percent of adults rank housing as the key issue in the county.   Other issues important to Westchester County adults include poverty — 4%, crime — 3%, and transportation — 3%.  Less than one percent cite race relations as... 

4/24: Majority View New York Economy as Steady State, Most Believe Cuomo Inherited Economic Conditions

A slim majority of New York State registered voters — 51% — thinks the state’s economy is staying about the same, but nearly three in ten — 29% — say it is getting worse.  21% think the economy is improving, a slight uptick from about two months ago. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) Click Here for Complete April 24, 2013 The Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist Poll NYS Release and Tables “Although New Yorkers still see a sluggish state economy, they don’t think Governor Cuomo is to blame,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute... 

3/8: Gillibrand Approval Rating Dips

Half of registered voters in New York State — 50% — approve of the job Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is doing in office.  This includes 9% of voters who think Gillibrand is doing an excellent job and 41% who believe she is doing a good one.  Nearly one in four voters — 24% — say Senator Gillibrand is doing a fair job in her post while 12% think she is performing poorly.  14% are unsure Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete March 8, 2013 Marist Poll Release and Tables “Senator Gillibrand scored her best rating during the height of her re-election campaign,” says... 

3/7: Cuomo Approval Rating Still Strong, But Digging Deeper Significant Shifts

A majority of registered voters in New York State — 56% — approve of the job Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing in office.  This includes 12% who think the governor is doing an excellent job and 44% who believe he is doing a good one.  27% rate Mr. Cuomo’s performance as fair while 13% say he is doing a poor job in office.  Five percent are unsure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of N.Y. State) Click Here for Complete March 7, 2013 NYS NBC NY/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll Release and Tables When Marist last reported this question in October, among registered voters statewide, Governor... 

10/24: Obama Leads Romney by 26 Percentage Points in New York

In one of the bluest of the blue states, President Barack Obama has the support of 61% of New York likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate and those who voted absentee.  This compares with 35% for Mitt Romney.  Only 1% supports another candidate, and 3% are undecided.  President Obama won the state in 2008, 63% to 36% for McCain. No surprises in New York,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “It has been and continues to be a very blue state.  Senator Kirsten Gilibrand is running ahead of her score... 

4/17: Obama Leads Romney by 22% in New York State

President Barack Obama has a double-digit lead over his probable Republican challenger Mitt Romney in New York State.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, nearly six in ten registered voters in New York — 57% — support President Obama while 35% back Romney.  Only 8% are undecided. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete April 17, 2012 NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables Similar results were reported in NY1/YNN-Marist’s January survey.  At that time, 58% said they would cast their ballot for the president while 35% reported they would vote for Romney.  Seven percent, at that... 

4/16: Nearly Six in Ten Give Cuomo Kudos

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo remains in the good graces of New York State voters.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 58% of registered voters statewide approve of the job Cuomo is doing in office.  Included here are 14% who believe the governor is doing an excellent job and 44% who report he is doing a good one.  29% give Mr. Cuomo fair marks while 9% think he is performing poorly.  Five percent are unsure. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete Monday, April 16, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release In NY1/YNN-Marist’s January survey, the same proportion — 58% — applauded... 

1/25: New York Voters More Optimistic About Direction of State

For the first time in nearly a decade, a majority of the New York electorate believes the Empire State is heading in the right direction.  52% of voters share this view while 40% believe it is moving in the wrong direction.  Eight percent are unsure.  The last time a majority of the electorate reported the state was on track was in October 2002 when 51% shared that view. ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 Click Here for Complete January 25th, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables When NY1/YNN-Marist last reported this question in November 2011, voters’ perceptions were quite different.  49%... 

1/24: Obama Leads Potential GOP Challengers by Wide Margins in NY

January 24, 2012 by  
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President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address this evening.  And, the good news for the president is the state of his electoral chances in New York is strong. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete January 24th, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables The president leads his closest competitor, Mitt Romney, by 23 percentage points among registered voters statewide.  Nearly six in ten — 58% — are for Obama while 35% support Romney, and 7% are undecided. “New York ranks with the bluest of the blue states,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist... 

11/4: Cuomo Popular One Year after Election as Governor

November 4, 2011 by  
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo remains in the good graces of voters statewide.  A majority of registered voters in the state — 55% — think the governor is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  Included here are 9% who believe he is doing an excellent job and 46% who say he is doing a good one.  More than three in ten — 32% — report Cuomo is performing fairly well in office while only 7% think he is doing poorly.  Six percent are unsure. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete November 4th, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables When NY1/YNN-Marist... 

11/2: Election 2012 in NYS: Obama Ahead of Leading GOP Candidates

November 2, 2011 by  
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President Barack Obama leads by a wide margin in three potential matchups against GOP challengers for 2012 in New York State. ©istockphoto.com/ewg3D Click Here for Complete November 2nd, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables The closest contest occurs between the president and Mitt Romney.  Here, nearly six in ten registered voters in New York — 59% — back the president while 35% support Romney, a 24 percentage point lead.  Seven percent are undecided.  The president widens his lead to 31 percentage points against Herman Cain.  In this contest, 62% of voters statewide... 

11/1: More Support OWS than Tea Party, but Tea Party Perceived to be More Influential

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has dominated recent headlines, but what do registered voters in New York State think about the movement?  More than twice the number of voters statewide — 44% — describe themselves as supporters compared with those who back another much talked about political movement, the Tea Party — 21%.  However, nearly half of voters in New York State — 48% — believe the Tea Party movement will have a greater impact on the outcome of next year’s presidential election. ©istockphoto.com/mathieukor Click Here for Complete November 1st, 2011 NYS... 

8/16: Nearly Half of Residents Near Indian Point Want to Keep Power Plant Open

August 16, 2011 by  
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vows to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant.  However, according to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, nearly half of residents who live near the plant — 49% — oppose closing it.  Four in ten — 40% — favor shutting it down, and 11% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/creisinger Click Here for Complete August 16th, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables “After all these years, this remains a highly charged issue,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Governor Cuomo still has... 

8/10: Majority Supports Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage…63% Want Law to Remain in Place

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York State for just a couple of weeks, but do New York State residents support the law?  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, a majority of adults in New York favor the law, and more than six in ten do not want the legislation to be overturned. ©istockphoto.com/cameronpashak Click Here for Complete August 10th, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables Key findings include: 55% of New York State adults support the legalization of same-sex marriage.  36% oppose it, and 9% are unsure. Similar proportions of registered voters share these views. ... 

8/3: Turned Around? Voters More Positive About Direction of New York State

For the first time in more than four years, less than a majority of registered voters in New York think the state is headed in the wrong direction.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, voters currently divide about the state’s trajectory.  46% report New York State is moving along the right path while 45% say it is on the wrong course.  Nine percent are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/LdF Click Here for Complete August 3rd, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables This NY1/YNN-Marist Poll marks a major shift in voters’ perceptions toward the future of New York.  This is the first time... 

5/17: Hydrofracking in NYS: No Consensus Among Residents … About One in Five Unsure

Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as hydrofracking, is the process of extracting natural gas from underground rock formations.  And, it’s increasingly becoming a topic for debate in New York State.  Where do New Yorkers stand on the issue? ©istockphoto.com/HHakim Click Here for Complete May 17, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, New Yorkers divide on the issue.  41% oppose hydrofracking while 38% support it.  A notable 21% are unsure.  Similar proportions of registered voters statewide share these views. Regionally, there’s no... 

5/13: Corn Crowned King of Vegetables by More Than Seven in Ten in NYS

Legislators in New York State have a very important task at hand – deciding the state vegetable.  The contenders are corn and the onion.  Which do New Yorkers want to represent the state?  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, corn reigns supreme. ©istockphoto.com/Yasonya Click Here for Complete May 13, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables 71% of adults statewide want corn to be the state vegetable while one in four — 25% — prefer the onion.  Only 4% are unsure. “Like New York, onions have many layers.  But, residents aren’t willing to peel back the onion and... 

5/11: NYS Residents Divide Over Same-Sex Marriage

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a proponent of legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State.  But, do New Yorkers agree?  A majority of New Yorkers hold a traditional view of marriage and believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.  That said, half of the state’s residents also agree with the governor that gay marriage should be legalized in the state.  This difference is primarily due to a small proportion of New Yorkers who despite believing marriage should be between a man and a woman also share the view that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state. ©istockphoto.com/RyersonClark Click... 

5/10: Majority Approve of Cuomo’s Handling of Budget … Believe Budget Benefits the State

New York State’s budget has historically been a point of political contention.  However, a majority of voters statewide approve of the way Governor Andrew Cuomo is dealing with the budget.  A majority also thinks the budget, passed in March, is good for New York State and for business.  However, voters are less positive about the budget’s impact on middle class and poor families in the state. ©istockphoto.com/MCCAIG Click Here for Complete May 10, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables 54% of registered voters statewide approve of Governor Cuomo’s handling of the budget.  35%... 

5/9: Cuomo Keeping Campaign Promises … Approval Rating Grows

Cuomo Keeping Campaign Promises … Approval Rating Grows With four months in office under his belt, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is receiving high marks from the New York State electorate.  Nearly two thirds of registered voters — 64% — say he is fulfilling the promises he made on the campaign trail.  The governor also enjoys an increase in his job approval rating which now stands at 54% and a high favorability rating. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete May 9, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables Many voters believe Governor Cuomo is fulfilling his campaign promises. ... 

5/5: NYS Voters Say, “No,” to Candidate Trump

Speculation of a presidential candidacy by businessman Donald Trump runs high.   But, do New York State voters want “The Donald” to announce his candidacy?  Most voters do not want Mr. Trump to seek the presidency.  Three in four voters — 75% — hold this view while 24% want Trump to become a candidate.  Only 2% are unsure. Click Here for Complete May 5, 2011 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables Most Democrats — 82% — and non-enrolled voters — 74% — do not want Trump to throw his proverbial hat into the ring.  About two-thirds of Republicans... 

1/31: NYS Budget: Down the Deficit, Say Voters

January 31, 2011 by  
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Facing an estimated $10 billion budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his plans to close the gap when he presents his budget tomorrow.  And, according to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, many New York State voters think addressing the deficit is the state’s top priority and have confidence in the governor’s ability to do so. ©istockphoto.com/PinonRoad Click Here for Complete January 31, 2011 NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables A plurality of voters — 41% — say reducing the state’s deficit should be the top concern.  More than... 

1/28: Gillibrand Approval Rating Climbs to Highest Point Since Taking Office

January 28, 2011 by  
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has improved her standing among New York voters.  Nearly half of registered voters statewide — 49% — think she is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  Included here are 13% who report she is doing an excellent job and 36% who say she is doing a good one.  Gillibrand’s approval rating is the highest she has received since taking office in January 2009.  Currently, 29% rate Gillibrand’s performance as fair while 10% say she is doing poorly.  12% have not heard enough about her to offer an opinion. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Click... 

1/27: NY1/YNN-Marist Poll: NY Voters Psyched About New Gov… Job Approval Rating Off to a Good Start

January 27, 2011 by  
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One month into his tenure, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is viewed favorably by more than seven in ten registered voters statewide, and nearly half — 48% – approve of his job performance thus far.  Many voters think Mr. Cuomo may be the right prescription to treat New York’s ailing state government. Andrew Cuomo “Out of the starting gates, it’s so far so good for Governor Andrew Cuomo,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “His numbers surpass initial polls on the previous three governors and are comparable to his... 

10/30: New York Governor: Solid Democrat

Among likely voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Democrat Andrew Cuomo has a 19 percentage point lead over Republican Carl Paladino in the race for Governor in New York. Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino Cuomo receives 56% to Paladino’s 37%.  This Marist Poll data was collected from Tuesday, October 26, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010 with 5 days until Election Day. Click Here for Complete October 30, 2010 NY Governor Marist Poll Release and Tables ____________________________________________________________________________ New York:... 

10/30: New York U.S. Senate – Schumer/Townsend: Solid Democrat

According to this Marist Poll, Democrat Chuck Schumer has a wide lead over Republican Jay Townsend in the race for U.S. Senate in New York.  Schumer leads Townsend by 24 percentage points among likely voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate. Charles Schumer and Jay Townsend Schumer garners 60% to 36% for Townsend.  This data was collected from Tuesday, October 26, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010 with five days until Election Day. Click Here for Complete October 30, 2010 NY U.S. Senate Marist Poll Release and Tables ____________________________________________________________________________ New... 

10/22: Cuomo Opens Up Big Lead Over Paladino

October 22, 2010 by  
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With less than two weeks until Election Day, Democrat Andrew Cuomo has a substantial lead over Republican Carl Paladino.  Among likely voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, Cuomo receives 60% of the vote to Paladino’s 37%.  One percent plans to vote for someone else, and 2% are undecided. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete October 22, 2010 NYS Gubernatorial Poll Release and Tables When Marist last asked this question in its September 30th survey, 56% of likely voters including those who were undecided yet leaning toward a candidate backed... 

10/22: NY U.S. Senate Race: Schumer Leads Townsend by 28 Percentage Points Among Likely Voters

U.S. Senate candidates Chuck Schumer and Jay Townsend will faceoff in a debate this Sunday night on the Marist College Campus. And, according to this Marist Poll of New York State voters, Schumer is the odds-on favorite to win re-election.  He receives the support of 63% of the state’s likely voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate while Townsend has 35%.  One percent plans to vote for someone else, and 1% is undecided. Chuck Schumer Click Here for Complete October 22, 2010 NYS U.S. Senate Races Marist Poll Release and Tables Schumer has widened... 

9/30: Cuomo Leads Paladino 53% to 38% Among Likely NYS Voters

September 30, 2010 by  
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Then, there were two.  Rick Lazio announced earlier this week that he was dropping out of the New York State gubernatorial race.  How does the contest stack up when Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino go head-to-head? Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino Click Here for Complete September 30, 2010 Poll Release and Tables Cuomo has a 15 percentage point lead over Paladino.  53% of likely voters in New York say they will support Cuomo while 38% report they will back Paladino.  One percent backs someone else, and 8% are undecided.  When Marist asked this question last week, prior to Lazio’s... 

9/29: Daily News/Marist Poll

September 29, 2010 by  
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In the race for New York governor, do voters statewide think the candidates are fit to be governor?  Find out the answer in the latest Daily News/Marist Poll in New York State.  Click here to read the full Daily News article. Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino Tables for the Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Cuomo Fit to be Governor? Paladino Fit to be Governor? Read or Heard Comments Made by Paladino Paladino on Albany  Read More →

9/28: Gillibrand Leads DioGuardi, 52% to 41%, Among Likely Voters

Both of New York’s seats in the U.S. Senate are up in this November’s midterm elections.  In the race between Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican opponent, Joseph DioGuardi, Gillibrand holds an 11 percentage point lead among likely voters in New York State.  A majority — 52% — reports they support Gillibrand while 41% say they back DioGuardi.  7% are unsure. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete September 28, 2010 Poll Results and Tables Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide among likely voters.  85% of likely Democratic... 

9/24: Cuomo Leads Paladino by 19 Percentage Points Among Likely Voters

September 24, 2010 by  
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In the race for New York governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo receives the support of 52% of likely voters statewide compared with 33% for Republican Carl Paladino.  Rick Lazio, on the Conservative line, garners the support of 9% of likely voters.  6% are unsure. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete September 24, 2010 NYS Poll Results and Tables Not surprisingly, Cuomo receives the backing of 81% of Democratic voters who are likely to cast their ballot on Election Day.  However, he is also buoyed by a notable proportion of likely Republican voters — 19%.  Paladino garners the support of more... 

5/21: “Stay Out of Politics, Spitz,” Says Majority of NYS Voters

Nearly two-thirds of registered New York State voters — 66% — do not want former Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for statewide office this year.  Only 28% want him to throw his hat into the political ring.  6% are unsure. Photo courtesy of U.S. State Department Click Here for Complete May 21, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables More New York State voters are against a political comeback for their former governor this year than when Marist last asked this question in its April 14th survey.  At that time, 58% ruled out a 2010 Spitzer run while 30% thought a 2010 political campaign should... 

5/12: Obama Approval Rating at 55%

President Barack Obama’s approval rating among registered voters in New York State is steady.  55% of voters think the president is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  22% report he is doing a fair job, and 23% say he is performing poorly. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete May 12, 2010 Poll Release and Tables Little has changed for president Obama since Marist’s March 29th survey.  53%, then, thought President Obama was doing an above average job, 21% said he was doing an average job, and 26% reported he was performing at a subpar level. Table: Obama Approval Rating  Read More →

5/11: Cuomo Approval Rating Solid

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating may have briefly dipped a couple of months ago, but it’s back on solid ground.  64% of registered voters in New York State say Cuomo is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  This includes 22% who believe Cuomo is excelling in the position and 42% who think his performance is a good one.  27% describe the job he is doing as fair. And, just 6% give him a poor grade.  3% are unsure. Andrew Cuomo Click Here for Complete May 11, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Cuomo has inched upwards since Marist last asked voters... 

5/11: Gillibrand Approval Rating Stuck at 27%… Leads Challengers in Election Bid

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s approval rating needs a jumpstart.  Only 27% of registered voters in New York State think Gillibrand is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  This includes 3% who say she is excelling and 24% who believe she is doing a good job.  37% rate New York’s junior senator as fair, and 14% say she is performing poorly.  More than one-fifth — 22% — are unsure. Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete May 11, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Gillibrand has had a difficult time punching through with the statewide electorate.  When Marist last... 

5/11: Schumer Approval Rating at 50%

Half of the New York State electorate approves of the job Senator Chuck Schumer is doing.  This includes 14% who believe he is doing an excellent job and 36% who say he is doing a good job.  31% rate Schumer’s performance as fair, and 16% think he is doing poorly in his role.  3% are unsure. Sen. Chuck Schumer Click Here for Complete May 11, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables When Marist last asked about Schumer’s job performance in its March 29th survey, he received similar ratings.  51% thought he was doing either an excellent or good job in office.  28% reported he was doing fairly well,... 

5/10: Pataki Not Seen As Presidential Candidate But Is One of NY’s Best Governors

Most registered voters in New York State do not want former Governor George Pataki to make a presidential bid in 2012.  71% have this opinion while 23% would like to see Pataki battle it out for the presidency.  6% are unsure. George Pataki (photo courtesy of U.S. State Department) Click Here for Complete May 10, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Most Democratic voters — 80% — do not want Pataki to run.  Even 60% of Republicans and nearly seven in ten non-enrolled voters — 69% — also believe a 2012 Pataki presidential run is not a good idea. But, voters do bestow a distinct... 

5/7: Budget Blues in Albany

This Monday, the New York State Legislature is expected to vote on an emergency spending bill proposed by Governor David Paterson.  With the possibility of a government shut down looming, the timing is critical. New York Gov. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State). But, how much do New York voters care that the budget is late?  72% of registered voters in New York State report it matters at least a good amount to them that this year’s budget is not on time.  This includes 47% who say it matters a great deal and 25% who report it matters a good amount to them.  On the other... 

4/14: A Political Comeback for Spitzer?

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s sock-clad sexcapades earned him a place in New York political infamy.  But, can he reform himself in the eyes of New York State voters and resurrect his political career? Photo courtesy of U.S. State Department Click Here for Complete April 14, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Nearly six in ten registered voters in New York State — 58% — do not want Spitzer to run for statewide office this year.  30%, however, do want him to re-enter the political scene for the upcoming New York State elections, and 12% are unsure. New York State voters may... 

3/29: Gillibrand and Pataki in Virtual Dead Heat

If former New York Governor George Pataki chooses to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat in the U.S. Senate this fall, he would prove to be her most formidable opponent. Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete March 29, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables If the race for U.S. Senate in New York were held today, Pataki would receive 47% of the New York electorate’s vote to Gillibrand’s 45%.  8% are unsure.  Little has changed on this question since Marist last asked it in its March 2nd survey.  At that time, Pataki led Gillibrand, 48% to 45%, respectively.  7% were unsure. “Former... 

3/29: Approval Rating Roundup: Gillibrand, Schumer, and Obama

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is having a hard time impressing her constituents.  27% of registered voters in New York State report the senator is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  34% think she is doing a fair job, and 17% think she is performing poorly.  22% have either never heard of her or are unsure how to rate her.  Little has changed on this question from when Marist last asked about Gillibrand’s approval rating earlier this month. ©istockphoto.com/Crashoran Click Here for Complete March 29, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Gillibrand does not even receive high marks... 

3/26: Cuomo Viewed As “Solution” … Approval Rating on the Rebound

Registered voters in New York State think Attorney General Andrew Cuomo could be the person to chart a new course for the state.  According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 66% of voters say, if Cuomo is elected governor, he would more likely be part of the solution to turning state government around than part of the problem.  22% report he is more likely to be part of the problem.  12% are unsure. Andrew Cuomo “Voters are looking for someone who can turn state government around, and most plan to look no farther than Andrew Cuomo,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The... 

3/26: Voters Bash Paterson on Budget … Job Approval Rating Scraping Bottom

With New York State’s budget deadline looming, how do registered voters statewide think Governor David Paterson is handling the state’s budget?  Nearly two-thirds — 64% — disapprove of the governor’s budgetary skills while 28% approve.  8% are unsure. New York Gov. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State). Click Here for Complete March 26, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Voters’ dissatisfaction with the governor on this issue has grown since Marist last asked it earlier this month. In its March 9th survey, 58% of voters panned Paterson’s fiscal ability... 

3/9: Paterson Retains Support Among NYS Voters… Four in Ten Need to Know More

The torrent of scandal facing New York Governor David Paterson has not chipped away at his support among registered voters in the state.  68% of the electorate wants Paterson to finish out his term while 28% are calling for him to resign.  4% are unsure. NY Gov. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State). In a Marist Poll conducted just one week ago, the governor had similar support among the electorate.  At that time, 66% reported they wanted Paterson to stay in office while 28% thought Paterson should step down.  6% were unsure. “This is not really a ringing endorsement of Governor... 

3/3: GOP Voters More Eager for 2010 Elections…Incumbents Without Majority Support

Nearly seven in ten registered voters in New York State — 68% — are enthusiastic about voting in this fall’s statewide elections.  This includes 27% of voters who report they are very enthusiastic and 41% who are somewhat enthusiastic about casting their ballot.  20%, however, are not too enthusiastic, and 11% report they are not enthusiastic at all. ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr Click Here for Complete March 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables This eager sentiment is more prevalent among Republican voters than Democrats.  75% of the state’s GOP express some degree of enthusiasm. ... 

3/3: DiNapoli Who?

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli can’t seem to connect with the state’s electorate. Thomas DiNapoli (courtesy N.Y. State) When asked about DiNapoli’s job approval rating, 27% of the electorate does not know how to rate him or has never heard of him.  When Marist last asked this question in early February, the same proportion was unclear how to rate DiNapoli.  Currently, 34% of voters report the comptroller is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  30% think he is doing a fair job, and 9% say he is performing poorly. Click Here for Complete March 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release... 

3/3: Obama Regains Majority in NYS

52% of registered voters in New York State think President Barack Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  24% believe he is performing fairly well while 23% say he is doing a poor job. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete March 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables The president’s job approval rating has rebounded.  When The Marist Poll last asked about President Obama’s job performance in early February, Mr. Obama’s rating stood at 46% — his lowest approval rating in the state since taking office.  At that time, 27% thought the president was doing a fair job,... 

3/2: Most Voters Don’t Want Paterson to Resign But Question His Ability to Govern

In the wake of a political scandal that ended Governor David Paterson’s hopes of a full elected term in office, most registered voters in New York State – 66% — say they want the governor to finish out his term in office.  Only 28% are calling for Paterson’s resignation.  6% are unsure. New York Gov. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State). But, do they think Governor Paterson will be able to govern effectively?  62% of voters in New York State think, if the governor does not resign, he will not be an effective leader during the remainder of his term.  This includes 39%... 

3/2: Two-Thirds Approve of Cuomo’s Job Performance

Now that Governor David Paterson has withdrawn his bid for governor, New York’s Attorney General Andrew Cuomo appears to have a clear path to his party’s nomination if he chooses to run for the state’s highest office. Andrew Cuomo Cuomo’s job approval rating stands at 67% among registered voters in New York State, an increase of five percentage points since Marist’s last statewide survey in early February.  22% of voters currently say he is doing a fair job while 6% think Cuomo is performing poorly in office.  5% are unsure. “Attorney General Cuomo has the highest approval rating... 

3/2: What Might Have Been…Gillibrand and Ford Matchup

Harold Ford Jr.’s decision not to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in New York makes good sense poll-wise.  In a Marist Poll completed last night, Gillibrand put a little more distance between herself and the former Tennessee Congressman in a hypothetical contest for the nomination.  50% of New York Democratic voters would have backed Gillibrand.  19% reported, however, they would have supported Ford, and labor activist Jonathan Tasini would have taken just 3% of the vote.  28% of Democrats were unsure. Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete... 

2/3: 26% Approval Rating for Paterson

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The brief bump in New York Governor David Paterson’s approval rating did not last long.  About one-quarter of registered voters statewide — 26% — think Paterson is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  Four in ten say the governor is performing fairly well while 30% think he is doing a poor job. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State) Click Here for Complete February 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables When The Marist Poll last asked about the governor’s job performance in mid-January, 31% thought the governor was doing an above average job.  41% rated... 

2/3: NYS Voters Call for Change

February 3, 2010 by  
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Simply put, registered voters in New York State are dissatisfied with state government.  67% of the electorate thinks the way things are done in Albany need major changes.  21% report minor changes are needed.  And, more than one-tenth of the electorate — 12% — think state government is broken and beyond repair.  When Marist last asked this question in November, similar proportions of the New York State electorate agreed. ©istockphoto.com/xprtshot Click Here for Complete February 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables “In these serious times, voters find Albany coming up way... 

2/3: Pre SOTU, Obama’s Approval Rating Below 50% in NYS

In a poll conducted before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, fewer than half of New York State voters — 46% — believe Barack Obama is doing either an excellent or good job as president.  27% say he is doing a fair job, and 27% think he is performing poorly. whitehouse.gov Click Here for Complete February 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables This is a major change since The Marist Poll last asked this question in mid-January and is the first time the president’s job approval rating has slipped below 50% in New York State since taking office.  In mid-January, 56%... 

2/3: More Than One-Quarter Unsure of DiNapoli

Name recognition is not a strong suit of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  Although 31% of voters in New York State think the comptroller is doing either an excellent or good job in office, 27% are either unsure how to rate DiNapoli or have never heard of him.  A plurality — 36% — reports DiNapoli is doing a fair job in office, and 6% say he is performing poorly. Thomas DiNapoli (courtesy N.Y. State) Click Here for Complete February 3, 2010 NYS Poll Release and Tables Mr. DiNapoli has continuously had a difficult time making inroads with the New York State electorate.  In... 

2/1: Schumer Approval Rating At Lowest Level Since 2001

February 1, 2010 by  
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Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide.  For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%.  According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly.  This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing. Click Here for Complete February 1, 2010 NYS Schumer Poll Release and Tables Sen.... 

2/1: Does MA Spell Trouble for NY Dems?

February 1, 2010 by  
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In the wake of Republican U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, a notable proportion — 45% — of registered Democratic voters in New York State say they are worried that a Republican will defeat the state’s Democratic senators running for office in November.  This includes 11% of Democrats who report they are very worried about this scenario.  A majority, however, are not concerned including 29% who say they are not very worried, and 26% who are not worried at all. Kirsten Gillibrand “The Massachusetts race caught the eye of many New York Democrats,”... 

1/30: Ultimate Fighting “KO’d” by Nearly Seven in Ten NYS Voters

January 29, 2010 by  
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New York Governor David Paterson has proposed legalizing mixed martial arts, also known as ultimate fighting, as a way to generate more than 2 million dollars in state revenue, but do registered voters in New York State agree with the move? ©istockphoto.com/Gerville Many members of the electorate — 68% — disagree with this aspect of Paterson’s 2010-2011 Executive Budget.  29%, on the other hand, agree with the legalization of ultimate fighting.  3% are unsure. Not surprisingly, more women than men oppose making this controversial sport legal.  82% of women compared with 55% of... 

1/18: Bump for Paterson’s Approval Rating

January 18, 2010 by  
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Could Governor Paterson’s approval rating be on an upswing?  According to the latest Marist Poll in New York State, 31% of registered voters statewide think Paterson is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  That’s a jump of 11 percentage points from when Marist last asked this question in November.  At that time, just one-fifth of the electorate approved of Paterson’s job performance.  And, fewer voters currently rate Paterson as doing poorly in office.  23% report this to be the case compared with 35% in November. David Paterson (Photo courtesy of New York State) “Governor... 

1/18: Cuomo Approval Rating at 64%

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo continues to be the toast of New York for registered voters in the state. Andrew Cuomo 64% of the electorate think Cuomo is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  And, just 7% believe Cuomo is performing poorly.  When The Marist Poll last asked voters about Cuomo’s job approval rating in November, he received similar marks.  At that time, 66% approved of Cuomo’s job performance while 6% disapproved. Table: Cuomo Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 1/18: Bump for Paterson’s Approval Rating  Read More →

1/15: Dems Duke It Out for U.S. Senate Race In NY State…Gillibrand Leads Ford

January 15, 2010 by  
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Since news surfaced that former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is thinking about challenging fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senate in New York, politicos statewide and nationally have been in a frenzy.  But, does the relative newcomer to New York politics, Ford, pose a serious threat to the unelected Gillibrand?  The answer is, “Maybe.” Harold Ford and Kirsten Gillibrand 43% of registered Democratic voters in New York State say they would back Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary while 24% would cast their ballot for Ford.  Although Gillibrand has a double-digit... 

1/15: Gillibrand Approval Rating Still Low

January 15, 2010 by  
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24% of registered voters in New York State think Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  Gillibrand’s approval rating is little changed from the last time The Marist Poll asked voters in New York State about her job performance.  Last November, 25% gave her high marks. ©istockphoto.com/imagestock “Gillibrand still hasn’t gained much traction even after one year in office,” states Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.  ”At the start of an election year, that may be a tough one for incumbents,... 

12/2: Same-Sex Marriage in New York State

December 2, 2009 by  
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The New York State Senate is close to voting on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized.  Where do New York State registered voters stand on this controversial issue? A slim majority — 51% — favor legalizing same-sex marriage.  42% oppose it. ©istockphoto.com/cameronpashak Support is driven by Democrats and those living in New York City.  Looking at party, 66% of Democrats are in favor of the legislation.  Republicans oppose it by nearly the same proportion.  62% of New York’s GOP do not want same-sex marriage to become legal.  Non-enrolled voters reflect the overall... 

11/23: Gillibrand Approval Rating Stagnates

November 23, 2009 by  
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Ten months after Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor David Paterson, the junior senator from New York has failed to become a household name among registered voters in New York State. Kirsten Gillibrand Click Here for Complete November 23, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables 25% of the electorate thinks Gillibrand is doing either an excellent or good job in office, and 12% believes she is performing poorly.  Perhaps, though, Gillibrand’s bigger concern is that 24% of the electorate is unsure how to rate her.  Voters’ perceptions of Gillibrand’s job performance have... 

11/23: Approval Rating Roundup — Schumer, DiNapoli, & Obama

November 23, 2009 by  
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Schumer Approval Rating in Mid-50’s Sen. Chuck Schumer Senator Chuck Schumer receives above average grades from a majority of New York voters.  54% of registered voters statewide think he is doing either an excellent or good job in office while 29% rate him as fair, and 13% say he is performing poorly. Click Here for Complete November 23, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables Schumer’s approval rating has come down a notch since Marist last asked New York State voters about his job performance in mid-September.  At that time, 58% gave him high marks.  It has returned to what it was in July when... 

11/23: Voters Want Change in Albany…Senate and Assembly Approval Ratings Low

November 23, 2009 by  
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It probably comes as no surprise that many voters want change in Albany.  In fact, 71% say the way things are done in Albany need major changes, and another 11% believe government in Albany is broken and beyond repair.  Only 18% think daily operations in the state capital need minor changes. ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr “Albany is not a good place for politicians right now,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Poll, “Voters are dissatisfied with how things are being run and want change.” Click Here for Complete November 23, 2009 NYS Poll Release... 

11/20: Governor Cuomo…Take Two?

November 20, 2009 by  
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If New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is seriously considering a bid for New York governor, there may be one less obstacle in his path.  According to published reports, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided he will not run for the office, removing Cuomo’s most formidable opponent on his way to the statehouse.  Cuomo has huge leads over fellow Democrat David Paterson for his party’s nomination and Rick Lazio, the only announced Republican candidate. Andrew Cuomo “Right now, Andrew Cuomo has a clear path to become governor,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director... 

11/19: Giuliani Out of Race for Governor…Would Be Formidable Candidate for U.S. Senate

November 19, 2009 by  
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Published reports out today have squelched the long-standing rumors that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will run for governor of New York State. Rudolph Giuliani But, what if Giuliani makes a bid for the U.S. Senate?  Giuliani leads U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill the vacant seat left by Hillary Clinton.  54% of registered voters statewide would vote for Giuliani compared with 40% who would support Gillibrand.  Even one-third of Democrats report they would back the Republican challenger, and Giuliani runs competitively against... 

11/18: Voters Worried NYS Will Run Out of Money

Nearly seven in ten registered voters in New York State fear the Empire State’s coffers will soon be bare.  69% of voters report they are either very worried or worried that the state will run out of money in December.  This compares with 21% who are not very worried and 10% who are not worried at all. ©istockphoto.com/alexsi Most voters think the budget shortfall is a major problem.  88% feel this way compared with 11% who believe it is a minor problem.  Just 1% of voters say it’s not an issue at all. Complete November 18, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables According to Marist Poll Director,... 

9/24: NY Voters to Obama, “Mind Your Business”

September 24, 2009 by  
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The White House is urging Governor David Paterson not to run for office next year, but what do New York State voters think?  62% say the Obama Administration is wrong to suggest the governor should not run while 27% think Washington is well within its rights to get involved.  11% are unsure.   Even a majority — 51% — of Democrats believes the Administration is meddling.  77% of Republicans and 64% of non-enrolled voters agree. Photos courtesy of the White House and New York State Click Here for the Complete September 24, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables Do voters change their minds... 

9/24: Obama Holds Onto Slim Majority in NYS…Approval Rating Slips

September 24, 2009 by  
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The flare-up between the White House and Albany is not doing President Barack Obama any good either.  52% of New York State registered voters say President Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  46% report he is doing a subpar job. whitehouse.gov The president’s approval rating has dipped 5 percentage points since Marist last asked this question earlier this month.  At that time, 57% thought the president was doing an above average job, and 43% said Mr. Obama was doing either a fair or poor job in office.  The president’s approval rating has been declining among New... 

9/24: Giuliani with Majority Against Gillibrand…Pataki with Edge in Gillibrand Matchup

September 24, 2009 by  
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If the Obama Administration is concerned about the 2010 elections in New York State, perhaps, there is good reason.  In a Marist Poll earlier this month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s approval rating was 26% with more than a quarter of registered voters unsure how to rate her.  When she is currently pitted against former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a hypothetical matchup for U.S. Senate, Gillibrand has some ground to gain.  If the election were held today, Giuliani would win a slim majority of the electorate — 51% — to Gillibrand’s 40%. Kirsten Gillibrand Click... 

9/17: Gillibrand Gains Name Recognition, But for the Better?

September 17, 2009 by  
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The good news for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is more voters in New York are familiar with what she is doing in the U.S. Senate.  The bad news, however, is that it all doesn’t translate into a higher job approval rating. Kirsten Gillibrand 26% of the statewide electorate view Gillibrand as doing an excellent or good job in office, and 9% believe she is performing poorly.  27% are not sure how to rate her.  In Marist’s July survey, a similar proportion — 24% — gave Gillibrand a thumbs-up, 13% thought she was doing poorly in office, and 33% weren’t quite sure how to answer the... 

9/17: Schumer Approval Rating Nearly 6 in 10

September 17, 2009 by  
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Is Senator Chuck Schumer’s approval rating unshakeable?  His latest poll numbers indicate it is. 58% of registered voters in New York State think Senator Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office, and just 13% believe he is performing poorly.  When Marist last asked this question in July, 54% gave him above average marks.  He received similar approval ratings in May and March. Table: Schumer Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 9/17: Gillibrand Gains Name Recognition, But for the Better? 9/17: Resurrect Spitzer?  “No Way,” Say Nearly Seven in Ten Click... 

9/17: Resurrect Spitzer? “No Way,” Say Nearly Seven in Ten

Controversy-ridden former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer has refuted rumors that he is looking to seek political office again.  And, perhaps, that’s a good thing. Photo courtesy of U.S. State Department 69% of registered voters in New York State say they do not want Democrat Spitzer to run for statewide office next year.  This includes 62% of Spitzer’s own party, 77% of Republicans, and 72% of non-enrolled voters. Click here for Complete September 17, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables Does the office make a difference?  Among Democrats in New York State, when Mr. Spitzer is paired... 

9/16: Paterson’s Approval Rating at 20%

September 16, 2009 by  
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Governor David Paterson can’t catch a break from registered voters in New York State.  Only one-fifth thinks he is performing well in office while 34% say he is doing a poor job.  Paterson has had no luck climbing out of the political basement.  In Marist’s June survey, the governor garnered a 21% approval rating.  One month prior, he chalked up 19%. Courtesy of New York State The news for Governor Paterson gets even worse.  When looking at party, he is even scraping bottom with his fellow Democrats.  Just 24% of Democrats say he is doing well as governor.  12% of Republicans and 22%... 

9/16: Voters Say, “No Go,” for Paterson in 2010

In the eyes of 70% of registered voters in New York State, Governor David Paterson is not a viable candidate for governor in 2010.  That’s the proportion of the electorate who says Paterson should not run next year.  The news gets even worse for the governor.  The sentiment resonates across party lines with 65% of Democrats, his own party, saying he should not throw his hat into the ring.  80% of Republicans and 64% of non-enrolled voters agree. ©istockphoto.com/ericsphotography So, who, then, do New York voters think should run for governor? 67% report that New York State Attorney General... 

9/16: Cuomo’s Approval Rating on Solid Ground

The New York State electorate is enamored with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo 69% of registered voters think he is doing either an excellent or good job in office, and just 5% believe he is performing poorly. Cuomo’s approval rating has been rock solid.  In Marist’s June and May surveys, Cuomo netted 67% and 70%, respectively. Table: Cuomo Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 9/16: Paterson Approval Rating at 20% 9/16: Voters Say, “No Go,” for Paterson in 2010 9/16: DiNapoli Approval Rating at 35%…Still Needs to Make Inroads Complete... 

9/16: DiNapoli Approval Rating at 35%…Still Needs to Make Inroads

September 16, 2009 by  
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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s approval rating is consistent. Thomas DiNapoli (courtesy N.Y. State) 35% of New York State registered voters currently say DiNapoli is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  In Marist’s June survey, the comptroller received similar marks with 32% approving of his performance. DiNapoli needs to do more to sway those who are unfamiliar with him.  26% of voters say they do not know how to rate him.  Earlier this summer, that proportion was 28%. Table: DiNapoli Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 9/16: Paterson Approval... 

9/15: Outrage Over NYS Senate Battle Lingers…Assembly Not Immune

September 15, 2009 by  
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After a summer of political bickering that crippled the New York State Senate, has public outrage over the debacle died down?  According to the state’s electorate, “No, it has not.” ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr 70% of New York State registered voters say they are angry about the situation in the Senate while 26% report they are not.  These proportions are virtually unchanged from when Marist last asked this question in June.  As in that survey, outrage transcends party lines.  72% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans, and 67% of non-enrolled voters admit to feeling this way. ... 

9/14: Obama’s Approval Rating Dips in NYS

Although a majority of registered voters in New York State — 57% — report that President Barack Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in office, the president’s support has slipped.  In Marist’s July survey, 63% gave President Obama above average marks.  A similar proportion – 64% – shared this view in May.  As for those who don’t approve of Mr. Obama’s job performance, 43% of New York State voters currently say he is falling short. whitehouse.gov The president’s current approval rating divides along party lines with 79% of Democrats, 29% of Republicans, and... 

7/1: Getting to Know Senator Gillibrand

More than five months after Governor David Paterson appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate, more registered New York State voters have an opinion about Gillibrand’s job performance.  But, is it a good one?  24% currently view Gillibrand as doing either an excellent or good job in office.  This compares with 19% who gave her a similar rating in Marist’s May survey.  The proportion of those who say that Gillibrand is performing poorly is little changed from the one she received in May.  Currently, 13% view her as doing a subpar job compared with 10% at that time.  Although... 

7/1: Schumer’s Job Approval Steady

Senator Chuck Schumer is nothing if not consistent. 54% of registered New York State voters report that Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office while just 15% think he is performing poorly.  The senator received similar job approval ratings in both Marist’s May and March surveys. Table: Schumer Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 7/1: Getting to Know Senator Gillibrand 7/1: Obama Maintains High Marks Among New York State Voters Complete July 1, 2009 NYS Poll Release and Tables Complete May 4, 2009 NYS Poll Tables  Read More →

6/30: Paterson’s Approval Rating Still in the Tank

The news for Governor David Paterson remains grim.  The governor’s approval rating is an abysmal 21%, and with the New York State Senate in disarray, nearly half of the state’s electorate says they disapprove of the way in which the governor is handling the situation while 43% approve.  To make matters even worse, more than six in ten registered voters disapprove of the way Paterson is dealing with the state’s economic crisis. NY Gov. David Paterson (Courtesy NY State) How bad is Governor Paterson’s political situation?  The answer is pretty bad.  According to The Marist Poll’s new... 

6/30: Paterson’s Gubernatorial Prospects: Inches Closer to Giuliani

Governor David Paterson has an uphill battle ahead of him when it comes to next year’s gubernatorial election in New York State.  Here is how he fares in a couple of hypothetical matchups.  The good news for Paterson is that he has inched closer to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. However, if the election were held today, Paterson receives 37% of the electorate compared with 54% for Giuliani.  In The Marist Poll’s May survey, Paterson had 32% of the electorate’s support compared with 56% for Giuliani. ©istockphoto.com/Ericsphotography When Governor Paterson is pitted against... 

6/30: NY State Senate Unrest Irks Voters

The unrest in the New York State Senate has topped the state’s political headlines, and not only have voters been listening, they are not happy. ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangney Jr 76% of registered voters statewide have heard, at least, a good amount about the current chaos in the Senate.  This includes 31% of voters who have heard a great deal about the situation.  And, voters say they just don’t think their elected officials have their best interests at heart.  A whopping 84% of registered voters report that, from what they have heard, the situation is nothing more than a political power... 

6/30: 67% Approve of Cuomo’s Job Performance

Once again, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo receives high marks among registered voters in New York State. Andrew Cuomo 67% of the state’s electorate thinks he is doing either an excellent or good job in office while just 5% report that he is doing a poor job.  Cuomo’s approval rating has been rock solid.  In the Marist Poll’s May survey, 70% viewed his performance as above average.  In March, he enjoyed a 71% job approval rating. Table: Cuomo Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 6/30: Paterson’s Approval Rating Still in the Tank…Voters Dissatisfied... 

6/30: DiNapoli’s Approval Rating Steady

32% of New York State registered voters give New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli high marks for his job performance.  That’s the proportion of voters who report DiNapoli is doing either an excellent or good job in office. Thomas DiNapoli (courtesy NY State) In The Marist Poll’s May survey, DiNapoli received the exact same job approval rating.  However, more voters have formed an opinion about DiNapoli now.  Currently, 28% say they do not know how to rate him.  This compares with 36% who thought that way two months ago. Table: DiNapoli Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related... 

7/1: Obama Maintains High Marks Among New York State Voters

President Barack Obama enjoys a favorable job approval rating among the New York State electorate. whitehouse.gov 63% report that President Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in the nation’s highest office.  Fewer than one-fifth of voters — 16% — say he is performing poorly.  Obama’s approval rating is consistent.  In Marist’s May survey, 64% of New York registered voters gave the president an above average rating. Table: Obama Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 7/1: Getting to Know Senator Gillibrand 7/1: Tried and True?  Schumer’s Job... 

5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom?

How low can New York Governor David Paterson’s job approval rating go? Based on the latest Marist Poll numbers, it can still go lower, but not by much! Not quite one-fifth of New York registered voters statewide — 19% — report that Governor David Paterson is doing either an excellent or good job in office. That is a seven percentage point drop since The Marist Poll last asked this question in its March 2009 survey. In fact, voters are so dissatisfied with the governor’s performance that a majority — 51% — say they would prefer his sex scandal-plagued predecessor, Eliot... 

5/4: Dismal Outlook for Paterson in 2010

Looking ahead to next year’s gubernatorial election in New York, saying Governor David Paterson has his work cut out for him is an understatement. When up against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor Paterson loses to Giuliani among New York State registered voters by more than 20 percentage points – 32% to 56%, respectively. Paterson does receive a slim majority of his own party in this hypothetical matchup. However, non-enrolled voters support Giuliani by more than two-to-one. In Marist’s March 2009 survey, Governor Paterson trailed Giuliani — 38% to 53%. ©istockphoto.com/Ericsphotography Paterson’s... 

5/4: Gillibrand Needs to Make Positive Inroads with NY Electorate

Hers was an atypical ascent to the Senate, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a long way to go to convince New Yorkers that she belongs there.  The proportion of New York voters who say Senator Gillibrand is doing an excellent or good job in office is virtually unchanged since The Marist Poll’s March survey.  19% of voters today think she is doing an above average job.  And, more voters have formed an opinion of Gillibrand.  While half of voters back in March reported they weren’t quite sure how Gillibrand was doing, fewer — 43% — feel that way now.  However, there’s... 

5/4: Schumer’s Job Approval Rating: Rock Solid?

A majority of voters in New York State — 55% — are giving Senator Chuck Schumer a thumbs-up. This proportion of the state’s electorate says Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office while 14% think he is performing poorly. Schumer received a similar approval rating in Marist’s March survey. Table: Schumer Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom? Majority Says, “Bring Back Spitzer!” 5/4: Dismal Outlook for Paterson in 2010 Election 5/4: Gillibrand Needs to Make Positive Inroads with NY... 

5/4: Cuomo: Top-Rated NY Politician

New York voters are showing a lot of love for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.  70% of the state’s electorate says he is doing either an excellent or good job in his position, and very few — just 7% — think he is performing poorly. Cuomo received a similar approval rating in March. In that Marist Poll, 71% of voters had high praise for the Democrat. Table: Cuomo Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom? Majority Says, “Bring Back Spitzer!” 5/4: Dismal Outlook for Paterson in 2010 Election 5/4:... 

5/4: DiNapoli Holds Firm…36% Unsure How to Rate Him

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is holding steady in his job approval rating. Thomas DiNapoli (courtesy N.Y. State) 32% of voters statewide think DiNapoli is performing well. A similar proportion of voters said he was doing either an excellent or good job in The Marist Poll’s March survey. In that survey, about three in ten voters said they weren’t sure how to rate DiNapoli. Close to four in ten voters — 36% — feel that way now. Table: DiNapoli Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom? Majority Says, “Bring... 

5/4: Obama…On a Roll With New York Voters

May 4, 2009 by  
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He’s past the 100 day mark, and more than six in ten registered voters in New York State are heaping praise on President Barack Obama. whitehouse.gov 64% of the state’s electorate views his job performance as either excellent or good while 14% think he is doing a poor job. Little has changed since Marist’s March survey. At that time, President Obama was seen as performing well by 68% of New York voters. Table: Obama Approval Rating Marist Poll Methodology Related Stories: 5/4: Paterson Approval Rating: Scraping Bottom? Majority Says, “Bring Back Spitzer!” 5/4: Dismal Outlook... 

Freefall! Paterson’s Approval Rating Plummets

New Yorkers are sending a strong message to Governor David Paterson, “Shape Up!”  Just 26% of registered voters report the governor is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  That’s a drop of 20 percentage points since the Marist Poll last asked this question at the end of January.  In fact, Governor Paterson’s approval rating is the lowest approval rating a New York State governor has received in the Marist Poll’s nearly thirty year history of statewide surveys. Photo courtesy of New York State Has the Governor Lost Favor Within His Own Party? Here’s the party... 

Muddied Outlook for Paterson in 2010

When pitted against hypothetical opponents in next year’s bid for governor, Governor David Paterson is far from the frontrunner.  In fact, a majority of registered voters in New York State say they would rather vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if the election were held today. 53% would support the Republican compared with 38% who report they would back Paterson, the Democrat.  Paterson continues to lose ground against Giuliani.  The two were in a statistical dead heat when Marist last asked this question in January.  In November, Paterson maintained a healthy edge against... 

New Yorkers Approve of Obama’s Performance

New York voters are giving President Barack Obama high marks for his time on the job. With less than two months in office, 68% of the state’s electorate says President Obama is doing either an excellent or good job in office. That’s up from the 60% who felt that way in January. Currently, only 13% feel Obama is doing a poor job. Obama Approval Rating Table For full press release Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

“Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!” Say NY State Voters

Simply put, 65% of the state’s electorate is not happy with the trajectory of New York State. That’s compared with 27% of voters who say the Empire State is moving along the right path. ©istockphoto.com/DenisTangneyJr. Large proportions of Republican and non-enrolled voters — 79% and 70%, respectively — believe the state needs to be turned around. Although fewer Democrats share this view, a majority — 53% — thinks New York is on the wrong track. More upstate New Yorkers — 71% — are unhappy with the state’s course compared with other regions in New York.... 

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Makes Inroads

March 3, 2009 by  
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33% of registered voters in New York State say Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is doing either an excellent or good job in office. In a Marist Poll conducted in October, 26% of voters approved of DiNapoli’s performance. 48% were unsure how to rate him at that time compared with 31% currently. DiNapoli Approval Rating Table For full press release Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

Will Gillibrand Be Elected in Her Own Right?

New York’s newly appointed junior senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been in office for a little over a month, and New Yorkers just don’t know what to make of her. Half of the state’s electorate reports they are unsure about the job Senator Gillibrand is doing in office while 18% think Gillibrand is doing either an excellent or good job. 32% feel she is faring below average. The state’s uncertainty spans party lines and regional divides. Gillibrand Approval Rating Table If the 2010 Election for U.S. Senate Were Held Today… Senator Kirsten Gillibrand would lead Long Island Congressman... 

AG Cuomo’s Approval Rating Spikes to 71%

Andrew Cuomo New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has jumped 21 percentage points since the Marist Poll last asked this question in October. Cuomo’s approval rating had slipped at that time. However, now, 71% of registered voters in New York State say Cuomo is doing either an excellent or good job in office. Less than one-quarter of the state’s electorate — 23% — gives Cuomo below average marks. Cuomo Approval Rating Table For full press release Marist Poll Methodology See related: Muddied Outlook for Paterson in 2010 Gubernatorial Race  Read More →

Schumer Stands Steady

The political landscape remains friendly for Senator Charles Schumer.  57% of voters report New York’s senior senator is doing either an excellent or good job in office. Schumer has consistently achieved a favorable approval rating from at least half of the state’s electorate since December 2001. Schumer Approval Rating Table For full press release Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

46% of NY Voters Back Gillibrand Appointment

January 27, 2009 by  
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When Senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand takes the oath of office this afternoon, she will do so with the support of 46% of New Yorkers. That’s the proportion of registered voters in the state who say Governor David Paterson made the right choice in appointing Gillibrand to New York’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. 24% believe Governor Paterson made the wrong choice while 30% of the electorate says they just don’t know what to make of Paterson’s decision. Read the full post  Read More →

New Yorkers Favor Cuomo to Replace Clinton

January 15, 2009 by  
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The tides of support have changed in the contest over who voters think should fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. 40% of registered voters in New York State say Governor David Paterson should appoint New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the position while 25% believe Caroline Kennedy should assume the role. That’s a marked difference for Cuomo from just one month ago when the Marist Poll showed him and Kennedy in a tie with each receiving 25% of New Yorkers’ support. Kennedy’s backing remains at a standstill. Read the full post  Read More →

Cuomo and Kennedy Deadlocked, High Hopes for Clinton

December 9, 2008 by  
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While much of the buzz has shifted toward Caroline Kennedy since news broke of her interest in assuming Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, she is not New Yorkers’ clear choice. 25% of registered voters in the state say Governor David Paterson should select Kennedy to replace the senator if Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State. New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo receives the exact same proportion of support from voters. 25% say he should be the one chosen to replace Clinton. However, a notable 26% of voters say they aren’t sure who should fill the sitting senator’s seat. Read... 

New Yorkers Say, “Yes,” to Clinton, Paterson’s Approval Rating Down

November 19, 2008 by  
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Senator Hillary Clinton may not have won the White House, but if it were up to a majority of New York voters, she’d be on her way to the State Department. 55% of the state’s electorate wants President-elect Barack Obama to select New York’s junior senator as his Secretary of State while 31% think Clinton should remain in the U.S. Senate. 14% aren’t quite sure what Senator Clinton’s future should be. Read the full post  Read More →

Approval Ratings & the 2010 NY Gubernatorial Race

October 28, 2008 by  
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Thumbs Up for Governor Paterson’s Performance in Office: A majority of registered voters in New York State think Governor David Paterson is doing either an excellent or good job in office. Paterson has done well at winning over voters in the Empire State. In a Marist Poll conducted in April just weeks after taking office, many New York voters didn’t know much about their new governor. 35% of registered voters rated the governor well at the time but 32% didn’t feel they knew enough about him to have an opinion. Read the full post  Read More →

The Battleground: The Presidential Race in New York

Both registered voters and likely voters in New York State overwhelmingly support Senator Barack Obama for president. Among registered voters, Obama is ahead of McCain by 30 percentage points, 60% to 30%. Looking at likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, the Democrat widens the gap. Obama distances himself from McCain by 36 percentage points, 65% to 29%. Read the full post  Read More →

Democrats’ “Dream Ticket” Is a Nightmare Against McCain/Rice in NY

A McCain/Rice ticket would edge out both a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket for New York’s 31, usually true blue, electoral votes: 49% of registered voters in New York State support a John McCain/Condoleezza Rice ticket compared with 46% who support Hillary Clinton as president and Barack Obama as vice president. The Democrats don’t fare any better in New York with Obama at the top of the ticket as president and Clinton as vice president. McCain/Rice receives 49%, and Obama/Clinton has 44%. Although an Obama led Democratic ticket does better against McCain/Rice among non-enrolled voters... 

NY Voters Want Spitzer to Resign

Seven in ten New York State voters think Governor Spitzer should resign from office: 70% of registered voters think Governor Spitzer should resign from office after it was revealed that he was a customer of a high-priced prostitution ring. 22% think he should not have to resign from office, and 8% are unsure. A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and non-enrolled voters believe he should submit his resignation. Read the full post  Read More →

New York Poll: Feb. 5th Presidential Primaries

February 2, 2008 by  
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Senator Hillary Clinton has crossed the fifty percent mark in the support she receives from New York Democrats. Clinton receives support from 54% of Democrats likely to vote in the primary including those who are leaning toward a candidate. Senator Obama has 38%. 8% of likely Democratic voters are undecided. New York is a closed primary where only registered Democrats are eligible to participate. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Poll: Spitzer’s Approval Rating

January 25, 2008 by  
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A majority of New York State registered voters give Governor Spitzer a “thumbs down.” 56% of registered voters do not approve of the job Eliot Spitzer is doing as governor and rate his performance in office as fair or poor. His approval rating stands at 35% among the state’s electorate. Only 5% of voters say he is doing an excellent job as governor, and 30% rate his performance as good. 9% of registered voters are unsure how to rate the governor. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Poll: Feb. 5th Presidential Primaries

January 21, 2008 by  
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John McCain outpaces the Republican field of presidential candidates including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani among New York’s registered Republicans. Despite Giuliani’s hopes for a strong showing in New York, right now, 34% of registered Republicans including those leaning to a candidate support McCain compared with 23% for Giuliani. Among Republicans likely to vote in the February 5th primary, McCain maintains his support of 34%, but Giuliani is tied for second with former Governor Mitt Romney at 19%. Former Governor Mike Huckabee receives 15% among Republicans likely to vote. Read... 

Independent Presidential Candidate Bloomberg?

January 7, 2008 by  
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Many New York voters like the idea of an independent party candidate for president, but don’t want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president in 2008. 60% of registered voters in New York State favor the idea of building a new independent party that would nominate a credible candidate for president. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Poll: Voters Want Further Probe of Governor

62% of registered voters think there should be an additional inquiry beyond the New York State Attorney General’s report into what Governor Spitzer knew when his top aides misused the state police to gather information about Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. 33% think the Attorney General’s report should end the discussion, and 5% are unsure. A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents believe the issue should be further investigated. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Poll: Jury Still Out on Spitzer as Governor

Eliot Spitzer, who received high praise from many New York State voters as attorney general, is having to prove himself once again to voters in his new job as governor. 19% of registered voters statewide are unsure how to rate the job he is doing so far. Among voters who express an opinion, 43% approve and rate the job Spitzer is doing as governor as excellent or good. 38% of registered voters do not approve and rate the job he is doing as fair or poor. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Campaign 2006 Final Poll

November 3, 2006 by  
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Going into the final weekend of the 2006 campaign, Alan Hevesi leads his Republican opponent Christopher Callaghan by twelve points in the race for New York State comptroller. However, there are several factors that point to a competitive outcome on Election Day. Hevesi, for the first time, receives the support of fewer than half the New Yorkers likely to vote next Tuesday. He has the support of 48% of likely voters compared with 36% for Callaghan. In addition, 14% of likely voters remain undecided, a proportion which is considerably higher than it is in the other statewide races. About one in... 

Hevesi’s Lead Plummets Amid Controversy

October 27, 2006 by  
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After a week of controversy over the use of a member of his staff as a driver for his wife, Alan Hevesi receives the support of just 50% of New Yorkers likely to vote on Election Day compared with 38% for his Republican opponent Christopher Callaghan. 12% of likely voters are undecided. Just one week ago, Hevesi handily outmatched Callaghan with the support of 62% to 22%. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Campaign 2006: Democrats Hold Big Leads

October 20, 2006 by  
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Eliot Spitzer continues to outdistance his Republican rival by a wide margin in the race for New York’s next governor: In his bid to become governor of New York, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has a 48 percentage point lead over his Republican opponent, former Assemblyman John Faso. Spitzer receives the support of 70% of voters likely to vote on Election Day compared with 22% for Faso. 8% of likely voters are undecided. 62% of registered voters approve of the job Eliot Spitzer is doing as attorney general, including a majority of Republicans. Read the full post  Read More →

Democrats Hold Leads in NYS Races for AG and Comptroller

September 29, 2006 by  
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Democrat Andrew Cuomo still leads Republican Jeanine Pirro by 23 percentage points among registered voters in the race to become New York State’s next attorney general. Despite the publicity surrounding a federal investigation of Pirro, the gap between the two candidates has not widened since a similar poll conducted about three weeks ago. Cuomo currently receives the support of 54% of New York State’s registered voters compared with 31% for Pirro. 15% of registered voters are undecided. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Campaign 2006 Final Primary Poll

September 8, 2006 by  
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Andrew Cuomo is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for New York State’s attorney general with the support of 53% of Democrats likely to vote in Tuesday’s primary, including voters who are leaning toward a candidate. Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green follows with 31%, and activist Sean Patrick Maloney trails with 6%. 9% of likely Democratic voters still remain undecided and another 17% say they may vote differently on primary day. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Campaign 2006: In a Word … Lopsided

August 23, 2006 by  
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Senator Hillary Clinton is coasting toward re-election in November: Hillary Clinton handily outmatches either of her potential Republican opponents for November’s U.S. Senate race in New York. Clinton leads former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer by 25 percentage points. Former Reagan administration official Kathleen Troia McFarland, who suspended her senate campaign this week, trails Senator Clinton by 30 percentage points. Clinton also has a formidable lead against Jonathan Tasini for the Democratic nomination in September. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: Presidential Campaign 2008

July 21, 2006 by  
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Hillary Clinton outdistances the Democratic primary field among New York Democrats for president in 2008. Most Democrats and a majority of independents generally think she is ideologically about right, neither too liberal nor too conservative. New York voters divide over whether they would like to see her enter the presidential contest in 2008 even though many think she will. But most registered voters, including a majority of Democrats, do not think she is likely to win. In match-ups for the 2008 presidential contest between Democrat Clinton and the leading Republicans, this traditionally blue... 

New York State: Campaign 2006

Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over her opponents in her bid for re-election: Hillary Clinton substantially outdistances her Democratic Primary challenger and both of her potential Republican competitors for the U.S. Senate. Clinton outpaces Jonathan Tasini by 70 points for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in New York. In match-ups against her potential Republican opponents for November’s U.S. Senate race, Senator Clinton outscores former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer and former Reagan administration official Kathleen Troia McFarland by wide margins. Read the full post  Read More →

Should They Run in 2008? New Yorkers Weigh In

May 16, 2006 by  
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New York State’s voters divide over whether or not they want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2008: When asked about Senator Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy in 2008, 49% of registered voters would like to see her run. 44% do not want her to enter the presidential sweepstakes, and 7% are unsure. In January, 41% of New Yorkers wanted her to run for president in 2008. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: Campaign 2006

Governor Pataki’s job performance rating hits an all time low: Only 30% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. This is his lowest point since he assumed office and the lowest approval rating for a governor since the Marist Poll began measuring statewide officeholders twenty-three years ago. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: Campaign 2006

February 1, 2006 by  
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Spitzer formidable frontrunner in race for New York governor: In match-ups for the 2006 election for New York governor, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer outdistances his potential opponents by substantial margins including former Assemblyman John Faso, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Rochester businessman Thomas Golisano, who has since announced that he will not be a candidate. Read the full post  Read More →

Hillary Clinton’s Re-election Prospects … and More

January 30, 2006 by  
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Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite in her re-election bid but faces a skeptical New York audience for a presidential run: Many of New York State’s registered voters say they like Senator Clinton more now than they did just a couple of years ago, and a majority plan to vote to re-elect her to the U.S. Senate this November. But when asked about her potential presidential candidacy in 2008, New Yorkers divide over whether they want to see her enter the presidential sweepstakes. Read the full post  Read More →

Movin’ On Up For NYS Pols? Voters Say … It Depends

September 30, 2005 by  
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New York State’s registered voters divide over whether they would like to see Rudy Giuliani run for president in 2008. 49% of voters want to see him make the run, fueled by 67% of Republicans. 46% of the state’s voters, including many Democrats, would prefer he does not. 40% of New York State’s registered voters want Senator Hillary Clinton to run for president, although a majority, including 72% of Republicans and 57% of Independents, would prefer she not seek higher office. Only 17% of registered voters want Governor Pataki to run for the presidency in 2008. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: President Bush After Katrina

September 29, 2005 by  
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In the aftermath of the devastation on the gulf coast, President Bush’s job performance rating has reached a personal low with New York State voters. Only 33% of registered voters approve of the job the president is doing, his combined excellent and good scores. This is a sharp contrast from four years ago when 79% of New Yorkers rated President Bush positively after the events of September 11th. Read the full post  Read More →

2006 Race for U.S. Senate in New York

Voters favor Senator Hillary Clinton at opening bell, but many voters are waiting for round two: In a poll conducted last night on the 2006 race for U.S. Senate in New York, incumbent Senator Hillary Clinton receives the support of 50% of registered voters compared with 28% for Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. More than one in five voters are not taking sides, a significant increase from a similar poll conducted in April. Read the full post  Read More →

Outlook Bright for Clinton … Voters Not Sold On NYS Pols’ ’08 Prospects

Majority supports Senator Clinton’s re-election: 51% of New York State’s registered voters say they would definitely vote to re-elect Hillary Clinton to the U.S. Senate in 2006. 31% would definitely vote against her, and 12% want to wait and see who runs against her. 6% are unsure. Read the full post  Read More →

Tough Times for New York’s Governor

Voters give thumbs down to a fourth term for Governor Pataki: Only 34% of New York State’s registered voters want to see Governor Pataki seek a fourth term in 2006. 55% prefer that he does not run again. In April of 1993, a comparable time in Mario Cuomo’s tenure as governor, New Yorkers were divided about whether or not he should run for re-election. 43% of registered voters wanted him to seek a fourth term and 47% did not. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: The Presidential Contest

October 28, 2004 by  
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Life in a blue state…the presidential election in New York: U.S. Senator John Kerry has a wide lead over President George Bush in the campaign for New York’s 31 electoral votes. Kerry receives the support of 54% of the state’s registered voters compared with 38% for Bush. Ralph Nader receives 2%, and 6% are undecided. Among likely voters, Kerry has 56% and Bush has 38%. Nader receives 1%, and 5% are undecided. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: Ratings & Future Match-ups

September 17, 2004 by  
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New York State voters rate Governor Pataki: 43% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. 55% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval rating was 41% in a similar poll conducted in April. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State: The Presidential Contest

September 15, 2004 by  
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The presidential election in New York…closer but still blue: U.S. Senator John Kerry leads President George Bush in the campaign for New York’s 31 electoral votes. Kerry receives the support of 48% of the state’s registered voters compared with 40% for Bush. Independent candidate Ralph Nader receives 4%, and 8% are undecided. In a similar poll conducted in April, Kerry’s lead was 17 points. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Budget

New York State voters blame the state legislature for budget tardiness: The deadline for a new state budget has come and gone again this year and 55% of New York State registered voters blame the state legislature for the delay. Deadlines matter: Most New York voters think it matters that the state budget is not passed on time. 43% say it matters to them a great deal, and 25% say it matters to them somewhat that the New York State budget is late. Read the full post  Read More →

New York: Statewide Ratings & Future Match-ups

New York State voters rate Governor Pataki: 41% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. 58% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval rating was 46% in a similar poll conducted in January. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Voters Rate Pataki

Approval rating: 49% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor George Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. 49% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval rating has declined since last December when he received a 57% positive rating. Read the full post  Read More →

Final Poll New York: Presidential Campaign 2004

Kerry continues to outpace rivals among New York State Democrats: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has an imposing lead among likely Democratic voters for tomorrow’s presidential primary in New York. Kerry receives the support of 69% of likely New York State Democratic primary voters followed by 15% for North Carolina Senator John Edwards, 5% for Reverend Al Sharpton, and 2% for Dennis Kucinich. 9% are undecided. Read the full post  Read More →

New York: Presidential Campaign 2004 Update

February 26, 2004 by  
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With less than a week to go, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has a commanding lead among likely Democratic voters for the presidential primary in New York. Kerry receives the support of 64% of likely New York State Democratic primary voters followed by 22% for North Carolina Senator John Edwards, 5% for Reverend Al Sharpton, and 2% for Dennis Kucinich. 7% are undecided. Read the full post  Read More →

New York: Presidential Campaign 2004

February 20, 2004 by  
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Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is outdistancing his rivals in the race for one of Super Tuesday’s delegate rich states. Kerry receives the support of 66% of likely New York State Democratic primary voters followed by 14% for North Carolina Senator John Edwards, 7% for Reverend Al Sharpton, and 3% for Dennis Kucinich. 10% are undecided. Read the full post  Read More →

New York: Statewide Ratings & Future Match-ups

January 14, 2004 by  
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Approval Rating: 46% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. 49% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval rating was 40% in a similar poll conducted last September. Read the full post  Read More →

New York: Presidential Campaign 2004

January 13, 2004 by  
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26% of New York State Democrats are undecided in their preference for their party’s presidential nominee. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has the support of 26% of the state’s registered Democrats and leads each of his rivals by more than 2:1. Among the remaining candidates, only Senator Joseph Lieberman and retired General Wesley Clark have double-digit support. Read the full post  Read More →

New York Democratic Presidential Primary

October 23, 2003 by  
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Democratic Presidential Primary 2004: 23% of New York State Democrats are undecided in their preference for their party’s presidential nominee. Senator Joseph Lieberman no longer leads the crowded field of Democratic candidates in New York. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has the support of 18% of the state’s registered Democrats, followed by Senator Joseph Lieberman with 16%, 14% for retired General Wesley Clark, and 10% for Congressman Richard Gephardt. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Democrats Assess Field of Candidates

September 24, 2003 by  
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Democratic Presidential Primary 2004: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman has the support of 23% of New York State’s registered Democrats, followed by 13% for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and 10% for the Reverend Al Sharpton. Newcomer Wesley Clark has 6%. 23% of New York State Democrats are undecided in their preference for their party’s presidential nominee. Read the full post  Read More →

President Bush and New York State Voters

September 23, 2003 by  
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Approval rating: President George Bush’s approval rating is currently 44% among New York State’s registered voters. 55% do not rate his job performance positively. This represents a significant drop in his standing among the state’s voters and a return to a rating that approximates pre-September 11th, 2001 numbers. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Voters Rate Pataki

September 22, 2003 by  
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Approval Rating: 40% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. 58% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval in a similar poll conducted last May was 37%. Read the full post  Read More →

NYS Poll: Hillary Clinton and the Numbers

June 5, 2003 by  
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With the publication of Hillary Clinton’s book Living History due next week, New York State registered voters are divided over the reasons she wrote the memoir. 33% think Hillary Clinton is mostly motivated by the desire to make money, 28% think she is setting the stage for a future presidential run, and 27% believe she is telling her side of the story. As with most voter reactions to Hillary Clinton, the numbers on this literary venture split along partisan lines. Democrats are more likely to think she wants to tell her side of the story, and Republicans and Independents think she is mainly... 

New York State Voters Rate Governor Pataki

Approval Rating is Lowest in Eight Years: 37% of New York State’s registered voters rate the job Governor Pataki is doing in office as excellent or good. This represents the lowest score for Governor Pataki in eight years. 59% rate the job the governor is doing as fair or poor. His approval rating has declined since a similar poll conducted last month when he received a 49% positive rating. The largest decline is in New York City. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Democrats

April 10, 2003 by  
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Democratic Presidential Primary 2004: 35% of New York State Democrats are undecided in their preference for their party’s presidential nominee. Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman has the support of 21% of the state’s registered Democrats, followed by 10% each for Massachusetts’ Senator John Kerry and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Read the full post  Read More →

President Bush and New York State Voters

Approval rating: President George Bush’s approval rating is currently 58% among New York State’s registered voters. 41% do not rate his job performance positively. Read the full post  Read More →

The Democratic 2004 Presidential Contest: After Gore

December 17, 2002 by  
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Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry are the early leaders for the 2004 New York State Democratic Presidential Primary. Among registered Democrats, Lieberman has 23% and Kerry has 20%. Senator Lieberman attracts the greatest share of former supporters of Al Gore. 31% of New York State Democrats who were backing Al Gore now say they support Lieberman. Read the full post  Read More →

Direction of New York State

December 15, 2002 by  
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Views flip-flop: Only 39% of registered voters express a positive outlook about the direction of New York State. 52% currently think things are headed in the wrong direction. These findings contrast with a poll conducted in late October when 51% of registered voters thought the state was headed in the right direction and 40% thought things were going badly. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Governor: One More Day

November 4, 2002 by  
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In a poll completed Sunday night, Governor George Pataki leads Comptroller H. Carl McCall by 20% among likely voters for tomorrow’s gubernatorial election. George Pataki receives 47% compared with H. Carl McCall’s 27%. Businessman Thomas Golisano has 19%. Read the full post  Read More →

New York State Governor: The Home Stretch

October 30, 2002 by  
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Governor George Pataki leads Comptroller H. Carl McCall by 20% among likely voters for next week’s gubernatorial election. George Pataki receives 47% compared with H. Carl McCall’s 27%. Businessman Thomas Golisano has 17%. Among registered voters, George Pataki currently has the support of 45%, H. Carl McCall receives 28%, and Thomas Golisano has 17%.  Read More →