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Toplines - New York Presidential Election - October 14, 2008

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New York Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted October 14, 2008
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How do you rate the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as President? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

11% Excellent

13% Good

15% Fair

60% Poor

1% Not sure

2* How do you rate the way that David Paterson is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

12% Excellent

38% Good

37% Fair

11% Poor

2% Not sure

3* 2008 Presidential General Election Match-Ups

McCain

37%

Obama

57%

Some Other Candidate

2%

Not sure

4%

4* Favorable Ratings

McCain

Obama

Very favorable

22%

39%

Somewhat favorable

27%

24%

Somewhat unfavorable

24%

15%

Very unfavorable

23%

19%

Not sure

5%

3%

5* In terms of how you will vote for President, are you primarily interested in National Security issues such as the War with Iraq and the War on Terror, Economic issues such as jobs and economic growth, Domestic Issues like Social Security and Health Care, Cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, or Fiscal issues such as taxes and government spending?

24% National Security Issues

43% Economic Issues

14% Domestic Issues

3% Cultural Issues

10% Fiscal Issues

5% Not sure

6* How likely are you to watch the final Presidential debate on Wednesday night?

70% Very likely
20% Somewhat likely
5% Not very likely

4% Not at all likely

1% Not sure

7* In terms of how you will vote how important are the performances of the candidates in the debates?

28% Very important

37% Somewhat important

27% Not very important

8% Not at all important

0% Not sure

8* How confident are you in Governor Paterson’s ability to steer the state through the it’s current financial problems?

14% Very confident

49% Somewhat confident

24% Not very confident

7% Not at all confident

5% Not sure

9* Who would you most like to see run for Governor in 2010…David Paterson, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo or Hillary Clinton?

20% Paterson
33% Bloomberg
7% Cuomo
28% Clinton
8% Someone Else

4% Not sure

10* Do you agree or disagree with the Economic Rescue Plan passed by Congress recently?

32% Agree

40% Disagree

29% Not sure

11* Will the rescue plan help the economy, hurt the economy or have no impact on the economy?

40% Help

19% Hurt

21% No impact

19% Not sure

12* Suppose taxes were increased on people who make more than $250,000 a year. Would raising taxes for people who make more than $250,000 a year be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

52% Good for the economy

27% Bad

14% No impact

6% Not sure

13* Has Barack Obama’s campaign been generally positive, generally negative, or somewhere in between?

47% Generally positive
17% Generally negative

34% Somewhere in between

2% Not sure

14* Has John McCain’s campaign been generally positive, generally negative, or somewhere in between?

21% Generally positive
48% Generally negative

30% Somewhere in between

1% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence