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Toplines - 2010 New York Governor Race - November 17, 2009

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New York State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted November 17, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

40% Strongly approve
18% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job David Paterson has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

10% Strongly approve
28% Somewhat approve
29% Somewhat disapprove
30% Strongly disapprove
3% Not sure

3* 2010 New York Governor’s Race

Rick Lazio (R)

41%

David Paterson (D)

37%

Some other candidate

13%

Not sure

8%

Rudy Giuliani (R)

57%

David Paterson (D)

30%

Some other candidate

10%

Not sure

3%

Rick Lazio (R)

29%

Andrew Cuomo (D)

57%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

9%

Rudy Giuliani (R)

46%

Andrew Cuomo (D)

49%

Some other candidate

2%

Not sure

4%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the NY Governor’s Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Paterson

10%

26%

29%

30%

5%

Giuliani

28%

30%

14%

24%

3%

Lazio

8%

28%

28%

16%

20%

Cuomo

23%

33%

19%

15%

9%

5* Terrorist suspects linked to the 9/11 attacks will now be tried in a New York City civilian court rather than in a military tribunal. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to try these terrorist suspects in a New York City civilian court?

35% Agree
55% Disagree
10% Not sure

6* How confident are you that New York City will be safe and secure during the trial of the suspected 9/11 terrorist?

23% Very confident
34% Somewhat confident
26% Not very confident
12% Not at all confident
4% Not sure

7* How likely is it that the state of New York will be bankrupt by the end of the year?

21% Very likely
35% Somewhat likely
28% Not very likely
9% Not at all likely
7% Not sure

8* Which is a bigger problem in New York State today—that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes or that the politicians are unwilling to control government spending?

8% Voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes
81% Politicians are unwilling to control government spending
11% Not sure

9* To help reduce the state’s budget deficit, do you favor or oppose cuts to social welfare benefits and education spending?

28% Favor
58% Oppose
14% Not sure

10* To help reduce the state’s budget deficit, do you favor or oppose raising state taxes?

15% Favor
75% Oppose
11% Not sure

11* Should Paterson drop out of the Governor’s race?

43% Yes
36% No

21% Not sure

12* Does the White House’s pressure on Paterson not to run in the 2010 Governor’s race make you more likely to vote for Paterson, less likely to vote for Paterson or have no impact on your vote?

15% More likely
13% Less likely
68% No impact

4% Not sure

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