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Toplines - 2010 New York Senate Race - September 22, 2009

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New York State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted September 22, 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?

48% Strongly approve
13% Somewhat approve
11% Somewhat disapprove
27% 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?

14% Strongly approve
25% Somewhat approve
27% Somewhat disapprove
33% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

3* 2010 New York Senate Race

George Pataki (R)

41%

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

44%

Some other candidate

11%

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 Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Pataki

13%

33%

31%

17%

7%

Gillibrand

6%

33%

25%

17%

20%

5* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

34% Strongly favor
24% Somewhat favor

6% Somewhat oppose

32% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

6* If the health care reform plan passes, will the quality of health care get better, worse, or stay about the same?

37% Better
34% Worse
15% Staying the same
13% Not sure

7* If the health care reform plan passes, will the cost of health care go up, go down, or stay about the same?

36% Cost of health care will go up

20% Cost will go down

30% Stay the same

14% Not sure

8* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

56% Increase the deficit

8% Reduce the deficit
24% No impact on the deficit

12% Not sure

9*To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

51% Very likely
21% Somewhat likely
16% Not very likely
6% Not at all likely
7% Not sure

10* In reacting to the nation’s current economic problems, what worries you more….that the federal government will do too much or that the federal government will not do enough?

38% Federal government will do too much

43% Federal government will not do enough

19% Not sure

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