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					Maurice Carroll, Director,
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
(203) 582-5334

Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
Contact: Pat Smith (212) 843-8026
  FOR RELEASE: DECEMBER 20, 2011

   NEW YORK VOTERS CONFUSED BY TAX DEAL, BUT LOVE CUOMO,
             QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
             MORE VOTERS THINK IT’S A TAX HIKE
  New York State voters are divided on whether they approve or disapprove of the new state tax
  rates and seem confused on whether the new rates are a tax hike or tax cut, but they approve
  68 – 17 percent of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doing, his highest score in his first year in
  office, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
          Gov. Cuomo‟s approval sweeps across the political spectrum, 71 – 12 percent among
  Democrats, 69 – 17 percent among independent voters and 63 – 25 percent among Republicans,
  the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Approval ranges from
  59 – 20 percent among New York City voters to 71 – 16 percent among upstate voters to 76 – 12
  percent among suburban voters.
          Grading his first year in office, 10 percent of voters give Cuomo an „A,‟ while 53 percent
  give him a „B;‟ 25 percent say „C,‟ as 6 percent say „D‟ and 3 percent say „F.‟
          New York State‟s new tax rates get a 38 percent approval and a 34 percent disapproval,
  with 28 percent undecided. Democrats approve 44 – 31 percent, while Republicans split 36 – 38
  percent and independent voters split 36 – 36 percent.
          The new rates are a tax hike, 40 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say they are a tax
  cut, with 32 percent undecided.    Their own taxes will go up, 35 percent of voters say, while 23
  percent say they go down, with 43 percent who don‟t know. Voters with a college degree split
  30 – 31 percent while voters with no degree say 38 – 18 percent their taxes go up.
          “The speed in changing the state tax code has left a lot of New Yorkers confused. Most
  of the state is divided on the merits, with New York City voters more negative than not,” said
  Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
                                                -more-
Quinnipiac University Poll/December 20, 2011 – page 2
        “Whatever they think about the tax deal, New Yorkers still love their governor. Andrew
Cuomo‟s job approval hits a new high, higher than we‟ve seen since the post-9/11 approval
ratings for Gov. George Pataki,” Carroll said. “Voters like Gov. Cuomo as a person 65 – 13
percent and they like his policies.
        “How about your taxes? A lot of people think they‟ll pay more; a fair percentage think
they‟ll pay less and a lot just don‟t know.”
        Cuomo has not kept his promise not to raise taxes, voters say 47 – 35 percent, with 18
percent undecided. Cuomo broke his no-tax promise, Republicans say 53 – 31 percent and
independent voters say 51 – 32 percent. Democrats split 41 – 40 percent.
        New York State voters also believe 42 – 23 percent, with 35 percent undecided, that in
making the tax deal Cuomo broke his promise to end government by “three men in a room.”
        The new tax rates are fair to them, 37 percent of voters say, while 43 percent say they are
unfair. The “fairness” vote increases with income: voters making less than $40,000 say “unfair”
53 – 28 percent while voters making more than $150,000 say “fair” 54 – 36 percent.
        The new tax rates for people making more than $2 million are too low, 43 percent of
voters say, while 10 percent say they are too high and 34 percent say the rates are about right.
        “A lot of people still think those earning $2 million or more don‟t pay enough,” Carroll
said.
        “That transparent government that Gov. Cuomo promised? Opaque is more like it. A lot
of voters think that, in the quickie tax deal, Cuomo broke his promise to end Albany‟s tradition
of „three men in a room.‟”
        New York State voter attitudes on other budget-cutting measures are:
       60 – 34 percent oppose layoffs for state workers:
       45 – 41 percent for state worker furloughs;
       59 – 34 percent in favor of a wage freeze for state workers.
        From December 12 – 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,143 registered voters with a
margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
        The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public
opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia
and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or
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5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as Governor?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk   Hsp

Approve              68%      63%       71%    69%        70%        66%        75%    58%   53%
Disapprove           17       25        12     17         17         16         13     20    29
DK/NA                15       12        17     14         13         18         12     22    18

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              71%      59%       76%    64%        65%        73%
Disapprove           16       20        12     24         20         12
DK/NA                12       21        12     13         16         15

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              53%      73%       71%    74%        60%        74%        69%    77%
Disapprove           18       20        16     13         17         14         22     10
DK/NA                28        8        14     13         22         13          9     13

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling his job as
Governor?

                                                                           APPROVE.......
                                                                           High    Low
                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Dec 20 Feb 23
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2011    2011

Approve              68        65         66         62         64         68         56
Disapprove           17        19         17         22         19         17         15
DK/NA                15        15         17         16         17         15         29


9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk   Hsp

Approve              26%      20%       32%    23%        29%        24%        27%    30%   21%
Disapprove           59       68        49     66         63         55         60     46    64
DK/NA                15       12        18     11          9         21         13     24    15

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              28%      22%       30%    22%        25%        28%
Disapprove           61       58        56     64         58         60
DK/NA                11       20        13     13         17         12

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              25%      27%       25%    29%        28%        25%        24%    28%
Disapprove           60       58        63     56         54         63         66     56
DK/NA                15       16        12     15         18         12         10     16




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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                                                                           APPROVE......
                                                                           High    Low
                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Apr 04 Sep 01
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2007    2010

Approve              26        25         26         27         26         34     15
Disapprove           59        63         61         62         62         43     75
DK/NA                15        13         13         11         12         23      9


10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their
job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Approve              43%      42%       45%    43%        43%        43%    45%    51%     33%
Disapprove           39       41        37     40         41         37     37     36      48
DK/NA                18       17        18     17         16         20     18     13      19

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              47%      39%       43%    38%        42%        44%
Disapprove           40       39        35     44         39         38
DK/NA                13       22        22     18         19         18

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              47%      39%       40%    46%        41%        47%    44%    37%
Disapprove           33       42        45     35         38         42     36     38
DK/NA                19       20        15     19         21         11     20     26

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling
their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20 Oct 26 Sep 20 Aug 10 Jun 29 Dec 20 Feb 23
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2005    2011

Approve              43        39         41         40         45         55     35
Disapprove           39        43         39         43         38         22     42
DK/NA                18        18         20         17         17         15     22


11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom    Wht    Blk     Hsp

Approve              54%      48%       57%    54%        49%        57%    53%    55%     50%
Disapprove           33       42        25     37         39         27     33     25      39
DK/NA                14       11        18      9         11         16     14     19      11

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              55%      49%       58%    54%        54%        53%
Disapprove           32       34        33     35         32         34
DK/NA                13       17         9     11         14         13

Cont’d

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11. (cont’d) Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their
job?
                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              51%      59%       52%    54%        53%        58%    51%    55%
Disapprove           34       31        37     29         32         33     35     30
DK/NA                15       10        12     17         15          9     14     15

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?
(* Low also 49% Feb 2011, Apr 2011, Aug 2011)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 20 Oct 26 Sep 20 Aug 10 Jun 29 Dec 20 Oct 26
                     2011    2011    2011     2011   2011    2005    2011*

Approve              54        49         50         49         54         63     49
Disapprove           33        37         35         37         33         22     37
DK/NA                14        15         15         14         13         15     15


12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as
State Assembly Speaker?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom    Wht    Blk      Hsp

Approve              25%      14%       33%    25%        26%        24%    22%    48%      24%
Disapprove           44       59        35     46         52         37     48     25       41
DK/NA                31       27        32     29         22         38     30     27       35

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              23%      30%       22%    28%        25%        25%
Disapprove           50       40        42     45         43         46
DK/NA                28       31        36     27         31         29

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              31%      30%       23%    20%        24%        30%    28%    22%
Disapprove           29       41        51     52         38         46     50     45
DK/NA                40       29        26     29         37         24     21     34



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State
Assembly Speaker? (*Low also 25% Apr 2010, Aug 2011)

                                                                           APPROVE.......
                                                                           High    Low
                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Dec 24 Dec 20
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2008    2011*

Approve              25        27         30         25         29         38     25
Disapprove           44        45         45         49         43         34     44
DK/NA                31        28         25         26         28         38     31




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13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as
State Senate Majority Leader?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom   Wht   Blk   Hsp

Approve              24%      25%       26%    22%        24%        23%   22%   34%   20%
Disapprove           34       34        32     38         40         29    34    34    37
DK/NA                42       41        41     40         35         48    44    32    43

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              23%      22%       27%    24%        25%        21%
Disapprove           39       32        31     37         31         40
DK/NA                38       46        42     38         44         39

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              30%      24%       18%    26%        23%        27%   21%   27%
Disapprove           26       38        39     32         30         34    46    38
DK/NA                44       38        43     42         47         38    33    36

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dean Skelos is handling his job as
State Senate Majority Leader?

                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011

Approve              24        21         23         23         25
Disapprove           34        36         36         40         35
DK/NA                42        42         41         37         40

14. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State
today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very
dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Very satisfied        3%       1%        5%     2%         3%         2%    2%    8%    -
Smwht satisfied      39       29        49     34         41         37    37    48    35
Smwht dissatisfied   35       38        33     38         33         37    36    29    37
Very dissatisfied    23       33        13     25         22         24    24    15    28
DK/NA                 1        -         -      1          1          1     1     -     -

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Very satisfied        2%       3%        3%     2%         2%         4%
Smwht satisfied      35       45        35     38         36         42
Smwht dissatisfied   35       32        39     32         36         34
Very dissatisfied    27       19        22     26         25         19
DK/NA                 1        1         -      1          1          1

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Very satisfied        3%       1%        4%     2%         3%         3%    3%    5%
Smwht satisfied      42       37        34     43         37         37    38    47
Smwht dissatisfied   30       35        37     36         34         37    39    29
Very dissatisfied    23       26        25     19         25         23    20    19
DK/NA                 2        -         -      -          1          1     -     -

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TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State
today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very
dissatisfied?

                                                                           VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                                           High    Low
                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Feb 25 Jun 23
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       1998    2010

Very satisfied        3         4          2          2          4         13          1
Smwht satisfied      39        30         34         33         34         60         18
Smwht dissatisfied   35        34         33         31         34         20         33
Very dissatisfied    23        31         31         33         27          7         47
DK/NA                 1         1          -          1          1          1          1


15. Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or
don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk   Hsp

Like                 65%      67%       69%    61%        71%        60%        67%   66%    54%
Don't like           13       17        10     14         12         14         12    12     17
DK/NA                22       16        20     25         18         25         20    22     29

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Like                 67%      62%       67%    62%        66%        64%
Don't like           14       14        12     16         12         15
DK/NA                19       24        21     22         22         21

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Like                 55%      73%       67%    65%        67%        67%        65%   67%
Don't like           22       12        10     12         12         14         17     9
DK/NA                24       16        23     23         21         19         18    24

TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo's policies, would you say you like or
don't like Andrew Cuomo as a person?

                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Jun 01
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2011

Like                 65        63         64         64         64         61
Don't like           13        12         13         12         12         13
DK/NA                22        25         23         24         24         26


16. And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say you like
or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk   Hsp

Like                 64%      54%       73%    65%        68%        61%        69%   50%    52%
Don't like           22       32        16     22         21         23         19    29     30
DK/NA                14       14        11     13         11         16         12    20     18



Cont’d

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16. (cont’d) And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say
you like or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Like                 65%      59%       71%    57%        58%        73%
Don't like           23       25        17     29         25         17
DK/NA                12       16        13     13         16         10

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Like                 51%      72%       66%    65%        58%        67%    68%       77%
Don't like           32       19        22     18         23         22     24        16
DK/NA                17        9        12     17         19         11      8         7

TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Andrew Cuomo as a person, would you say you
like or don't like most of Andrew Cuomo's policies?

                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 29     Jun 01
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2011

Like                 64        61         64         61         62         61
Don't like           22        25         23         26         24         23
DK/NA                14        14         12         12         14         16


17. What letter grade would you give him for the job he has been doing as governor: A, B,
C, D, or F?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht   Blk   Hsp

A                    10%       5%       15%     8%        12%         9%    11%        8%    8%
B                    53       50        56     54         55         52     56        54    38
C                    25       33        18     28         24         26     25        19    31
D                     6        8         5      6          5          8      5         9    13
F                     3        3         2      4          3          3      2         5     6
DK/NA                 3        1         4      1          1          3      2         5     4

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

A                     9%      10%       11%     9%         7%        15%
B                    54       51        57     48         51         56
C                    26       24        24     30         28         21
D                     7        8         3      9          7          5
F                     3        4         1      4          3          2
DK/NA                 1        3         4      1          3          2

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

A                     6%      11%       10%    14%         7%         9%    11%       22%
B                    47       57        58     49         49         55     56        57
C                    31       23        22     25         27         28     23        14
D                     7        4         6      9          8          6      5         3
F                     4        4         2      1          3          2      3         3
DK/NA                 5        1         2      2          5          1      1         1



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TREND: What letter grade would you give him for the job he has been doing as governor:
A, B, C, D, or F?

                     Dec 20    Jun 29
                     2011      2011

A                    10        13%
B                    53        48
C                    25        26
D                     6         7
F                     3         2
DK/NA                 3         4


18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk     Hsp

Approve              56%      52%       61%    54%        64%        49%        60%    48%     43%
Disapprove           32       38        25     38         27         36         29     39      43
DK/NA                12       10        14      8          9         15         11     13      13

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              59%      51%       58%    52%        52%        63%
Disapprove           32       34        29     38         35         26
DK/NA                 8       16        13     10         13         10

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              36%      57%       65%    63%        49%        60%        60%    68%
Disapprove           51       35        24     21         34         31         32     25
DK/NA                13        9        11     16         17          9          8      7

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling the state budget?

                     Dec 20    Oct 26     Sep 20     Aug 10     Jun 01     Apr 13     Feb 23
                     2011      2011       2011       2011       2011       2011       2011

Approve              56        57         62         59         57         57         57
Disapprove           32        29         25         29         30         29         28
DK/NA                12        14         13         11         13         14         16


19. How much have you heard or read about the new New York State income tax rates agreed
to by Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature: a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom        Wht    Blk     Hsp

A lot                14%      12%       13%    16%        19%         9%        13%    18%     16%
Some                 40       43        41     39         41         39         42     30      29
Not much             32       34        33     31         29         35         31     37      39
Nothing at all       13       10        12     14         10         15         12     14      15
DK/NA                 1        1         1      1          1          1          2      1       -




Cont’d

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19. (cont’d) How much have you heard or read about the new New York State income tax rates
agreed to by Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature: a lot, some, not much or nothing at
all?

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

A lot                14%    13%    15%    17%    11%    18%
Some                 40     36     46     42     35     48
Not much             33     35     26     29     36     25
Nothing at all       12     15     11     10     15      9
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      2      1

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

A lot                 6%    17%    18%    13%    10%    16%    14%    25%
Some                 29     43     45     42     32     41     49     44
Not much             44     29     29     28     40     31     24     24
Nothing at all       20     11      7     15     16     11     12      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      -      -


20. Do you approve or disapprove of the new New York State income tax rates agreed to by
Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk     Hsp

Approve              38%    36%    44%    36%    44%    33%    42%    28%     25%
Disapprove           34     38     31     36     34     35     31     38      51
DK/NA                28     26     26     28     23     32     27     34      24

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Approve              40%    32%    44%    38%    32%    47%
Disapprove           30     40     31     40     38     28
DK/NA                29     28     25     22     30     25

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Approve              25%    40%    43%    42%    32%    42%    41%    52%
Disapprove           44     35     35     24     36     33     38     30
DK/NA                32     25     22     33     32     26     21     18




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21. Would you describe this new tax deal as a tax hike or a tax cut?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht     Blk    Hsp

Tax hike             40%    45%    34%    43%    40%    41%    39%     40%    48%
Tax cut              28     25     35     23     32     24     28      28     26
DK/NA                32     30     31     33     28     35     33      32     27

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Tax hike             39%    40%    42%    42%    40%    40%
Tax cut              27     27     30     31     26     30
DK/NA                34     32     28     27     33     30

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Tax hike             45%    40%    43%    33%    37%    39%    45%     49%
Tax cut              23     33     31     26     27     30     28      32
DK/NA                32     27     26     42     36     31     27      18


22. Do you believe Governor Cuomo kept his promise not to raise taxes?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht     Blk    Hsp

Yes                  35%    31%    41%    32%    38%    32%    37%     36%    23%
No                   47     53     40     51     47     47     44      51     59
DK/NA                18     17     19     16     15     20     18      13     18

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Yes                  39%    31%    36%    39%    34%    37%
No                   46     50     44     48     50     42
DK/NA                15     19     20     13     16     21

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                    AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Yes                  21%    36%    42%    42%    34%    38%    37%     37%
No                   60     46     44     38     47     47     46      47
DK/NA                20     18     14     20     19     15     17      16

23. Do your taxes go up or down under this new agreement?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht     Blk    Hsp

Up                   35%    36%    31%    38%    32%    37%    30%     39%    51%
Down                 23     21     26     21     27     19     24      21     18
DK/NA                43     42     43     41     40     44     46      40     31

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Up                   27%    40%    38%    37%    38%    30%
Down                 25     20     22     27     18     31
DK/NA                47     39     40     36     45     39

Cont’d

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23. (cont’d) Do your taxes go up or down under this new agreement?

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Up                   47%    36%    31%    27%    35%    32%    35%    46%
Down                 16     32     28     17     15     30     28     32
DK/NA                37     32     41     56     50     38     38     22


24. Do you think the new tax rates are fair or unfair to people like you?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk     Hsp

Fair                 37%    34%    44%    34%    44%    31%    41%    26%     29%
Unfair               43     48     37     46     38     48     38     59      62
DK/NA                20     19     20     20     18     21     21     15       9

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Fair                 40%    34%    38%    39%    31%    48%
Unfair               41     46     41     45     51     31
DK/NA                19     19     21     15     18     21

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Fair                 29%    42%    42%    36%    28%    44%    43%    54%
Unfair               52     42     40     39     53     37     36     36
DK/NA                20     16     19     25     19     19     21     10


25. Do you think the new tax rate for people making more than two million dollars per year
is too high, too low, or about right?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk     Hsp

Too High             10%    20%     6%     8%    13%     8%    10%     6%      8%
Too Low              43     27     50     40     39     46     40     51      54
About right          34     38     34     36     36     33     35     31      34
DK/NA                13     15     10     16     12     14     14     12       4

                                          Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Too High             11%     8%    12%     8%    10%    11%
Too Low              47     44     32     47     47     36
About right          29     34     43     30     31     39
DK/NA                13     14     13     14     12     14

                                                 ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............           40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Too High             10%     7%    11%    13%     9%    10%    10%    15%
Too Low              40     49     40     44     47     41     45     34
About right          37     34     34     33     33     36     34     40
DK/NA                13     10     15     10     10     12     11     10



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26. Historically, the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker have
made all the big decisions in Albany with little input from state legislators. Do you
think that Andrew Cuomo broke his promise to end the "three men in a room" approach by the
way the new tax deal was done?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men   Wom    Wht    Blk      Hsp

Yes/Broke promise    42%      49%       38%    42%        45%   39%    38%    64%      46%
No/Did not           23       16        28     23         26    20     25     14       27
DK/NA                35       35        35     35         28    41     37     22       28

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Yes/Broke promise    43%      44%       37%    50%        45%   37%
No/Did not           25       21        23     20         20    28
DK/NA                33       35        40     30         35    36

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Yes/Broke promise    41%      44%       42%    39%        42%   41%    43%    40%
No/Did not           22       25        23     21         24    24     24     27
DK/NA                37       31        34     40         34    35     33     33


27. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - layoffs for state
employees?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men   Wom    Wht    Blk      Hsp

Support              34%      49%       23%    41%        44%   26%    39%    20%      26%
Oppose               60       46        72     52         52    67     55     74       70
DK/NA                 6        5         5      7          5     7      7      6        3

                                               Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC         Sub    HsHlds No    Yes

Support              38%      28%       37%    25%        33%   37%
Oppose               57       65        57     67         62    57
DK/NA                 5        7         7      8          6     7

                                                          ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............                    40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Support              24%      35%       39%    36%        31%   35%    34%    43%
Oppose               71       60        56     54         63    60     61     52
DK/NA                 5        5         5     10          6     5      5      6

TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose layoffs for state
employees?

                     Dec 20    Feb 23     Jan 26     Dec 09
                     2011      2011       2011       2010

Support              34        46         45         43
Oppose               60        48         47         52
DK/NA                 6         6          8          6




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28. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - furloughs for state
employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Support             45%    59%    38%    50%        49%        42%    48%   34%   38%
Oppose              41     31     47     38         41         40     39    50    47
DK/NA               14     10     15     12          9         18     13    16    15

                                         Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub   HsHlds No    Yes

Support             47%    42%    49%    35%        44%        48%
Oppose              42     41     39     51         40         42
DK/NA               11     17     12     14         16         10

                                                    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............              40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+          <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Support             46%    48%    44%    45%        43%        44%    48%   55%
Oppose              32     45     46     40         38         46     45    33
DK/NA               22      8     10     15         19         10      7    11

TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose furloughs for state
employees?
                     Dec 20 Feb 23 Jan 26 Dec 09
                     2011    2011    2011    2010

Support             45      56      52         56
Oppose              41      32      30         32
DK/NA               14      12      17         13

29. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose - a wage freeze for state
workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Support             59%    73%    49%    63%        62%        57%    64%   41%   43%
Oppose              34     22     43     33         33         36     31    50    47
DK/NA                6      5      8      4          5          8      5    10    10

                                         Union COLLEGE DEGREE
                     UpStat NYC    Sub   HsHlds No    Yes

Support             65%    50%    64%    48%        56%        63%
Oppose              30     42     29     45         37         31
DK/NA                5      8      6      7          7          6

                                                    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     AGE IN YEARS............              40-    100-
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+          <40K   100K   150K   >150K

Support             42%    59%    63%    68%        52%        63%    51%   76%
Oppose              46     37     33     26         37         34     43    21
DK/NA               12      4      4      6         11          3      6     3

TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state
workers?
                     Dec 20 Feb 23 Jan 26 Dec 09 Feb 04 Dec 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009

Support             59      72      75         72         75         68
Oppose              34      24      20         23         20         28
DK/NA                6       5       5          5          5          5

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