The poll of 800 likely Monroe County voters was conducted Oct. 7-11 for Voice of the Voter by the Siena College Research Instiitute. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent. Voice of the Voter is a collaborative effort among the Democrat and Chronicle, WXXI (Channel 21 and AM 1370), WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and WDKX-FM (103.9). It seeks to inform citizens and give them a voice in the election process.
The cross-tabulation data (click here for PDF) shows more details about the results of the poll, breaking down the responses by category such as age, gender, race, and party affiliation.
Q1. Is New York State on the right track, or is it headed in the wrong direction? Right track 51% Wrong direction 38% Don't know/No opinion 11% Q2. Is Monroe County on the right track, or is it headed in the wrong direction? Right track 56% Wrong direction 32% Don't know/No opinion 13% Q3. Is the City of Rochester on the right track, or is it headed in the wrong direction? Right track 41% Wrong direction 41% Don't know/No opinion 17% For each of the following public officials and institutions, tell me if you would rate their job performance as excellent, good, fair or poor? Q4. (If city of Rochester) The job that Thomas Richards is doing as Mayor? Excellent 10% Good 47% Fair 28% Poor 7% Don't know/No opinion 8% Q5. The job that Maggie Brooks is doing as Monroe County Executive? Excellent 10% Good 34% Fair 32% Poor 20% Don't know/No opinion 4% Q6. (If city of Rochester) The job that Bolgen Vargas is doing as Rochester Schools Superintendent? Excellent 4% Good 30% Fair 37% Poor 15% Don't know/No opinion 14% Q7. The job that Barack Obama is doing as President? Excellent 16% Good 34% Fair 17% Poor 32% Don't know/No opinion 0% Q8. The job that Andrew Cuomo is doing as Governor? Excellent 18% Good 46% Fair 26% Poor 8% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q9. The job that the New York State Assembly is doing? Excellent 2% Good 21% Fair 46% Poor 24% Don't know/No opinion 7% Q10. The job that the New York State Senate is doing? Excellent 3% Good 24% Fair 43% Poor 26% Don't know/No opinion 4% Q11. The job that the Congress of the United States is doing? Excellent 2% Good 11% Fair 32% Poor 54% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q12. (If city of Rochester) The job that the Rochester School Board is doing? Excellent 3% Good 22% Fair 39% Poor 29% Don't know/No opinion 7% Q13. (If city of Rochester) The job that the Rochester City Council is doing? Excellent 3% Good 32% Fair 44% Poor 15% Don't know/No opinion 7% Q14. The job that the Monroe County Legislature is doing? Excellent 4% Good 31% Fair 45% Poor 15% Don't know/No opinion 6% Q15. Looking ahead to the upcoming presidential election, if the election for President was held today, who would you vote for if the candidates were: Barack Obama on the Democratic line 52% Mitt Romney on the Republican line 39% Vol: Someone else 1% Vol: Not voting for President 1% Don't know/Refused 7% Q16. (If in CD 25) If the election for Member of Congress from the 25th Congressional District was held today, who would you vote for if the candidates were: Louise Slaughter on the Democratic line 49% Maggie Brooks on the Republican line 44% Don't know/Refused 6% Would you like your elected officials to increase spending, maintain the current level of spending, or cut spending on projects related to the following issues? Q17. Child abuse and neglect Increase spending 44% Maintain spending 47% Cut spending 6% Don't know/No opinion 3% Q18. Child care subsidies for lower-income families Increase spending 32% Maintain spending 48% Cut spending 17% Don't know/No opinion 3% Q19. Childhood obesity Increase spending 28% Maintain spending 37% Cut spending 31% Don't know/No opinion 5% Q20. Crime and drugs Increase spending 37% Maintain spending 48% Cut spending 13% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q21. Higher education Increase spending 36% Maintain spending 44% Cut spending 19% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q22. Hospitals Increase spending 24% Maintain spending 60% Cut spending 13% Don't know/No opinion 3% Q23. K through 12 Education Increase spending 45% Maintain spending 40% Cut spending 14% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q24. Medicaid Increase spending 21% Maintain spending 59% Cut spending 18% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q25. Roads, bridges and other infrastructure Increase spending 41% Maintain spending 49% Cut spending 9% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q26. How concerned are you about the security and future of your own job, or the jobs of any close family members in the Rochester area? Very concerned 33% Somewhat concerned 35% Not too concerned 18% Not at all concerned 12% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q27. Now looking ahead -- Do you think that four years from now you will be better off financially, or worse off, or just about the same as now? Better off 33% Worse off 14% Just about the same as now 45% Don't know/No opinion 8% Have you or a family member delayed plans for any of the following life decisions because of the current economy? Q28. Attending college Yes 12% No 83% Vol: Not applicable 5% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q29. Marriage Yes 7% No 87% Vol: Not applicable 5% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q30. Having children Yes 8% No 85% Vol: Not applicable 6% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q31. How confident are you that when you retire, you will be able to maintain your current standard of living? Are you Very confident 20% Somewhat confident 32% Not very confident 18% Not at all confident 13% Vol: Already retired 15% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q32. Are you or a close family member considering further education to either change jobs or provide better job security in the future? Yes 34% No 64% Don't know/No opinion 1% Q33. How would you rate economic conditions in Monroe County? Would you say they are excellent, good, fair or poor? Excellent 2% Good 33% Fair 53% Poor 12% Don't know/No opinion 0% Q34. Five years from now, do you think that the economy in Monroe County will be better off, worse off, or about the same as it is today? Better off 36% Worse off 13% About the same 44% Don't know/No opinion 7% Q35. Looking at the issue of health care and the Federal health care legislation enacted two years ago, which of the following two choices is closest to your point of view: [READ LIST] Although it may not go far enough, I’d like to see the health care reform legislation fully implemented as soon as possible 51% I'm in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation 41% Don't know/No opinion 7% Q36. How much influence will a candidate's position on whether to implement or repeal the health care reform law have on your vote this November? Would you say a great deal of influence, some influence, not very much influence or no influence at all? A great deal of influence 42% Some influence 39% Not very much influence 13% No influence at all 5% Don't know/No opinion 2% For each of the following proposals, tell me if you support it, oppose it or whether you don't have a preference or are undecided. Q37. The Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York Support 31% Oppose 34% Don't have a preference 11% Undecided 23% Q38. Having state and local officials offer tax breaks and incentives to attract businesses to the area Support 64% Oppose 11% Don't have a preference 8% Undecided 17% Q39. The continuation of government support, for example tax credits, for NY companies in the renewable energy industry Support 56% Oppose 18% Don't have a preference 10% Undecided 15% Q40. Do you feel that budget cuts have or have not adversely affected the quality of education in your area's school district? Have 44% Have not 47% Don't know/No opinion 9% Q41. How much confidence do you have that the Eastman Kodak Company will emerge from bankruptcy in 2013? A great deal 4% A fair amount 14% Not very much 43% None at all 37% Don't know/No opinion 2% Q42. How important do you think public investment in the Eastman Business Park is to the economic future of Monroe County? Very important 24% Somewhat important 47% Not very important 17% Not important at all 8% Don't know/No opinion 5% Q43. Do you think Monroe County Community College made the right decision or the wrong decision in choosing to locate its city campus on State Street rather than in downtown Rochester? Right decision 54% Wrong decision 20% Don't know/No opinion 27%
Nature of the SampleMonroe County Likely Voters Party Democrat 39% Republican 29% Independent/Other 28% Region City of Rochester 24% Rest of Monroe County 76% Political View Liberal 23% Moderate 42% Conservative 33% Religion Catholic 38% Protestant 33% Other 27% Race/Ethnicity White 82% Non-White 15% Income Less than $50,000 37% $50,000-$100,000 32% $100,000 or more 20% Age 18 to 34 12% 35 to 54 29% 55 and older 56% Gender Male 45% Female 55%