Voters Support Governor Cuomo, Casinos: Poll

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The honeymood period is apparently still going strong for Andrew Cuomo -- a survey of voters from Quinnipac University found that New Yorkers approve of the governor by a whopping ratio of 69-19.

But just because voters love Cuomo doesn't mean they're happy with politics in general -- on that topic, voters said 58-42 that they were dissatisfied with the way things were going in New York.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the poll found that New Yorkers are actually quite keen on gambling in their own state, with voters favoring the creation of casinos 54-38. Gambling in New York could take the form of an Atlantic City-style casino and hotel" at Aqueduct Race Track. Perhaps unsurprisingly, men favor gambling initiatives more than women do, reasoning that it would be good for the economy, and therefore worth the cost it would take to build such a facility.

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New Yorkers Think Ray Kelly Is a Great Guy, Like to Shame One Another Publicly: Poll

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New Yorkers think that Ray Kelly is just swell and really like to embarrass one another, according to a new poll.

Indeed, the stats suggest that many city-dwellers are a strange bunch.

Even though Kelly appeared in an Islamophobic vid used for cop training, most New Yorkers don't think the NYPD is anti-Muslim, according to a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Survey.

Sixty percent say that the police have acted "appropriately" in dealing with Muslims.

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Poll Shows Obama Would Have a Good Chance Against Romney in General Election

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As Obama begins to make the case for a second term, a joint poll run by ABC News and the Washington Post has found that the president currently has a solid lead on Mitt Romney in a general election matchup, with 52 percent of Americans saying they would support Obama, over 43 percent for Romney. The poll was conducted by telephone for four days last week, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults.

This comes just after Obama told Matt Lauer in a pre-Superbowl interview that he "deserves a second term," even though the economy isn't doing so well right now. The president admitted to the news anchor that a lot more work needs to be done. "But we've made progress. And the key right now is to make sure we don't start turning in a new direction that could throw that progress off."

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New Yorkers Think the State Is Doing OK, Worry the U.S. Is Going Downhill: Poll

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New Yorkers really don't like the idea of giving politicians more money, but they do like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Barack Obama a lot, according to a new Siena College poll.

What specifically does our fine state fancy?

Well, pollsters from the college's research institute say that 75 percent of voters see Cuomo favorably, saying that "he's providing the leadership New York has lacked for too long." Still, they don't think he should have more money: 66-75 percent don't think that electeds or appointed officials should get raises.

Meanwhile, Obama is beating his top Republican competition Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by a wide margin. He has a 32 to 42-point lead over them.

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One in Five in South Carolina 'Kinda Somewhat Likely' to Vote for Stephen Colbert, Marist Poll Says

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You read that headline right. The Marist Poll came out with some stats today that say that nearly 20% of voters in South Carolina are "kinda somewhat likely" to vote for Stephen Colbert to be president of the United States.

Playing along with the political satire (or whatever we should be calling this) that is Colbert's push for the presidency, the folks at Marist decided to seek out information about voters' stance on Colbert in an unusual manner. Well, actually, Marist Poll got all its results through its standard methodology, they say, but decided to offer some rather uniquely-worded conclusions.


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Poll: More Than Half of New Yorkers Disapprove of Bloomberg's Handling of OWS

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A new Quinnipiac poll shows that fifty-one percent of New Yorkers disapprove of the way the mayor has handled Occupy Wall Street. Despite this, Bloomberg has a steady overall approval rating of 49 percent. Sixty-two percent like the man personally, and 52 percent approve of "most of his policies." Other factoids from the poll:

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Poll Shows That 56 Percent of Americans Don't Care About Occupy Wall Street

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A new Gallup/USA Today poll shows that 56 percent of nearly 1000 respondents neither agree nor disagree with Occupy Wall Street. Fifty-nine percent don't know enough about the movement to have an opinion on it. To top it all off, there's been an increase in disapproval from 20 to 31 percent. The poll was conducted over this past weekend.

This doesn't necessarily mean that all those people in the 59 percent group literally have no idea what Occupy Wall Street is, though that's surely a part of it.

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Park Slope Sex Survey Will Show the Kinkier Side to the Slope (That Means Train Sex)

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Our friends over at Fucked in Park Slope are busily compiling answers to their second annual sex survey. Having something of an interest in such things -- intellectually speaking, of course -- we were curious about what this year's results might tell us. We talked to the two contributors who created the survey, Meredith and Vee, to get an update on the state of sex in Park Slope (FYI: "People in Park Slope care about sex, or at least they want to know how often their neighbors are getting it on") and to get a little teaser, if you will, as to what we can expect when the official results come out next week.

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Americans to Electoral College: Drop Dead

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A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans want to get rid of the Electoral College. 62 percent of respondents say they would support a Constitutional amendment that would replace the president-making Rube Goldberg machine with a popular vote. For the first time since George W. Bush won the 2000 election because elderly people in Florida thought they were redeeming coupons for cantaloupe instead of voting, a majority of Republicans are in favor of scrapping the Electoral College as well. Full disclosure: This poll was conducted based on individuals' direct responses, not on a series of delegates elected to respond based on an agreement made at a convention held months prior.

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Do You Own a Kindle? 2% of People Don't Know If They Do

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Amazon's Kindle is such a popular product, some people don't even know if they own one. The above picture, via Cord Jefferson's Tumblr, is from a poll conducted by the Puget Sound Business Journal. They found that 41% of their savvy readers own Kindles while 57% do not. 2% of respondents, however, just aren't sure.

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