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Siena Poll: Voters Want Gov.'s Budget

Monday, March 28, 2011

Siena College Poll:
If Budget Is Late, Voters Want Gov. Budget Over State Shutdown
Voters Continue to Like, Trust Cuomo Far More than Legislature
Millionaires Tax and LIFO Reform Strongly Supported; Voters Support More $ for Education, Property Tax Cap & Rent Regulations in Budget
Ethics Can Wait Till After Budget; Only 55% Say Most Legislators Are “Honest”

If the state budget is not passed on time, voters, by a large 67-27 percent margin, would rather see the Legislature pass an emergency appropriation bill from the Governor – even if it contains his proposed budget and cannot be amended by the Legislature – rather than see the Legislature not pass it, shutting down state government, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll of registered voters released today.
Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to receive a very strong favorability rating and a positive job performance rating from voters, although both are down from Siena’s February poll.  Each house of the Legislature continues to be viewed unfavorably by nearly twice as many voters as view them favorably, while the leaders of the two houses both get overwhelmingly negative ratings for their efforts to enact a new state budget.  Nearly three-quarters of voters say they most trust Cuomo on the budget, compared to seven percent for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and five percent for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Voters strongly support including a millionaires tax in the new budget, as well as strongly support including a property tax cap and the extension and expansion of rent regulation legislation in the budget. A small majority of voters support the Governor’s proposed cap on pain and suffering awards in malpractice suits.  Less than one-quarter of voters wants to see the Governor’s proposed school district cuts enacted as is, while half would like to see an even larger restoration than the Legislature has publicly proposed.  By a nearly four-to-one margin, voters want to see teacher evaluation replace seniority if teacher layoffs are required.
About one-third of voters say ethics reform should be the top priority but a majority, 61 percent, say it can wait till after the budget. And while 55 percent of voters say most state legislators are “honest,” 42 percent say that most are “corrupt.”  Nearly three-quarters of voters say they are concerned about the safety of New York’s nuclear power plants and a majority opposes building new nuclear power plants in the state. Full release.


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