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Poll: Not many popular options for trimming state budget

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 09:43 AM

Freezing wages and capping property taxes are the only budget-cutting solutions that are overwhelmingly popular with New York State voters, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University.

But the survey also found cuts to two of the most expensive programs in the budget - education and Medicaid - resoundingly unpopular.

Quinnipiac:

82-13 support capping property taxes
75-20 support a wage freeze for state workers
52-30 support furloughs of state workers
47-45 oppose layoffs of state workers
55-38 oppose reducing pension benefits for state workers
69-28 oppose cutting Medicaid funding
79-18 oppose cutting aid to public schools

All of this underscores the heavy lift facing Cuomo when he presents his budget to legislators next week.

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