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Cuomo receives record high job approval, but voters think Aqueduct plan stinks: Siena

Monday, January 16, 2012

Courtesy of the Governor's office.

Just when you thought Governor Andrew Cuomo couldn't get any more popular, a new Siena Research Institute polls shows he's done just that.

"At 73-20 percent, Cuomo's favorability rating is the best it has been since April, and his 62-37 percent job performance rating is by far the best it‟s ever been,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg in a statement.

To go along with the love affair voters appear to have with Cuomo, he's also managed to get a majority of New Yorkers--albeit a slim one at 51 percent--to believe Albany is considerably less dysfunctional in his first year in office.

Among the Governor's legislative agenda items from his State of the State speech earlier this month, the creation of an education reform commission received the most support with 82 percent of those polled saying they support the plan.

Only 53 percent of voters said they support the Vegas-style gambling legalization the Governor is in favor of having in New York.

The Governor's proposal to build the country's largest convention center adjacent to the Aqueduct racino in Queens received the most opposition from voters, with 57 percent saying the oppose the plan.

“At this point there is strong opposition to the Governor‟s proposal for a new convention center adjacent to the Aqueduct racetrack and racino," Greenberg said. "New York City voters are barely supportive, suburbanites are opposed and upstaters are strongly opposed. Clearly, the Governor has his work cut out for him to convince voters on that proposal.”

The poll was taken between January 8 and 12, and surveyed 805 New York State Registered Voters. It has a plus or minus of 3.5 percent.

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Poll: NYers Have Obama Beating Romney, All Republicans by at Least 25 Points

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.

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Occupy Wall Street: Killing it in the polls

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

While the media debates exactly what the month-long protest in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan means, voters throughout New York have made it clear they support Occupy Wall Street.

A new poll released this morning by Siena Research Institute follows up on a poll yesterday from Quinnipiac with similar results. In the Siena poll, 58 percent of respondents said the protesters "represent the 99 percent of people that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the remaining one percent."

The Quinnipiac results were even more favorable: fully two-thirds of those polled said they agreed with the views of the Wall Street protesters.

Interestingly, in both polls, even as a majority of self-declared Republicans disagree with the views of the protesters, at least 30 percent in each poll have a favorable view or agree with them.

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Cuomo, PEF reach tentative agreement

Monday, October 17, 2011

Governor Cuomo, left, with Lt. Governor Duffy (Courtesy of the Governor's office)

The Public Employees Federation's leadership and Governor Andrew Cuomo's office both announced over the weekend that they'd come to a tentative agreement to avoid layoffs--something 70 percent of New Yorkers support, according to a new Siena Research Institute Poll.

The new four-year (versus original five-year) contract would still freeze raises for three years, and would change how furlough days are reimbursed at the end of the contract.

“The changes we were able to obtain under this revised agreement address many of the concerns raised by our members," PEF President Ken Brynien said in a statement.
“If the agreement is approved by our executive board and ratified by the full membership the jobs of 3,496 members will be saved."

"The Administration has worked very hard with the PEF leadership to make modifications which the leadership believes will address the concerns of the membership." Governor Cuomo said in his own statement. He went on to not that the new contract hadn't changed the math on the state's side--"contract modifications are revenue neutral to the state"--nor the language that would allow the governor to enact layoffs in the future.

"I am confident that my Administration has been more than reasonable and fair, as CSEA's ratification demonstrates. Simply put, the fate of the members is in the union's hands. It's up to them," the governor said.

This should make the 70 percent of New Yorkers who wanted the governor to go back to the negotiating table happy, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.

“While a plurality of voters would like to see state workforce cuts if spending reductions are used to close next year’s state budget deficit, right now, the vast majority of voters do not want to see 3,500 state employees being handed their pink slips,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement.  “Advice to gov: keep speaking and hold back on the stick.”

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Poll: NYers Split on Re-Electing Obama, Still Prefer President to Republicans

Monday, September 26, 2011

In a new Siena Research Institute poll, 47 percent of registered voters in the state would re-elect Obama, and 47 percent would prefer to vote for 'someone else'. When that challenger is Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, however, the President has a double-digit lead.

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In Poll, New Yorkers Give Obama Worst Marks Ever, Want Giuliani in 2012 Race

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The president's job performance rating fell to a new low among New Yorkers in August, according to a recent Siena Poll. But the survey also showed that New Yorkers would still elect Barack Obama over any Republican hopeful.

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