New Poll: New Yorkers Support Campaign Finance Reform

Siena Poll: New Yorkers support campaign finance, election reforms

The Citizen

Robert Harding

January 17, 2012

A new poll released Thursday found New Yorkers support establishing an early voting system and other election reforms, according to the Siena Research Institute.

Two-thirds of New Yorkers — 67 percent — said they support the creation of an early voting system in New York.

In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed an early voting system that would last at least one week before Election Day. The poll found most Democrats (76 percent) support it, but Republicans are divided. Forty-eight percent of Republicans oppose an early voting system, while 46 percent support it.

A majority of New Yorkers also support setting up a system to allow public financing of elections. Nearly 60 percent of voters support implementing such a system, while 36 percent oppose it. Much like the early voting proposal, most Democrats support it (69 percent) but less than half of Republicans back the concept.

One of Cuomo’s proposals both sides agree on is requiring all political contributions of more than $500 to be publicly disclosed within 48 hours. Of the voters surveyed, 79 percent said they support “Disclose NY.” (That’s what Cuomo called it in his State of the State.) Most Democrats (79 percent) and Republicans (77 percent) support the proposed requirement.

Check out pages 5 and 6 of the crosstabs for the full breakdown on these topics.

Siena Research Institute Poll Crosstabs: Jan. 17, 2013

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