Siena Poll: Most New Yorkers, Including Upstaters, Support Several of Cuomo’s State of the State Proposals

Siena Poll: Most New Yorkers, including upstaters, support several of Cuomo’s State of the State proposals

Auburn Citizen

January 21, 2014

Democrat or Republican. Liberal or conservative. New York City resident or upstater. It doesn’t matter who you ask. Most voters back some of the key proposals outlined in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State, according to a new poll released Monday by the Siena Research Institute.

Two of Cuomo’s proposed initiatives received support from more than 80 percent of voters — 80 percent support making universal pre-kindergarten available statewide and 82 percent are in favor of doubling the penalty for drivers under 21 who are convicted of texting while driving.

Universal pre-k is one of the most notable proposals in Cuomo’s State of the State. A vast majority of Democrats — 90 percent — support the idea, along with 61 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of independents. Along ideological lines, 93 percent of liberals, 80 percents of moderates and 66 percent of conservatives support Cuomo’s call to make universal pre-k available throughout New York.

Other proposals the governor outlined in his annual address received support from at least 75 percent of New York voters surveyed, according to Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.

“Several Cuomo State of the State proposals are supported by more than three-quarters of voters: increasing penalties on young drivers who text while driving, revoking drivers’ licenses for three DWI convictions, instituting universal pre-K and approving a $2 billion education technology bond act,” Greenberg said. “Support remains strong for public campaign financing, as it has for a year, with nearly two-thirds support.”

Here’s a breakdown of the proposals and the results from the Siena poll:

– Doubling the penalty for drivers under 21 convicted of texting while driving so that they lose their license for one year: 82 percent support, 18 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 80 percent support, 19 percent oppose

– Making universal pre-K available for all children in New York: 80 percent support, 17 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 80 percent support, 18 percent oppose

– Revoking drivers’ licenses permanently for anyone convicted of three DWI’s in their lifetime: 79 percent support, 19 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 80 percent support, 18 percent oppose

– Approving a $2 billion bond act to help all school districts bring technology into classrooms: 77 percent support, 21 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 74 percent support, 23 percent oppose

– Lowering the top rate on New York’s estate tax from 16 to 10 percent over the next three years: 77 percent support, 16 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 77 percent support, 14 percent oppose

– Instituting a property tax “circuit breaker” that would provide up to $1 billion of property tax relief for low and middle income taxpayers: 77 percent support, 16 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 78 percent support, 14 percent oppose

– Targeting $160 million of tax relief to manufacturing businesses, particularly those upstate: 74 percent support, 21 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 82 percent support, 15 percent oppose

– Freezing property taxes for residents if locality stays within the current property tax cap for one year and takes concrete steps to share services with neighboring communities to cut costs: 73 percent support, 16 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 75 percent support, 17 percent oppose

– Providing a refundable personal income tax credit for renters with incomes below $100,000: 65 percent support, 30 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 54 percent support, 41 percent oppose

– Creating a system of public campaign financing limiting the size of political contributions to candidates; use state money to match smaller contributions to candidates for state offices: 64 percent support, 30 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 62 percent support, 32 percent oppose

– Taking management control of construction at JFK and LaGuardia airports away from the Port Authority, putting the state in charge of modernizing and upgrading the airports: 49 percent support, 38 percent oppose

  • Upstate: 39 percent support, 44 percent oppose
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