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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Siena Survey Shows Decline in Governor Hochul’s Popularity


LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – New Siena College Poll Reveals Voter Sentiment on State Budget

A recent Siena College Poll has shed light on New York voters’ opinions regarding the state budget, with 38% believing it will have a positive impact, compared to 26% who think it will be negative.

The poll also highlighted the top five proposals that most voters support, including:

  • $1B for mental health services – with an overwhelming 80% in favor and only 9% against
  • Increasing the minimum wage – supported by 64% of voters, with 24% opposed
  • Giving judges more discretion to set bail – 59% in favor, 20% against
  • $100M to support abortion providers – 59% in favor, 27% against
  • Authorizing the state to penalize or close unlicensed cannabis businesses – 58% in favor, 26% against

However, opinions were more divided on new building electrification mandates (40-39%) and expanded film tax credits (38-36%).

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In addition to the budget, the poll also revealed a shift in sentiment towards Governor Kathy Hochul, with her favorability rating dipping into negative territory for the first time (40-45%). This marks a decrease from 43-43% in March.

While a majority of voters still view her as hardworking (58-20%), there are growing concerns about her effectiveness (39-39%).

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Furthermore, the poll found that the U.S. Supreme Court’s favorability has declined, with 37% of voters viewing it unfavorably, compared to 52% favorably.

These findings mark a significant shift from previous years, with the Court’s favorability at its highest in July 2012 at 63-30%. Interestingly, the poll also revealed a stark partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans viewing the Court favorably, while 65% of Democrats view it unfavorably. Most Independents also view the Court unfavorably (40-49%).

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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