Crime, economy top issues for NY voters
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics the top concerns of most New York voters are crime and the economy, from government spending to taxes, inflation and honesty in government, a Siena College poll released April 25, found. Poll respondents were supportive of the changes made by lawmakers and the governor to the state bail law that expanded the circumstances under which cash bail will be required. While voters backed those changes, they were mixed on whether the changes would help reduce crime. Voters also gave Gov. Kathy Hochul low marks on various issues, including her pledge to restore trust in government and provide effective leadership while also rejecting her push for state funding for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Respondents support the suspension of the gasoline tax, by a margin of 73 to 16 percent. They are also supportive of takeout alcohol sales, 50 to 38 percent. And the poll found support for a $4.2 billion bond act for shoring up environmental infrastructure, 52 to 24 percent. But 63 percent of voters oppose spending $600 million in state taxpayer money to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills in western New York; only 24 percent support it. Hochul's own favorability rating has not changed since March: 44 percent of voters hold a favorable view of her; 34 percent do not. And she remains better known than her rivals in the gubernatorial race. The survey of 806 registered voters was conducted from April 18 to 21. Read more at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.