Siena poll finds majority of New Yorkers like key elements of new state budget
Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential a new Siena Research Institute poll found that less than a quarter of New Yorkers believe the new state budget is either excellent or good for state residents. At the same time, more than 70 percent agree that the key elements of the budget, such as the creation of a clean water infrastructure fund, additional aid to schools, the expansion of ride-hailing services and the free tuition plan, will make the state a better place to live. Approximately two-thirds of Democrats and New York City voters think raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 will make New York better; Republicans disagree with the change 53 to 43 percent. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump registered an increase in their favorability ratings in the poll. However, Trump remains in the negative column with most New Yorkers. He scored a 34 percent favorability rating and a 28 percent job performance rating among those polled. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.