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Poll indicates voters not convinced 2016 ethics reforms will work

Jun 30, 2016 6:30 am

Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential voters are not optimistic that recent ethics reforms passed by the state Legislature will stop corruption in state government. This according to a new Siena College poll released Thu., Jun. 30. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed do not believe the reforms passed at the end of the session, including pension forfeiture for convicted elected officials and campaign finance reforms, will stop official misconduct in Albany. At the same time, voters are confident about re-electing their state lawmakers. Forty-eight percent said they would re-elect their state senator, while 42 percent said they would re-elect their current Assembly member. Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said, “Voters give legislators bad grades but as yet they’re not preparing to ‘throw the bums out.'” As for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 46 percent of voters said they would re-elect him, while 48 percent said they would prefer to elect someone else. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.