Many New Yorkers Will Reelect Legislator Despite Dim View


Most New York voters have a dim view of their state legislators, but are inclined to reelect them anyway.

That's according to a Siena College poll released Monday morning. In the poll, voters also weighed in on the governor's race and Common Core.

The poll says 65 percent of voters say most  state legislators "do what’s best for them and their political friends and it never surprises me when another one gets indicted."

Only 28 percent say "most state legislators are honest, hardworking and do what’s best for their constituents."

Nearly half of voters are inclined to reelect their state senator, with 35 percent preferring someone else. They are inclined to reelect their assembly member by a narrower 41-37 percent margin.

Cuomo Has Major Lead

Fifteen weeks until Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds an enormous 37-point lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 60-23 percent.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it’s the same.

About two-thirds of voters, though, say New York is about the same or worse off than it was four years ago.

Stop Common Core

By a 49-39 percent margin, voters want to see implementation of the Common Core education standards stopped rather than continued.

Support for Common Core was strongest in New York City, among Democrats and with Cuomo supporters.

Support for ending Common Core is strongest among Republicans, upstaters, independents and Astorino supporters.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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