WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A majority of registered voters in New York State think Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed ethics reform legislation would reduce corruption in government, but passing a budget on time remains the priority, a recent Siena College poll says.
Just over half (51 percent) of voters surveyed think legislation aimed at policing political corruption would improve conditions in Albany.
What's clear, is that voters feel that government corruption is a serious problem. An overwhelming 92 percent of voters surveyed saying dirty politics is a serious problem in the state, the Siena poll said.
While many voters believe cleaning up state politics is important, a larger majority (53 percent) said passing the state budget on time is more important, the poll said.
“More than nine in ten voters say corruption in state government is a serious problem, including 51 percent who say it’s very serious. And 60 percent say corruption among state legislators from their area is a serious problem, with 21 percent saying very serious,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “A majority of voters, including a majority of Democrats and downstaters, says the Governor’s proposed ethics reform will reduce corruption. However, majorities of Democrats, Republicans, independents, upstaters and downstaters say that passing an on time state budget is more important than passing Cuomo’s ethics plan if it means a late state budget. "
Cuomo still maintained a solid favorability rating in the latest poll, slipping just one point to 59 percent, but governor continues to struggle with a negative job rating at 44 percent.
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