Poll: New Yorkers doubt future of the American republic
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) - In a new poll, Siena College recently asked New York voters an existential question: Do they think it likely that the United States will still be a democratic republic in 2030?
Hochul's popularity and agenda items
The latest Siena poll also identified which of Gov. Kathy Hochul's agenda items are most popular among New York voters. Her plan to expand job training programs for people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated had strong support across the political spectrum. Among respondents, 89% of Democrats, 63% of Republicans, and 76% of independent voters said it was a good idea. "I think people recognize that society is better if people in prison, coming out of prison, have the skills necessary to get jobs to support themselves and their families, that that's good for society as a whole," Greenberg said. According to the poll released on Monday, Hochul's proposal to allocate $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for health care workers also has broad bipartisan support, as does her plan to impose two-term limits for governor, state comptroller and attorney general. The latest poll has Hochul leading her potential opponents in this year's Democratic primary for governor by 30 points. Hochul has the support of 46% of Democrats. That's up 10% from last month, before Attorney General Leticia James dropped out of the race. Far behind in second place, with 12% support, was former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the race on Monday, followed by public advocate Jumaane Williams (11%), and Rep. Tom Suozzi (6%). Twenty-four percent of those who answered the poll were either unsure of their choice or named another candidate.