Siena Poll: Most New Yorkers Support Governor’s “State of State” Proposals


ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A new Siena College Poll released Tuesday indicates most New Yorkers approve of proposals made last week in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address.

For the poll, the Siena Research Institute surveyed registered voters.

Over two-thirds of respondents support proposals that reduce the corporate tax rate, enact an equal rights amendment in the state constitution and ban flavored vaping products.

January 8, 2020–Albany–Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his tenth State of the State Address in Albany Wednesday January 8, 2020. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability and job performance rating also improved slightly.

Siena Research Institute pollster Steve Greenberg links the improvement of the governor’s numbers to voter support for many of his newest proposals.

Greenberg explained the changes in Cuomo’s numbers. He said they were, “Up nine-points overall on his favorability rating. Up 15-points on his job performance rating since November, still underwater on the job performance rating.”

Despite that, “There’s no question that many of the proposals that the Governor came forward with back in his State of the State a couple of weeks ago are very popular with voters,” he said.

By contrast, Greenberg said a majority of people polled now disapprove of a new law that eliminates cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent felonies. It went into effect this month. That’s a change from last April, just after the measure was passed by the legislature.