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Most New Yorkers Embrassed by Spitzer & Weiner

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by sex scandals want to forget about them, according to a poll released Monday. 

The Siena College poll found that 68 percent of state voters and 62 percent of New York City voters are embarrassed by the national attention to the men's candidacies.

Sixteen percent of voters statewide say the attention is "no big deal." Just 8 percent find it entertaining.

Weiner is running for mayor and is dogged by a sexting scandal that drove him from Congress. Spitzer seeks a comeback as city comptroller. He resigned as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

The survey found that Weiner set a record for a Siena poll, but it's nothing to tweet home about.

Eighty percent of state voters gave him an unfavorable mark, including three-quarters of New York City voters, according to the poll. That 80 percent is the highest unfavorable rating the Siena College poll has registered. It's higher now than when Spitzer resigned as governor and higher than the worst marks for his successor, David Paterson, who nose-dived in the polls while issuing layoffs and cutting programs during a fiscal crisis.

Spitzer isn't doing much better. He is viewed unfavorably by 59 percent of registered voters statewide, including most New York City Democrats. Spitzer hit a 79 percent unfavorable rating shortly after he resigned while he was embroiled in the prostitution scandal.

The telephone poll questioned 814 registered voters in the state from Aug. 4-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The poll also found a spike in popularity for Gov. Andrew Cuomo after earlier slumps.
From Siena, Here's the Entire Poll Announcement.  

Two-thirds Say Spitzer/Weiner Attention is Embarrassing

Cuomo Reverses Trend with Poll Bounce; Seen As Effective Governor

NYers Strongly Favor Assembly Plan on Women

Majority of NYers Think Govs Moreland Commission Will Be Somewhat Effective 


Loudonville More than two-thirds of voters think the national attention being shined on New York by the political comeback attempts of New York City Comptroller candidate and former Governor Eliot Spitzer and New York City mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner is embarrassing, according to a new Siena College Poll of New York voters released today

Governor Andrew Cuomo has seen his favorability rating increase to its highest level since February, as well as increases in his job performance rating and the percentage of voters prepared to re-elect him. More than two thirds think he's been an effective governor, even as only 39 percent say he' improved the quality of life for New Yorkers and only one in three think he would make a good President.

By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters side with the Assembly's position on the Governor's an">s Women's Equality Initiative passing all ten proposals rather than the Senate's position of passing nine proposals, excluding the one on abortion While most voters have heard little or nothing about the Governor's new Moreland Commission, a majority believe it will be at least somewhat effective in rooting out corruption and restoring public trust.

Although 16 percent of New Yorkers think the national attention from the Weiner and Spitzer candidacies is "no big deal" and eight percent find it entertaining, 68 percent --including 62 percent of New York City voters -- say it's embarassing, "s aid Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. Spitzer is not viewed as unfavorably as he was right after he resigned as Governor, however, he's still viewed unfavorably by 59 percent of voters including a majority of Democrats and New York City voters.

While Spitzer's unfavorable rating is down from the 79 percent who viewed him unfavorably in the aftermath of his resignation, Weiner has set a new all-time Siena College Poll record with 80 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably, including three-quarters of Democrats and New York City voters compared to only 11percent who have a favorable view of America's

That said, a plurality of voters, 42 percent, says he's had little effect on the quality of life for most New Yorkers.

Thirty-nine percent of voters including a plurality of Democrats, New York City voters and those voters 55 years-old and older say his leadership has resulted in life improving for New Yorkers, while 16 percent say he made life worse in New York, Greenberg said. Only 34 percent say Cuomo would make a good President.

The Governor and the Legislature saw their grades for the just completed legislative session fall compared to the previous two years," Greenberg said. Cuomo's s grade fell to a C+, after two years of B-. Each house of the Legislature fell to low Cs. New York students had lower test scores this year.

What's the excuse for state officials?

By Two-to-one, New Yorkers Side with Assembly Over Senate on Women A majority, 58 percent, say they need more information about the Women Equality Act before they decide whether to support or oppose it but currently, supporters outnumber opponents 36-6 percent,Greenberg said.

When asked whether they preferred to see the Assembly version of the WEA passed with all 10 proposals or the Senate version with nine proposals including pay equity, sexual harassment, human trafficking, gender discrimination, and domestic violence, but not the abortion proposal by a 54-28 percent margin, voters said they would prefer to see the Assembly version passed.

By a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers would prefer to see the Assembly version of the Women Equality Act become law this year, not the Senate Greenberg said.
With the exception of Republicans and conservatives – a plurality of both groups support the Senate version – a majority or plurality of every other demographic group supports the Assembly version.

Most Don't Know Much About Gov’s Moreland Commission; Majority Say It Will Be Somewhat Effective

While less than one-third of voters say they heard or read a great deal or some about the Governor's Moreland Commission, a majority, 54 percent, say it will be at least somewhat effective in rooting out corruption in politics and government and restoring public trust,Greenberg said. Democrats believe this by a nearly two to one margin, independents are evenly divided and a majority or Republicans believe it will not be effective.

 Cuomo has some work to do to educate the public about his corruption-fighting panel. He, like the commission itself, will be judged by the results. And voters are looking for results as nearly three-quarters say state government is becoming more dysfunctional every day, while and only 20 percent say state government is working effectively for New Yorkers.

Plurality See State Headed on Right Track; Majority Say Country is Headed in Wrong Direction

By a 47-40 percent margin (from 48-42 percent in June) voters say New York is headed on the right track, while 54 percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction (down from 56 percent in May) compared to 37percent who say the country is on the right track (down from 41 percent).
Thanks to a majority of Democrats, New York City, minority and young voters, more New Yorkers think the state is headed on the right track than in the wrong direction, although a majority of Republicans and a plurality of upstaters and independents disagree, Greenberg said. While a bare majority of Democrats think the country is headed on the right track, an overwhelming majority of Republicans and independents believe the country is not

This Siena College Poll was conducted August 4-7, 2013 by telephone calls to 814 New York State registered voters. It has an overall margin of error of + 3.4 percentage points. Data was statistically adjusted by age, party, region and gender to ensure representativeness. Sampling was conducted via random digit dialing to landline and cell phones weighted to reflect known population patterns. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in New York State. SRI, an independent, non-partisan research institute, subscribes to the American Association of Public Opinion Research Code of Professional Ethics


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