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Marist Poll Reveals NY Voters’ Great Unrest and Anger Against Albany

November 23, 2009

The Daily Politics blog recently reported what is likely obvious to those of you that have followed Albany politics for the past few months: New Yorkers are furious with Albany.

Why does this matter? The sheer number of voters displeased with Albany and convinced that Albany needs fundamental changes in order to function properly should send a message to the Brooklyn, city and statewide GOP: get ready for a potential shakeup.

In Brooklyn and New York City, such discontent could provide an extremely favorable atmosphere for statewide office-seekers hoping to unseat many local incumbents that are part of Albany’s problems.

Here’s the story:

Today’s Marist poll reveals something that should come as no surprise, but also should strike fear in the hearts of incumbents planning to see re-election next fall:

New Yorkers are not big fans of Albany.

Seventy-one percent of those polled said major changes are necessary at the state Capitol, while 11 percent don’t believe state government can be fixed at all.

“Albany is not a good place for politicians right now,” Marist pollster Lee Miringoff said. “Voters are dissatisfied with how things are being run and want change.”Gov. David Paterson’s approval rating is still in the basement, clocking in at 20 percent. But the Legislature isn’t faring any better.

Sixteen percent of voters said they think the Senate is doing a good job, while only 13 percent approve of what’s going on in the Assembly.

New Yorkers are divided over whether they would cast a ballot in favor of their hometown lawmakers, who usually fare well in these types of polls – no matter how much their constituents are disgusted with the legislative body writ large.

Just 44 percent said they would vote for their incumbent senator, while 42 percent would support someone else. Republicans want change more than Democrats, with 51 percent of GOP voters saying they would support a challenger. Forty-seven percent of independents agree.

In the Assembly, the split on incumbents versus challengers is 44-43. Again, Republicans and independents are more likely to vote against the status quo than Democrats, with 49 percent saying they’d like to throw the bums out.


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