10:14 am Jun. 11, 20122
A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday morning finds support for Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legalization of medical marijuana, a minimum-wage hike and the re-election of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand remains strong.
When pollsters asked 807 registered voters whether they had "a favorable or unfavorable opinion" of Cuomo, 70 percent said favorable and 24 percent said unfavorable. He was popular among Democrats (76 percent) and Republicans (65 percent).
The governor's approval ratings hit a high of 77 percent last February and have stayed around the 70-percent mark since then.
His job-approval ratings also remain steady, with 16 percent saying he's doing an "excellent" job, 44 percent "good," 31 percent "fair," and 9 percent "poor." Last month it was 14 percent "excellent," 42 percent "good," 33 percent "fair," and 10 percent "poor."
The survey was conducted between June 3 and 6.
On June 4, both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported that the gambling industry had made millions in contributions to a non-profit that lobbies on the governor's behalf. Around the same time, the governor forcefully endorsed the expansion of casino gambling in New York State. The next month, he included a gambling industry proposal to build a convention center in Queens in his State of the State address.
Medical marijuana remains popular: Sixty-one percent support its legalization, compared to 57 percent last month.
So, too, does a higher minimum wage: A majority of Democrats (88 percent) and Republicans (63 percent) support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50.
Cuomo recently said minimum wage isn't going to happen this term.
Meanwhile, the poll indicates that Gillibrand still enjoys a large popular advantage over the Republicans vying to replace her in the Senate.
Fifty percent of respondents had a favorable view of the junior senator, compared to 9 percent for George Maragos and Wendy Long and 16 percent for Bob Turner.
Turner saw reason for optimism.
"We're very pleased with the results of today's Siena College poll that continues to show Congressman Turner as the favored candidate to win the Republican Primary," he said, in a statement. "With just two weeks until the election, Rep. Turner is consistently gaining support among key constituencies, including women, Conservatives, Jewish and young voters."
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