Monday, January 29, 2007

Siena Poll: Spitzer Riding High, Legislature Not So Much

Liz Benjamin Capitol Confidential

No surprise here at all.......Spitzer is doing exactly what he has promised to do...reform Albany...it may not be 100 percent of what some reform good governments want...but it is a welcome start..and the voters appreciate the effort....this poll just reflects this...andy

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a 75 percent favorable rating in a new Siena poll, with 49 percent of voters questioned saying he’s doing a good job and 19 percent rating his performance to date “fair” or “poor.”
“After nearly one month in office, voters’ honeymoon with the new Democratic governor remains strong,” said Steve Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena poll. “Even Republicans give him a better than three-to-one favorable rating and a better than two-to-one job performance rating. Not surprisingly, one-third of voters haven’t seen enough to have an opinion on how Sptizer is doing on the job, but they overwhelmingly have a favorable view of him.”
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, has a favorable/unfavorable rating of 17-36 with 47 percent saying they don’t know enough to have an opinion. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, didn’t fare much better: 20-37 with 43 percent saying they don’t know enough.
The Legislature as a whole continues not to fare well in the court of public opinion. Only 22 percent of voters say they think the Democrat-dominated Assembly is doing a good job, while 64 percent rated its performance as fair/poor. As for the Senate, it’s 27 percent answering “excellent” or “good” and 62 percent fair/poor.
One warning for Spitzer, however, when it comes to the 7th SD race: 56 percent of the voters polled said they oppose one-party control of the Legislature.
There’s also an ‘08 component of the poll:
In the Democratic field, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, gets the support of 58 percent of those polls; U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL, came in at 11 percent; former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, got 9 and no one else broke the 5 percent mark.
On the Republican side, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az, 47-20. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 9 percent, while two former governors (George Pataki and Mitt Romney) tied for fourth place at 5 percent.
The poll was conducted Jan. 24-25 with calls to 625 registered New York voters. It has a 3.9 percent margin of error."

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