New Yorkers Say 2-1, Don’t Try Kids As Adults,

“Teenagers 16 and 17 years old who are accused of a crime should be treated as juveniles and not sent to adult prisons, New York State voters say 59 – 29 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans say 49 – 40 percent these teenagers should be charged as adults, but every other party, gender, educational, age, racial and regional group listed says they should be charged as minors, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.New York State voters also support 70 – 26 percent providing free tuition to in-state public colleges and universities for New York students whose family income is $125,000 or less. Again, Republicans oppose the measure 54 – 44 percent, while all other groups support it by wide margins. White voters with no college degree back the measure 61 – 34 percent.Satisfaction with life in New York hits a 15-year high as a total of 56 percent of voters are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the way things are going in the state, with 43 percent “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.” This is the highest satisfaction rate since a 62 – 37 percent rate in a September 26, 2002, Quinnipiac University poll.

Democrats are more than twice as satisfied as Republicans, with 76 percent very or somewhat satisfied, compared to 31 percent for Republicans.

Satisfaction is 63 percent among New York City voters, 60 percent among suburban voters and 48 percent among upstate voters.

“New Yorkers love their children. They don’t want to put them in prison with adults and they want to pay for college for low-income students,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Reformers often point out that it costs more to keep a kid in prison than it does to send him to Harvard, or in this case, SUNY Oneonta.”

“Except for Republicans and upstaters, New Yorkers seem more satisfied than they’ve been in a long while,” Carroll added. “It can’t be the election of President Donald Trump, because Democrats are much more satisfied than Republicans.”

Government Corruption

A total of 80 percent of New York State voters say government corruption in Albany is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem. Voters are divided on whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature will try to address the problem in 2017: 44 percent say they will and 43 percent say they won’t.

Gov. Cuomo is “part of the problem of ethics in government,” 43 percent of voters say, as 44 percent say he’s “part of the solution.”

Voters say 78 – 14 percent that elected state officials convicted of a felony should lose their pension.

“Corruption is an Albany problem, voters think, and they’re dubious about whether Gov. Andrew and the State Legislature will try to fix it,” Carroll said. “If an elected official is convicted, voters would punish their families by cancelling their pensions.” Millionaire’s Tax, Mayoral Control of the Schools

New York State voters support 56 – 25 percent extending the state’s “Millionaire’s Tax.” Republicans are divided, with 34 percent for extending the tax and 38 percent for ending it. All other listed groups support extending the tax.

There are deep party, regional and racial divisions as voters statewide support 45 – 39 percent continuing mayoral control of the New York City public schools. Opposition is 62 – 27 percent among Republicans and 43 – 36 percent among independent voters, with Democrats supporting mayoral control 59 – 28 percent.

New York City voters support mayoral control 61 – 31 percent. Suburban voters are divided with 43 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed. Upstate voters oppose mayoral control 47 – 31 percent. White voters are opposed 45 – 36 percent, with non-white voters in favor 62 – 28 percent.

From March 23 – 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,446 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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21. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York State today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?