Cuomo’s tuition proposal, raise the age remain popular among N.Y. voters, new poll finds

“ALBANY — A number of items being discussed during the state budget negotiations remain popular among New York voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Respondents backed proposals such as subsidized tuition at SUNY and CUNY (70 percent to 26 percent), raising the age of criminal responsibility (59 percent to 29 percent) and an extension of the millionaires tax (56 percent to 25 percent) by solid margins.

This generally mirrors the findings by several recent Siena College polls, which have also found strong support for a number of items in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget.

A Siena survey conducted a few days before the Quinnipiac poll one found that the tuition proposal polled 10 points lower (Siena included an estimated $163 million price tag in its question, while Quinnipiac did not). Siena also had the millionaires tax at 24 points higher; its questioners provided more detail about the specific rates and income levels that would be impacted.

Here’s a breakdown of how several issues have recently fared among the two pollsters:

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Quinnipiac also polled on a couple of issues that have not been a part of serious budget negotiations.

Voters supported an extension of mayoral control over New York City’s public schools by a 45 percent to 39 percent margin. City voters backed mayoral control, 61 percent to 31 percent margin but the issue was less popular upstate (31 percent in support versus 47 percent opposed) and in the New York City suburbs (43 percent in favor compared to 39 percent opposed), where Mayor Bill de Blasio is particularly unpopular.

Voters also backed the idea of elected officials who are convicted of felonies being required to forfeit their pensions by a resounding 78 percent to 14 percent margin. A constitutional amendment dealing with this topicwill appear on the ballot in November.

View Quinnipiac’s crosstabs here.

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