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Poll: New York voters support Obamacare, favor Gov. Cuomo


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A new poll conducted by Siena College found that the majority of voters in New York state want to see the Affordable Care Act implemented, and still favor Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The poll of registered voters found that 53 percent want to see Obamacare fully implemented and 37 percent want to see it repealed. “Overall, a plurality of New Yorkers agree with the Supreme Court’s decision that Obamacare is constitutional and a majority want to now see the law fully implemented rather than repealed,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.  “There is, however, a huge partisan difference as 76 percent of Democrats want to see the law implemented and 75 percent of Republicans want it repealed.  Independent voters are nearly evenly divided with 44 percent for implementation and 47 percent for repeal.” In New York City, voters favor implementation by better than two-to one, he added.

The poll also measured New York state voters’ favorability towards its politicians. Governor Cuomo has a 69-22 percent favorability rating, which has remained fairly unchanged for the last year.

The State Assembly did not receive as much praise. It was viewed favorably by 42 percent of voters. But it still fared better than the U.S. Congress, which had a 27-67 percent favorability rating. This disapproval was equally shared by Republicans and Democrats.

Though more Republicans support Wendy Long, the Republican candidate in November’s U.S. Senate race, 30 percent of Republicans plan on voting for the incumbent, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. The poll found that Gillibrand has a 49-24 percent favorability rating.

In the Presidential race, the poll showed that President Obama has a 59-38 percent favorability rating among New York voters. “Obama has slightly increased his lead over Romney from last month and now has a 27-point lead, 61-34 percent, up from 24 points last month,” Greenberg said.  Obama leads Romney by 77 points among Democrats, he trails by 57 points among Republicans and leads by 13 points among independent voters.”