Poll Finds New Yorkers Mad About Budget

ALBANY—Three out of five New Yorkers surveyed for a new poll don’t approve of the $131.8 billion budget enacted last week by state lawmakers.

“Nobody likes it, Republicans least of all,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which surveyed 1,528 registered voters. “‘Necessary’ or ‘wasteful,’ we asked of the budget. ‘Wasteful’ leads.”

The poll also found that 36 percent of those surveyed disapprove of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the budget, compared to 28 percent who approved and 36 percent who didn’t know. Silver was acknowledged by many as the strongest player in the budget process this year.

The poll also found 41 percent of New Yorkers favor same-sex marriage, and another 33 percent favor civil unions.