Poll: People Don’t Like the Legislature. Really.

ALBANY—Quinnipiac University just released a poll with blistering results for the state legislature: 72 percent of voters surveyed disapprove of the job its doing, 76 percent said their government is dysfunctional, 46 percent says their state senator should be voted out of office and 60 percent say the offenses for which former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was convicted represent “business as usual.”

“It’s a polling cliché that voters don’t like the legislature but do like their legislator.   Even that seems to be fraying,” said Maurice Carroll, a spokesman for Quinnipiac. “A number of voters would keep their legislator, but a larger number think we ought to completely clean house.”

Quinnipiac asked voters if they supported same-sex marriage, and found 47 percent in favor and 46 percent against. That’s within the poll’s 2.4 percent margin of error.

“The defeat of same-sex marriage in the State Senate seems to have deflated some of the support among voters,” Carroll said.  “Young voters support it, while older voters oppose it, so it’s just a matter of time.”

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