Polls: GOP and Independent Voters Want to Oust Incumbents

Half of New York voter want every state senator–including their own–removed from office, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this morning. Slightly fewer voters, 48 percent, said the same thing about the Assembly and their own Assembly member.

Here’s the breakdown:

50 – 39 percent: remove every State Senator, including your own.
57 – 30 percent among Republican voters.
59 – 32 percent among Independent voters.

Democrats though, wanted to keep their State Senator, by a margin of 51 – 38 percent.

48 – 35 percent: remove every every state Assembly member, including your own.
53 – 28 percent among Republican voters.
57 – 31 percent among Independent voters.

Democrats also wanted to keep their Assembly member, 45 – 38 percent.

The obesity tax was opposed by voters, 66 – 31 percent, but after being told the money would go to health care, the split was nearly even: 49 percent opposes, 48 percent approved.

That kind of evening-out is common when people are told two kinds of questions: ‘Do you support a tax on X?’, and later, ‘Do you support a tax on X, if it pays for good program Y?’. (It happened with congestion pricing too.) People usually oppose putting taxes where none exists, but opposition drops if the money is earmarked for something worthwhile.

Polls: GOP and Independent Voters Want to Oust Incumbents