The good folks at Quinnipiac University are out with the latest survey, and the top line is not surprising: nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers say that the state government is “broken and needs to be fixed.”
But there is hope. Nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers–and 46% of Republicans–are optimistic about Andrew Cuomo’s tenure in the Capitol, even if only 45 percent of voters think he will fix state government. And 57 percent of voters think he will not have a partner in reform in Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Says Quinnipiac Polling director Maurice Carroll, “New Yorkers agree with people who follow New York politics: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been the 800-pound gorilla in Albany for years. That means he’s ‘part of the problem,’ most voters think. About one-fifth think he’ll cooperate to straighten the place out.”
And voters favor the Cuomo/Ed Koch plan to have a nonpartisan redistricting commission, a plan that Chuck Schumer and Silver oppose. According to the survey, 69 percent of voters think the state legislature should not draw district lines.