A whopping 89 percent of New Yorkers believe corruption in state government is a serious problem, a new Siena College Poll reveals
"New Yorkers' confidence in state government in Albany hovers at historic low levels," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
"Nearly nine in ten voters say corruption is a serious problem in Albany, with more than half saying it's 'very' serious. Nearly two-thirds think corruption among state legislators from their area is a serious problem."
As well, The Empire State's Senate and Assembly are each viewed favorably by fewer than 40 percent of voters, Greenberg added.
The poll comes two months after former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of federal corruption charges, including honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering.
And about two weeks after Silver's conviction Dean Skelos, former majority leader of the New York Senate, and his son were found guilty of federal corruption charges.
New Yorkers, the Siena poll found, want the system changed to curb the wrongdoing.
"By a nearly two-to-one margin, 60-34 percent, voters support making legislators full time and banning outside employment," Greenberg said.
"A majority of voters from every party and region support making the Legislature full time and banning outside income, with support greatest in New York City."
"Even if the Legislature was full time — and all outside income banned — by a 55-42 percent margin, voters give thumbs down to a raise for legislators from their current $79,500 base pay. It's an issue Democrats, Republicans and independents agree on …"
The Siena College Poll of 805 New York State voters was conducted Jan. 24 to 28 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points.
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