New York voters are overwhelmingly in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage while at the same time supportive of Senate Republicans’ plan small business tax cuts and credits, according to a new poll from the Siena Research Institute.
The poll found 78 percent of New York voters — including 88 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans — support increasing the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It’s currently $7.25, the federal rate.
When posed with a question on a proposal from the Senate GOP to offer $200 million in tax incentives for small businesses, voters were also supportive. Sixty-five percent were in favor of the plan, with 13 percent opposed. (The GOP plan was first put forth during the state budget process; the conference is expected to put out an updated plan in the coming weeks.)
The survey also had some interesting notes on the race for control of the state Senate, though there’s a bit of an anomaly. Forty-seven percent said they favor will likely support their incumbent state senator for re-election. At the same time, 56 percent said they would like to see Democrats win control of the state Senate.
Republicans currently hold a 32-29 majority in the Senate, with one seat vacant. Democrats hold roughly a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage statewide.
UPDATE: And we have dueling statements from the two main Senate conferences.
From Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif:
“Despite the fact that New York is a blue state, the Siena poll shows New Yorkers are pleased with the bipartisan results Senate Republicans have delivered. Working with the Governor, Senate Republicans have successfully controlled spending and taxes, and laid the groundwork for the creation of thousands of good jobs. We’re confident that when voters are reminded Democrats raised taxes and spending by $14 billion, and brought dysfunction and disgrace to the New York State Senate in their two disastrous years in the majority, they’ll vote overwhelmingly to keep Republicans in charge.”
From Senate Democrat spokesman Mike Murphy:
“Today’s Siena Poll confirms that, by a nearly 20% margin, New Yorkers believe that Senate Democrats better represent their values. Whether it is raising the minimum wage, protecting women’s health or standing up for the environment New Yorkers agree with the Senate Democrats’ agenda and prefer that the Senate returns to Democratic control this November.”
The poll was held via phone from May 6 through 10, with 766 New York voters participating. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.
Here’s the crosstabs from today’s poll, courtesy of Siena: