Q Poll: 80 percent oppose legislative pay raise


Eight in 10 New York voters oppose the idea of a pay raise for state lawmakers, according to a poll released Thursday.

Just 16 percent support a legislative pay increase, the Quinnipiac University survey found.

While the opposition decreased when linking a raise with an increase in the state’s minimum wage or campaign-finance reform, it was still strong. Sixty-three percent of voters said combining a lawmaker raise with a law limiting the size of campaign donations was not a good idea, while 66 percent said pairing it with a minimum wage hike was also a bad idea.

The poll comes as several lawmakers and legislative leaders have said they have earned an increase in their $79,500 base salary, which has remained stagnant since 1999. But no lawmakers have publicly conceded that any pay raise talks have taken place.

“The talk in Albany says there’ll be a legislative pay raise voted in a special session after the election, but it doesn’t look like a popular idea,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

Among other findings:

  • New Yorkers remain split on the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. This month, 43 percent support the idea and 44 percent oppose it.
  • In a 55-36 percent split, state voters said Congress should not try to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law pushed for by President Barack Obama.

The poll was conducted between July 17 and 23, surveying 1,779 registered voters in New York. It holds a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

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  1. With a base salary of 79,500, our representatives are making decent salary. Plus they get stipends for committees they are on and reimbursement for travel at 165 dollars each day in albany. Their sessions run from Jan thru June each years, less than 80 work days for an excellen salary…oh..forgot to mention, NY State Retirement and health insurance.

    The rest of the year, campaigning under the guise of helping people, attending functions to be seen, etc.
    Many have other employment as well.
    In this difficult economic times..is not the time to ask for a raise.
    Be happy people elected them, giving them an opportunity to do good for the people of NY and get a good salary while doing it. Their pay is better than a teachers…teachers have to work 180 days !!!!!

  2. Smartporpoise on

    This is a PART-TIME job. In addition, every one of them parlays his political position into large private sector income.

  3. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    THE NEW DIMENSIONS OF INTELLIGENCE By Habib Hasan: Talking about “Pay Raises For Those Who Are Known as ( and Classified as Law Makers”…..

    FOR EXPLAINING THIS DILEMMA I AM CITING ACTUAL EXAMPLES FROM.THE ROCKLAND COUNTY. I am going to use Two Examples in this Comment based on FACT FIND that can be used in A Federal Court of Law. ( By the way, I AM very good at analysis! I AM an expert on the Subject! My accuracy in analysis is 99.9% of the time proved accurate! Past 25 Years, May be its A Gift from the Lord! Who gave me this Academy in My Brain that I can see clearly ….Further EVIDENCE OF THIS may be reflective to know that ( IN ROCKLAND COUNTY ) A Few Who are “almost” since a Few Decades Engaged in Polluting The United States of America and actually are vested interest a FEW ARE LAW MAKERS” almost a Decade Ago, I came closer in the Politics of This County and It’s Towns and Villages! I know almost every actor; here. And, WHAT IS A LIVING PROOF of My Accuracy of Facts and Honesty is that What I have found very interesting is ” many or a FEW Of these Law Makers” stay away from me! They know what I know!… But, the way they stay away is ” exceptional” … A FEW have even tried to intimidate me; ONE GUY was perhaps told by his Secret Society not to talk to me why?

    Here is Why: WHEN ONE IS A COUNCILMAN AND COUNCILPERSON and both are respectively EMPLOYED IN CAMP VENTURE OR HAVE PRIVATE NGOs; AND, The other ( belong to a Federation ) of Conflicts of Interest! …

    Having said that… Now! The questions of their Pay Raise! When, these People ( not to forget political parties controlled) NY ELECTION PROCESS are in broad day light minting Money with Both Hands and Abusing Their Power and Positions…WHY SHOULD really they need a raise in the First Place?

    The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN CHECK CAMP VENTURE ACTIVITIES and How they all benefit from there! It’s all there! …. Why! And, they point finger at Honest People!

    They know well! It didn’t work! May be they met a Right Guy at The Right Time,

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

  4. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    “The looting of America is alive and well in ROCKLAND County!…. This may be a Smallest County of New York State but its Corruption is the Biggest in The Country!

    What’s more worst and Pathetic is the FACT that the Corrupts Cover each other activities….! There is a pattern that’s so easy to trace that any Intelligence Agency can just join the dots by looking at any 5 People and Will be shocked upon their own finding the 5 can lead any investigation to 100!

    That’s simple! How connected these individuals are is exceptional! I have studied Cases in Intelligence Analysis around the Globe; but what I see being Practiced in ROCKLAND COUNTY NY I have never seen anywhere….

    Even, Iraq was less corrupt than this area!
    What America needs a lense of analog!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller