Paul Ryan pick provides no boost for Romney in NY

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Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket did little to boost his chances in heavily Democratic New York, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

President Barack Obama, a Democrat, held a 29-point lead in the latest Siena College survey, virtually unchanged from the previous month. Sixty-two percent of New York voters back Obama, compared to 33 percent for Romney and 5 percent undecided.

“Romney did not help his case with New York likely voters by selecting Ryan,” Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said in a statement.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, tapped Ryan as his pick for vice president earlier this month. A congressman from Wisconsin, Ryan is known for his austere budget plan and proposed Medicare reforms.

Just 16 percent of New York voters said the selection would make them more likely to vote for the Republican ticket. Twenty-one percent said they would be less likely to vote for the GOP, and 62 percent said it had no effect.

Meanwhile, voters’ views on New York issues remained largely unchanged, according to the survey.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating remained sky high, with 71 percent of New York voters having a favorable view of the first-term Democrat. It was 69 percent last month.

The poll showed significant support for increasing the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25, with 80 percent of those surveyed signaling their support. When it comes to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, they were split, with 39 percent in support and 38 percent opposed.

“Hydrofracking remains a divisive issue for New Yorkers and presents (Department of Environmental Conservation) and the governor with a political ‘lose-lose,’” Greenberg said. “Whatever decision they make is going to upset as many people as it pleases.”

The telephone poll was conducted between August 14 and 19, with 671 registered voters surveyed. It contains a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

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