ALBANY -– Like they told pollsters before the election, the burning issue for New Yorkers is job creation, a post-election poll out this morning has found.
A poll by the Siena College Research Institute found 48 percent of registered voters said the incoming governor, Andrew Cuomo, should focus on job creation as his top priority, followed by 31 percent who say it should be about keeping the upcoming budget in balance.
Down the list are two issues Cuomo has made his own priorities: establishing a property tax cap and adopting a new series of ethics laws to try to clean up the image of Albany. In the new Siena poll, only 9 percent statewide cited property taxes as the top priority while just 6 percent want the top issue to be ethics reform.
Cuomo’s favorability rating stands at 64 percent –- within the margin of error for the 62 percent of the vote the Democrat received in his gubernatorial run against Republican Carl Paladino. For the Buffalo businessman, his favorability rating has only gotten lower since the election two weeks ago, and 58 percent say he should not remain active in New York politics.
As for the State Senate –- whose control is up in the air with three contested seats facing possibly long recount processes -– 53 percent of voters believe the house should be evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats through some sort of power-sharing agreement.
-- Tom Precious