Siena vote: Changed bail law will not help crime

LOUDONVILLE, NY (WTEN) – Recent amendments to the 2019 Bail Reform Act garnered strong support from voters, including strong majorities from all parties, regions, races and genders in the state of New York. However, 38% say the amended bail law will have no effect on the crime rate, compared to 32% who say it will lower the rate and 16% who say it will increase it, according to a new poll from Siena College published Monday morning.

Voters overwhelmingly support the state suspending its gas tax of 16 cents per tonne. gallon through December, 73-16%. They reject, 63-24%, that the state is contributing $ 600 million to a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Voters approve $ 4.2 billion in environmental bonds law on the ballot, 52-24%, legalize the sale of to-go alcohol, 50-38%, and move forward at three casinos in the New York City area, 46- 35%.

Suspension of gas tax? Store Yes. Bills Stadium? Big no. Yes to Bond Act, To-Go Drinks, NYC casinos

Governor Kathy Hochul’s favorable rating, which came in at 44-24%, is largely unchanged from 45-35% in March. Her overall job performance rating is negative 36-57%, down from 43-53% in March. On five specific job performance assessments, between 54% and 69% give her a negative assessment, including 69% on crime and 63% on financial issues. These two issues were by far the top ones mentioned by voters as the most important for them when deciding which gubernatorial candidate they should support in November.

Voters say the state is generally heading in the wrong direction, 52-36%, up 49-40% in March. They say the country is also heading in the wrong direction, 57-34%.

When asked about expectations for their household finances when the pandemic is no longer a threat, a small majority, 42%, expect to be in a similar economic situation as before the pandemic, while 36% say the pandemic has seriously damaged their financial position. Just under a fifth believe they will emerge financially stronger from the pandemic.

This poll from Siena College was conducted 18-21. April 2022 among 806 registered voters in New York State with 506 voters contacted via a dual-frame mode (landline and cell phone) and 300 responses retrieved from a proprietary online panel (Lucid) of New Yorkers. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest person in the household.

Telephone sampling was performed via a stratified double-frame probability test of landline (ASDE) and cell phone (Dynata) telephone numbers in the state of New York weighted to reflect known population patterns. Data from both collection methods (telephone and web) were pooled and statistically adjusted by age, party by region, race / ethnicity, education, and gender to ensure representativeness.

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