New Yorkers aren't real happy about too much these days, according to the latest Siena College Research Institute poll, but they are willing to spend money on improving schools and the state's water infrastructure.
Only 22 percent of New Yorkers responding to the poll felt the new state budget was either excellent or good for the people of the state, but 71 percent of respondents agree that creating a $2.5 billion clean water infrastructure fund and increasing school aid will make New York better.
"While New Yorkers may not be keen on the total budget package — the first in Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo's tenure to be late by more than a week — they do like many of the headline items included in the budget," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said in a news release. "At least two-thirds of voters from every party and region think the $2.5 billion clean water infrastructure fund will make New York better."
Respondents also liked the idea of allowing ride-sharing services, and there was also plenty of support for making college tuition free at SUNY and CUNY for families making less than $125,000 a year.
As for President Donald Trump, New Yorkers gave him a slight bump in popularity from last month's poll. His favorability rating increased one percentage point from 34 to 33.
"Although two-thirds of Republicans have a favorable view of Trump, he is viewed unfavorably by 53 percent of independents and a whopping 81 percent of Democrats," Greenberg said.