By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- About a third of New Yorkers believe their own state senator or member of the Assembly could be arrested for corruption, and 81 percent overall believe the handcuffs will be coming out again for some legislator before too long, a new poll has found.
The Siena College poll released this morning, coming weeks after two downstate state lawmakers were busted in separate corruption cases, said voters believe federal prosecutors and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman -- not Gov. Andrew Cuomo or district attorneys -- would be best in trying to reduce corruption at the Capitol.
In all, 91 percent believe corruption in the Legislature is a serious problem. Still, voters are statistically split, given the poll's margin of error, with an ever-so-slight edge among voters who believe most lawmakers are "honest and law-abiding.''
As for Cuomo, his favorability and job approval ratings continue to slide. He has seen the percentage of voters wanting him to run again drop from 62 percent last December to 53 percent in the new poll; 52 percent of upstate voters want someone else to run for governor, the poll found. The percentage of voters who give him a negative job approval rating has risen from 38 percent in December to 47 percent today.
In a sign of growing problems for his 2014 campaign, which he is hoping will be stronger than his first race as a way of showing national Democrats he can be a player in the 2016 presidential race, 59 percent of upstate voters and 55 percent as self-described independent voters gave him a negative job approval rating in the new poll.