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Siena College poll indicates support for $15 minimum wage in New York State

New Yorkers support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to a new Siena College poll released Thursday.

Results were 59 percent in favor to 38 percent opposed, in a poll conducted in English to 817 registered voters between Sept. 14 and 17.

“There is strong overall support from voters for the governor’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “However, there are wide partisan and geographic differences.”

More than three-quarters of Democrats support the increase, while nearly two-thirds of Republicans oppose it, Greenberg said; independents oppose it, 52 percent to 45 percent.

Further, while nearly three-quarters of voters polled in New York City support the increase, along with 56 percent of downstate suburbanites, upstate voters are nearly evenly divided, Greenberg said.

Women are more supportive of the increase than men, Greenberg continued. People who earn less than $50,000 annually overwhelmingly support it, while those paid more than $100,000 are closely divided.

On other issues, just one in five voters polled think the implementation of Common Core learning standards has improved public schools; 64 percent said it either had no meaningful effect on public education or has worsened it.

Meanwhile, the governor’s standing with voters has changed little since Siena’s July poll. Cuomo’s personal favorability and job performance ratings are nearly identical, Greenberg reported.

The poll’s overall margin of error is 4 percentage points.