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Poll: New Yorkers want Democrats to work with Trump

ALBANY – Donald Trump received just 37 percent of the New York vote, but a strong majority of voters say the president-elect should be greeted by congressional Democrats with a spirit of collaboration rather than a wall of opposition to his policies, a new poll shows.

Sixty-five percent of respondents in a Siena College poll released Monday said Democrats in Washington need to work with Trump when he becomes president next month.

Self-identified liberals were alone among the subsets of respondents – broken out by everything from party to income level – coming in under 50 percent who said collaboration should be the guide for Democrats in the Senate and House with Trump. Only 43 percent of them felt that way.

Hillary Clinton won the state with 58 percent of the vote, but most New Yorkers believe Trump will be good for New York state, strong on anti-terrorism measures and improve the nation’s infrastructure. Just over half of voters, though, believe he is not likely to establish a spirit of bipartisanship in Washington, the poll found.

New York, on the whole, is evenly split about their optimism for the country’s future under a Trump administration. Broken down, though, 54 percent of upstate is optimistic while 45 percent of voters from New York City share that view. Fifty-four percent of female voters feel pessimistic, while 41 percent of male voters say they feel that way about a Trump presidency.

New York is a true blue state: registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by two-to-one. Asked if Trump will be good for New York, just 27 percent of Democrats said yes, compared with 83 percent of Republican respondents, Siena found.

Trump scored well with most New Yorkers on his ability to protect America from terrorist attacks and create more jobs. Just under half of respondents said they don’t believe Trump will appoint Supreme Court justices “that appropriately interpret the Constitution while protecting the rights of all Americans.’’ Respondents were about split on the likelihood Trump will be able to cut health care costs while enhancing access to care.

Victory apparently helps with popularity, too. Trump was viewed favorably by 41 percent of New Yorkers, his highest level since Siena began polling Trump’s name earlier this year. It had stood as low as 24 percent in August. Still, 53 percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable opinion of Trump. In August, that negative view was held by 72 percent of New Yorkers.

Among New York politicians, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who just won re-election and will be the Senate minority leader in January, has the highest – at 67 percent – favorability rating. Gov. Andrew Cuomo received a 56 percent favorability rating, though 54 percent give him a negative score when it comes to his job performance.

Forty-seven percent said they think, if things stand as is, they would vote for Cuomo again in two years; 44 percent said they will vote for “someone else.’’

The poll of 807 registered voters was taken Nov. 27 through December 1, and has an overall margin of error of 3.8 percent.


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