The Rural Patriot

August 31, 2006

New Poll Shows WNY’ers Dissatisfied With NYS Government

Filed under: New York State,Polls — theruralpatriot @ 11:00 am

The New York Matters project was sponsored by the Center for Government Research in Rochester, NY.

…(the) group wanted to sense the mood of taxpayers in an election year and commissioned the Marist Institute of Public Opinion to conduct the poll among an unusually large group of respondents.  She said the results clearly show a yearning for reform, even in prosperous areas like New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

 … the poll of 2942 residents statewide and 362 in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties found the westerners in a far surlier mood than their already fed-up neighbors.

Poll Results:

Quality of Life Worsened Over the Past Five Years:

WNY:  42% Yes
NYS:  27% Yes

Overall Job Performance of State Government

WNY:  11.4% Good to Excellent; 85% Only Fair to Poor; 3.6% Unsure
NYS:   25.5% Good to Excellent; 72.5% Only Fair to Poor; 2.1% Unsure

Keeping Taxes From Hurting Economic Growth:

WNY:  8.2% Good to Excellent; 87.2% Only Fair to Poor; 4.5% Unsure
NYS:   16.2% Good to Excellent; 79.7% Only Fair to Poor; 4.1% Unsure

Supporting New and Existing Businesses:

WNY:  8.2% Good to Excellent; 87.2% Only Fair to Poor; 3.9% Unsure
NYS:   16.2% Good to Excellent; 79.7% Only Fair to Poor; 4.9% Unsure

Promoting High Technology Jobs:
WNY:  15.8% Good to Excellent; 78.2% Only Fair to Poor; 6% Unsure
NYS:   27.7% Good to Excellent; 64.6% Only Fair to Poor; 7.8% Unsure

NY State Economy in the Past Five Years:
WNY:  3% Better; 69% Worse; 27.1% About the Same; .4% Unsure
NYS:  17.8% Better; 40.3 Worse; 40.9% About the Same; .9% Unsure

I am very curious to see how much the above sentiments will play out in the election booth this coming November.

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