Upstate NY Voters Think Ethics Reform Package Will Have No Real Effect


Cable/Siena College Upstate New York Poll

By 73-23% Upstate NY Voters Think Ethics Reform Package Will Have No Real Effect on Serious Problem of State Government Corruption
Upstaters Strongly Support Pension Forfeiture after Felony; Strongly Oppose Use of Campaign Funds for Legal Fees and State Legislature Pay Raise
Near Majority (49-40%) Say Gov did Right Thing on Ethics Deal to Get On Time Budget
Two-Thirds Disapprove Budget Negotiating Process Some Legislators Say Was Not In Best Interest of NYers

This Siena College Poll was conducted April 6-9, 2015 by telephone calls conducted in English to 737 Upstate New York residents. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest male in the household. It has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points including the design effects resulting from weighting. Sampling was conducted via a stratified dual frame probability sample provided by Survey Sampling International of landline and cell phone telephone numbers from within New York State weighted to reflect known population patterns. Data was statistically adjusted by age, region, and gender to ensure representativeness. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in NYS. SRI, an independent, non-partisan research institute, subscribes to the American Association of Public Opinion Research Code of Professional Ethics and Practices. For more information or comments, please call Dr. Don Levy, at 518-944-0482. Survey cross-tabulations can be found at