Five interesting things from Siena's poll, starting with this: NYers like the IDC-GOP Senate

David J. Valesky

April 30, 2014

By Teri Weaver |

on April 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM, updated April 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The April poll from Siena College covered a range of political topics, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job performance to his decision to dismantle an anti-corruption investigatory panel.

Here's a look at five more things voters said in the poll:

GOP+IDC = So far, so good

A large majority of voters wants to see a coalition of Democrats and Republicans continue to control the New York State Senate next year, according to a poll of registered voters out this morning.

By the numbers: 16 percent want a GOP-controlled Senate, 22 percent want a Democratic-controlled Senate. And 58 percent like the Goldilocks option - the current coalition of Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference. Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, is a founding member of the IDC.

Can you say their names again?

Few voters know who their attorney general and state comptroller are. For the record, it's Eric Schneiderman (53 percent of those polled had no opinion of the AG) and Thomas DiNapoli (54 percent with no opinion of the comptroller). Both are Democrats, and both are running for re-election this year.

Fuzzy Common Core math

More than half of those polled - 55 percent - say they aren't confident that the Common Core will prepare students for college and careers. More than one-third of those polled, however, say the tests are too demanding.

Doesn't look good from here

Only 22 percent of those polled think New York is in good or excellent fiscal shape. Among Upstate voters polled? Just 16 percent rank the state's fiscal status as good or excellent.

Rob who?

Two-thirds of voters still have no opinion on or no idea who Rob Astorino is. Astorino is the Republican challenging Cuomo this fall.

The survey polled 772 registered voters from April 12 to 17. It has an overall margin of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.