continued “A majority of white voters oppose funding college classes for inmates but it enjoys support from three-quarters of Latino voters and more than 80 percent of black voters, as well as two-thirds of Jewish voters,” Greenberg said. “Younger voters strongly support it, while older voters are evenly divided.”
“Although a majority of Democrats supports the Dream Act in New York, a stronger majority of independents opposes it, as do more than 80 percent of Republicans. Similarly, a small majority of New York City voters supports it, a larger majority of downstate suburban voters opposes it and more than two-thirds of upstaters oppose it. A majority of Latino and black voters supports the Dream Act, while white voters oppose it two-to-one,” Greenberg said. “And although it passed the Assembly and narrowly failed in the Senate, support for the Dream Act is actually down from last year when opposition was only nine points higher than support. Now opposition is 17 points higher than support.”
Legislature vs. Legislator
The Assembly has a negative 39-46 percent favorability rating (up slightly from 37-49 percent last month). Voters view their own assembly member favorably 52-23 percent (virtually unchanged from 52-24 percent in May 2013).
The Senate’s favorability rating is negative 39-49 percent (up slightly from 37-51 percent last month), while voters favorably view their own senator 59-26 percent (virtually unchanged from 59-28 percent in May 2013).
“Voters don’t like the Legislature but they do like their own legislators. And while there is a clear difference in the partisan leadership of each house, that difference does not materialize in the way each house is viewed. Democrats have a slightly favorable view of both the Senate and the Assembly, while Republicans and independents have a decidedly more unfavorable view of both houses,” Greenberg said. “By a narrow 41-36 percent margin, voters say they are prepared to re-elect their assembly member and by a wider 48-36 percent margin they say they are prepared to re-elect their senator.”