JAMESTOWN – A new poll has found New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rate has increased, although support for new bail reforms passed by the state is dwindling.
The Siena College Poll found that at least 2/3 of voters are in support of 11 of the Governor’s State of the State proposals and nearly half of those surveyed are against the new bail reform law.
Specifically, 49 percent say the new law was bad for the state, 37 percent were in favor of it and 10 percent didn’t have an opinion.
Polling also found that 54% of registered voters in the state supported legalizing recreational marijuana.
The poll was conducted from January 11 through the 16th by telephone calls to 814 New York State registered voters.
The new bail reform law eliminates cash bail for most non-violent crimes.
Those in favor of the law say being accused of a crime doesn’t make you guilty and money should not determine whether or not you remain in jail.
But critics say not allowing a judge to consider bail prevents them from deciding whether or not an individual poses a threat to their community prior to release.
Some believe the law is putting the public at risk. Overall, the public opinion of Cuomo has turned from negative to favorable.
This past November, Cuomo’s favorability rating was 44 percent, but that has jumped up to 49 percent, with 45 percent in disapproval.
The Governor’s job performance rating also jumped from 35 percent in favor in November to 41 percent now.
Cuomo is scheduled to unveil his executive budget proposal at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The budget is due in April.