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Complete April 18th, 2012 NYS NY1-YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables

Complete April 18th, 2012 NYS NY1-YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables

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Marist College Institute for Public Opinion
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone 845.575.5050
NY1/YNN-Marist Poll
Guarded Optimism about NYS Economy Remains
*** Complete Tables for Poll Appended ***
EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
 Contact: Lee M. MiringoffBarbara L. CarvalhoMary E. Azzoli
Marist College
This NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Reports:
Has the New York State economy turned the economic corner? A slim majority of registeredvoters in New York -- 51% -- believe the worst of the state’s economic conditions are over.44% say the worst is still to come, and 5% are unsure.There has been little change on this question since NY1/YNN-Marist’s January survey when52% of voters reported the worst of New York’s tough economic times were behind us, 44%thought there was more bad economic news ahead, and 5% were unsure.“Although New Yorkers are somewhat optimistic about the economy, their faith in therecovery remains fragile,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institutefor Public Opinion.When it comes to the state of New York’s economy, a plurality of voters report it’s steady.Nearly half -- 49% -- believe the economy is about the same as it has been. More than onein four -- 27% -- says it is getting better while 23% think it is getting worse.Here, too, similar proportions shared these views in January. At that time, the sameproportion -- 49% -- said the New York economy was status quo, 26% reported it wasimproving, and 25% believed it was getting worse.Is New York in a recession? About two-thirds of voters -- 67% -- think so while 30% believethe recession is over. Three percent are unsure.When NY1/YNN-Marist last reported this question in January, 72% of voters believed NewYork to be in a recession while 26% did not. Three percent, at the time, were unsure.
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Steady State for Family Finances, Says Majority
When it comes to their personal family finances, a majority of New York State voters expectlittle change in the next year. 53% believe their personal financial picture will remain aboutthe same while 31% think it will get better. 16% report it will get worse.These proportions are little changed from January when 55% expected their financialsituation to stay the course. 30% thought an improvement was on the horizon while 15%anticipated their family finances would get worse.
More Than Seven in Ten New Yorkers Support Increasing the Minimum Wage
72% of adults in New York State believe raising the minimum wage is a good idea becauseit adds to income during difficult times. 25%, however, say it is a bad idea because indifficult times, small businesses will hire fewer people who need jobs. Three percent areunsure.These proportions are nearly identical to those reported in NY1/YNN-Marist’s Januarysurvey. At that time, 69% thought increasing the minimum wage was a good idea while27% believed it was a bad idea. Four percent, then, were unsure.
How the Survey was ConductedNature of the Sample: NY1/YNN-Marist New York State Poll of 760 Adults
This survey of 760 New York State adults was conducted April 10
through 12
, 2012. Adults 18 yearsof age and older residing in New York State were interviewed by telephone. Telephone numbers wereselected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the state. The exchanges wereselected to ensure that each county was represented in proportion to its population. To increasecoverage, this land-line sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing ofcell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined. Results are statistically significant within±3.5 percentage points. There are 632 registered voters. The sample of registered voters was adjustedfor turnout in statewide elections. The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±4.0percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.

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