Poll: New Yorkers have low opinion of Congress

By THOMAS ADAMS - 10/22/2013 4:07:25 PM

Some 78 percent of New Yorkers view Congress unfavorably, and 59 percent blame its Republicans for the recent government shutdown, a Siena College survey released Tuesday shows.

Eighteen percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Congress, with 4 percent saying they do not know or have no opinion.

“Albany, it appears, has found a way to deflect the dysfunction card,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “It flipped it over to Washington.”

Some 74 percent think the country is headed in the wrong direction, with 19 percent saying the country is on the right track and 7 percent non-committal, the poll shows.

Along party lines, 84 percent of Republicans polled think the nation is headed the wrong way, as do 66 percent of Democrats.

The Democratic percentage is “a dramatic change from last month when a plurality of Democrats, by a margin of 48-41 percent, felt the country was on the right track,” Greenberg said.

Some 30 percent of respondents blame President Barack Obama for the shutdown, and 8 percent blame both Obama and the congressional GOP.

Some 55 percent view Obama favorably, with 42 percent unfavorable. Among Upstate New York respondents, 44 percent have a favorable view of the president and 53 percent view him unfavorably.

Some 43 percent want to see the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act move forward, 32 percent want it delayed until changes can be made and 22 percent want it repealed. Among upstaters, 32 percent want it to move forward, 39 percent want it delayed and 25 percent want it repealed.

The poll was conducted Oct. 14-16 with telephone calls to 822 registered voters in New York State. The margin of error is 3.4 percent.

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