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New Yorkers back new property tax cap plan 2-1, poll finds; support for same-sex marriage inches up  

HAMDEN CT - New York State voters support 60 – 30 percent a cap on property taxes proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, with 54 – 35 percent support among Democrats and 56 – 37 percent backing among voters in union households, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

Voters also support another bread-and-butter issue, rent regulation, 62 – 31 percent, the poll finds.  Support is 51 – 41 percent among Republicans, 74 – 22 percent among Democrats and 55 – 37 percent among independent voters.  New York City voters support rent regulation 71 – 25 percent, while suburban voters back it 61 – 35 percent and upstate voters are for it 54 – 35 percent.

Support for legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry is 58 – 36 percent, higher than ever while statistically unchanged from 56 – 38 percent April 14.  Support is 72 – 23 percent among Democrats and 58 – 34 percent among independent voters, while Republicans are opposed 64 – 34 percent.   There is little gender gap:  men support same-sex marriage 58 – 37 percent, while women back it 59 – 34 percent.

“New Yorkers support same-sex marriage, but their top priorities are the property tax cap and ethics reform,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“In three Quinnipiac University polls earlier this year, we asked New Yorkers about a property tax cap in a simple question with no conditions or qualifiers.  Support was at about 80 percent.  Now that we’ve got a real piece of legislation, with some limits as the result of compromise between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, support drops to 60 percent.  But 60 percent is not chopped liver.”