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A new poll by Siena Research Institute was just released showing that 74% of New Yorkers support Governor Cuomo’s proposal for public financing of elections and lower campaign contribution limits that he included in his State of the State address.

Click here to download the crosstabs.

Click here to download Siena’s press release.

Here is Karen’s statement in response:

Siena Shows Public Financing of Elections Has Huge Support Among New Yorkers

Albany, NY – In response to the Siena poll just released that showed overwhelming support for critical campaign finance reforms among New Yorkers, Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York, said:

There’s no question that New Yorkers are sick and tired of our democracy being bought by the 1%, but now we know that most New Yorkers agree with Governor Cuomo on how to limit that influence: through public financing of elections and lower campaign contribution limits. Today’s Siena poll proves that regardless of political ideology, people don’t want their voices weakened by CEO campaign contributors.

As we celebrate Dr. King and his movement that dismantled so many barriers to democratic participation, we must realize that until we create an electoral system where people can run for office without having access to wealthy campaign donors, many will continue to be kept out of their democracy.

With Governor Cuomo’s strong support, and the growing movement against money in politics, this year New York can and will achieve elections by and for the 99%