Most New Yorkers expect more lawmakers to be arrested

April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y., April 22 (UPI) -- Nine of 10 New York voters say corruption among state legislators is a serious problem, a poll released Monday indicates.

Some 41 percent of those surveyed considered corruption in the Legislature "very serious," with eight of 10 of the opinion that more arrests of state lawmakers will happen in the near future, the Siena College Poll reported.

Some 35 percent said they expected their own assembly member to be arrested while 30 percent expected to see their state senator in handcuffs.

Those surveyed were nearly evenly divided on whether the best fix for corruption was through arrests and prosecution or the ballot box.

Voters had little confidence local prosecutors could tackle the problem, with federal prosecutors and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman each getting the thumbs up from more than 25 percent of those surveyed.

Fifty percent of those asked said most legislators were "honest and law abiding," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. Similarly, 47 percent rated most legislators as "cannot be trusted."

Greenberg added while 60 percent hope "the arrests a few weeks ago are a big step in cleaning up the system, 39 percent said they were not surprised since 'a lot of politicians are crooks.'"

The survey of 811 registered New York voters was conducted by telephone April 14-18. The margin of error was 3.4 percent.

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