Voters to Cuomo: Make Equal Pay For Women Top Priority

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By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

ALBANY -- Despite a 15 percentage-point drop in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval rating Wednesday, voters largely agree with his agenda, a Quinnipiac poll Thursday found.

Topping the list is a bill to ensure equal pay for women, the poll said, according to 53 percent of voters.

"That liberal shibboleth - equal pay for women - wins overwhelming support in this liberal state," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

A Quinnipiac poll Wednesday showed the first major drop in his poll numbers since he took office in 2011. His approval rating fell from 74 percent to 59 percent because of his push for a new gun-control law.

On other issues, though, Cuomo seems to have a majority of the public's support.

Only whether to allow for hydrofracking is evenly split-which has been the case for years. On fracking, 43 percent supported it and 42 percent didn't.

Thirty-one percent said campaign-finance reform should be the highest priority, and 28 percent said a bar exam-type test for teachers should be the highest priority. The other top priorities were a merit pay system for teachers and a longer school day and year.

Voters supported 80-17 percent raising the state's minimum wage.

For more information on the poll, visit

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