A $15 minimum wage, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump

Donald Trump at ESP gun rights rally 2014 April 1

Donald Trump at the ESP last year.

A few interesting bits from recent polls of New York State:

Support for $15-an-hour minimum wage
A Quinnipiac poll out last week reported that respondents supported "raising the state's minimum wage to $15.00 an hour over the next several years" 62-35. Democrats and independents were both titled toward the supporting side (85 and 59 percent supporting), and Republicans were titled to toward the oppose side (65 percent opposing). Upstate was the region with lowest percentage of supporters -- 50 percent -- compared to 77 percent in NYC and 61 in the NYC suburbs. (That's probably not surprising given how much of a difference there is in median wages between upstate and downstate.)

The Q poll was conducted September 10-15 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

Hillary and The Donald
The Siena poll out today reports that, for the first time in the poll's history, more respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton than a favorable one. The former New York US Senator's favorable/unfavorable split was 46-51. The splits among Democrats (71/24) and Republicans (13/86) were what you'd expect. But the split among independents was 32 percent favorable / 65 percent unfavorable.

Clinton's still the overwhelming favorite among Democratic respondents for the presidential nomination -- 45 percent said they'd vote for her.

The poll also asking favorable/unfavorable question about Donald Trump, and the split was 32/58. But among Republican respondents, Trump led the field for the Republican nomination, with 34 percent saying they'd vote for him in a primary.

Oh, and about George Pataki -- his favorable/unfavorable split was 32/58, which was roughly the same for Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Just three percent of Republican respondents said they'd vote for the former New York governor in a Republican presidential primary.

The Siena Poll was conducted September 14-17 and has a +/- 4 percent point margin of error (+/-5 for Democrats, +/-6.7 for Republicans).

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