- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state voters strongly support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call to raise the minimum wage to $15, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Siena College survey found that 59 percent of respondents support an across-the-board $15 minimum wage, while 38 percent oppose it.

Earlier this month, Cuomo’s administration approved a plan to gradually raise the wage to $15 - but only for workers at large fast-food chain restaurants. The Democratic governor said he supports raising the wage for all workers to the same level over several years.

The wage is now $8.75 and is set to rise to $9 at year’s end.

Support for the $15 minimum was highest among voters in the New York City metropolitan area, Democrats and female voters. Nearly two-thirds of Republican respondents were opposed.

“There is strong overall support from voters for the governor’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “However, there are wide partisan and geographic differences.”

On education, only 19 percent of respondents said the state’s new Common Core educational standards have improved public schooling while 40 percent say they have worsened public education. Twenty-four percent said Common Core has had no meaningful impact.

Fifty-percent of those participating in the survey gave Cuomo a favorable rating, compared with 42 percent who gave the governor an unfavorable review. That’s largely unchanged from a Siena survey in July which pegged Cuomo’s favorability rating at 49 percent and his unfavorability rating at 44 percent.

The Sept. 14-17 telephone survey included 817 registered voters from around the state. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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