Eight in 10 New York voters oppose the idea of a pay raise for state lawmakers, according to a poll released Thursday.
Just 16 percent support a legislative pay increase, the Quinnipiac University survey found.
While the opposition decreased when linking a raise with an increase in the state’s minimum wage or campaign-finance reform, it was still strong. Sixty-three percent of voters said combining a lawmaker raise with a law limiting the size of campaign donations was not a good idea, while 66 percent said pairing it with a minimum wage hike was also a bad idea.
The poll comes as several lawmakers and legislative leaders have said they have earned an increase in their $79,000 base salary, which has remained stagnant since 1999. But no lawmakers have publicly conceded that any pay raise talks have taken place.
“The talk in Albany says there’ll be a legislative pay raise voted in a special session after the election, but it doesn’t look like a popular idea,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement.
Among other findings:
- New Yorkers remain split on the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. This month, 43 percent support the idea and 44 percent oppose it.
- In a 55-36 percent split, state voters said Congress should not try to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law pushed for by President Barack Obama.
The poll was conducted between July 17 and 23, surveying 1,779 registered voters in New York. It holds a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.