A new poll out today shows that despite a widespread backlash across the country against the pay and pensions of public workers, New Yorkers say that city workers shouldn’t fork over more of their income for retirement and health care.
The latest from Quinnipiac says that 57 percent of voters oppose a wage freeze and that only 17 percent of respondents think that public workers wages and benefits are too high.Nearly half say that workers should not pay more for their pensions and nearly 60 percent say that workers should not pay more for their health care, voters say 58 – 32 percent.
The poll comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck deal with state employees that call for wage freezes and require workers to pay in more for their pension costs.
“If Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to emulate Gov. Andrew Cuomo in squeezing government employees, he’s got a heavy lift,” said MauriceCarroll, director of the Q-poll. “New Yorkers don’t approve of a job freeze or of requiring higher health-care or pension contributions. They think city workers’ pay is either too low or just about right.”
In other poll news, bike lanes are growing more popular with New Yorkers as 59 percent say that are good because they are greener and healthier, an uptick of 3 percent from a previous poll in May.
The poll also asked about Walmart, who are trying to locate a store in New York City over the objection of some in the City Council. Over 60 percent of New Yorkers say they should be allowed to do so.