SIENA POLL: SUPPORT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FREE FALLS, DOWN 22 PERCENT
Experts on the Con Con highlight that the more voters learn about this issue the more they oppose it.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017: (Uniondale, NY) - Hon. Arthur "Jerry" Kremer and Anthony M. Figliola, Co-Author's of Patronage, Waste and Favoritism – A Dark History of Constitutional Conventions, which looks at the politics that drove past New York State constitutional conventions are commenting on today's Siena Research Institute (“SRI”) poll which recorded the lowest support to date, on the pending November 7th vote on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention.
SRI has recorded a monumental 22 percent drop in voters support for a state constitutional convention. SRI's poll has recorded the lowest level of support for a con con to date: from 69 percent in favor to now 47 percent (lowest ever) and 19 percent opposed to now 34 percent opposed (highest ever).
Jerry Kremer, Former Assembly Ways and Means Chairman who was in office during the 1967 Convention said, “Convention supporters point to needed ethics reforms. Well, the legislature has passed a ballot amendment that will be presented to the voters in November to strip elected officials who were convicted of a felony, of their pensions. The public referendum process has worked over 200 times in our state's history and in November it will again, be used to amend our state's constitution.”
“SRI's latest poll has recorded the highest level of opposition from the voters ever. Not surprisingly, voters once informed realize a con con will only benefit the politically connected, while hurting our schools, taking away valuable parkland, eliminating support for the needy, reducing local municipal control and opening up critical open space for commercial purposes," exclaimed Anthony M. Figliola, Co-Author of Patronage, Waste and Favoritism – A Dark History of Constitutional Conventions.
SRI recorded the LOWEST amount of support in 7 years (since June 2010). Support has dropped 22 percent since May 2016 as voters have become more informed on the issue.
The poll clearly shows that the more voters learn about what a Con Con really is, they are leaning against it.