Our district has a slight Republican majority, but that doesn’t amount to much oomph for the Republican candidates. At the top of the ticket, Obama (57% favorable/41% unfavorable) and Vice President Joe Biden (53/42) are rated higher than Romney (39/56) and Congressman Paul Ryan (36/48); and we’d vote to re-elect Obama/Biden by a 19% margin.
No one holds a candle to Governor Andrew Cuomo in this category; he scored a 75% favorable/19% unfavorable rating. Even Republicans like Cuomo, with only 18% having an unfavorable opinion, against 66% favorable. It's constantly speculated that Cuomo, a Democrat, may throw his hat into the ring in 2016, although he's not commenting on that.
So what's on our mind in the 24th? On the issues, Democrats and Republicans do what you’d expect, but the Independents are more interesting:
- We sort of like the Affordable Care Act, with 52% favoring quickly and fully implementing it, compared with 42% in favor of repeal; Independents are split 47/47.
- We don’t like the Bush tax cuts for incomes over $250K (61% say eliminate them); Independents agree by a large margin; 56% favor eliminating, vs. 41% keep.
- On the question of whether we're on the right track or the wrong track, wrong track wins by a very slight margin, 48% to 46%. But 50% of independents thing we're going off the rails.
Last, when asked whether we’d like to see the Republicans maintain control of the House of Representatives, or the Democrats take over, 51% of us (including 48% of Independents) would prefer the Dems take over.