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ALBANY - ALBANY -- A minimum-wage hike appears popular with New Yorkers, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) also is doing well. Common Core academic standards, not so much.

The Siena College poll said that 59 percent of registered voters who were surveyed favored raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour while 38 percent were opposed.

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The survey somewhat mirrored a Quinnipiac University poll last week, though that poll also showed that, given a wider range of choices, a plurality of New Yorkers favored raising the wage, but not all the way to $15 per hour.

Currently at $8.75, the minimum wage is set to go up to $9 on Jan. 1 per a previous hike approved by lawmakers. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who once considered a hike to $13 improbable, now has proposed raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

New Yorkers aren't impressed with the controversial Common Core academic standards and tests, Siena said.

Just 19 percent said Common Core has "improved public education," while 40 percent said it "worsened public education" and 24 percent said it had "no meaningful effect."

Siena found that 61 percent of registered New York voters had a favorable opinion of Schumer while 29 percent had an unfavorable view. Siena said the Democrat's rating has been more or less stable for the last year.

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Earlier this week, Quinnipiac said Schumer's ratings had dropped to a 15-year low, saying that 52 percent approved of his job performance.

But the two surveys weren't asking the same question. Siena essentially asked about Schumer's likability, Quinnipiac about job performance. It's not unusual for a politician to score better on the former than the latter.

For example, Siena said 50 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Cuomo and 42 percent unfavorable. But just 39 percent said they approved of the way the Democrat is handling his job; 59 percent disapproved.

In the Siena survey, 49 percent said they would "vote to re-elect" Schumer in 2016 while 37 percent said they would "prefer someone else."