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Siena Poll: NY Consumer Sentiment Slips

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A new survey of consumer sentiment in New York may not bode well for the economy. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Siena College Research institute founder Doug Lonnstrom, who says consumer sentiment has fallen to a 20-month low...  The survey shows New York's overall Index of Consumer Sentiment 8 point 8 points BELOW the national index, which stands at 82-point-one... buying plans are down for motor vehicles, consumer electronics, furniture, homes and home improvements. The numbers caughtg Lonnstrom off-guard.

The Siena poll was conducted in August by random phone calls to 556 New York State residents over the age of 18. It has a plus or minus 4-point-2 point margin of error. We've linked to it at wamc-dot-org.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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