The NY Times conducted a poll amongst over a 1,000 New York residents--931 of them registered voters--to gauge their feelings on New York issues and found most people are worrying about the their economic conditions.
The issues showing an increase in people's concerns were taxes, gas prices and the economy, while issues like education, unemployment and crime were less of a worry. Also "Nearly 60 percent of those polled said the state was on the wrong track, expressing a view less bleak than Americans have shown in nationwide polls concerning the country’s direction, but still indicating widespread pessimism."
As for the man leading New York State, Governor David Paterson, respondents largely approve of him or didn't answer, versus having an unfavorable opinion on him, and less than half believe he'd be able to "deal with a serious crisis"; one respondent said, "It’s hard to have a valid opinion yet as to the job he’s doing...there’s so much corruption in New York, I feel like I’m just waiting for him to screw up.” (Last week, Quinnipiac released a poll showing 67% think Paterson can govern effectively.)
More stats: 60% like having different parties rule the different houses of the Legislature and 44% have a "favorable" opinion of Mayor Bloomberg (14% had an unfavorable opinion, 42% had no opinion). Check out more details, like feelings about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and gay marriage in the article and the graphic.