The majority coalition that controls the state Senate is pleased with the Siena College poll that found 54 percent of voters surveyed believed the power-sharing arrangement would lead to effective governing.

Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos released a joint statement earleir today saying the poll backs their argument that the coalition can work.

“As the IDC has long believed, the best way to govern is by building consensus, working across the aisle, and advancing common sense proposals that move New York forward,” Klein said in a statement. ”We’re pleased to see that New Yorkers continue to support our approach and we look forward to continue delivering the results that New Yorkers demand. With strong bipartisan leadership in place, the Senate is well positioned to once again make New York the leader in effective governing.”

Skelos, who was majority leader before entering into the power-sharing arrrangement with the five-member IDC, said in his statement that New Yorkers want a bipartisan government.

“We formed the Senate majority coalition because we believe that it is the best way to continue to build on the progress we’ve made over the last two years in ending government dysfunction, bringing spending under control, enacting a property tax cap and helping businesses create new jobs. It’s clear that New Yorkers want Democrats and Republicans to work together to get results, and that is exactly what we are going to continue to do in the State Senate.”

The poll found that 37 percent of voters believed the agreement will lead to more dysfunction in the Senate, a chamber not exactly known in recent years for running smoothly.

Drilling down in the crosstabs, the coalition has the backing of 53 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of those who do not identify with either party.

Arguably the coalition faced its first big test with the gun control law passing the chamber. Senate Republicans say that their insistence on tighter anti-crime measures made the measure easier to bring the floor. Klein said the package was made better by the GOP’s negotiating with Democrats.