Poll: Gov. Cuomo Hits New High Among NY Voters

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — After spending his first month in office delivering one piece of bad fiscal news after another, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hit his highest popularity ever among New York voters, who feel the state is now headed in the right direction for the first time since October 2007.

A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday shows that 72 percent of voters support Cuomo’s budget marks, a turnaround in New York. In the first two years of the fiscal crisis, then-Gov. David Paterson and governors in most states sank to record lows in popularity as they slashed budgets and ordered layoffs. Paterson’s approval was often in the 30-percent range.

“The honeymoon continues,” Steven Greenberg of the Siena poll said about Cuomo. “Despite what Gov. Cuomo described as a painful budget — or maybe because of it — 77 percent of voters say they have a favorable view of Cuomo, compared to only 16 percent who view him unfavorably.”

Voters support his stand against tax increases and borrowing while reducing the state budget by $3.7 billion. But by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, they support extending a temporary surcharge on the income tax for New Yorkers making more than $200,000 a year. Cuomo opposes that as a new tax.

Cuomo may, however, be winning public support for his most politically dicey cut in school aid. He proposes a 7.3 percent reduction after several cuts last year.

Forty-five percent of voters said they wanted to see that cut least. But almost half of voters polled felt, like Cuomo, that there was enough waste and duplication in school districts to absorb the reductions so students don’t suffer.

Forty-seven percent of those polled said the state is headed in the right direction, while 37 percent say it is still headed in the wrong direction. Two months ago, just 27 percent were optimistic about the state’s future.

Cuomo declined comment.

The poll numbers come as Cuomo is trying to muster public support to get his spending proposal through the Legislature.

The Democrat is viewed favorably by 77 percent of voters, or 7 points more than a month ago. His favorability rating is now 13 points above his rating in November when he won the office his father, Mario Cuomo, once held.

The poll questioned 801 registered voters Feb. 7 through Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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One Comment

  1. junebuyer says:

    Why not tax the rich right out of the state so the rest of us can make up for it?

  2. mad as hell says:

    Come to Island Park, the School Super makes 217,000 plus persks his underling makes over 150,000 people retire and return under another title, the school board has a dog catcher on the board who’s in with the GOP and is one of Nassau”s countys TOP CATS making 109,000 a year according to newsday if your on the in you get a job in the district. Time for massive layoff’s and investigations. go get em Cuomo.

  3. adolfo says:

    How can you improve when you don’t invest in education and heathcare; big keys to develop in any state or country in the world?
    By cutting in these fields you are cutting the future away.
    These who had voted appraising the governor cannot see more then there noses.
    Bring the industry back, primary service don’t cut, create the best research medical area

  4. totallarian says:

    What a BS poll. “The poll questioned 801 registered voters”
    Not enough of a sampling. BOGUS LIES!

  5. Joni Arroyo Jefferson says:

    Come on…really???? Who did they poll??? Obviously no teachers or public school parents! I KNOW…why don’t they add more money to the school budet and to healthcare…and they can get it from maybe, cutting down on trips for the Mayor to Bermuda!!!

  6. Sick of NY says:

    If he can make cuts to education without layoffs, go ahead. Health care? Chop away. With all those uneducated unhealthy people running around I should be able to get a job no problem!!! “CUTS” CUOMO – COMING TO YOUR TOWN SOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. andrew says:

    great! cut education! cut health care!! the new democratic party??

  8. Concerned for future says:

    Well I guess they didnt get to poll me or my friends. I cannot stand Andrew Cuomo! He talks to people like they are children and cuts wherever people say they want to see cuts, not where they make sense. I didnt like his father and I dont like him.

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