NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who was the apple of New Yorker’s eyes during and after Hurricane Sandy?

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie took top honors, followed by President Barack Obama.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg also fared well. “A total of 89 percent of New York City voters say Christie’s response was “excellent” or “good,” with, 85 percent for Cuomo, 84 percent for Obama and 75 percent for Bloomberg,” according to Quinnipiac.

The storm and how Hizzoner handled it helped Bloomberg reach his highest approval rating in more than two years.

“The storm-of-the-century brings out the best in Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers say. But that love fest between New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “While all four leaders get very high marks — it seems a hug or two never hurts.”

Another person who scored high marks with New Yorkers was Bloomberg’s sign language interpreter Lydia Callis.

“Is it what she says, or the way she says it? Whatever, mayoral signer Lydia Callis is almost as popular as her boss,” Carroll said.

The overall storm response from first responders received 86 percent from New Yorkers and was rated “excellent” or “good.”  However, most New Yorkers think utility companies failed their storm-response test.

Most voters also thought Bloomberg’s gas rationing system was a good idea.

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