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November 17, 2019

Politics

"There's no better place to vacation than the Catskills...and no better way to experience them than on the back of my bike," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted on social media.
"There's no better place to vacation than the Catskills...and no better way to experience them than on the back of my bike," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted on social media.

New Poll: Cuomo's Political Paradox

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity continues to tank, most New Yorkers think the Democrat has made the state a better place to live, according to a new poll.

New Yorkers, by a 51 to 39 percent margin, say the governor from New Castle has made New York a better place to live in his nine years as governor, according to a new Siena College Poll of registered New York State voters released on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

At least part of the credit goes to the General Assembly's Democratic majority: Poll respondents said the recent state legislative session put New York "on the right track."

Among other issues, New Yorkers said they support a new law giving Congress access to President Trump's state tax returns.

Yet, Cuomo’s favorability rating is negative at 43 to 50 percent. That is down from 52 to 42 percent in June and matches his lowest-ever favorability rating.

Meanwhile, Cuomo's job performance rating dropped to 34-64 percent, its lowest level ever.

The Siena poll found voters overwhelmingly support new laws to require vaccinations of children regardless of the parents’ religious beliefs, institute a farmworkers’ bill of rights, mandate zero carbon emissions in electricity by 2040, ban single-use plastic bags, and prohibit use of the gay and transexual "panic defense."

A majority opposes the new state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a New York driver’s license.

By a 53 to 41 percent margin, voters support the new law allowing certain congressional leaders to have access to state tax returns of any New Yorker, including the President. The law is supported by nearly three-quarters of Democrats, and is opposed by two-thirds of Republicans and a majority of independents, according to Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

By a 52 to 33 percent margin, voters say the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track, not in the wrong direction.

“Voters say Cuomo has put New York on the right track on protecting the rights of all New Yorkers, providing children with a quality public education and ensuring accessibility to affordable quality health care. They give him mixed grades on infrastructure and helping businesses succeed. 

A plurality said Cuomo has moved the state in the wrong direction on creating a fair tax structure and managing state government effectively, Greenberg said. “Nearly two-thirds also give him a negative job performance rating."

Since June, Cuomo's favorability rating has fallen double digits among Democrats, Republicans, independents and voters from every region of the state.

"Republicans overwhelmingly say he’s made the state worse, as do a plurality of independents and upstaters,” Greenberg said.