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Majority Approve of Cuomo's Tenure as Governor

But favorability ratings and job performance now at record lows

August 06, 2019 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (WBEN) - New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has many people thanking him for making NY a better place for the past nine years, however, his ratings on his favorability and job performance are on the decline.

According to Siena College's latest poll, Cuomo has a 50-percent unfavorable rating while only 43-percent of New Yorkers have a better opinion of the governor. This is down from his last poll numbers, where he was polled at a 52- percent favorability among New Yorkers.

"Voters are sending us, intentionally or not, a little bit of a mixed message," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "What they're saying is 'we like what the governor has done; we think the governor has moved the state in the right direction; we think he's made it a better place to live...but, do I like him? Eh.'"

Voters are in support of new laws requiring children to receive vaccinations despite their parent's religious beliefs, launching a farm workers' Bill of Rights, mandating zero carbon emissions in electricity by 2040, banning single-use plastic bags, and prohibit use of the gay and trans panic defense.

However, many voters are opposing a law in which undocumented immigrants are able to obtain a New York State driver's license. Having a 52-to-33 percent margin, voters believe the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track and not in the wrong direction.

Greenberg says that voters are indicating that Cuomo has put New York State 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 healthcare. Voters are giving him mixed grades on infrastructure and helping business succeed. On the other side, a plurality say he has moved the state in the wrong direction on creating a fair tax structure and managing the government effectively.

Black, Democrat, Latino, Jewish and New York City voters are among a group of voters who agree Cuomo has made the state better in the past nine years. However, Republicans strongly disagree, saying he has made the state worse.

The bad news for Cuomo is that since June, his favorability rating has descended double digits with Democrats, Republicans, independents and voters from every area of the state. Nearly two-thirds of voters have given him a negative job performance rating.

Listen to the full conversation with Greenberg below:

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