Governor Andrew Cuomo at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. September 26, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Dana Casullo))

Siena poll gives Cuomo and Schumer worst ratings ever

New Yorkers believe state, as a whole, is heading in right direction

February 11, 2019 - 10:38 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Siena Research Institute released its latest poll, which showed that New York voters gave Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Senator Chuck Schumer their lowest ratings ever.

The poll showed your typical partisan split but it was notable in that Governor Cuomo's 43 percent favorable rating and Senator Schumer's 47 percent favorable rating were the lowest ever recorded by Siena College. Of the 778 registered voters in the state polled in the study, 50 percent viewed Cuomo unfavorable while 46 percent shared unfavorable opinions with Schumer. 

A plurality of New Yorkers polled by Siena believe that democratic control of state government will move New York in the right direction. 

"I think it's reached the point where voters are fed up with politicians, democrat and republican," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg told WBEN. "Any time a democrat says something, republican say it's wrong. Any time a republican says something, democrats say it's wrong. I think this polarization, this fighting that's going on within our political dialogue, is having a negative effect on all politicians."

Most people polled in this study found that statewide legislation such as the Child Victim's Act, the New York Dream Act, the new gun control laws, and the new gender laws were good for New York. 

The poll also found that most people support the legalization of recreational use of marijuana. 

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