ALBANY, NY – More than half of New York’s voters view Governor Andrew Cuomo as unfavorable, according to a new poll by the Siena College Research Institute released Monday morning. It’s the first time the governor’s unfavorable rating in Siena’s polls has surpassed 50 percent.
The findings come from the investigation of the Governor by Attorney General Tish James, who is dealing with allegations of sexual harassment and other matters, and the State Assembly Judiciary Committee examining possible impeachment proceedings.
Only 40 percent of respondents say they see Cuomo positively, while 52 percent see him negatively. That’s a little less than 43-45 in March, a good deal from 56-39 in February, and a whole lot from 77-21 a year ago. The previous low for Cuomo on this issue was in February 2020 when he voted at 44-50, just before the pandemic increased its visibility.
“While the decline in Cuomo’s favoritism, job performance and re-election was not as high in April – between six and 10 points – as in March – between 10 and 19 points – its ratings continue to push into negative territory,” said Siena- Spokesman Steve Greenberg in a press release. “Interestingly, there has been virtually no movement among Republicans, who already had Cuomo at very low levels, on any of the three measures since February.”
Cuomo has suffered a significant loss of support among the Democrats: “In February, the Democrats were ready to re-elect Cuomo with 65 to 26 percent. Today the Democrats say they would vote for Cuomo again next year with 46-43 percent in a very small space, “said Greenberg.
The governor is up for re-election next year if he seeks a fourth term.
On the positive side for the governor, registered voters still approved the work he did in managing the pandemic by a margin of 60-32. This is basically the same as the 60-33 he queried in March and 61-34 in February.
And most voters don’t want him to step down. Fifty-one percent want him to stay in office, while 37 percent think he should leave, compared to 50-35 in March.
Other candidates for governor: James, a Democratic compatriot, was rated positively by a margin of 39-17, which is pretty much in line with the margins of 40-14, 36-17, and 35-17 they get in other Siena polls published earlier this year Has.
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul polled between 6pm and 1pm, compared with 11pm to 2pm in March.
And Rep. Lee Zeldin, the first high profile Republican to compete in the governor race in 2022, was interviewed between 6 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The budget: Voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the recent high income tax hikes and supported the 72-20 idea. The topic received good ratings from all populations – the worst numbers were Republicans, who still supported the increases by a margin of 47-40.
The plan to set up a $ 2.1 billion fund to help undocumented immigrants who were ineligible for federal unemployment benefits was supported by 53 percent and opposed by 39 percent.
Vaccinations: 60 percent of those questioned said they had been vaccinated.
That’s well over the 41.4 percent of the population who received at least one dose on Sunday morning, according to Cuomo’s office.
However, this does not mean that 20 percent of the population lies about their vaccination status. State numbers include all New York residents, including those under the age of 16 who cannot be vaccinated. Siena is limited to registered voters who are all old enough to be eligible. And it’s entirely possible that people who register to vote and answer questions from survey participants are more likely to trust medical experts than people who are unregistered or have a tendency to hang up.
The number of respondents who said they did not plan to have a vaccination was 14 percent compared to 21 percent in the previous month. The survey was conducted April 11-15; The Johnson & Johnson shooting was suspended on April 13th.
Siena polled 801 registered voters and the numbers have a margin of error of 4.3 points. View the crosstabs here.