Siena poll finds Gov. Cuomo's approval ratings are fluctuating

August 06, 2019 12:54 PM

LOUDONVILLE - A new Siena Research Institute poll took New Yorker's temperatures on all sorts of issues addressed this past legislative session.

Voters said they feel New York is heading in a good direction but they're not so happy with Governor Andrew Cuomo.


"The bad news for the governor is that right now only 43 percent of New Yorkers view him favorably 50 percent view him unfavorably he's underwater by seven points and it ties for the worst favorability rating Andrew Cuomo has ever had,” Siena Research Institute Pollster Steve Greenberg said. “Previously it was this low back in February earlier this year."

Greenburg said this year Cuomo's ratings have been more volatile than he's seen in the past.

"We've seen a surge up we've seen a surge down so from April to June he went up a bunch, now from June to August he's gone down a bunch,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg said 812 registered New York voters from across the state were polled between last Sunday and last Thursday.

He said overall New Yorkers are on board with the legislation passed this session. A majority of New Yorkers support the single use plastic bag ban, eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations and establishing farmworkers rights.

"One major exception was the law that now allows undocumented immigrants to get a New York State driver’s license,” Greenberg said. “There a majority of 53 percent oppose compared to 43 percent who support. And we have a bipartisan divide on that. Democrats strongly support that law Republicans strongly oppose that law."

It wasn't just New York politicians and state issues being taken into account in this poll. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump were among the least favorable politicians included in the latest poll.

You can take a look at the full results here.


Emily Burkhard

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