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Poll: Cuomo’s Approval Ratings Hit All-Time Low, Yet Majority Agree With His Policies

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A new Siena College poll released yesterday (August 6) shows Gov. Cuomo’s job performance rating among New Yorkers at its lowest level yet, a negative margin of 36-64 percent. His favorability also matched its lowest point ever at 43-50 percent.

Interesting enough, a convincing 51-39 percent margin said Cuomo has made New York State a better place over the past nine years in office.

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 trans panic defense.

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

In addition, a 52-33 percent of voters say the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track, not in the wrong direction.

More insight from Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg:

“For the dog days of August, voters give Cuomo good news and some bad news. The good news: by a margin of 51-39 percent, they say he has made New York a better place to live in nine years as governor. Democrats, black, Latino and Jewish voters, and voters from New York City strongly agree he’s made the state better. However, Republicans overwhelmingly say he’s made the state worse, as do a plurality of independents and upstaters. Men, downstate suburbanites and white voters are closely divided.

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 say he’s moved the state in the wrong direction on creating a fair tax structure and managing state government effectively.

The bad news for Cuomo is that for only the second time, half of voters view him unfavorably. Nearly two-thirds also give him a negative job performance rating. Since June, his favorability rating has fallen double digits with Democrats, Republicans, independents and voters from every region of the state.”

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