Washington (CNN) – Here's something you don't see so much anymore: a politician elected statewide with basically the same approval rating among both Democrats and Republicans.
A new poll suggests you can add New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to the list of those with bipartisan appeal.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 56 percent of registered voters in the Empire State give their new governor, who was elected last November, a thumbs up on the job he's doing in office, with 15 percent disapproving and nearly one in three unsure.
But what's most striking from the poll is that Cuomo's approval rating among both Democrats and Republicans is nearly identical.
The survey indicates that 57 percent of Republicans approve of how the new Democratic governor is doing, one point higher than the 56 percent approval rating Cuomo has among Democrats. Nearly six in ten independent voters say they approve of the job Cuomo's doing in Albany, the state capital.
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat, right? His job approval is strong but the political and geographical pattern has a Republican look – he does best upstate, better than in the city or suburbs," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
According to the survey, 57 percent say they approve of how Cuomo's handling the state's massive budget deficit, with voters overwhelmingly saying that the state's budget problems are "very" or "somewhat" serious. But voters are mixed on some of the proposed steps to balance the budget, with a majority opposing cutting state aid to schools or Medicaid but supporting reducing pensions for new state employees, freezing wages for state workers and furloughs for state workers.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 15-21, with 1,457 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
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