Poll: Bipartisan support for Cuomo
February 23rd, 2011
12:22 PM ET
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Poll: Bipartisan support for Cuomo

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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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    That means he is doing what people see as needed, instead of what the political party is dictating to him. Good for him.

    February 23, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists

    Cuomo is a serious guy. He was the man willing to go after those Wall St. crooks. On the other hand, Bloomberg has gotten on my bad side as of yesterday by extending the smoking ban to outside.

    February 23, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Inmyopinion

    This is exactly how I had believed president Obama was going to be with us all but Obama is not. Obama is way to much of a Democrat, more than Clinton or Carter ever were and I think it has divided our country even more instead of bringing us together to be 1 country, 1 people. Cuomo on the other hand has almost equal appeal because at this point he is main priority seems to me is to do what is correct for the state of New York. I hope Cuomo decides to either reduce the government payments for employee benefits and have the employees pay towards their own benefits with the exemption of police officers and fire fighers.

    February 23, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. geecee

    When a politician with common sense gets elected, people from the entire political spectrum should and do support him. Can you imagine if Carl Paladino had gotten elected? Perish the thought!

    February 23, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    In an article in the New york Times to-day, some crazy "advisor to the vatican" suggests that Governor Cuomo should
    not receive communion because he is living with his girlfriend.!!!
    If only that stupid, irrelevant and outdated bunch of catholic hippocrytes could concentrate on their own perverted,
    sadistic, mentally crippled altar-boy sodomizers first, and leave intelligent, homorable people alone.

    February 23, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Luke

    Wait until he has to do more than furloughs and he won't be loved so much. If I lived there I would not have voted for him but based on what is he doing so far he would have my approval and vote next time.

    February 23, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Catie

    I love Cuomo and I am somewhat conservative. He seems like a no nonsense guy.

    February 23, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    Every American will join and support the deficit cutting FIGHT!!
    But politicians should also realize the importance of our RIGHTS!
    NY is no different – and I know Cuomo has much pride
    But I bet BEFORE he jumps into a bill – he will listen to all sides!!

    Walker, on the other hand, thought he had it made
    He tried to mix too many flavors – into the Kool Aid
    So all he got in the end was backlash as you see
    I bet next time he'll think TWICE before he tramples YOU and ME!!

    (Kool Aid – Really??? LOL)

    February 23, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. fayse

    I find this new trend interesting. Cuomo has an approval rating with Democrats & Republicans of 56% to 57%.
    Rahm Emanuel won by 55%
    President Obama's latest approval rating is 55%
    This is good news. Keep up the good work and we will see those approval ratings keep rising.
    Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Coulter, Trump & Gingrich can keep on sucking lemons.

    February 23, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    This is partly due to the fact that the GOP in New York is a joke, and registered Republicans here know it. There are large areas upstate that are very conservative: however, Cuomo is perceived as a strong leader because he is urging everyone to sacrifice, and has set the example by cutting the pay of the executive branch. He is also working with unions to negotiate significant pay and benefit cuts to help close a huge budget shortfall, and is doing it without the union-busting tactics Scott Walker is trying to pull in WI. Cuomo is a serious governor with serious goals, not a clown like Walker.

    This is what real leadership looks like. When the GOP in NY decides to get candidates better than Chris ( Mr. Fit, Fun and Classy) Lee, than we will have competitive politics here again: until then, get used to seeing blue.

    February 23, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |