Washington (CNN) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is having a good year so far. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, his job approval rating rose from 56 percent among registered voters in February to 64 percent in April.
And approving of how the first-term Democratic head of state is handling his duties as governor is something Democrats, Republicans, and independents can agree on. Almost six in 10 Republicans say they approve of how Cuomo is handling his job and 66 percent of both Democrats and independents say the same.
The approval rating of New York's governor is higher than other governors in states polled by Quinnipiac, including New Jersey. Though Republican Chris Christie has received more national attention in name-dropping games for potential GOP presidential candidates, his approval rating is 52 percent.
Cuomo may be benefitting from the accomplishment of a feat governors in other states are still grappling with: passing the state budget. State governments in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio are still working on budget agreements and each of their governors have approval ratings below 50 percent.
But in New York, almost half of voters in the state approve of the new budget and the same number-47 percent-say Cuomo convinced the legislature to agree to the new budget on its own merits, which may explain the boost in his approval numbers.
Despite his high numbers, Cuomo's constituents still feel there's room for improvement with 65 percent saying they are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the state today.
He really has not tried to do anything that Paterson didn't try. The difference has been one of belief and cooperation.
Paterson dealt with a state house that fell short of projected revenues in the middle of a fiscal year. Wall Street collapse. Add that to the fact that a budget was already in the works, and since no one could predict what the revenue stream would look like for the coming year, no one wanted to underestimate and cut when and where it was not needed. Result. Stalemate.
Cuomo came in with many of the same proposals, but with a better picture of what revenue streams would look like moving forward
Cuomo's the man. It's also fair to say that the poll numbers jumped probably due to the fact that he's pushing for the closure of the Indian River Nuclear facility, which he's been calling for for years now.
The key to being a good governor is tackling the budget honestly without demonizing people. That's the difference. No union-busting, just an honest, hard negotiating session with his GOP Senate and Democratic Assembly. It can be done, people.
Theres something in the water there. First candidate I've ever seen say nothing on the way to winning. Now he says the rich will just have to do with more and everybody else can go to you know where. It seems to be the trend today to support politicians who are giving you the shaft.
Wanted Mario to run for president, maybe Andrew can in the future????