NY Gov. Cuomo continues to see bipartisan support
January 16th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
2 years ago

NY Gov. Cuomo continues to see bipartisan support

(CNN) – A year into his first term leading New York, Andrew Cuomo continues to boast high approval ratings from voters in both parties, according to a new poll.

Gov. Cuomo's approval rating stands at 73%, with 20% disapproval, according to the survey, released Monday by Sienna College.

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Cuomo, a Democrat, confronted a $9 billion budget gap in his first days in office by cutting his own salary, and that of other top state officials, as well as by freezing state worker wages.

Last spring's budget wrangling in Albany bumped Cuomo's approval rating up several points while the legislature agreed to a budget which resulted in worker wage concessions but no massive layoffs, as well as cuts to education, courts, and services.

Concurrent budget battles in other states, most notably Wisconsin, did not end so politically well for the chief executive.

In the Monday poll, just over half of the poll's respondents say New York State is headed in the right direction, up from 38% last November. A majority voters support his proposals to investigate or advance reforms to teacher evaluation, campaign finance, public-private partnerships, and casino gambling, according to the survey.

The New York native and son of the state's former Gov. Mario Cuomo was previously the state's attorney general, and prior to that, secretary of the federal Housing and Urban Development department under President Bill Clinton.

The telephone poll of 805 New York registered voters has a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points and was conducted Jan. 8 – 12.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Say hello to the next president. It can be done, without the rancor and nastiness, without demonizing the unions and business community, without pitting sectors of society against one another.

    January 16, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    What is most amazing it this. Gov. Cuomo hasn't really proposed anything that is dramatically different from anything that his predecessor, Gov. David Paterson, had proposed. Remember him, the nation's first blind state governer? Paterson, a Democrat, faced a state legislature that was unwilling to compromise on anything, and obstructed many of the budget cuts that he proposed.

    Legislators did not want to implement that severe budget cuts that Paterson had proposed. The result were late budgets and projected high deficits, all of which were blamed on Paterson by Republicans.

    January 16, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. PSM

    Sen Dementia acts as though he is a real businessman and knows what it takes to run a business although he inherited "his" business from his wife's family and couldn't make it successful. While he wants the government out of our lives, he nevertheless wants the government in our bedrooms and between a woman and her doctor. What a hypocrite! There are some of us here in SC who are ashamed he is our senator as he doesn't have a clue about real world issues.

    January 16, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Perry W

    Clinton/Cuomo 2016

    January 16, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee, FINALLY a Democrat that is willing to CUT something out of a budget!! Maybe Cuomo needs to head to the Senate in DC and teach Harry Reid how it can be done. That old coot took a few too many blows to the hed during his boxing career.

    January 16, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cumo is doing well because he is working with both sides of the isle. There, the Republicans aren't unwilling to listen to reason and are willing to compromise. That is what needs to get done with Washington.

    January 16, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |