(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.