Poll: New York voters approve of leaders after Sandy
December 3rd, 2012
08:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: New York voters approve of leaders after Sandy

(CNN) - A little more than a month after Superstorm Sandy wrought major destruction in the Empire State, New York voters are giving high marks to some of their elected leaders for the way they handled the storm's aftermath.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg all received favorable ratings in a new Siena College Poll released Monday.

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On October 29, the then-Category 1 hurricane slammed into the U.S. East Coast, demolishing parts of New Jersey and New York City. More than 40 people were confirmed dead in New York alone.

State and federal officials played a visible roll through traditional and social media. Cuomo, the Democratic governor elected in 2010, and Bloomberg both kept a running Twitter feed and held frequent press conferences advising residents how to evacuate, deal with power outages, and handle other urgent needs.

Sixty-seven percent of voters said Cuomo, who's been noted as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, has done an "excellent or good job" in the wake of the storm, while 22% said he's done a "fair job" and seven percent said he's done a "poor job."

Bloomberg's marks weren't quite as high. Fifty-five percent of voters said the independent mayor, now in his third term, had done an "excellent or good" job, while 24% said he did a "fair" job and 14% said he did a "poor" job.

For his part, Obama visited New Jersey less than a week before Election Day, then went back to visit Staten Island a couple of weeks later. Sixty-one percent of voters said the president did an "excellent or good" job, 20% said he did a "fair" job and 17% said he did a "poor" job.

Also of note, 63% of voters consider the major storms over the last two years, including Hurricane Irene–which weakened to a tropical storm shortly before hitting New York City–are related to "global climate change, rather than isolated weather events," according to Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.

"There may be a debate about what has caused the global climate change, but for most New Yorkers there is no debate that it is occurring," Greenberg said in a release with the poll.

The survey also found that more than half of New Yorkers contributed to relief efforts and nearly one-third of those living "downstate" volunteered their time.

Siena interviewed 822 registered voters in the state of New York from November 26 through November 29. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Andrew Cuomo • Michael Bloomberg • New York • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. plain&simple

    Bottom line....in time of crisis,we need to be there for one another. In public office,as citizens,as humans all helping to endure the events beyond our control. Hurricanes,earthquakes,tornadoes,floods.....it affects every corner of out country and world. I pray we find the desire to deal with the events we CAN control with that same unity and purpose!!!!

    December 3, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. fernace

    Disasters are the litmus test for leaders! Either they stand & get in there w/ the citizens & do the leading & dirty work or they fold & run for the hills! The men mentioned & Christie of NJ proved their mettle & led! It's good to know we have people like this on our side when the going gets rough! It is, however, the little people who never get any mentions, that do the heavy lifting in these types of situations! Kudos to them, as well!!

    December 3, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    amazing, isn't it ? Even Bloomberg the Billionaire is popular – The Democrats like him – The Republicans like him – sounds like he's at least 1/2 way honest – unlike the "speaker of the House" I mean, at least Bloomberg tries to get along with the people that voted for him, although you cannot satisfy all the people all the time, at least he "listens" to the voters that Voted for him. ( again, unlike the "speaker" of the House) ( who doesn't care, or isn't budging, on anything, other than what HE Wants)

    December 3, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    """Bloomberg's marks weren't quite as high. Fifty-five percent of voters said the independent mayor, now in his third term, had done an "excellent or good" job, while 24% said he did a "fair" job and 14% said he did a "poor" job """

    amazing, isn't it ? Even Bloomberg the Billionaire is popular – The Democrats like him – The Republicans like him – sounds like he's at least 1/2 way honest – unlike the "speaker of the House" I mean, at least Bloomberg tries to get along with the people that voted for him, although you cannot satisfy all the people all the time, at least he "listens" to the voters that Voted for him. ( again, unlike the "speaker" of the House) ( who doesn't care, or isn't budging, on anything, other than what HE Wants)

    December 3, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Seattle11

    Goes to prove, if you do a good job, your ratings go up.

    December 3, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    I like this dude. He posts validity of reasons that do not vilify.

    December 3, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    They are welcome to them.

    December 3, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |