Poll: New Yorkers give Cuomo and Gillibrand high marks
May 30th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Poll: New Yorkers give Cuomo and Gillibrand high marks

(CNN) - Call it a new high for New York's governor.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 71% of registered voters in New York say they approve of the job the first term Democratic governor is doing in office, with just 16% saying they disapprove. The 71% approval rating is Cuomo's highest in Quinnipiac polling since he was elected in 2010, and the highest since then-Gov. George Pataki hit 81% in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

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The survey, released Wednesday morning, indicates that Cuomo's approval rating stands at 76% among Democrats, 69% among independent voters and even 68% among Republicans.

Cuomo combated a $9 billion budget gap that he inherited by cutting his own salary and those of other top state officials and freezing the wages of state workers. Cuomo, the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Bill Clinton administration. He made an unsuccessful bid for New York governor in 2002 before becoming the state's attorney general in 2006. Some political pundits say Cuomo make seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

"Gov. Cuomo might not be the most popular governor in the nation, but he's the most popular – Democrat or Republican – in the seven states surveyed by Quinnipiac University," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "For example, he's well-ahead of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's all-time best 59 – 36 percent. Cuomo tops that score among Republicans in New York State."

While Cuomo's 71% approval rating is a new high in Quinnipiac polling, Cuomo hit 73% in a Sienna College survey released earlier this year.

The Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that 60% of New York State voters give Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a thumbs up, matching her best approval rating in Quinnipiac polling. The survey indicates that the Democratic senator tops any of the largely unknown Republican candidates hoping to challenge her in November by a two-to-one margin.

Gillibrand was named to the office in early 2009 to fill the seat of Sen. Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of state. Gillibrand won election in 2010 for the last two years of Clinton's term and is now running for a full six-year term in office.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted between May 22 and May 28, with 1,504 registered voters in New York questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York • Polls
soundoff (20 Responses)

    Sen. Gillabrand fought to get the 9/11 health bill passed and for that she gets extraordinary favorables. As far as Cuomo goes, what more can you say? He's a Cuomo!

    May 30, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Look hard at Cuomo: he's the next president.

    May 30, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Sydnium S. Washington

    That's what I call a "tall order". (drum sequence for jokes, please)

    May 30, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. RealityBites

    Obama sure could learn a lot from Cuomo's ability to cut spending and balance a budget. But he won't..

    May 30, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When it comes to polling those who want to suppress the vote and hurt our state, Rick Scott is right up there in popularity too. As for our economy, Canadians and snow birds have done more for FL than any elected republican.

    May 30, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Greg C.

    If you look closely at the birth certificate and the contents of the file you can tell it was forged. Let's move on; more substantive issues at hand and frankly the economy and jobs are the issue; getting this country back on a solid footing, living within a budget and restoring confidence in our ability to transcend other petty issues.

    May 30, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    I like this dude, he is honest, unbiased, smart,.

    May 30, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Ed1

    I was invited to watch the Thunderbirds fly at US Air Force Academy graduation today (5.23.12) by some folks with a shop just east of the north gate entrance to the academy. Obama was the commencement speaker.

    It is traditional that the Thunderbirds fly their entire demonstration routine after the initial pass as the new lieutenants toss their hats. But Obama, as arrogant as he is, couldn’t wait the 30 minutes for the routine to finish—he had the Thunderbirds hold their routine after the first pass until he exited the stadium and campus, not having even the courtesy to watch subordinates of his demonstrate the professionalism and skill incumbent with their jobs.

    I did not notice the exact time of the initial pass of the Thunderbirds, but am guessing around the 1245 to 1300 mark. The official potus site showed him scheduled to depart Peterson AFB at 1530 arriving Buckley ANGB at 1600. A half hour airshow would not have delayed him in the least for his 1730 fund-raising dinner in Denver, but he chose to snub his subordinates and leave forcing the entire cadet wing, dignitaries, families, friends, and new lieutenants to wait on him.

    Decide for yourself his commitment to the military, and to his responsibilities as commander-in-chief...

    May 30, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. WireweirdinSF

    Unfortunately, people from New York don't know any better, they are totally dominated by the corrupt unions and mafia and just don't realize the only reason they pay such insane taxes is that they keep electing these democrat liberals who represent the most corrupt people in the world. Chuck Schumer is there Senator for gods sake.

    May 30, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Pete

    Republicans take note, how a democratic governor fixed the 9 billion dollar gap without any major changes he personally took a cut,so did his help.So everyone pitched in to help.No giving corporations big tax breaks,then blaming everyone but themselves for the budget shortfall,how hypocrital,but that's the republicans MO,they screw up ,then blame the other guy,that's right isn't it?Walker should go take a lesson,so should Christie,from Gov.Cuomo,they're both failures,but are to arrogent to recognize it!!Cuomos high rating are there because people believe in him,they know he's there for them,not big business,wall street and corporations,the mainstreet populus,that matters long term especially when he comes up for reelection,he's definitly a shoe in for another sucessful term,good for him and NY,a time proven pair of sucess stories..

    May 30, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. JPNAmerican

    Now thiers a good "lead by example". People like Governor Walker have no right to cut everyone but his own salary. If times are so tough then we ALL have to make the sacrifice. Not just the people under you.

    May 30, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that he is doing a good job and is responding to the needs of the state. What skeletons does his closet hold?

    May 30, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. ZedATL

    As a former NYer: good for them! Gillibrand is an all-star and Cuomo has been doing well in Albany all things considered.

    My only complaint is that the rent is still too damn high...

    May 30, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    ed1 you don't know what your talking about. son is thunderbird. Vote all repos out Obama 2012

    May 30, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Real Socialist who is fed up with the fake one I worked to elect

    Cuomo just looks like Walker-lite to me. I hope Gillibrand runs in 2016 instead. She's definitely become my favorite Senator over the past few years. She's become a leading voice for Gay Rights, ending the wars, women's rights, especially birth control and choice, and health care. Seems like Kirsten has more spine than the entire population of the White House.

    May 30, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Cuomo 2016. Learn to live with it GOPers.

    May 30, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Decide for yourself his commitment to the military, and to his responsibilities as commander-in-chief..."

    Yawn. And do you know why he left early or are yuo just assuming it was some whim? Here's a little clue: the POTUS is very busy and sometimes gets phone calls that change his plans. At least he knows enough to stop doing something that's ultimately not a top priority, like oh, I dunno know, reading a children's book to a class of elemtary school kids, when something important comes up, like oh I dunno, planes flying into some towers. If you truly think you can extrapolate some sort of lack of committment to the military in general based on your little slanted anecdote, then you'd already made up your mind before your little anecdote even took place. Grow up.

    May 30, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    If I were an college professor and had to give this article a grade, I would give a failing grade. The article fails to mention Gov. Cuomo's first name.

    May 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "If you look closely at the birth certificate and the contents of the file you can tell it was forged."

    Experts have debunked that nonsense 9 ways to sunday. Stop reading Breitbart and World Net Daily. Those people are so full of crap it's leaking out their ears...which is probably why they fail to hear the facts and evidence whenever it's rpesented to them.

    May 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Let's play compare the governors' approval ratings!

    Cuomo – 70%+

    Mittens – 34%\

    Nuff said.

    May 30, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |