Siena Poll: Amid A Summer Of Spitzer And Weiner, Cuomo Rebounds
As a broad majority of voters find the comeback candidacies of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer “embarrassing”, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is shooting back up during a summer in which he has largely stuck to upstate issues.
The Siena College poll released this morning found 65 percent of New York voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing as governor, up from 58 percent in a poll taken at the conclusion of the legislative session in June.
Cuomo’s favorable rating among upstate voters also grew following several months during which he has largely avoided New York City and dealt with issues such as flooding in the Mohawk Valley, agreements with American Indian tribes on casinos and promoting tourism.
The governor’s upstate rating took a hit at the start of the year when he pushed through a new gun control law in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting in December.
But the strategy of keeping away from the Spitzer-Weiner circus seems to be paying off for Cuomo following June’s Siena survey that showed some of the lowest numbers since he’s taken office in 2011.
In June, Cuomo’s upstate rating stood at 48 percent unfavorable and 44 percent backing him.
The governor’s favorable rating is now up to 55 percent favorable, with 41 percent recording an unfavorable rating, the poll’s crosstabs show.
At the same time, Cuomo’s favorable rating for Siena’s surveys is the highest its been since February.
Meanwhile, a majority of voters polled once again said they would vote for a second Cuomo term in 2014.
“With the Legislature out of town for the summer, Cuomo has reversed his downward polling trend from the first half of this year,” said Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg.
“His favorability rating is back in the mid-60s and his re-elect number is back in the mid 50s. More than two-thirds of voters, including majorities of Republicans and conservatives, say that Cuomo has been an effective governor in his first three years.”
It wasn’t all good news for the governor, however. Only 34 percent of voters polled believe Cuomo would make a good president.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recorded the highest favorable rating of any politician in a list that included the governor, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and President Obama.
Voter-assigned “grades” for the legislative session in Albany merited a “C+” for Cuomo after receiving two years of B minuses.
In one of the left-over battles from the 2013 legislative session, 54 percent of voters back the Democratic-led Assembly’s version of the women’s agenda, which included the provision aimed at updating the state’s abortion laws to codify Roe v. Wade.
The coalition-led Senate approved the package piecemeal, but Republican lawmakers – along with Democrats Ruben Diaz and Simcha Felder – blocked an effort to hold a vote on the abortion provision.
Only 28 percent are behind the Senate version.
A caveat in the polling, though, is that 58 percent said they needed more information before they could say whether they support the entire women’s agenda.
“By a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers would prefer to see the Assembly’s version of the Women’s Equality Act become law this year, not the Senate’s,” Greenberg said.
“With the exception of Republicans and conservatives – a plurality of both groups support the Senate version – a majority or plurality of every other demographic group supports the Assembly version.”
The competing versions of the women’s agenda is not expected to be resolved this summer or even this year, setting up a 2014 election year in which social issues like abortion and women’s rights will be raised.
Another issue voters said they needed more information on was the Moreland-empowered Commission on Public Corruption.
The governor created the panel in July after lawmakers failed to pass any legislation to respond to the spate of corruption scandals to hit Albany this year.
The panel, which has subpoena power, is investigating the intersection of lobbying, campaign contributions and legislation.
Subpoenas have already been issued to New York City real-estate developers who received tax breaks.
But despite a series of TV ads from the governor himself touting the commission (paid for by his 2014 re-election campaign), less than a third of voters could say they’ve heard or read a lot about the corruption-fighting effort.
“Cuomo has some work to do to educate the public about his corruption-fighting panel,” Greenberg said.
“He, like the commission itself, will be judged by the results. And voters are looking for results as nearly three-quarters say state government is becoming more dysfunctional every day, while and only 20 percent say state government is working effectively for New Yorkers.”
Siena’s telephone survey to 814 registered New York voters was conducted between Aug. 4 and Aug. 7. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.
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