Siena: Cuomo Trumps All Comers, Christie Falls Out of Favor
Today’s Siena poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a very strong position at the beginning of this re-election year, with his job approval and popularity numbers rebounding and his would-be opponents trailing far behind him in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups.
Voters also overwhelmingly support a number of the proposals Cuomo put forth in his fourth State of the State address, including the legalization of marijuana for medical use.
Cuomo’s job approval and favorability ratings are back to their highest levels in nearly a year, with 66 percent of voters saying they view him favorably, and 28 percent unfavorably -up from 61-32 percent in November.
Voters give him a positive 54-46 percent job performance rating – up from a negative 44-56 percent in November – while 57 percent are prepared to re-elect him, compared to 33 percent who would prefer someone else (up from 51-41 percent).
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has a 14-10 percent favorability rating. (Three quarters of New Yorkers don’t have a clue who he is), while Donald Trump’s is 38-57 percent.
In head-to-head match-ups, Cuomo defeats both Trump and Astorino by nearly 50 percentage points. Neither Republican even manages to garner the support of a majority of their own party members, and they both trail among independents by 40 points.
Several Cuomo State of the State proposals are supported by more than three-quarters of voters: increasing penalties on young voters who text while driving, revoking drivers’ licenses for three DWI convictions, instituting universal pre-K across the state, and approving a $2 billion education technology bond act.
Support remains strong for public campaign financing, as it has for a year, with nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers saying they support the use of state cash to create a small-dollar donor matching system similar to the one that already exists in New York City.
While 28 percent of voters said they support the governor’s approach of a pilot program to provide medical marijuana to seriously ill patients, 49 percent think New York should follow the lead of about 20 other states and legalize medical marijuana altogether.
However, when it comes to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a majority of New Yorkers are not on board. Those under 35 say yes, as do a bare majority of men. Democrats and independents are closely divided, but Republicans are a strong no.
The ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal has taken a significant toll on how many New Yorkers feel about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
While his favorability rating remains strong – albeit less strong – among Republicans and downstate suburbanites, his rating among Democrats and New York City voters has fallen in two months from about two-to-one positive to near break even.
Among independents and upstaters his ratings have fallen from being strongly favorable to now just a plurality viewing him favorably, according to Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.
This poll contains some good news for the Legislature as a whole. Surprisingly, despite yet another sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly, the chamber now has a near break even, 41-43 percent, favorability rating, up from 34-38 percent in November.
More voters – 46 percent – now view the state Senate favorably than unfavorably (42 percent), up from a negative 35-52 percent favorability rating two months ago.
Both state AG Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli appear vulnerable to challenges this election year – not because they’re unpopular, but rather due to the fact that most New Yorkers don’t have a clue who they are.
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