Siena Poll: Under Cuomo, NY Voters See Little Improvement On Key Issues
New York voters do not see improvement on key issues ranging from the state’s economy to curtailing government corruption during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tenure, a Siena College poll released Monday found.
The poll, which surveyed New York voters on a range of issues including the economic well-being of their family, tax policy, the quality of public education and the state’s business climate determined most believed there had not been any improvement or in some cases have gotten worse.
The poll comes at the height of the state budget season, but also more than three years since Cuomo took office as governor, a moment that followed what many political observers said was a low point of government dysfunction and corruption.
As governor, Cuomo has successfully championed the legalization of same-sex marriage, an overhaul of the state’s tax code that produced a broad middle-class tax cut and the nation’s first gun control law following an elementary school shooting in Connecticut.
Indeed, the poll found that by a 64 percent to 28 percent margin, New Yorkers consider Cuomo an effective governor.
And yet, New Yorkers polled have found very little has change under Cuomo on issues that drive elections — chiefly the state’s economy.
When it comes to the “economic well-being of you and your family,” 52 percent of New Yorkers polled said things have stayed the same, while 19 percent said it has improved and 28 percent responded it has gotten worse.
For state’s economy, an issue that Cuomo has sought to turn around through a variety of means including a revamped economic development program, 37 percent believe it hasn’t changed, while 31 percent responded it has gotten worse. Just over a quarter of voters polled believed the state’s economy has improved since the governor took office.
As for the perception of their fellow New Yorkers, Siena found that a plurality — 45 percent — believe things have gotten worse for them economically, while 38 percent believe it has stayed the same.
Cuomo still enjoys a high favorability among most New Yorkers, though it has steadily declined from 65 percent in August 2013 to 58 percent this month. As his job performance has slipped again from 48 percent last month to 46 percent this month.
Forty-nine percent of New Yorkers say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo over a generic “someone else” and the only declared Republican candidate in the race, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, remains largely unknown to most voters.
Overall, most New Yorkers — 52 percent — believe Cuomo’s decisions are made with his political future in mind.
“To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, do New Yorkers think they’re better off economically now than they were four years ago? Only 19 percent say they are, and they support Cuomo over Astorino 82-12 percent,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.
Cuomo would easily defeat Astorino in a general election match up, 61 percent to 26 percent.
In the cross tabs, Cuomo remains popular among self-identified liberals, 69 percent to 21 percent. Among suburban voters, a key swing bloc should he face Astorino in the fall, Cuomo has a favorability of 58 percent to 31 percent.
However, Cuomo’s popularity among upstate voters continues to sag: 51 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo. And he has fallen underwater with independent voters, who give him a 49 percent favorable rating.
Cuomo’s numbers among upstate and conservative voters plummeted following the passage of the 2013 gun control law known as the Safe Act.
However, the legislation remains popular a year after its passage: 63 percent of voters support the measure, while 32 percent oppose it.
Voters are split along partisan lines when it comes to a plan that would allow prison inmates to take college courses: Two-thirds of Democratic voters back the measure, two-thirds of GOP voters do not.
And in a blow to those who support the Dream Act, legislation that would provide college tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants, only 39 percent support the bill, while 56 percent oppose it.
The Dream Act was voted down by the state Senate last week by two votes; advocates have vowed to push Cuomo to included the measure in the state budget.
The Siena poll of 815 registered voters was conducted from March 16 through March 20. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
The cross tabs and more results are after the jump.
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