Siena Poll: Cuomo Numbers Up, But NYers Cool To Presidential Run
For Gov Andrew Cuomo, the Siena College released Monday morning is of the good news-bad news variety.
The good news: Cuomo’s favorability, job approval and re-election numbers are all up slightly, the poll found.
The bad news: A plurality of voters are not enthusiastic about the idea of Cuomo running for president in 2020.
The poll found Cuomo with a favorability rating of 56 percent to 36 percent, up slightly from October. His job performance rating remains underwater, but has improved, from 41 percent to 44 percent.
At the same time, 47 percent of New York voters surveyed are ready to re-elect Cuomo when he seeks a third term in 2018, while 44 percent prefer a generic “someone else.” That’s also a slight improvement from September, when those numbers stood at 45 percent to 49 percent.
The improvements come despite several weeks of bad news for Cuomo, including the indictments of his former close advisor Joe Percoco, former SUNY Poly chief Alain Kaloyeros and upstate developers who have donated heavily to his campaigns over the years in a pay-to-play bid-rigging scheme.
Since Election Day, and after initially suggesting President-elect Donald Trump would be a “bonus” to New York’s infrastructure needs, Cuomo has railed against the incoming administration’s potential impact on immigration and insisted New York would resist efforts to deport undocumented immigrants and other federal policies deemed discriminatory.
But even as he gains some national attention for those efforts, a plurality of voters are not enthusiastic about the governor running for president in 2020.
The poll found that by a margin of 49 percent to 44 percent, New Yorkers believe Cuomo should not consider a White House run, though Democrats back such a move by a two-to-one margin.
Those numbers dovetail with a desire by voters in both parties to see less partisanship in Washington: Democrats by a 20-percentage point margin and Republicans by a 80-percentage point margin both want minority House and Senate Democrats to work with the incoming Trump administration.
When it comes to policy, voters not surprisingly want Cuomo to focus on three core issues as they have in previous years: jobs, education and taxes. Twenty percent ranked jobs the top issue, while education is a close second at 19 percent and taxes at 16 percent.
The poll of 807 registered voters in New York was conducted from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.
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