Cuomo's approval rating remains high: Siena

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 09:30 AM

(Courtsey of the Governor's office)

New York's still feeling good about Governor Cuomo continue, according to a new Siena Research poll, even as close to half of those polled feel the state's headed in the wrong direction.

Cuomo's favorability rating was at 69 percent, down slightly from 71 percent last month. His job performance remained unchanged from 58 percent approval in July.

"Sixty percent of Democrats, as well as 54 percent of Republicans and independents think Cuomo is doing an excellent or good job as Governor, as do a majority of voters from every region of the state," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. "Rich or poor, male or female, black or white, young or old, union member or not, it just doesn’t matter, New Yorkers view Cuomo favorably."

The same can't be said for the state as a whole, even as the pessimism of last year has ebbed. “When asked about the direction of the state, voters are nearly evenly divided with 44 percent saying the state is on the right track and 47 percent saying it’s headed in the wrong direction,” Greenberg said in the statement. “Last month was slightly more positive, however, a year ago two-thirds of voters said the state was headed in the wrong direction.”

This poll was conducted August by telephone calls to 1,008 New York State registered voter between August 9th and 14th. Overall, the poll has margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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