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Poll: Voters Continue to Love the Gov

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They might not like his methods, but they like him.

In the latest Quinnipiac poll of New York voters, Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his stratospheric approval streak, with 68 percent of those polled approving of the way Cuomo is doing his job. He was one point shy of his all-time high.

But that doesn’t mean the way Cuomo negotiated the political fjords sat well with voters. According to the poll, 55 percent of voters don’t think the behind-the-scenes negotiating that brought together a deal on five major policy initiatives last month, which was then voted on in the middle of the night, was necessary. Seventy-six percent of those polled found the lack of transparency problematic.

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and New York voters say Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done a beautiful job so far,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.  “But if voters liked the result, they weren’t happy with the process, the so-called ‘Big Ugly’ deal where Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders worked out an agreement on pensions, legislative redistricting, casino gambling, DNA and whatever else they needed to resolve.

“Was the time honored – or dishonored – Albany practice of three-men-in-a-room the only practical way to get a deal?  Most voters don't think so.  How about the lack of transparency – a big problem, three-fourth of voters think.”

The poll also found that 68 percent of voters felt it was a serious problem, to one degree or another, that an independent commission did not draw new legislative district lines.

“Those district lines the State Legislature drew for itself?  A big NO from the voters,” Carroll said in the statement.

One of the policy issues not taken up by legislators during the budget negotiations was minimum wage. Among those voters polled, all groups polled favored raising the minimum wage, with 78 percent approving over all.

When asked how much the raise should be, 70 percent said it should be $8.50 an hour or higher.

The poll, conducted between March 28 and April 2, surveyed 1,597 voters in New York State, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.