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Favorability ratings for Cuomo, other elected officials on the decline

Feb 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Mallory Moench is reporting for the Times Union Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating fell to its lowest ever in January — down to 43 percent from 51 percent in December, the Siena College Research Institute reported Feb. 11. "Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It's his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month." The poll was conducted from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 by phone to 778 New York registered voters. The survey also showed ratings for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand as well as the New York state Senate and Assembly also dropped. Cuomo's ratings have trended downward for more than a year — his highest favorability rating was eight years ago, in February 2011. The poll found that New Yorkers are split on the question of whether the state is on the right track and or not. New York City voters and Democrats are upbeat while upstate residents are pessimistic. On the subject of national politics, nearly 75 percent of Democrats in New York say their party in Congress should not give the president the border wall funding he has demanded to avoid another government shutdown. "New Yorkers say 'no' to funding a border wall and they scream 'no' to Trump declaring a national emergency to fund the wall," Greenberg said. Read the full story in the Times Union.