Poll find Cuomo’s handling of pandemic still gets strong approval
The Siena College Research Institute is reporting 61 percent percent of New Yorkers approve of the job Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic, down from 63 percent in January. Cuomo received positive grades for communicating with New Yorkers (67 percent) and providing accurate information (61 percent). He gets mixed grades for managing the vaccine rollout (48 percent) and implementing the right plans for reopening the state. Less than half (39 percent) of poll participants approved of Cuomo's management of the data related to COVID deaths in nursing homes and long-term health facilities, according to the Siena College Poll released Tue., Feb. 16. The poll was concluded February 11, before the most recent news coverage of the nursing home fatalities data and Cuomo's unapologetic explanation for what occurred. The poll also found 75 percent of New Yorkers strongly support President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, and strongly support many of its specific proposals. So far, 16 percent of voters say they have been vaccinated, 59 percent plan to get vaccinated, and 22 percent say they do not plan to get vaccinated. “Voters – especially Democrats – continue to give Cuomo strong marks for his overall handling of the pandemic. He gets a positive rating from 83 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents. However, 72 percent of Republicans give him a negative grade,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.“When it comes to making public the data about the deaths of nursing home patients – the issue on which voters most harshly grade Cuomo – he only gets approval from 54 percent of Democrats, while 81 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents give him negative grades. New York City voters are closely divided but downstate suburbanites and upstaters give Cuomo negative grades,” Greenberg said. Read more at SCRI [dot] Siena [dot] edu.