Cuomo's approval rating up; majority of New Yorkers would vote to re-elect, poll finds

Monday, January 20, 2014
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— Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability among voters increased to its highest level in nearly a year and a majority of his State of the State proposals are supported by New Yorkers, according to a poll this morning.

A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday reported 66 percent of voters view Cuomo favorably, up from 61 percent in November. More than 50 percent of state residents said they would vote to re-elect him.

The Democrat is heading into an election year, with potential opponents Donald Trump and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino trailing with 38 percent and 14 percent favorability, respectively.

Voters also gave Cuomo a positive job performance rating of 54 percent, up 10 percent compared to November. More than 70 percent of residents support his proposals to cut taxes and bring more technology into classrooms.

During the State of the State address earlier this month, Cuomo touted his plan to cut more than $2 billion in business and property taxes over the next few years.

About 80 percent of voters also support universal pre-kindergarten and Cuomo’s proposal for a $2 billion bond act, which would bring more technology into classrooms statewide.

Cuomo will release his 2014-15 budget on Tuesday in Albany. He plans to use a $2 billion budget surplus to implement the tax cuts.

Nearly half of the residents polled said New York should legalize medical marijuana, but only 28 percent support Cuomo’s plan to allow 20 hospitals in the state to provide medical marijuana to patients.

About 52 percent of voters said New York is headed on the right track, an increase of 6 percent compared to November. But a majority of state residents said the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

The Siena College poll surveyed 808 registered voters in New York. The poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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