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Cuomo's favorability rating highest since 2014

Cuomo's favorability rating highest since 2014

Governor 'sits atop the lineup of New York pols'
Cuomo's favorability rating highest since 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York on May 23, 2017.
Photographer: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

LOUDONVILLE — If New York's gubernatorial election was held this week, Andrew Cuomo would be on his way to a third term as the state's governor, according to the Siena College Research Institute poll released early Tuesday.

Cuomo begins his eighth year as governor with his best favorability rating — 62 percent positive to 30 percent negative — since June 2014. That's also a significant boost from the 52-43 percent rating he enjoyed from likely New York voters in November.

"Election Day is 42 weeks away," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. "Many political lifetimes. Budgets, trials, legislation, ribbon-cuttings, natural or other disasters (hopefully not), federal issues and unforeseen events are likely to impact the political landscape. That being said, Andrew Cuomo enters a re-election year with his best favorability rating since the last re-election campaign, his best job performance rating in eight months and a potpourri of State of the State proposals that are popular with New York voters."


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New York's two U.S. senators both have favorable ratings — Chuck Schumer at 59 percent and Kirsten Gillibrand at 51 percent, while U.S. President Donald Trump has a favorability rating of 32 percent.

"As we start an election year for every statewide office, a U.S. Senate seat, every member of the House and state Legislature, Cuomo sits atop the lineup of New York pols in terms of favorability," Greenberg said.

The Siena poll, conducted Jan. 7-11 by telephone in English to 824 registered voters in New York, showed that those polled thought Cuomo's top two priorities in 2018 should be taxes and health care.

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