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Poll: Obama is New York's favorite living president

Poll: Obama is New York's favorite living president

Coming in No. 2? George H.W. Bush
Poll: Obama is New York's favorite living president
Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech Dec. 2 in Paris.
Photographer: ELIOT BLONDET/ABACA PRESS/TNS

LOUDONVILLE — Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush are New York voters' two favorite living presidents, while the current White House occupant, Donald Trump, is the least favorite.

That's the way New York voters feel, according to the latest poll released early Thursday by the Siena College Research Institute. Obama got a favorable rating of 67 percent and the elder Bush 61 percent, while Trump, one of six living presidents, finished sixth with 33 percent.

"New Yorkers still think Obama is a rock star, that is other than Republicans, two-thirds of whom view Obama unfavorably," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a news release accompanying the results of the poll. "Bush 41, the only living president to crack the ideological triple crown, is viewed favorably by three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents and a majority of Democrats."

Obama's favorability ratings were at 87 percent from Democrats, 65 percent from independents and 29 percent from Republicans. Bush, meanwhile, was viewed favorably by 76 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats.

Finishing third overall in the ratings were Jimmy Carter at 60 percent, Bill Clinton at 59 percent, George W. Bush at 45 percent and Trump.

There was, however, some good news for the current president. His job performance rating was up from 23 percent favorable and 77 percent negative in January to 29 percent favorable and 70 percent negative this week.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is being touted by some as a possible presidential candidate in 2020, saw her favorability ratings take a little dip. Her latest rating — 48 percent positive and 27 percent negative — is down a few points from January, when she was at 51 percent positive and 23 percent negative. A quarter of New Yorkers still said they don't know enough about her to have an opinion.

New York's other senator, Charles Schumer, saw his numbers dip to his lowest ever although the majority still viewed him favorably — 52 percent positive and 39 percent negative. In January, Schumer's numbers were at 59 percent positive and 32 percent negative.

"As one of the main faces of the opposition in Washington, Schumer is now viewed unfavorably by three-quarters of Republicans," Greenberg said. "Just 14 months ago, he had an overall 67-33 percent favorability rating, including 55-37 with Republicans."

The Siena poll was conducted between Feb. 5-8 by telephone calls conducted in English to 823 registered New York voters. Respondent sampling was initiated by asking for the youngest male in the household.

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