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Poll: Cuomo, Schumer see a drop in popularity

Poll: Cuomo, Schumer see a drop in popularity

Trump's wall plans, national emergency option also appear unpopular

A majority of New York voters don't think President Donald Trump should get his wall, and even more think his idea of declaring a national emergency in order to get the wall is a bad idea.

The latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute, released Monday morning, also held some bad news for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

In 778 phone calls with registered New York voters taken between Feb. 4 and Feb. 7, 52 percent said Democrats should not give the president wall funding to avoid another partial government shutdown, and 70 percent said Trump has no business declaring a national emergency about it. Those same voters also have issues with Cuomo and Schumer, as both men saw their popularity dip to an all-time low.

Cuomo's favorability rating, 51-43 percent last month, fell to 43-50 percent in Monday's poll, while Schumer's approval rating went from 53-39 percent in January to 47-46 percent.

"Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. "It's his lowest favorability rating ever, and it's a dramatic drop from last month."

Cuomo's favorability rating has been as high as 77-16 percent, a level reached in February of 2011, when he first became governor.

As for Trump, his favorability rating improved slightly, from 32-64 percent in January to 35-59 percent this week. But 50 percent of New Yorkers said Trump's job performance was poor, and just 14 percent said excellent.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's favorability also fell slightly in the eyes of New Yorkers, going from 48-31 percent in January to 44-34 percent in the most recent poll.

For more information, visit scri.siena.edu.




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